Floors made from walnut shells, 3D printed lampshades from avocado pits and textiles from banana tree fibres all show a trend towards more sustainable use of our resources. This trend reached a new peak last year and not just on the political level. Even among designers there is a desire for a functioning recycling economy as well as for production and processes with lower CO2 emissions. In his presentation, Dr. Sascha Peters presents some exciting and sustainable material innovations for interior designers.
The young generation of designers in particular has brought forth a number of innovations in recent months based on previously unused resources. They use residues from sewage treatment plants and slaughterhouses for their developments as well as slag and by-products from metallurgical processes. Astonishing developments have emerged, especially in the area of cellulose-based materials, which could revolutionise interior design. One example is a 3D printing process developed in Singapore that allows high-strength architectural structures made of pure cellulose and chitin to be produced. At Aalto University, a technology was developed that enables structural colours to be integrated in wood surfaces, which lend the material colour without the use of pigments.