Dutch Design Week 2016 was looking pretty green. From biomaterials, to sustainability, to recycling or upcycling, reusing or re-abusing, depending on how much of a Cradle to Cradle advocate you are, it would have been difficult for anyone visiting not to leave with enlightened perception of ecological and environmental design. The following posts are will reflect some of my favourites.
Being a bit of a food-y flaxseed is not a particularly new ingredient to me. In fact I have two bags of them in my kitchen, light and dark, and religiously have a tablespoon, milled, every single day. This is purely for the omega-3's but what can these tiny, brown seeds offer me from a design stance? Two creators have explored just that.
'It was Kanters a dream to build a bike entirely from sustainable materials. "The goal of the project is not only to inspire companies to leave responsibly thinking, but rather the consumer to understand the importance of sustainable development. Flax is like many other natural materials CO2 neutral and because of its rapid growth, worldwide fully renewable, "Kanters says in a press release.' (Cemetery, M. 2016)
Not only this, but Kanter's also wanted consumers to understand the responsibility they hold in where they put their money. In the grand scheme of things, the consumers lead design. If it is not consumer considered, it will, most definitely, flop. By transforming the traditional bike frame dramatically, making use of the natural flax colour and texture, the audience can't help but be intrigued by the new material. Intrigue evokes interest. Interest asks questions. Questions require answers and those answers could spark change.
flax chair / christien meindertsma
However, it is not the choice of material's that has won me over with this design but, instead the 'no waste' attitude. The way Meindertsma cut one single, rectangular sheet and produced all four legs and the seat is forward thinking.The materials are completely biodegradable so there is no 'waste' so to speak, however the consideration on production is quite incredible. Although criticized by some, the award was more than deserved. Her win will provoke even further interest in this style of design and possible 'hemp-standard' of uses for the flax material.
Cemetery, Michael. "Flaxed Bicycle, Een Duurzaam Project - Fiets.Nl - Race En MTB Website". Fiets.nl - Race en MTB website. N.p., 2016. Web. 2 Nov. 2016.
Brouwers, Bart. "FLAX Chair By Christien Meindertsma Big Winner Of The Dutch Design Awards 2016 - E52". e52. N.p., 2016. Web. 2 Nov. 2016.
looking for me?