Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in society and the design world doesn’t want to get left behind.  The “made in…” label on a product often determines if a consumer buys it or not.  Where it was made says something about its quality, design, and sustainability

The trend agency WGSN says that Made in Nature is the future.  What does that mean? It’s all about a new concept – biofabrication, a field related to bioconstruction, something we have already talked about here at Connections by Finsa.  In biofabrication, the materials are literally grown by living organisms.  For Lisa White, director of Lifestyle & Interiors at WGSN, this is “the future of design: products made in collaboration with nature”.  We’ve chosen a few inspiring examples of this approach to share with you:

 

Grown

Organic waste, water, and mycelium (fungus roots) are the basis of their products, which include tables, tiles, and lamps.

They also have DIY kits so that you can create your own lamp.  And when you get bored of it, you can turn it in into fertilizer.

 

Chairs created by nature

Who makes these chairs from designer Gavin Munro? None other than Mother Nature herself.  There is no factory worker making a chair from raw materials.  Gavin just plants a seed and nature gives the chair its shape.

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Sustainability in Design / 7 / Alternative Methods⠀ ⠀ Since we’re discussing sustainability this month, here’s a little Friday fun. Why go to the trouble of building a chair when you have Mother Nature do it for you? At least that’s what UK designer Gavin Munro wondered when he developed his company Full Grown. After years of trial and error, Munro finally perfected his process and up-scaled it to a full-out furniture forest. Each piece starts as a small seedling that is planted and gently trained around a chair-shaped structure. Eventually the branches mature and strengthen until—Voila! A chair is born!⠀ ⠀ The entire process is perhaps the furthest thing from fast furniture. Each piece can take up to eight years to grow. In addition to chairs, Full Grown also produces lights and tables. Each piece is as unique as a snowflake—and really, you can't get more organic than this, can you?⠀ ⠀ Slide 1: The National Museum of Scotland acquired Full Grown's original willow chair prototype for its permanent collection. ⠀ Slide 2: A harvested chair prototype.⠀ Slide 3: Full Grown's open air "factory" ⠀ 🌳⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ~~~⠀ ⠀ #chair #chairaware #chairdesign #furniture #furnituredesign #mobilia #mobilario #mobilarios #silla #stuhl #sillon #sillones #sillón #design #chairs #sustainabledesign #sustainablefurniture #sustainability #innovativedesign #fullgrownfurniture #GavinMunro #ecodesign #zerowastedesign #ecofurniture #zerowastefurniture #treechair #grownchair #ecofriendly #slowfurniture #biodesign⠀

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Sometimes nature needs a helping hand.  She gives us the materials and we shape them, which is the case for these Terroir chairs and lamps by Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt, made from dried seaweed and recycled paper.

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The Terroir chair(2014) developed in collaboration with @nikolaj_steenfatt was a research into a local and sustainable ressource – which in Denmark exist in large amounts – Seaweed – the project came about as an idea of creating a new material with the characteristics of the danish landscape with a coastline of 8000 km – being the worlds longest compared to the land mass. The chair was shown first time in 2014 as a part of @reformdesignbiennale and in 2015 as a part of the @statenskunstfond curated exhibition #mindcraft15 – now a part of the permanent collection in the @designmuseumdanmark and @trapholt museum of art and design – We are super happy to announce that we will show this project at @centrepompidou during february 2019 for the upcoming exhibition: #fabriqueduvivant #jonasedvardstudio #nikolajsteenfatt #sustainablechair #seaweedchair #fucus #recycledpaper #terroirproject

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Furniture that comes from the sea

The ocean acts as the labourer for Aurore Piette.  The pieces in her Marecreo collection are made from ocean sediments.  They were on display at Dutch Design Week.

What if took advantage of the benefits of seaweed to turn it into a product? Nienke Hoogvliet has already done it.  Sea me is a rug made of sea algae yarn knotted in an old fishing net.

 

Textile or plant?

Why not grow your own clothes?  Synthetic biology is a sustainable alternative to the current textile industry.  It allows fabrics to be grown by fermenting bacteria and fungi.  You can even make bioplastics in your own home.

Jacob Olmedo uses hydroponic textiles which grow plants and then transform into a portable garden – “[a type of] environmental armour”.

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🌿🌱Summer Highlight No.1 🌱🌿 Evolution- a small three look capsule collection made at the amazing @bftlab stationed at the Stamford Town Center Mall, this collection features some new textiles and textures with hydroponic knits, tufted jackets and jumpsuit, and some radical hand knit hydroponic socks. Many thanks to SO MANY PEOPLE! My amazing Connecticut assistants: @zin_stagram_ and @sleezy360- thank you both for committing to this work for a month- you both are amazing! Knit dress collaborator: @bluenamaste – thank you for all of your hard work, I am inspired by the work we created together. Bft fam: @tbeltrano @oliviagreenspan – you gals are always there when I needed something. Models: @gemmatrinity @sadelleb @ceddyy_wapp – y’all are stellar and I appreciate you so much! Special thanks to @olivia_koval and @matthaney88 for commuting to Connecticut with me and working on things when you so generously had time.

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