Art is an ever-evolving means of evoking emotion and conversations. The collaboration on display at the Solana Embassy in the Wynwood District at 215 NW 24th St. in Miami from Nov. 29 through Dec. 13 is a perfect example of this point.
The mission-driven display is a collaboration between Model No. Furniture, Prowl Studio and Mike Han. They all share a mission of creating art and furniture that explores the possibilities of natural materials, 3D technology and a new mindset around furniture manufacturing that is less wasteful at every stage of the supply chain and manufacturing process.
“Endless Loop: From Waste to Wanted” is an installation that presents a “compelling vision and path to reduce the [furniture] industry’s environmental footprint by employing local, circular and digital manufacturing practices to design and produce furnishings that are stylish and sustainable,” according to a press release.
As a result, it takes form in three primary entries. In each case, the pieces are formed using natural, locally-sourced materials such as fallen trees, plant materials and upcycled plant waste from the nearby Bay.
The first is a fluted table and stool set designed by Prowl Studio. They are made from salvaged hardwood and collected sawdust that was mixed into PLA pellets before being 3D printed into form.
“As a studio, we use design to tell stories about the climate crisis we are facing and the ways we can shift our manufacturing practices towards positive change,” said Lauryn Menard and Baillie Mishler of PROWL. “We saw Model No. as the perfect partner to implement this narrative material way of thinking. Because they were already working with Arborica, a local arborist, and working to create recycled 3D printing processes, we saw the opportunity to bring those two things together to tell a full, truly circular manufacturing story – from end to end. This is the foundation of all of our work and we are excited to share it with this group.”
The second piece is designed by Mike Han. Called “Full Circle,” the monolith represents the idea that all things have a purpose. Made with the digital aids of CNC carving and 3D printing, it was produced with zero waste.
“My creative practice is driven by the understanding that in order to create, you must destroy,” said Artist Mike Han. “I believe there is a burden and responsibility in making things, so having the opportunity to collaborate with Model No. to create with zero waste has been inspiring. I’m humbled to exhibit alongside innovators like PROWL.”
The third piece, from Model No., also relies on traditional craftsmanship coupled with 3D printing technology to create geometric-shaped stands.
“When we no longer have use for something, we’ve become programmed to discard material possessions like furniture or clothing. Through our collaboration with PROWL and Mike Han, we’re excited to show the industry that there is a growing trend to change the way that we design, manufacture, distribute and consume furniture and art,” said Phillip Raub Model No. CEO.
Images via Model No. Furniture, Prowl Studio and Mike Han