Materials & Products
One Week About Materials, curated by Materia
Wooden nails, 3D printed plugs, rattan with coloured capillaries…
From furniture to laptops, from tableware to streetlights, and from penholders to television sets: the throughput of innovation is nowhere as present and visible as in the products we use on a daily basis. Products being are replaced at an increasing speed create a surplus of waste. This means a new look on the design process, material application and the use of new raw materials and processes is necessary.
Circularity demands recycled and bio-based materials. But nanotechnology, smart materials, sensors, generating energy, material loss, digital production processes and user-friendliness are also themes that improve the performance of products, both in working environments and in residential environments.
Opportunities for material innovation lie in technical, aesthetical, haptic, conceptual, sustainable and cost-effective developments.
The speaker programme ‘The Future of Products’ was put together in collaboration with Marcel Vroom (Senior Industrial Designer at NPK Design). This takes place on Tuesday 13 March in the Material Xperience theatre. Speakers are Marcel Vroom, Anouk Groen, Ronald van Straten and Caroline Prisse (Tetterode), among others.
Materials from the independent Materia collection
Bahia Denim (ONA682)
Bahia Denim, named after a Brazilian blue marble, is a material characterised by its visual likeness to marble. It is designed using denim production waste from the fashion industry. These textile offcuts are layered, adhered and carved to create intricate patterns.
Govaplast is a type of plastic lumber, not containing any wood at all, developed as a replacement for wood and concrete. The material is turned into solid, high-quality recycled plastic profiles, both for interior and outside uses.
Rattan’s structure is comparable to a bundle of tubes. The rattan palm can transport water up to 200 metres through its long capillaries. When the capillaries are injected with various bulking agents, rattan is transformed from a wood with limited use into a versatile, innovative material.
Large exhibition pieces
LignoLoc, developed by Beck Fasteners, are birch wood nails strengthened by resin. These wooden nails are just as strong as their aluminium counterpart. Although they can be hammered into wood, it is better to use a specially developed nail gun, which generates heat through friction, melting the resin and welding the nail into the surrounding wood.
3D printed plug
Making a production mould is very time-consuming and uses a lot of material. First, a 1:1 model is milled out of polystyrene, which is in turn covered by glass fibre and epoxy paste. From this plug, the production mould is made and then the plug no longer has any use. Instead of making plugs this way from a composite, Nedcam is working on a way to 3D print plugs from thermoplastic instead, to make the process more sustainable.
This coffee table is the first item in the Black Wave series in which the beauty of organic curves are emphasised. The table is made from a carbon fibre that is wound around a CNC milled mould using a robotic arm.