Our annual Material of the Year exhibition returns for 2019. This year we've focused our attention on biomaterials and their positive contribution to both design and the environment. Biomaterials are often derived/made from by-products from the agricultural industry. Once the waste has been identified then the hard work begins involving hundreds of hours of picking apart the agriculture chain they come from, figuring out the intercept moment to harvest these by-products and then figuring out how to sustainably utilize them on mass.
To demonstrate the complexities surrounding biomaterials 4 brilliant examples have been identified that move the needle in the environment's favour. As with previous Material of the Year exhibitions, we have been working with the inventors to translate their material into functional and aesthetically sustainable design products which will be unveiled at the Second Yield exhibition at the Fair in September.
"The sheer volume of waste being repurposed and the potential volume these new materials can be used at, makes them extremely important and something we want to celebrate at the Fair." Jimmy MacDonald Founder and Director, London Design Fair
FERNANDO LAPOSSE | MATERIAL: CORN HUSKS
HIGH SOCIETY | MATERIAL: HEMP, TOBACCO & POMACE
STUDIO TJEERD VEENHOVEN | MATERIAL: PALM LEAVES
CHIP[S] BOARD | MATERIAL: POTATO WASTE
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