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Growing materials - Besançon

is a show that aims at opening inroads into the new possibilities for using renewable organic-source materials: timber, multiply, composite fibreboards, compostables...

What with all the talk about sustainable development, ecology and respect for the environment, the risk is that these issues will become mere catch words designating things that are not all that important.
As is the case when any new deep trend appears, some creative people handle it superficially without really understanding it, even to the point of making a caricature of a serious reality. For instance, the idea of recycling has brought to light a lot of projects that remain anecdote-bound, even when they appeal to our sense of humour. But today, it is safe to say that every professional designer is concerned by these issues, no matter what sector of activity he or she works in or the mode of expression practised. The responsibility of the designer in anticipating conceptual shifts and choosing materials and production processes cannot be denied.

Among the measures advocated in eco-friendly design is that of using less material, which is probably the most
basic ecological gesture of all. But this is not necessarily the case with timber, since one of its qualities is to capture and store CO². No doubt this is one of the reasons why designers have shown growing interest in timber and its many derivatives in recent years. Aren’t creative people the expression of the times we all live in?

Even solid timber is taking off! Long considered to be stuck between two extremes - fine traditional craftsmanship on one hand, mass-market factory milling on the other - the general public is now discovering the sensuality of ‘real’ wood. And young creators too! Their enthusiasm is rewarded by the untold potential of a natural material that can be left raw or given patina, stay wild or be tamed.

The field of applications has enlarged to the extent that inventors are now vying with each other to impart new hyper-natural qualities to wood. Curved, warped, seamed, laser cut, carbon-coated, treated... These ‘outrages’ sublimate wood and often surprise us.
Laboratory researchers are elaborating bio-polymers
that may enable us to emancipate the synthetic market from its dependence on petroleum, while conserving all or most of the advantages that accompany the aesthetics and use of plastic products.

The future of composite timber has yet to be written, and it will only become a reality if designers contribute their creativity.
One of the most common derivatives of wood, paper, offers the few creators who use it many possibilities for transforming its qualities of solidity, plasticity and light weight.
Often surprising by the novelty of applications, the use of timber is logical at a time when people are becoming increasingly aware of the impact every material has on the environment. This is what explains the (re) discovery of plant fibres, from rattan to soya bean... New technologies should aim at optimizing their usage and their rich diversity, by blazing new trails for investigation in a resolutely contemporary and intelligent manner - which is already a reality.



Turnkey exhibition, available on request with Yves Gradelet
Scenography : Yves Gradelet (Architect, scenographer - responsable des expositions)
assisted by Jean Marc Merlo Meyer

Researches and coordination : Janette Spalter

Technical coordination : Laurent Roussel

Press : Pauline Lacoste - lacoste@mobilier.com - t. +33(0)1 46 28 11 11 - f. +33(0)1 46 28 13 13


Practical informations

‘Matières à cultiver’ exhibition
"Habitat : déco & jardin" fair
from 16 to 18 october 2009
3 Boulevard Ouest, Besançon - France

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Project Assistance grant - Unit bookshelf
© VIA/ Marie Flores

Project Assistance grant - Lamellé-décollé
© S. de Fontainieu / G. de Virieu

" Elytre "
© www.

"Particule" stool - wood chips & tannin
© VIA/ Marie Flores

"Kimua" chair
© Martin & Zentol

Chestnut branches with bark
© D.R.

"Belu Water" water bottle - PLA
© D.R.

"Crâne" - Laser-cut birch plywood
© D.R.

"Oak coat rack" - Cut solid oak
© D.R.

"Wabi" shoe - Jute, coconut fibre and latex soles
© D.R.

Round plate - waterproof pressed palm leaf
© D.R.

Plate - whole palm leaf, naturally waterproof
© D.R.

Dish - Moulded and stitched palm leaf
© D.R.

"Ninho" side board - OSB Fibreboard, polylaminated wood, beech
© www.aicmartinezmedina.com

"Papcorn" dinner set - PLA bio plastic (wheat based starch)
© D.R.

"Moscardino" cutlery - Bio plastic
© D.R.

Containers - Rice chaff, reed fibre and natural binder
© D.R.

"Edilgrass" Bio textile - Pre-sewn, totally biodegradable, composed of a mixture of viscose and cellulose
© D.R.

"Cox" office chair - 3 D moulded plywood shell
© D.R.

"Clak" cutlery - Bio plastic
© D.R.

"Ply Sky" wall panels - Moulded birch plywood
© D.R.

"Jim nature" television - Moulded agglomerated wood, plastic
© D.R.

"Linosom Veneto" linoleum - Made from natural elements: linseed oil, pine resin, cork and wood flour, natural resins and pigments
© Doc. Tarkett

"X600" stool - Laquered Ash seat, solid ash hand assembled legs
© D.R.

" Beach shoes - Recyclable plastic and hemp fibres
© D.R.

"Sushi Daybed" - Woven water hyacinth
© D.R.

"Mouth" chair - Woven Liana
© D.R.

"Paperstone" chair - Structure compressed paper fibre, recycled pine slats
© D.R.

"b² oo" Bicycle - Bamboo frame
© Marie Flores

"Corky" chair - Stucture in steel wire and seat in reconstituated cork
© VIA/Fillioux&Fillioux

bookshelf
© D.R.

"Ellan" rocking chair - Wood fibre composite (wood fibres and plastic polypropylene)
© www.ikea.fr

Trestles - Chestnut branches with bark
© D.R.

Bendywood® hanger - Flexible Beech
© D.R.

"Cortica" chaise longue - cork, cut and assembled in form
© D.R.

© D.R.

"Koura" pendant lamp - Pine plywood from a sustainable source
© D.R.

"Flax" pendant lamp - Pine plywood from a sustainable source
© D.R.

Fruit basket - Woven bamboo and cord
© D.R.

"Fohen" lamp - Pleated paper 100% vegetable origin
© D.R.

"Sloop" lamp - Pleated paper 100% vegetable origin
© D.R.

"Le tabouret" - Cut, glued and layered oak
© D.R.

"Double wave" pedestal table - surface composed of different types of wood, end grain and long grain cut - Plexwood ®
© D.R.

"Chêne Bleu" chair - Solid Oak, tinted with kakishibu (juice of bitter persimmon)
© D.R.

"Louis Crusoé" sofa - Driftwood
© D.R.

Stool - Fossilised wood
© D.R.

"Hinoki LS Jacket" - Cypress and cotton fibres
© D.R.

Nettel jacket - nettel fibers
© D.R.

"Clak" cutlery - Bio plastic
© D.R.

Selection of utensiles - Bamboo
© D.R.

"The Rockable" stool - Turned Ash, soap finish
© D.R.

"Ripples" fruit bowl - Turned Teak
© D.R.

"Ecopod"coffin, papier maché (recycled newsprint) with vegetable hardener
© D.R.

" la Tourette " chair
© D.R.

"Emea" chair - Solid and plywood oak
© D.R.

"Emea" chair - Solid and plywood oak
© D.R.

"Kulpika 5/21/55/ Lautanen" tableware - Liquid wood Kareline ® (Pine fibre and PLA)
© D.R.

"Clone" chair - Laser-cut birch plywood
© D.R.

"Straw bowl" - Compressed straw, starch, alimentary pigments, water, beeswax
© D.R.

Hudini table and chair set
© Fillioux&Fillioux

"Maple Stool" - Solid Maple
© D.R.

"K- Okos" armchair - Coconut fibre and latex
© D.R.

"Cradle" seat - Curved ash plywood, polyurethane joints
© VIA / Fillioux&Fillioux

Basket - Laser-cut birch plywood
© D.R.

"Wasteware", plates and bowls - 100% biodegradable; thyme, rosemary, green tea and coffee
© D.R.

"Log" armchair - Natural beech frame, back and seat covered in Mongolian lamb fur
© D.R.

"Backenzahn" bedside table - Solid Oak
© D.R.

"Veneerware" plates - Bamboo
© D.R.

"Spork" - Bamboo
© D.R.

"Utensil holder" - Bamboo
© D.R.

"Nesting Baskets" set of bowls - Woven bamboo
© D.R.

"Corky lips" armchair - Natural rubber foam and cork upholstry
© D.R.

Right in-tension screen - VIA Project Assistance
© VIA/ Fillioux&Fillioux

"Log" stool - Moulded Plywood
© D.R.

"Barkon Bark" jacket - 100% natural fibres (Ficus Natalensis bark), wool
© D.R.

"Entreciel" mezzanine - Steel frame, rattan wickerwork
© VIA/Fillioux&Fillioux

"Monacca" table - 3D moulded fine layers of Yanase cedar wood
© D.R.

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