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Growing materials - Lausanne

‘Matieres à cultiver’ (‘Materials to cultivate’) 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 (architecte, scénographe - responsable des expositions)

Researches and coordination : Janette Spalter

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 & Garden fair
From Saturday 28 February to Sunday 8 March 2008 at Beaulieu, Lausanne

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"Tome" lamp - Paper, glued and cut
© yves-andre.ch

"Birdhouse" bird feeder - Seeds and edible binder
© yves-andre.ch

"Mobilier Bio-technologique Napac®" - 100% biodegradable (fibres and binder)
© yves-andre.ch

"Ring" chair - Laminated plywood
© D.R.

"Lin" chair - Braided linen and corn-based resin on moulded corn-based foam
© D.R.

Frisbee - Polyfibra (polypropylene et wood) Biocérès (vegetable origin, biodegradable)
© D.R.

"Bolla" lamp - Woven natural rush
© D.R.

"Matrice végétale" - Living woven black Willow
© D.R.

"Zaunhecke" - Compressed soil and seed, biodegradable fencing units
© D.R.

"Big Apple" seat - Bent Plywood
© D.R.

"Yoda" easy chair - Woven natural rattan
© D.R.

"Lolah" easy armchair - Woven and bound natural rattan; ancestral construction technique used in boat building
© D.R.

"Bonja" chair - Moulded fibreglass seat covered with abaca fibre. Steel chrome-plated feet
© D.R.

"Es" bookcase - Solid and plywood beech
© D.R.

"Hut Ab" coat stand - Solid Ash
© D.R.

"Dana" dress - 75% Cotton / 25% Seacell® (seaweed based textile)
© D.R.

"Legend" bookcase - Solid Bourgogne Oak , Award winner – Ecodesign, Bois Bourgogne
© D.R.

"Natures mortes" gourd vases - Moulded gourd, dried with beeswax finish
© D.R.

"Right in-tension" table - Solid and tension-held ash
© VIA/Fillioux&Fillioux

"Bookstack 300" bookcase - Honeycomb recycled cardboard. Walled compartments forming pigeonholes
© D.R.

"Silent Butler Johann" coat stand - Fine solid ash uprights, halved-joint assembly
© D.R.

"Toetally" shoes - Hemp, latex sole, bamboo lining
© D.R.

"Toemorrow" shoes - Hemp, latex sole, bamboo lining
© D.R.

Shoes - Straw and latex
© D.R.

"Kleinderstander" coat stand - Folding solid beech
© D.R.

"TR4" floor lamp - Curved and assembled birch slats
© D.R.

"TR7" pendant lamp - Curved and assembled birch slats
© D.R.

"Seaborn" throw - Woven paper yarn
© D.R.

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

"Mastiff" - corrugated cardboard
© D.R.

"Mastiff" - corrugated cardboard
© D.R.

"Cosy" - Moulded airplane plywood
© D.R.

"Bee" chaise longue - Bamboo
© Marie Flores

Plastic glass for cold drinks - PLA plastic from agriculture, biodegradable and compostable
© D.R.

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

Biodegradable seeding support - Hemp net with grain and substrate capsules enabling even seeding
© D.R.

"Bios napkin ring set" - Liquid wood Arbofil ® & polyproylene
© D.R.

"Bios Large basket" - Liquid wood Arbofil ® & polyproylene
© D.R.

"Consolidation" vase - Turned and sand-blasted oak with dove-tail joints
© D.R.

"Bois mousse" armchair - Birch plywood and natural rubber foam
© VIA/D. Feintrenie

Dressing gown - 94% Pine viscose, 6% elastane
© D.R.

"Grown up" stool - Sycamore branches naturally fused together through growth (5 years)
© D.R.

"Imprint" chair - cCellupress® - Mixture of spruce sawdust and cellulose
© D.R.

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

"Thoneteando" rocking-chair - Solid bent wood using Thonet elements
© D.R.

"Ladies Jacket"
© D.R.

"Cork Family" stool - Compressed cork
© D.R.

"Sunflower" cell phone - Poly Vinyl Alcohol, compostable biopolymer and sunflower seed
© D.R.

Wall panel - Assembled slats, wood fibres
© D.R.

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

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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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