Materials in a Sustainability Perspective

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Art and Design Museum in Copenhagen and saw a rich selection of 21st century contemporary Danish design, which inspired me to write this post. The exhibit shows off the designers’ approach to sustainable design in light of technological development processes with its “smart” and “intelligent” material design such as seaweed, plant fibre, recycled paper, and mushrooms for example. 
On a background of climate change and global environment depletion, is is important to start a process of shaping a new product aesthetic driven by concerns for ethics and sustainability.
Below are some sustainable design products made with intelligent materials. I hope you enjoy! 

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The Imprint chair, designed by designers Peter Hiort-Lorenzen & Johannes Foersom, is made of an innovative reconstituted cellulose fiber material, Cellupress, a versatile material with a natural feel. After nine years of research and development of the technique of the Imprint chair Peter & Johannes discovered that by using a mixture of 90% cellulose fibers, taken from the forest industry´s thinning wood, and 10% recyclable PET as a binder, they could create mats of cellulose. By pressing a number of these mats together under high heat and extreme pressure, they could mould and shape the material in ways previously possible only with plastic. Fibres from bark contributed to the material's natural expression.

Designed by Edvard & Steenfatt, these lamps are made of meshed knitting in various colours, sizes and shapes.

Designed by Edvard & Steenfatt, these lamps are made of meshed knitting in various colours, sizes and shapes.

'SB-Cuatro' by Sofie Brünner. The chair is entirely made from natural materials: American ash wood and paper yarn.

The video shows the process of making "Impasto", a biodegradable natural fiber composite made out of leftovers from wood-, coffee- and skin production. 

Terroir Lampe. 2015, designed by Edvard-Steenfatt, made with seaweed and recycled paper. 

Terroir Lampe. 2015, designed by Edvard-Steenfatt, made with seaweed and recycled paper. 

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Fabric Newlife Screen by Silent Gliss is made from 100% recycled PET bottles. It effectively reduces glare, saves energy whilst optimising the view outside.

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