Earth Overshoot Day 2018 will be the 1st of August, the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year.
To respond to this problem, the design world has moved towards the use of alternative raw materials, with zero impact.
Kartell chairs in bioplastic, Stella McCartney boots in vegan leather, Salvatore Ferragamo dresses in orange fiber, Ikea meatballs based on roots.
The zero impact has become one of the most widespread research fields, also thanks to the confluence of expertise between industry, biology and advanced technology.
“In the future we will use ancient natural materials, so far considered, and new substances produced in the laboratory by studying nature”, answers us on Blacks Oxman at MIT in Boston, one of the main items of research.
But, beyond experimentation, these new realities are already making their way into mass production and collective life.
In the fashion industry, Stella McCartney, a champion of living green, has just inaugurated a store in the center of London, designed by the designer according to a sustainable ethic. The custom-made furniture uses organic resources and the space is also equipped with advanced air purification filters.
Still in the city, the Victoria & Albert Museum hosts ‘Fashioned from Nature’, an excursus on the link between environment and fashion from the 1600s to the present, which shows the complete reversal of perspective in the use of materials.
The theme is also widely dealt with at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Often with the use of unprecedented organic materials, such as the grass of the Australian pavilion invaded by ten thousand plants to restore physical architecture, man and nature. Entitled Grasslands Repair, it serves to remember the stakes in land occupation: only 1% of these species survive as part of the original ecosystem, the curators explain.
The concept of repairing damage is frequent in the design debate. The Israeli Erez Nevi Pana faced him at the last Milan Design Week with an exhibition of his vegan furniture.
Among his creations, chairs made of salt, wood and vegetable glues.
The 22nd Triennale of Milan entitled ‘Broken Nature’ will be the second soundtrack to the theme. The presentation of the event reads “It will further define the idea of restorative design and will collect new and old examples, coming from different domains and with different applications, in order to identify a new field of research and action”.
The eagerly awaited event, curated by Paola Antonelli, will make the capital the center of debate on the necessary restoration of a relationship of balance and cohabitation with nature.