In this month’s Material Matters, the experts at Material Lab celebrate sustainable solutions inspired by nature.
Malai creates sustainable surface design from coconut water
Taking the concept ‘something from nothing’ to new extremes, South Indian company, Malai, has created a biocomposite from Bacterial Cellulose. Grown from the water of mature coconuts and natural fibres, mainly sourced from agricultural waste streams, the end product is sustainable, biodegradable, water resistant and vegan. Available in 1x1m sheets (1-2mm thick) and a range of colours (using natural dyes), its appearance is similar to that of leather. It’s ideal for upholstery, wallcoverings, bags and wallets, as it can be sewn, laser cut, embossed or printed on.
Elli Popp takes influence from nature for brand new Tektura designs
Influenced by jungles through to woodland glades, mythical lands and ancient wonders, the designs of Elli Popp – founded by Katja Behre in 2007 – are firmly rooted in nature, yet have a somewhat other-worldly appeal. Katja blends layers of photography with shadow and colour to create totally unique effects. Soft watercolours sit alongside deep blacks and blues, vivid greens and earthy browns. The designs have been created specially for Tektura, and can be scaled up to fill a wall of 3x5m. They can be cropped or repeated length-wise to fit a longer wall. Colours can be adjusted and all designs are available as wallcovering, window film or as acrylic artwork.
Granorte VITA décor elevates cork from its humble origins to a material of true beauty
Designed to reproduce the unique patterns and textures found in nature, VITA flooring combines the authenticity and beauty of natural products with the durability of an innovative hardwearing and eco-friendly surface. The new collection of cork flooring is designed with aesthetics firmly in mind and, with stunning surface decors achieved by state-of-the-art digital printing technology, it stands out for its never-seen-before clarity – reaching a resolution of over 1000 dpi and making patterns appear almost life like.
KIZIS Studio plants seeds of change with creation of thistle-based eco-friendly material
The thistle is a plant native to the western and central Mediterranean region, where it was domesticated in ancient times. In an impressive demonstration of innovation, KIZIS Studio has created a new eco-friendly material, using the plant as the main substance for the first ever thistle furniture collection. Located between Athens and London, KIZIS undertakes projects across product and furniture design, interiors and architecture. The studio was founded in 2014, to focus on research and materiality.