Harry Nuriev stuffs vinyl sofa with old Balenciaga clothing

Crosby Studios’ founder Harry Nuriev has teamed up with Balenciaga to create a transparent vinyl couch filled with worn and discarded clothing from the French fashion brand. Architect and designer Nuriev and Balenciaga unveiled the oblong couch at this year’s Design Miami 2019. It is intended to promote “environmentally conscious design” by converting worn or disposed garments […]

Designers need to focus on the afterlife of their products says Oki Sato

Oki Sato explains how Nendo‘s chair for Republic of Fritz Hansen follows circular design principles, in this exclusive video filmed by Dezeen at the Japanese design studio’s office in Milan. Called the No2 Recycle, the stackable chair is made from recycled household plastics and is designed to be recycled into a new chair at the […]

Chiara Tommencioni Pisapia uses moths to transform unwanted clothing into “precious” bio-waste material

Central Saint Martins graduate Chiara Tommencioni Pisapia has proposed a method for improving the textile recycling process by using moths to break down the natural fibres in discarded clothing. Pisapia, who says she is “interested in sustainability related to fashion, textile recycling, bio-design and the circular economy“, wanted to find a more efficient way to […]

Re:newcell prepares to launch “world’s first clothes made from circular cotton”

Swedish company Re:newcell is aiming to disrupt the fashion industry and save natural resources by creating garments from Circulose – a new material made from recycled cotton clothes. Circulose was developed in response to the issue of waste generated by the fashion industry, which sees the vast majority of unwanted or worn out garments end […]

Switching to timber could solve Dutch housing shortage and be “a chance for our climate”

The Netherlands could build a million new homes from sustainably harvested local wood and save 100 megatons of carbon in the process, according to architect Marco Vermeulen. The Dutch architect has calculated that the country’s 140,000 hectares of harvestable woodlands could provide enough timber for 22,000 houses each year. This means the country’s entire shortfall […]

Dezeen to hold circular architecture talk at Dutch Design Week 2019

Dezeen will host a panel discussion exploring the circular economy in architecture on Saturday 19 October during Dutch Design Week 2019 in Eindhoven. Hosted by Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, the panel will include architect Marco Vermeulen, architect and author Thomas Rau and Hester van Dijk, co-founder of design agency Overtreders W . The […]

London Assembly calls on architects to design for a circular economy

The UK‘s London Assembly has published a primer calling on property developers and architects to design for a circular economy, with ideas such as rental furnishing and using blockchain technology. Called Design for a Circular Economy, the document was published yesterday with a call to action for London‘s architects, along with a guide to the […]

Richard Hutten to speak about circular design at Dezeen Day

Designer Richard Hutten will speak about design and the circular economy at Dezeen Day in London on 30 October. The Dutch designer, who is an advocate of the circular economy, will discuss projects including the commission to replace all 27,000 seats at Schiphol Airport with new chairs designed according to circular principles. Hutten will also […]

Carlo Ratti’s orange squeezer serves juice in bioplastic cups made from the peel

Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati has developed a circular orange juice bar that turns the waste fruit peel into 3D-printed bioplastic cups to drink the contents from. Created for global energy company Eni, Feel the Peel is a prototype orange-squeezing machine that aims to bring circular design into everyday life. The 3.10-metre-tall experimental juice bar […]

“We’re looking at a change of our total business” says IKEA sustainability chief Lena Pripp-Kovac

IKEA has committed to becoming a circular business by 2030, by eliminating waste and reusing resources. A year into the project, sustainability head Lena Pripp-Kovac tells Dezeen how they’re getting on. The Swedish furniture giant announced last year that it plans to make all its products according to circular principles by 2030, meaning that they […]

Ellen MacArthur’s Circular Design Programme seeks 20 million designers to transform global economy

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to make circular design “the new normal’ by persuading 20 million designers to help transform the global economy from a linear to a circular model. The non-profit organisation is launching an initiative called the Circular Design Programme, with the intention or persuading millions of designers to stop creating products that […]

Adopting circular design is “good for business” says Adidas eco-innovation leader

Embracing the circular economy and closed-loop design is the only way for brands to achieve business success while safeguarding the planet, according to a senior member of the innovation team at Adidas. The circular economy “is the solution,” said Dharan Kirupanantham, who is an eco-innovation programme leader at the sportswear brand. “We don’t see it […]

Architects and designers “absolutely vital” in shift to circular economy says Ellen MacArthur

Circular economy champion Ellen MacArthur has called on designers to help transform the global economy along sustainable lines. The British former round-the-world sailor and founder of circular-economy charity Ellen MacArthur Foundation said she wanted architects and designers to join her fight to eradicate industrial waste and pollution. “The design fraternity is absolutely a target for […]

LooWatt’s waterless toilet system turns waste into electricity and fertiliser

LooWatt is a toilet that can be flushed without the need for any water, safely disposing of human waste to be turned into electricity and fertiliser. The closed-loop LooWatt system offers a safe and sustainable alternative to off-grid toilets such as chemical flushing loos at outdoor festivals, or pit latrines. LooWatt is currently on display […]

Totomoxtle is a material bringing back rare corn from the brink of extinction

Mexican designer Fernando Laposse has developed Totomoxtle, a marquetry material that uses the colourful husks of heirloom corn species that restore vital biodiversity. Laposse has developed a technique for turning the waste from preparation of the corn as a food stuff into an attractive and versatile veneer, in an example of the circular economy. The […]

10 design projects that prioritised sustainability at Milan design week 2019

This year, sustainable design finally went mainstream at Milan design week. Here is Dezeen’s pick of the 10 best projects and shows that tackled environmental issues. Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival by Paola Antonelli Paola Antonelli has brought together 120 architecture and design projects from the last 30 years for her Milan Triennale exhibition, Broken […]

Note Design Studio champions closed-loop sustainability with Formations installation

Note Design Studio has installed geometric totem poles inside a historic Milanese building to showcase the potential of Tarkett’s IQ Surface, a new material that can be continuously recycled. Located in Circolo Filologico for the duration of Milan design week, Formations is an exhibition of the latest product from vinyl flooring manufacturer Tarkett. IQ Surface is […]

Carlo Ratti grows Gaudi-inspired structures from a kilometre of mushroom mycelium

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has grown a series of arched architectural structures from mushroom mycelium, which will be returned to the soil after serving their purpose at Milan design week in a fully circular fashion. The Circular Garden installation is composed of a series of 60 four-metre-tall arches that end-to-end measure a kilometre – a […]

Arthur Mamou-Mani promotes circular design with bioplastic Conifera installation for COS

French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani has assembled a structure from 700 bioplastic bricks in the courtyard of a 16th-century palazzo, as this year’s Milan design week installation for fashion brand COS. Mamou-Mani – whose previous projects include a temple for Burning Man festival – wanted to show how design can be more circular, by harnessing the potential of […]

Barber & Osgerby create chair for Emeco that can be endlessly recycled

Emeco has teamed with London designers Barber & Osgerby for the first time to produce a stacking chair made from a specially developed recycled plastic. Launching at the Salone del Mobile in Milan next month, the collection comprises a chair and two stools made from recycled PET bottles. Emeco’s On and On chairs are made […]

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