Sustainable Design: Reuse, Recycle, Rethink
The last few years have seen an increased demand for sustainability and, in particular, sustainable design. This year, however, the issue went hand-in-hand with more attention being paid to rich texture and visual attractiveness. Sustainable design need not fall short of the spectacular. Swedish company Bolon, for example, showed tactile flooring made from vinyl waste. Alusid presented Silicastone, a surface tough enough to be used both inside and out, created from recycled glass and porcelain. London-based Charlotte Kidger brought playful elements of chaotic colour with her Industrial Craft furniture line. Kidger uses polyurethane foam dust – a by-product of other manufacturing techniques – to create stools, tables and seating. The multi-hued results both celebrate and reinvent the waste material.