Wood. Can we still call it that?
The new generation of high-performance wood materials offers unexpected hi-tech possibilities to the worlds of design and architecture.
Over the course of my profession as an architect who has lent herself to design, materials have always been at the heart of my competencies and passions. A passion that I feed constantly through curiosity, research, travel and the desire to confront myself with the responsibilities, including moral ones, entailed in our relationship with materials. Writing about design is an endeavour that has occupied me for many years, another way to understand them and for them to be understood: I truly believe this a privileged way to learn how to take care of and respect them.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “Beauty will save the world” (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
From fashion to design, from architecture to construction, biomaterials and their applications are constantly multiplying. And designers are responding to this revolution in many different ways.
Two world-famous designers, Ross Lovegrove and Marcel Wanders, on the relationship between plastic and design. The stimulus for this conversation was offered by an exhibition at the past Milan Design Week inviting 29 designers to rethink their approach to this (now) demonised material.
Getting people to consume less is important, but it’s not enough. There has to be a cultural shift, and design is likely to have a key role in transforming our approach to plastics.