Hair and dust. Soot and sawdust. Fungus and cellulose. All over the world, an emerging generation of designers and makers are rethinking raw materials and presenting radical solutions to the challenges of designing in the modern world.
From dwindling planetary resources to a prevalent ‘take-make-discard’ model of consumption, design has helped nurture the seeds of environmental destruction, creating unprecedented levels of waste and new forms of material scarcity. And yet, in response to these challenges, designers, scientists and makers are creating original solutions and possibilities: pioneering new technologies, crossing disciplines, promoting collaboration and seeing opportunities for new and exciting making materials where their predecessors saw only waste.
To celebrate the launch of their new book ‘Radical Matter: Rethinking Materials for a Sustainable Future’, FranklinTill will chair a panel discussion bringing together a group of material innovators and thinkers that represent what could become a new model for design practice.