Back to nature
From the lawn as an architectural project to pineapple fiber for the fabric of a dress, up to lamps made of shells. The project is 100% organic. How to use nature to save the planet
At the time of writing, it is announced that the Earth Overshoot Day 2018 is coming up shortly: on 1 August. This is the day when humanity’s resource consumption for the year exceeds the planet’s capacity to regenerate those resources that year. And this day falls earlier every year. So the use of alternative ( zero impact) natural raw materials is one of the most widespread fields of research, also thanks to the confluence of expertise from industry, biology and advanced technology. “In the future, we will use ancient natural materials that have stayed unused until now and new ones created in laboratories by studying nature,” explains Neri Oxman from MIT in Boston. But beyond experimentation, these new “realities” are already making their way into mass production and collective life. In every sector: Stella McCartney is currently inaugurating a store in London made using eco- friendly materials; again in the city, the Victoria & Albert Museum hosts ‘ Fashioned from Nature’, an excursus on the link between the environment and fashion from 1600 to the present day. At the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Australia Pavilion is “invaded” by ten thousand plants to restore physical contact between architecture, man and nature. While at the last Milan Design Week, Erez Nevi Pana, from Israel, presented his vegan furniture, including chairs made from salt, wood and vegetable glues. 2019 will be the year of ‘ Broken Nature’, which is presented as follows: “The XXII Triennale will further define the idea of restorative design and will gather examples new and old, from different domains and with different applications, in order to identify a new field of research and action.” The highly- anticipated event will make Milan the centre of this debate on the need, in fact, to restore a relationship of balance and cohabitation with nature.