Who are we

João Tomaz

Editor In Chief



Was born n Porto, Portugal in 1975 but is international at heart! Graduated in Design in E.S.A.D. Matosinhos, but soon realised that the passion for cradle to cradle objects as well as good designed environmental  structures must have a stronger role in today’s society.
His work is studding and developing eco design objects and structures for the last 10 years and was soon recognized as a unique eye when it came to the new and the innovative. As more of the design community sought to share his design finds, Tomaz decided that he needed a platform to combine his love for eco design, sustainability and Mother Earth!
Design We Need was created in May 2013 and his vision of creating a single, high quality source of eco design information was realised.  João Tomaz is the Editor in Chief and Public Relations Officer of designweneed.com

Tomaz’s favourite quote: “If you change nothing, nothing will change”


Brendan Giles














Brendan is from Australia; his studies include a Bachelor of Media & Communications and a Master Degree in International Politics. He has worked for more than 10 years in the areas of community development and environmental policy. Brendan has worked in Australia, the UK and Europe and has travelled extensively around the world.

Brendan has a passion for transforming regular ideas into remarkable and powerful visions. The idea  of trying to ‘change the world’ has lost its meaning, particularly in respect to global environmental policies. The goal of any person concerned with the state of our world today should not aim to ‘change the world’ as such, but rather to offer a new idea that is so compelling that it begins a
conversation, brings the opposing person in as a participant, and eventually arrives at an outcome  that appeals to both of you. This is real change.

Brendan’s favourite quote: “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to
pause and reflect.” ― Mark Twain


Ine Devos













Ine Devos is a Belgian based interior & furniture designer born in 1989. She holds a bachelor degree in Interior & furniture design from Mechelen University College and a bachelor’s degree in interior design (construction) from Lessius University College. She currently lives in Flanders where she is a self-employed interior & furniture designer as well as a writer for a variety of websites. During her time as a student she successfully participated in ecodesign and entrepreneur contests such as the Belgian Ecodesign Awards and Battle of Talents. Her passion lies within creating ecological furniture design with the use of waste materials and sustainable urban design solutions. Inspiration comes through everyday living, therefore Ine can’t look at waste without being inspired to design and reuse. By writing she hopes to inspire others to rethink their lifestyle and try to reuse as much as possible.

Ine’s favourite quote:  “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
― Frank Zappa

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