Design 3 new materials for the future of design
Designdesignmilano design week 2023

3 new materials for the future of design

Giorgia Massari
nuovi materiali design | Collater.al

The contemporary world travels fast; in every field new ideas are being born that spur change, which is needed now more than ever. Most of the new designs are aimed at responding to needs that the Earth requires of us, particularly to curb man-made mistakes that erode the natural process of regeneration. The fields of construction and design clearly and directly influence our lives, creating containers to live in and objects to use. Therefore, designers and architects are at the forefront of coming up with new ideas that are sustainable for our planet. Many innovative projects will be presented soon in Milan, which will open its annual Design Week on April 17, 2023.

Instead, today we discover the projects of young designers who have researched, researched and created three new materials to save our future.

#1 Recycling of paper materials – By the end of May

By the end of May is a research and design practice that explores the future of making local. Through the Post Paper Studio project, the group of designers research a low-tech alternative for recycling paper waste locally, while also engaging and spurring other designers to use this new material. The process involves combining recycled paper with natural binders and then pressing it with low-energy modular tools. At the end of the process, an easily malleable compound is obtained, which is converted into blocks or bricks.

#2  From dog hair to insulation material – Alessandra Tuseo 

Designer and architect Alessandra Tuseo develops the Wolfwall project, which consists of the development of a new bio-material formed from the hair of her dog. Wolfwall is inspired by the past, in fact it was common practice to use dog wool as a substitute for sheep wool. Tuseo develops a material that is hypoallergenic and can be used as thermal and acoustic insulation, exploiting a natural “waste”. In fact, 115 million kilograms of undercoat are produced naturally each year, potentially usable as “dog fiber.”

#3 Don’t throw away dried fruit shells! – Keep Life 

Pietro Petrillo e Ilaria Spagnuolo have realized the project Keep Life: a new material made from the shells of dried fruits, such as chestnuts, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts and almonds. The effect is a wood-like tending to cork, with natural and elegant colors, self-hardening and moldable. The material is obtained through a process of crumbling the shells, which are then pressed and amalgamated with a binder free of harmful substances, fillers and fillers, solvents and formaldehyde.

Designdesignmilano design week 2023
Written by Giorgia Massari
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