Sustainable Design – The pandemic has put the world on pause, unfortunately, the Climate Change emergency is still in full swing. At 3 Days of Design 2020 it was great to see how creatives and brands have been teaming up to find sustainable solutions to curb over consumption with design thinking. We have picked 7 circular product launches on show!
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The fair, the first international appointment to go live after an array of cancelations since March, focused on circular economy. “In these troubled times more than ever is of crucial importance to nurture our connections not only via the physical meeting but also via our digital platform.” Said Signe Byrdal Terenziani, Managing Director of 3 Days of Design.
A stool made from leftover grains from beer
Danish architect Eva Karlou has designed MASK, a stool made from leftover grain from Carlsberg’s beer production process and plastic insulin pens. Developed for MATER in collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute and the University of Copenhagen, the brand-new seat tunes with the circular imprint of the furniture brand.
Upcycling pinewood to be comfortably seated
The Crofton Stool collection by London designer Daniel Schofield for Danish brand Please Wait to be Seated is made entirely from Nordic pinewood, a fast growing and very disposable material across Scandinavia that is often discarded while actual trees take decades to grow before being harvested. The collection comes in three different sizes; it minimalist look nods to Asian aesthetics.
Slow-furniture responsibly harnessing Caribbean woods
With its roots in the forests of the Caribbeans, emerging slow timber brand FORESTA debuted with a line of sustainable, sculptural accent tables, seating, and functional objects for the home by Rebecca Goddard. The collection is made from materials that are ruled by fair-trade values, sustainability, slow manufacturing, and timeless circular design.
From fishing nets to upcycled chairs
Wehlers and CF Møller Design present the R.U.M. chair – short for ‘Re-Used Materials’ – which is made entirely from upcycled fishing nets, ocean plastic and recycled steel. Wehlers is a sustainable design furniture brand ‘with the end in mind’. Indeed “we insist that our furniture is repaired, reused and recycled during and after end of life cycle”.
A room divider made from unwanted textile leftovers
Kvadrat has invited 28 international designers to rethink its collections for the KNIT! exhibition [Read more]. Design collective MUS – Malmö Upcycling Service has created a responsible room divider made from thick ribbons and a solid sheet material coming from compressing end-of-life textiles. MUS focuses on exploring the potential of materials left over from local manufacturers. “We aim to emphasize the responsibility of the designer in circular production and sustainable design processes.”
Merging Indian craftsmanship with circular economy
ca’lyah teamed up with with artisans and stonemasons in South India for the Tranquebar Collection of side tables and chairs designed by award winning designers Boris Berlin and Satyendra Pakahlé. The furnitures are made using natural and circular materials to offer a new outlet for longstanding craft traditions.
Unboxing the surplus of the fashion and design industry
August Sandgren crafts boxes, covers and holders in natural surplus materials sourced from exclusive members of the furniture and fashion industry. At the Material Matters x TMI exhibition, the brand exhibited its first surplus-material collection alongside limited edition containers and the design award nominated Officebox series.