Bottled tree, poster lamp on show at Taipei's Red Dot museum
Central News Agency
2014-05-15 09:44 PM
Taipei, May 15 (CNA) A shampoo bottle that has the potential to become a tree and a graphic poster that functions as a lamp are among the items on display at an exhibition that kicked off at the Red Dot Design Museum in Taipei on Thursday. The exhibition showcases 102 items, including 44 by Taiwanese designers, which won Red Dot awards in the communication design category last year, according to the museum. The displays range from posters, illustrations and apps to animations, packaging designs and typography. Among them are shampoo and hair moisturizer bottles, which are made of fully biodegradable polylactide plastic that contains seeds of the endemic acacia tree. If the used bottles are buried in soil, they would decompose and the seeds hidden in the plastic could grow into acacia trees, which are known for their high-carbon sequestration, according to the museum. Also on display is a graphic art poster with a lamp printed on it that serves as a decoration in the daytime and functions as a light at night. The lamp image is made of phosphorescent material, which absorbs light during the day and emits it at night, the museum said. An interactive installation called "Tree Concert" is also among the items on exhibition. To raise public awareness of the importance of planting and protecting trees, Friends of the Earth Germany organized a unique charity concert in which sound and light effects were produced every time chestnuts fell on an interactive instrument placed under the trees, in Berlin last year. Compared with product design, communication design allows more creative freedom and room for unexpected ideas, Peter Zec, initiator and chief executive officer of Red Dot, one of the world's largest design competitions, told CNA Wednesday in Taipei. Zec said Taiwanese designers are especially good at packaging and poster designs. "Taiwan, in the field of communication design, is really one of the leading nations in the world," he said. The exhibition will run until Sept. 21 at the Red Dot Design Museum Taipei in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. (By Christie Chen)
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