Cars made of tomatoes, courtesy Heinz & Ford

Could the car industry benefit from the Heinz ketchup production? Heinz uses two million tons of tomatoes, which stems, seeds, and peelings the company R&D team are constantly looking to repurpose and recycle in an innovative way. Ford Motor Company and H.J. Heinz Company have teamed up to explore the use of tomato fibers in developing a sustainable bioplastic material that could be used in vehicle manufacturing. Yes indeed, the researchers are thinking of using dried tomato skins to make wiring brackets or storage bins!

Massimo Vignelli (1931-2014): visually powerful, intellectually elegant, above all timeless

Massimo Vignelli passed away on May 27th, aged 83. Working with his wife Lella, Massimo Vignelli designed some of the most well-known logos and objects of our era: Ford, Lancia, IBM, American Airlines, Knoll or Bloomingdale's logos (this latter was made internationally famous thanks to the "brown bags"), the NY subway map, iconic plastic dinnerware for Heller or chairs for Knoll... Massimo and Lella Vignelli, co-founder of Vignelli Associates, spent decades designing packaging, furniture, interiors, products, transportation & architectural graphics, magazines and books, corporate identity. One of their most famous mottos? "We like design to visually powerful, intellectually elegant, above all timeless". Timeless, indeed.