Dutch Design Week: Some tips for material highlights Part 1

The Dutch Design Week is coming up (21-29 October 2017), so we have listed some material highlights you don’t want to miss! For part 2, click here.

3D printed floor
For the very first time, design label Aectual presents their first product: a 3D printed floor. The floor combines bio 3D printed patterns with a biobased terrazzo infill. This allows for endless pattern designs without repetition, uniquely designed for any space. Designers can customise existing patterns of make entirely new designs to create a sustainable, high-quality and unique product.

When plastic is recycled, it is not sorted by colour, creating a grey raw resource. For designer Jessica den Hartog, this was a limitation, so she started her own recycling process. Using HDPE plastic, den Hartog sorted it by colour, washed it and recycled it, creating a pallet of 51 colours.

Her research forms a colour and material library, in which existing colours and materials have been changed into aesthetic materials and new colour systems to create new products.

The Energy and Raw Materials Factory (EFGF) sees wastewater as a valuable source of renewable energy, raw materials and clean water. One of the recovered resources is PHA, a degradable bioplastic made with bacteria from wastewater sludge.

Like last year, designer Nienke Hoogvliet will make a presentation for EFGF.

Zero Waste Furniture
Luwies creates furniture from plastic waste and upcycle-ready materials.

Dutch bike
The Dutch can’t live without their bicycles, so it is no surprise they spend a lot of time trying to innovate bikes. From 3D printed steel frames to a bike made from fully recyclable plastic, you can see futuristic bike concepts here. And if you like bikes, don’t miss ReRide, a bike made from old skateboard decks.

Quilt Garden
Studio Carolijn Slottje designed a system to make a vertical garden. Based on the technique of quilting, a traditional technique to make padded cloth with small patches of fabric, the system consists of small patches made from wool of black sheep and jute. The patches can be combined to form a large of small vertical garden.

Photos: DDW