I had the pleasure of attending the preview night of 'Forces of Nature' at 19 Greek Street a fantastic new exhibition on in the space occupying three floors in Soho, London. It's on show until the end of April, not to be missed.
Forces of Nature showcases works by 7 visionary designers, sharing an optimistic view on the future of design. Reflecting on the importance of sustainability, these designers have turned to highly renewable and abundantly available natural resources to develop future-friendly approaches to shaping design for the future. Exciting new work and new thinking.
Sun Sill is a device mounted under a window to automatically track and redirect sunlight indoors, which can then be reflected to wherever it is needed. This stolen sunlight maximises the health benefits of natural light and reveals the changing beauty of the sun’s light quality throughout the day whilst also reducing the reliance on electric lights that unbalance our natural bodily rhythms.
Luffa Lab explores the inherent qualities of Luffa fibres as an alternative to synthetic materials for a wide range of applications and durable consumer products. 'Luffa cylindrica' is antimicrobial, biodegradable, lightweight and highly absorbent – features that make it a viable material for applications such as low cost splints or as acoustic insulator, it can also be used as absorber of toxic dye waste from denim processes.
In 2010 Karhof made a ‘Wind Knitting Factory’, which is a wind-powered knitting machine. The blades measures more than a meter in diameter, and the wind caught by them powers the ‘mill’. Windworks is a collection of upholstered furniture pieces, of which the wood, upholstery, dyeing and knitting of the yarn are all made with a free and inexhaustible energy source; the wind.
This project is inspired by sand. Despite their apparent fragility, the sand bulbs are sturdy and their strength partners with that of the fixture’s metal pole. The project maintains an environmental aspect: the light bulbs used are energy saving LED bulbs, and sand – the product’s main material – is a natural resource that can be used and re-used without harming the environment.
In this piece, the designer's intention was not only about function but more about the work connecting the individual with the world in harmonic relationship. The designer hopes that in the space where the viewer and the work exist, a finite moment can be imagined.
The work uses sand-rock from the artists' family backyard, which has had characterizing influence on the artist. It seeks expressive horizons through combining different materials.
The Natural Grain Kite stool is a supercycled delight that grew from a desire to create a mold using a classic shape, in this case Blakebrough+King’s own classic aluminium Kite Stool.
The mold is stuffed with food by-products: wheat straw and rice straw that are compressed into a 2 tonne press to form a biodegradable chair or side table whose graphic form contains its original composition.