MaterialConnexion is a material library with the latest innovations for design schools, architects, and creatives to use for inspiration and exploration. It also includes a wide range of sustainable materials, such as this banana fiber paper.
Bamboo Forest is the latest project by London-based studio Poetic Lab, and boasts 8 furniture and lighting pieces made of this sustainable super-grass. The cleverly made constructions are a result of the collaboration between Poetic Lab, a top Japanese bamboo supplier, and a skilled wood workshop in the UK.
Current table by Marjan van Aubel gathers and harvests energy from daylight to charge your appliances. The glass table surface contains a dye- sensitized solar cell, which charges without needing to be in direct sunlight.
Eugenia Minerva wants to revive the Italian craft of fish trap weaving, and apply it in furniture pieces. The structure is woven using bulrushes and metal wire.
The Framed Table by South African designer Martin Doller can be packed flat for easy transport and storage, thanks to a patented mechanism.
The Mush Lamp by Garay Studio is cordless and can be charged in 2 hours. Under the shade made of compressed wood shavings is an LED bulb that provides a warm, cozy light.
Leftover pieces of wood from the furniture industry were used by David Amar to create this Off-Cut Collection.
Molt Design is a range of tissue paper products created by a group of Japanese designers known collectively as Nasu Design. The bowl can be used to serve snacks in, and afterwards, the top sheet can just be peeled off and composted.
Dossofiorito is a design studio dedicated to giving phytophiles (plant lovers), a memorable experience. They make objects for studying and displaying plants, as well as playing and interacting with them.
Trochet is a combination of the words “trash” and “crochet”. These products are handmade by women in Saudi Arabia, using used plastic bags. The range of poufs and cushions is sold through Al Ateeq.
Well Proven Stool is made of waste sawdust by Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw. The foam effect is created by the reaction between the wood shavings and the soy resin used.
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