Books Mathilda What's up Writings

  1. Slow and Fast Fashion

    LCF, London, 27 November 2012

    The new and richly illustrated The Sustainable Fashion Handbook edited by Professor Sandy Black and published by Thames & Hudson was launched with a talk by the editor at London College of Fashion. Mathilda has contributed with the chapter Slow and fast fashion – Towards honouring the fashion moment in environmental strategies for fashion. The text discusses scenarios for new ways of engaging with fashion, from producer and user perspectives, and draws on empirical research from the Lifetimes project (with Dr Kate Fletcher) and Mathilda’s own PhD project Lucky People Forecast. The book includes texts from leading experts and thinkers in the field, including Dr Kate Fletcher and Professor Otto von Busch and interviews with and statements from key actors, such as Vivienne Westwood.
    Tham, M. (2012). Slow and fast fashion – Towards honouring the fashion moment in environmental strategies for fashion. In Black, S. (ed.) The Sustainable Fashion Handbook. London: Thames and Hudson.

  2. Unravelling the flows of textile waste.

    South Bank, London 20 - 22 January, 2012










    ‘A long chain of charity and commerce binds the world’s richest and poorest people in an accidental intimacy. It’s a curious feature of the global age that hardly anybody at either end knows it.’ George Packer, New York Times magazine, March 2002

    Where do your clothes go, once you give them away to a charity? The exhibition – Everything Must Go, made visible and tangible some of the flows of textile waste. Unfortunately the exhibition was only on this past weekend in London but this web-site and the film ‘Unravel ‘ by Meghna Gupta’s gives an idea of what it is about, and definitely provides some food for thought into consumption patterns in clothing.

  3. Design for Behaviour Change

    Designers are in the business of designing for behaviour change. Les Robinson’s article in The Guardian: how the science of behaviour change can help with sustainability’  discusses the role of design in enabling sustainable futures and says: “one of the biggest changes to the practice of social change in recent years has been the entry of design professionals into the field. They bring a system of thinking based on immersive research, wide ranging inspiration, prototyping, piloting and redesign” (Robinson, 2011). As part of a multi-disciplinary effort it is good to read the acknowledgement on how design can contribute to important change.


  4. Technology will save us








    Newly launched – Technology Will Save Us is the first haberdashery for technology and education space. The founders, Bethany Koby and Daniel Hirschman are two creatives who are testing formulas to enable users to revise the kinds of relationships we could have with our technologies. They organise workshops where you can learn to make your own speakers or lumiphone etc.

    We aim to help everybody experience the joy of making technology work the way they want it to. We show people what they’re capable of with our DIY technology kits, our workshops and support services.

    The full range of DIY Kits and products are available to buy exclusively at Haberdashery East at RoughTrade East.


  5. Makeshift Magazine












    We came across this new magazine “Makeshift – a journal of hidden creativity” on kickstarter which is to be launched in October 2011. It seems like a promising project that aims to ’celebrate DIY and human creativity and ingenuity from all corners of the world’. We’re excited to follow the stories that present different solutions to meet real needs using various strategies from hacking, recycling, re-enginering etc. Read more here at inhabitat.

  6. let there be light

    We love this design solution A litre of light or Litrong Liwanag that literally transforms darkness to light!

  7. Tutto Bene at London Design Festival

    Connecting the Dots, 3rd edition, for the London Design Festival in September 2011.













    Our friend and colleague, David Heldt, editor of the magazine Connecting the dots  and co-director of Tutto Bene (a platform  for presenting talented and innovative /dutch/ designers) showed a selection of interesting Dutch design during London Design Festival. We’re excited that they made it to London this year as well as Milan.

  8. Bar Alto – a pop-up bar








    For London Design Festival our friends at Designmarketo created  a pop-up bar and shop on Redchurch street where the specially commissioned Duralex glasses were on display. Maurizio the owner of Milans’ famous Bar Basso came and taught the staff to make Negroni cocktails which were a huge success. Anette helped out one night and got to experience the buzz up close.

  9. A dinner with DesignMarketo

    Photo by Amandine Alessandra 2011 © DesignMarketo

    On the 31st March we had a scrumptious dinner celebrating the arrival of spring and sprouts. The event was designed by DesignMarketo at the Barbican Center where they recently also opened a pop-up shop within the shop. A few new food experiences were on the menu such as the Volcano bread by Olivia Decaris and the edible saucers In between by Hina Thibaud served with coffee and tea, alongside fresh and light dishes. The Refurbished Cutlery (mismatched rubber coated cutlery) by Use Dev Org was a good reminder of how we can give new life to otherwise outmoded utensils.

  10. Sustainability – is a social issue

    Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm, 28 August, 2009

    Jennifer Leonard who works for IDEO gave an inspirational talk on design, change and sustainability at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm during the one-week college-wide induction to ‘Design and Sustainability’ led by Mathilda and Anette. We really enjoyed Jennifer’s talk and respect her work as co-author of the book Massive Change together with Bruce Mau.

  11. Otter Inn

    Otter Inn, lake Mälaren, Sweden. 7-8 July, 2009.

    Otter Inn, lake Mälaren, Sweden. 7-8 July, 2009.

    Otter Inn is a project by artist Mikael Genberg. Mathilda and her partner Duncan went to stay for one night, especially enjoying watching the fish through the windows of the bedroom 3 meter below the water surface and rowing in orbit around the tiny cottage-island.

  12. The Wooden Radio

    We recently spent a day out in their woods with friends and a special guest Singgih S Kartono, a designer, from Indonesia who designs and makes the famous Magno – ‘wooden radios’ for which he has won many acclaimed awards. Singghih is an inspiration to us as he has created a business model for his products that takes into consideration local, social, environmental and aesthetic needs. For more info see here


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