Hello! Alice Kim, here. I'm a sustainable designer who is keen on using minimum resources and technology. Actually, I was a UX designer on the cutting edge of the IT industry. However, I decided to change my path—removing technology and reducing the use of resources one by one in my design. Until… I had just a piece of paper in my hand.
A beautiful way to durable & sustainable design
It is always easy to make something with plastic, but g.flow laptop stand is made in a very different way. Slower, but sustainable and innovative!
A single piece of paper seems to be weak, right?
However, when structured correctly, like g.flow, it becomes very strong. Strong enough to support the heaviest laptops, which can be 100 times the weight of a piece of paper! (56g)
Let me introduce you to the sustainable design product—g.flow laptop stand
Made from 100% Recycled Paper!
A fascinating origami fold that adds astonishing strength without burden. Entirely made from a single sheet of 100% recycled paper. And small enough to fit in any bag. Welcome to the first portable laptop stand light as a piece of paper, because it is—paper.
Less weight to haul around would be great. Here's none.
We made a laptop stand as light as paper—weighing only 1.5 oz. It’s the lightest laptop stand ever.
And the best part about paper. . . It’s foldable. g.flow collapses down to 3cm and slides elegantly into a slim case making it extremely portable for on-the-go workers and nomads. Let’s see you do that bulky plastic.
It’s strong, too. An origami folding structure makes it sturdy enough to support even the heaviest laptop computers.
Why suffer strain when you can relieve it?
g.flow’s precise angle of degree helps maintain good posture, providing perfect angles for screen viewing and wrist alignment while you type. Your neck, shoulders, and wrists will thank you.
Prevent your devices from overheating with creases that keep the air flowing so you can keep on work flowing.
g.flow is entirely made from a single sheet of 100% recycled Neutral pH paper. No glues. No chemical coatings. No waste.
Oh. . . and one more thing!
While g.flow holds your laptop, the case can hold your phone or tablet. View all your screens at once!
We collaborate with able artists, artists with disabilities, for the g.flow art edition.
The Pyramid’s Maze
Illustrated by Hyun-woo Kim
The artist Hyun-woo Kim is transforming everything he sees and feels into ‘pixel’ shapes. He is immersed in drawing for over 8 hours a day, creating his unique world through pixels. His pixels go beyond the canvas, expressed on notes, recitals, media, and products.
Illustrated by Kyoung-wook Bae
The combination of the artist’s daring brush movements and color expresses passion and hope. The colors and brush strokes on his naturalistic and abstract works are free and are composed of daily subjects that seem to embrace the pains of life in an open-minded approach.
Our goal is to continue working with vulnerable people: giving them visibility and opportunities for growth, creating a circular economy, and a profitable collaborative platform.
The Beauty of Less
Minimal Resources and Skills. We care about every step of our product’s lifecycle and its connection to the environment, from the production process to its disposal. Using minimal resources and technology and eliminating unnecessary elements is our design goal.
The Beauty of More
It can be slower, but we are together. Young people with intellectual disabilities are a vital part of our team and of our society’s diversity. Their talents and skills are what give life to our products. We help them get more visibility by building a collaborative environment through employment and profit-sharing systems.
Who We Are
We are a sustainable design lab that is doing various experiments to solve environmental and social issues from a design point of view.
We take a different approach to solve the world’s urgent issues, focusing on analog technologies, wasted resources, and vulnerable people in marginal areas of our society.
Our name, grape lab, comes from our founder's master's degree thesis, the ‘bunch of grapes’ theory, which is an attempt to change the current society’s economic structure: the pyramid’s small top, and the increasingly large base.
The theory pursues alternatives to gradually reduce the income gap and create a variety of small sustainable economic clusters just like grapes usually tend to grow.
Risks and challenges
People often think that paper is weak. That's because if a product is made of paper, it won't last long and is disposable. But if you think about books, they're made of paper, and very often, last centuries longer than your digital devices.
grape lab has been developing paper products for the past 3 years, and we can assure you, that your products will last as long as you need them to. And when they are no longer useful, they can safely return to nature—a complete lifecycle.
Our design and printing production know-how allows us to foresee possible problems that may arise during the production, and prevent them from happening. Of course, our printing factory being hit by a meteor is beyond our forecast, but we will do our best to deliver on time even if that happens!
We've successfully produced and tested several prototypes of g.flow.
Now, we and our suppliers are ready and excited to start production!
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