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Bring NATURE to your HOME: It is possible thanks to MO.NAT, a project for YDD 2018

Italian designer Sara Vignoli, who really care about improving people’s quality of live, was searching for a way to bring nature home. She has found it and called it MO.NAT!

We asked her to explain us how it is possible and this is what she told us:

SOYC: “Sara, can you explain us how you made it possible to make our lives greener and more eco-friendly?

Sara: “Living and working with plants improve air quality, make people more creative, more productive, and reduce stress.
Pots and green walls are the most usual solution to bring nature in our lives, MO.NAT was born to create an innovative way to solve this problem.
Its system is based on two complementary elements, designed for plants and flowers in order to furnish your own “place” in a green and healthy way
MO.NAT: “Your Place, Your Nature”.

MO.NAT’s strengths are:

  • Modularity and simplicity: It allows free combinations of modules;
  • Flexibility and customizability: It allows connecting modules, potentially creating infinite combinations;
  • Sustainability: It makes everyday life ‘greener’ as it is made by recycled and recyclable materials.
  • “Smart” component: It is also possible to equip the elements with a lighting and irrigation system.  

“Modular Nature” allows creating different combinations that can be adapted to the particular needs of each customer because they are flexible and easy to use. 

The vision of MO.NAT focuses on sustainable design, for the choice of materials for each modular recycled and recyclable element and the whole supply chain.”

SOYC: “What is the importance of MO.NAT?”

Sara: MO.NAT ‘s vision is to bring well-being to people’s lives through a combination of the beauty of Made in Italy design and the nature of plants as a decorative element.
Modular Nature” wants to give to everyone the possibility to enjoy of green, even when limited time and spaces avoid taking care of it.
MO.NAT makes nature modular with the aim to be easy, adaptable, flexible and customizable, according to the needs and availability of everyone’s space.


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Upcycled church pieces: From Belgium to Japan within The Youth Design Day 2018.

Some time ago we talked about a young Belgian designer whose name was Florian Van De Voorde.                                                                          We told you that he was participating to The Youth Design Day in Japan within our Switch On Your Creativity contest.  But we did not tell you anything about his project so we are going to do it now.

We asked Florian to answer some questions concerning his design, which is deeply sustainability driven. Here the interview!

Switch On Your Creativity: “Florian, can you talk about your project and its sustainability?”

Florian: “In Belgium and other countries around the world a lot of parishes and churches feel compelled to get rid of the church interiors and chairs because they are out of date. With the Church Chairs concept, I tried to approach this in the same way: I took old church chair parts and make something new and more contemporary out of them. The outcome of this are two pieces of furniture: The Church Stool and the Church Bench.

SOYC: “It really sounds a good opportunity for a lot of communities around the world to make their old churches and parishes pieces having a new life! Where does your concept take its origin and why you think your idea could play a significant role in our society?”

Florian: “Last year I did my internship with ONBETAALBAAR. This is a community of craftsmen (and women) who like to invite people to think about a more sustainable way about throwing away things and redefine what is thrash and what could be re- or upcycled

This experience formed the base on which I made these pieces. I started to realize that sometimes I don’t need to design or create things from scratch. Sometimes forms or shapes of classic and iconic pieces of discarded furniture can start a process of redesigning or reimagining new ones. By doing this I try to shine a light on our current consumer-driven society. Taking these chairs and turning them in some new and more contemporary pieces, I play with my countries own cultural heritage thus making something which is typical from Belgium.”

SOYC: “Florian, can we ask you one last question? What is, in your opinion, the connection between Design and Sustainability?”

Florian: “Of Course you can. I think it is important to rethink the way we design objects, furniture, buildings and our surroundings. Reusing and recycling materials are very important topics when we are thinking of sustainable design nowadays.

If we start designing and thinking about a purpose after the lifecycle of these things and objects won’t be harming nature and her resources as we do now. Asian Studies Group and Switch On Your Creativity chose a very important theme that will become a standard in Design practices all over the world.”

SWOYC: “Florian, we thank you very much for your inspiring words and we wish you will, one day, make all your beautiful ideas become reality!


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THE MILLENNIAL CHINESE CULTURE RENOVATES FOR THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY 2018 IN JAPAN

Making a thousand-year-old culture like the Chinese one new and sustainable? It is possible.
And that’s what these three young Chinese designers did.
Xijing XU
Tian WU
Yue LIU

They are Xijing XU, Tian WU and Yue LIU. They respectively are 23, 24 and 24 years old and all study at China Academy of Art.

Fascinated by the traditional production process of some typical dishes of their Country’s cooking, they looked for a way to build something that could, in a few simple steps, illustrate and physically explain in a new and sustainable way, how are produced some foods usually found on Chinese tables.

Their project has been proposed and welcomed by Switch On Your Creativity for The Youth Design Day 2018.

These are the words explaining from what does their idea originate:

For us the sensation of the taste is deeply connected with the other feelings, which influence our understandings of culture and even our relevant feeling to a special culture group.
This inspired us to present the traditional productive process of [..] into a modern ritual, which makes the eater (or in this context also audience) come closer to the food history.


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BAMBOO: SUSTAINABLE MATERIAL FROM THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN 2018

Technically a grass, bamboo has been used in decorations and many other assortments, but has only recently been used on a large scale for very different uses. Perhaps thanks to the sustainable movement, the material has become increasingly popular.

The benefits of bamboo are many fold. This material is a very fast growing, renewable and easy-to-grow resource. It is an extremely versatile material with countless uses including construction, clothes, food and fuel. Moreover, bamboo has anti-bacterial properties and is water resistant that makes it a great building material.

There are over 1000 species of bamboo. This amazing plant grows in tropical and temperate environments and is very hardy, not needing pesticides or herbicides to grow well. It is a type of grass and grows from its roots, when it is cut it quickly grows back with most species maturing in 3-5 years.

Some facts about the sustainability of bamboo are:

  • It is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers
  • It grows rapidly and can be harvested in 3-5 years
  • It produces 35% more oxygen that an equivalent stand of trees
  • It is a critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
  • It is an excellent soil erosion inhibitor
  • It grows in a wide range of environments
  • It’s production into fibres has lower environmental impact than other forms of fibre, especially synthetic ones.

Two are the projects which were inspired by the great sustainability features of bamboo and that will be presented in Japan during The Youth Design Day 2018 edition.

Both the two projects were selected because of their purpose, which has always been dear to Japan and its culture: using sustainable material to create something useful to people and to planet.

One of these projects is by two young Czech Design students:

Daniel Skoták and Patrik Rešl

Daniel Skoták
Patrik Rešl

Daniel is 21 years old, while Patrik is 26. These two guys project uses bamboo as the main material of an object which takes up a very important space in our daily lives.

Here what they told us while talking about their project:

Bamboo was chosen as the material because it is fast-growing, which lessens the negative impact on its environment. It is also carbon-neutral, because it absorbs carbon dioxide while it grows. We want to support and join the ever-growing movement of sustainable design, as this is an element of products that consumers are increasingly looking for.

 

The other project is by a group of Irish and English designers:

Jack Lehane, Jason Ladrigan, Seán Conlan-Smith and Alastair Brook

From left to right: Jack Lehane, Jason Ladrigan, Seán Conlan-Smith and Alastair Brook

They are 24, 24, 26 and 26 and the founders of the DSGN movement, which is a new project pioneered by an international network of student designers. Alongside their sister organisation, MEDS Meeting of Design Students, they have brought creative students from across 45+ international countries together, labouring with love on architecture, design, art, film, photography, and media projects at their annual workshops.

The design which won the competition and which DSGN are implementing and constructing in Bali is by two Polish Architecture Students:

Ewelina Andrecka and Hanna Haczek

Left: Ewelina Andrecka, right: Hanna Haczek

This is what they said about their projects:

The […] is designed in such a way that it gives the impression of a perfect balance with the surrounding nature. It is divided into three sections by mobile walls- frames filled with bamboo, a sustainable material. […] Simplicity is key here and usage of local building materials and plain environmental solutions play a significant role in achieving harmony with the environment.


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