100% Design returned to the 2014 London Design Festival with an amazing showcase, befitting the event's 20th anniversary this year. Officially recognized as the United Kingdom's biggest and longest running contemporary design show, this year's 100% Design was housed in Kaleidoscope, an exhibition space that comprised six sections: International Pavilions, Emerging Brands, Interiors, Office, Kitchen & Bathrooms, and Eco Design & Build. Read on to see the best green designs of 100% Design showcased at the 2014 London Design Festival!
Eric Klarenbeek’s material samples are 3D printed from living organisms, such as mycelium, and combined with local raw materials. The fully compostable creations have a negative carbon footprint.
Marlene Huissound uses insects and their waste streams as raw materials to make creations such as wooden leather and silkworm cocoons combined with biodegradable resin.
Atlantic Leather is a type of environmentally friendly fish leather produced at an Icelandic tannery. A by-product of the fisheries industry, the upcycled material is made from renewable hydro and geothermal energy sources. The leather is produced from the skins of four species of fish: perch, salmon, wolf fish and cod.
Spyros Kizis created cast bricks made from artichoke thistles and bio-resin from waste cooking oil. The artichoke head is combined with epoxy resin and then cast in a mold to achieve the desired shape.
The acoustic and thermal panels from Sweden’s Baux are made of wood, wool and cement, natural components that are both environmentally friendly and recyclable.
Meital Tzabari designed beautiful panels made from pressed fallen leaves.
Solidwool collects wool from sheep farmed in the upland areas of the UK to create a beautiful and tough composite material. Low carbon footprint bio resins are used in the production process to make Solidwool a sustainable alternative to fibreglass.
Netherlands-based Paperfoam designs biobased packaging that is 100% biodegradable and very light, ideal for packing electronics, cosmetics, medical equipment and dry food. Produced with Paperfoam’s patented injection molding technology, the ingredients are industrial starch, natural fibers, water and a premix.
Designed by Alessia Giardino in collaboration with Italcementi, Polluted Pattern is created from a photocatalytic cement called i.active cement, patented by Italementi. The innovative cement contains TiO2 that when exposed to light, can purify air by breaking down air-borne pollutants.
Bentu’s recycles construction waste into furniture and accessories.
ooobject also creates functional objects from recycled materials. His displayed wares at 100% Design include a coaster made from 36 percent coffee grounds and silicone; a Tusk vase system made from discarded peanut shells and biodegradable thermoplastic; and a Citrus juicer that contains 37% recycled glass powder, incorporated in a bio-degradable compound.
In the Emerging Brands area, Laokoon’s aquatic-looking hanging sculpture made a striking display. Made from flexible sheets of stitched together columns of polyprolyene scales, the material is filled with movement. At 100% Design, Laokoon also showed off their Enso Lamp, which pairs the material with an LED-powered body.
Inspired by Porto’s famous wine, DAM’s lightweight Dora chair is made from solid ash with a composite black cork seat. Since black cork is naturally dark, the renewable material does not require any additional color additives.
Photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat