In this month’s Material Matters, the team of experts at Material Lab focus on design inspired by nature. www.material-lab.co.uk
Nuatan believe there is a radically better way to design consumer products that are compatible with Earth. By connecting institutional research with commercial design, they developed a unique biobased material that will accelerate the transition to the circular economy and move us closer to a sustainable future. This innovation bioplastic is biobased, biodegradable, durable and heat stable.
University of Maryland and University of Colorado
In the creation of the material, researchers used nanotechnology to remove lignin – the part of the wood that makes the material brown and strong. In doing so, researchers created a very pale wood made of cellulose nanofibres. To give the material back its strength and rigidity, it is then compressed and a super hydrophobic compound is added. The result is a bright white building material that could be used for roofs to direct heat away from inside the building.
Taking inspiration from the effect of scales, the range of Symmetry tiles reproduces a layered effect in a simple but distinctive way. Featuring a large colour pallete of 12 coordinating neutral and vibrant colours. Johnson Tiles’ team of designers have taken time to ensure that the tip of the tile is neither too sharp nor broad and have ensured there is a balance of width and height in each tile, which oozes uniformity and enables the tiles to flow in all directions.
With biophilic design still the phrase on everyone’s lips, Tektura have launched five brand new Richard Osbourne murals. Super hi-res and incredibly detailed, these panoramic murals are an easy and effective way to bring nature into the interior. Biophilia is the idea that we possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature. Biophilic design is the use of and link to nature in the design of a space, as a way to improve the user’s health and wellbeing.