Materials Research at Materials Library at KGX
Reading some of the books in the materials library section, including The Sustainable Design Book by Rebecca Proctor and Materials Revolution: Sustainable and Multi-Purpose materials for Design & Architecture by Sasha Peters, I discovered a useful way of categorising sustainability in Product Design, which was a lot more varied than I had originally thought when considering sustainability. It is important to consider eleven different aspects of sustainability in products which are whether they are:
2. locally made
3. locally sourced
4. using low energry
5. producing low waste
9. made from traditional craftsmanship
10. making use of well-managed resources --> materials that can be replenished at the rate they are being consumed, e.g. bamboo, wool
11. involving social enterprise. --> benefits society by employing disadvantaged workers and giving donations to charitable causes.
In particular, the last three features of sustainability were not ones I instinctively considered when thinking about product design, and I was not sure about the specific method this sustainable approach involves, so I took a note of it. Traditional craftsmanship is also something I feel is overlooked in the fast-paced mass production of the capitalist society we live in today, and I was drawn to utilising this form of sustainability to preserve excellence in craftsmanship within a variety of communities and cultures that is enormously invaluable.
Lars Beller Fjetland Leather Offcurs
In the above pattern, Fjetland utilises leather pieces that are considered to be waste by creating a link series. the way the pieces are joined allows a wide range of products to be made from small pillows to large carpets.
Fjetland's Reused Leather
"An object needs to endure the test of time not only on a physical level but also on an aesthetic level. It needs to appeal to future generations, and it is therefore important to operate on a higher level than fast fashion and ever-changing trends."
I was particularly drawn to Fjetland's aesthetic approach of sustainability that fights against fast fashion through aesthetic beauty.