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It’s that time of the year again, Christmas is coming!
And even though it will be different in many ways this year, it’s still going to be a chance to take a break and enjoy the little pleasures of the holiday season.

One of them is certainly giving, be it time, love or carefully chosen gifts.
As usual, DforDesign gift guide is an occasion to highlight sustainable designs. And this year, it’s focused on independent creators and smaller brands.

I hope you’ll find some good inspiration!

What makes a chair sustainable?
As always, the word sustainability embeds multiple meanings that range from a mindful use of natural resources to social & ethical considerations.

In this episode of Sustainable Roundups, we’re discovering 12 sustainable dining chairs taken from SforSustainable, the sustainable interior design directory I curate.

Moodboard & detailed product descriptions at the end of the article

Upcycled plastic

Plastic pollution is one of the most urgent environmental problems of our times. The design industry is experimenting with many ways to reuse plastic waste, and chairs are by far one of the most popular options.

From plastic bottles and fishing nets, to household trash and industrial waste, many different types of plastic waste have been transformed into chairs. To do that, the basic process entails shredding the plastic into tiny pieces, melting and moulding. …

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Community is a fundamental part of human life.
Sharing experiences, supporting each other and feeling part of a group are all essentials for a fulfilling life.

Space design — both at interior and urban scale — can do a lot to encourage positive interactions, thus ultimately helping the development of strong and resilient communities.
Let’s see how!

Community & wellbeing

The link between community and wellbeing works both ways.
Research has recognized that strong and meaningful relationships contribute to individual mental wellbeing. Simply put, people are happier, less stressed and more resilient when feeling part of a group. …

“Plastic causes environmental problems, but it also has advantages. It’s not black or white.”

This is the opening sentence introducing the Embassy of Rethinking Plastic, an initiative exploring sustainable uses of plastics.

With a total of 7 embassies, the World Design Embassies program brings together the design community to work on big current challenges: safety, mobility, water, health, circular & biobased, food and plastic waste.

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Credit: World Design Embassies

Rethinking is the core of the matter

Sharing the same idea as the Guiltless Plastic Initiative, the Embassy of Rethinking Plastic originates from an essential mindset shift that needs to happen to solve our plastic waste problem.

Walking away from plastic and finding alternatives is important, but it’s just one part of the solution. In addition to this, we need to figure out ways to sustainably reuse existing plastic. …

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Lampshades are items that lend themselves to designers’ creativity. They can take a myriad of shapes and be made of various materials, including eco-friendly ones!

So today we’re reviewing 12 examples of sustainable lampshades; all taken from SforSustainable, the sustainable interior design platform I curate!

Moodboard & detailed product descriptions at the end of the article

Natural fibres

From bamboo to seagrass and rattan, weaving natural fibres into lampshades creates rich natural textures and interesting light-and-shadow effects.

Weaving is a traditional craft in many areas of the world and the production of such lampshades is often a way to support this long-lived skill. …

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Lighting has a substantial effect on human wellbeing and is crucial in the design of any interior space.

So, in this month’s episode of Biophilic Moodboards, we’re looking into light. Dynamic and diffuse light to be precise, which summarizes the two main features driving the benefits of light on wellbeing.

In the move towards a more sustainable interior design industry, independent designers are leading by example, proposing innovative solutions. Some of them are upcycling trash from the food industry and making ocean-bound waste materials useful.

Big design brands are starting to follow, giving more relevance to sustainability both in new launches and in their existing collections.
In particular, some companies are taking their iconic pieces and editing them in a more sustainable way.
Let’s review some examples!

CASSINA — LC2 and LC3 Fauteuil Grand Confort Durable

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LC2 and LC3 are two iconic armchairs designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand in 1928. …

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Credit: Design ATO Studio — Visualization Kirill Vill (via Behance)

In the parts of the world that are coming out of lockdown, there’s a new challenge to face: settling on a new normal rather than blindly going back to the old normality.

For public spaces this means — among the rest — taking physical distancing into consideration.
What’s mostly challenging is creating physical distance and separation in a way that doesn’t feel constrictive or burdening. Because if there’s one thing people don’t need in this period is one extra burden to carry!

So let’s take a look at some biophilic design inspiration to introduce physical separations that look and feel good!

Even in this year’s digital edition, Milan Design Week has been keeping up with its highly inspiring standards.

During the last two weeks, we’ve been looking into sustainable & circular design previews (including the participation of SforSustainable to Fuorisalone 2020!) and discovered some inspiring projects that merge sustainability and biophilic design.

Today, we’re exploring the latest news presented at Milan Design Week 2020 with a selection of sustainable interior design products taken from SforSustainable.

Exploring innovative materials

Sustainable design is mostly an unexplored land and designers are experimenting with a variety of unconventional materials. Let’s discover a few of them!

1. Bacterial cellulose

Bacterial cellulose is obtained from yeast & bacteria through a fermentation process and is then dyed with natural pigments from plants and fruit waste.
Being grown rather than manufactured, this material is a good example of biofabrication in design.

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Milan Design Week 2020 has certainly been a different design week, but it has still been rich in discoveries and inspirations!
Among them are the following 4 projects, that merge sustainability with a biophilic design mindset.

1. Keep Life


Keep Life is an innovative material. All natural, it is obtained by crushing the shells of dried fruits (hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios and peanuts) and sticking them together with a solvent & formaldehyde-free binder.
An example of circular design that creates value and beauty out of something that would normally be considered waste.



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