South African designer Heath Nash has designed some beautiful things using 'other people's garbage', which was the title of his 2005 lighting collection.
Heath has set up a factory of local people with traditional craft skills to take his designs from concept to reality. His aim is to design objects with a contemporary sensibility, made with traditional techniques and able to complete in the world market. I'd say he's ticking all those boxes, wouldn't you?
Heath's website is currently under construction, but you can read a great interview with him on ping mag.
Beauty From Recycled Plastic Bottles
26 March 2009