I am still trying to digest all that I saw at Dutch Design Week 2017, Eindhoven. I would dare to say that the focus goes behind design: the world and humanity’s fragility, urns that contain our last remains and decompose (which help us think about the shortness of live) or new materials that are made by up cycling or 3d technology to personalise our projects.
We could start with Aectual, that adds digital design to their flooring as a component; this allows them to produce on demand, heavily reducing waste and offering personalised design to the maximum detail.
Another project is Mourn, a new urn’ typology, that aims to solve human toxicity even after death. They combine ashes with PHA (Poly Hydroxy Alkanoate). This bioplastic slowly dissolves in nature, as wood; it could solve the problems we have by polluting soil where our beloved ones lay.
There is space to final career projects like Marjolein Stappers, Oesterplat, which combines waste oyster shells with concrete and marble. Collecting the oyster shells from the restaurants and turning them into a new material.