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The Cloth of Kings – the most ancient textile in the history of humanity wins ‘LAUNCH: Systems Challenge 2013’

Ugandan man beating the bark

Tree bark fleece from Uganda is said to be the most ancient textile in the history of humanity, the direct ancestor of nowadays non-woven textiles. When researching for the Hello Materials Exhibition at Danish Design Centre back in 2011 I stumbled upon this fascinating bark material also called ’The Cloth og Kings’ and got in contact with the Ugandan-German family run venture BARK CLOTH® – the pioneer of systematic bark cloth development and production, cooperated with small-scale organic farmers from Uganda since 1999. Continue reading

LAUNCH NORDIC CHALLENGE 2014 – in search of disruptive innovations that will transform the system of textiles, fabrics and fibers to the better

LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2014 -  kick off ©LeaderlabIn the end all design objects, buildings, cities and stuff that surround us boils down to materials. Everything is made of this ‘something’ and as it unfortunately is now, sustainability is far from always present in the making. LAUNCH – an initiative started by NASA, USAID, Department of State, and NIKE in 2010 – is a global innovation platform tackling sustainability challenges within the system of making and materials. Now LAUNCH calls upon the LAUNCH Nordic Challenge in search of disruptive innovations that will transform the system of textiles, fabrics and fibers to the better…

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IMPASTO – a self-invented biodegradable natural fibre composite // by Nikolaj Steenfatt

IMPASTO Pendel. Credits SteenfattPreviously here on Hello Materials Blog we presented Master Graduate Jonas Edvard Nielsen and his final project at the Royal Academy of Art – School of design in Denmark in 2013: MYX material – Creating food and design from waste using oyster mushroom. Graduating the same year and presenting a likewise amazing and super interesting final project is Nikolaj Steenfatt and his project “IMPASTO”. Continue reading

“My Darling Materials” Experts sharing their secrets! (part one)

LOGOOf all the exciting new materials developed and introduced today, which are the leading experts’ favorites? The Danish Design Center has asked its extensive network of materials experts from all over the world to contribute to a collection of their favorite materials.
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MYX material – Creating food and design from waste using oyster mushroom

Production setup. It takes 2 weeks to grow the lamp in shape. © image: courtesy of Jonas EdvardAs a part of a final project at the Royal Academy of Art – School of design in Denmark in 2013, Master Graduate Jonas Edvard Nielsen focused on the natural function of the mycelium mushroom to develope a new food production method based on waste. MYX textile material and The MYX lamp was created.

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This is alive…

’Techno Naturology’ - an interactive textile collection by Elaine Ng Yan Ling
An increased focus on sustainability in combination with current research in biotechnology and biomimicry are influencing our design landscape and new directions are emerging. Continue reading

Choosing sustainable products and materials

Ashby charts help to select materials considering both technical and environmental requirementsThe increasing availability of product environmental information provides an opportunity for consumers to choose more sustainable products and for designers to be rewarded for selecting more sustainable materials. Continue reading

Five Natural Beauties From Around The World

Aart Meeting Up With a Green Minded Local in Bali, Indonesia
Last year, materials expert Aart van Bezooyen traveled around the world on the “It’s Not Easy Being Green-tour” – in search for sustainable solutions in materials and design. Together with his partner Paula Raché, he explored twelve countries during six months and returned with lots of inspiring materials and items with great stories.

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REMATERIALISE – The Sustainable Materials Library

Material Samples from Rematerialise Library: Gridcore, Resilica, Bioviron, BeLeaf, Aimouri Koubou, Atlantic Leather.Materials can be recycled, re-processed, renewed and reduced. Designers have a crucial collaborative role to play, for material development to continue to have less impact upon the environment. Up to 90% of the material that we throw away is recoverable. Someone somewhere has the imagination and the ingenuity to turn this rubbish into a resource.
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Bio-adaptation of fungi to grow materials

Ecovative product - Fungi for wines

By harnessing the evolved efficiency of nature, Ecovative is literally growing some remarkable materials and products using  fungi and agricultural waste. This post dives in on the thinking behind these radical ecological innovations.

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