DESIGN IN THE ANTHROPOCENE_PART I
Design Biennale Luxembourg / Exhibition
Climate change, ocean acidification, plastic pollution – We´re living a world that is increasingly dominated by many ecological issues. Scientists are already speaking about the „Anthropocene Age“ – a new epoch that began when human activities started to have a significant global impact on our planet´s geology, atmosphere and environment. The conservation of our earth with all its species including ourselves will be dependent from the future human behavior and lifestyle.
So, how can a Designer contribute to a better future in the Anthropocene?
In terms of my master´s degree, I started to collaborate with scientists in order to create awareness about the different ecological issues. The goal is to find solutions in interdisciplinary case studies between the field of science and (product) design.
After sailing trough the North Atlantic with a team of marine scientists, I was shocked about the amount of plastics we have found along our way. This trip was the starting point of my first laboratory research about alternative biobased materials made from organic waste (coffee ground,starch, etc) and self growing materials (mycelium and bacteria). As I came up with many interesting results, I was looking to find a way to establish those „future materials“ in our everyday life in form of different design objects.
These objects are considered as prototypes and are a part of my final master thesis „DESIGN IN THE ANTHROPOCENE“, which will be released in Juli 2016.
THE BACTERIA LAMP
THE RAW BOWLS
COMPOSTABLE PLANT POT
THE INTERRUPTED FUNGHI LAMP
THE STOOL COLLECTION
The stool Collection is a modular frame system with 3 different sizes. The seating material of these stools are made out of different materials and can be interchanged : Funghi material, Alge- Coffee-Wood Material and Beewax-Coffee-Wood Material.