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2009/93/1 Three purses and two storage bags, hemp / wood / metal / fabric, designed and made by Apple and Bee, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2009. Click to enlarge.

Three purses by Apple and Bee

Made
These purses are significant as design objects, and also as examples of an Australian made product that has been sustainably designed and manufactured to minimise its negative impact on the environment. They are made from renewable fibres, use non toxic materials in their manufacture and have had the energy needed to produce them carbon offset. Apple and Bee is a carbon neutral company, which is a growing trend in the design industry.

Adoption of sustainable design is not a passing trend. It is fast becoming a mainstream way of thinking as we face more and more challenges in sustaining our food supply, water, and our environment. The throwaway mentality of modern day culture combined with the current environmental crisis puts a spotlight on sustainable design. It plays an important role in delivering products that have a greater lifespan, and a better efficiency in their use of materials and energy. Sustainable design is vitally important to help eliminate the negative environmental impacts of industrial production.


References:
www.appleandbee.com
McLennan, J. F. (2004), The Philosophy of Sustainable Design
Fan Shu-Yang, Bill Freedman, and Raymond Cote (2004). "Principles and practice of ecological design". Environmental Reviews. 12: 97-112


Erika Dicker
Assistant Curator, July 2009

Summary

Object No.

2009/93/1

Object Statement

Three purses and two storage bags, hemp / wood / metal / fabric, designed and made by Apple and Bee, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2009

Physical Description

Three purses and two storage bags, hemp / wood / metal / fabric, designed and made by Apple and Bee, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2009

One purse. The outer fabric is a cream organic cotton with a silver glitter flower print. The lining is made from cream bamboo silk. The bag is fastened using a metal clasp which is silver-coloured and has two balls which meet to form the clasp. A leather manufacturer's label is sewn onto the front of the bag.

One small drawstring storage bag. Made from calico and closed at the top of the bag with a cream drawstring. The bag has some manufacturer's information printed on it in black ink.

One handbag. The outer fabric is a cream organic cotton with a silver glitter flower print. The lining is made from cream bamboo silk and there is an inside pocket which is fastened with a metal zipper. The bag has a hinged wooden frame which includes the clasp, which is a small wooden cylinder which is threaded through a hole in the opposite side of the frame and is then turned to keep the bag closed. A leather manufacturer's label is sewn onto the front of the bag and inside the bag, attached to the zipper, there is a swing tag with some manufacturer's information including production details and their environmental policy.

One large drawstring storage bag. Made from calico and closed at the top of the bag with a cream drawstring. The bag has some manufacturer's information printed on it in black ink.

One handbag. The outer fabric is a cream organic cotton with a brown flower print. The lining is made from cream bamboo silk and there is an inside pocket which is fastened with a metal zipper. The bag has a hinged wooden frame which includes the clasp, which is a small wooden cylinder which is threaded through a hole in the opposite side of the frame and is then turned to keep the bag closed. A leather manufacturer's label is sewn onto the front of the bag and inside the bag, attached to the zipper, there is a swing tag with some manufacturer's information including production details and their environmental policy.

Marks

Manufacturer's label on the front of each bag 'APPLE & BEE'

Production

Notes

These purses were made in Sydney at Apple and Bee's St Peters studio. Apple & Bee was born out of a desire to create beautifully made and designed bags with as little impact on the environment as possible. All designs use organic and sustainable materials, with the aim to combine function and beauty with a social conscience.

Apple and Bee is a carbon neutral company. Any carbon emissions resulting from the running of their business, and manufacture of products, is neutralised by paying for the energy from renewable sources such as wind, or solar, to be fed back into the electricity grid. They have launched a company wide initiative to reuse and recycle which is applied on every level of the business from design, sourcing, manufacturing and warehousing. All Apple and Bee's packaging is 100% post consumer recycled paper or is re- used packaging that has been sent to the company. All waste materials produced are recycled wherever possible.

History

Notes

These purses were displayed in 2009 at the Powerhouse Museum in the 'Eat Green Design' showcase as part of the Sydney Design 09 festival.

Created by Cilla Maden of Collaborate, Eat Green Design was a temporary exhibition, restaurant and theatrette, hosting diners, guest speakers, and the latest 'green' products. It encouraged participants to stretch the perception of what 'sustainability' means and challenged them to explore the ways in which they could incorporate the principles of ecologically sustainable design into their own lives.

The Eat Green Design installation was designed and purpose-built by award-winning architect Hannah Tribe of Tribe Studio, Surry Hills, and demonstrated best practice principles in sustainable architecture and interior design. It also showcased a selection of innovative, sustainable products from independent designers from around Australia.

The Powerhouse Museum and Eat Green Design, invited designers to submit products to exhibit in a showcase during Sydney Design 09 festival. The display featured some of the best Australian product designs, highlighting the latest in sustainable, green design concepts.

The judging panel called for submission of products by designers, and chose the most outstanding entries. Criteria included the use of efficient design - designed to minimise resource use (materials, energy, water), Safe design - avoids the use of toxic or hazardous materials, and Cyclic design - can be reused or remanufactured; uses recycled materials; materials can be easily recycled. Products must have assessed energy, water, and material efficiency throughout the design cycle, and be designed to minimise negative environmental impacts.

Reference:
www.eatgreendesign.com

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Apple and Bee, 2009

Acquisition Date

11 November 2009

Cite this Object

Harvard

Three purses by Apple and Bee 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 October 2020, <https://ma.as/398392>

Wikipedia

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