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Growing materials - Paris

VIA will focus its exhibition on products made from plant-based bio-materials. The Innovathèque welcomes you on the premises of the FCBA with the aim of introducing you to selected raw materials and processing techniques that enhance the image of wood and plant fibres.

This is one way to offer you a tour that gives concrete expression to a complementary vision of material and product, of creativity and savoir-faire. The ambition of the two exhibitions “growing materials”, organised at the same time by the VIA and the FCBA, is to show the range of possible uses of renewable materials: wood, multiplys, composite materials of natural origin…

In this context, wood is one of the major elements of a sustainable development approach. And although talk of sustainable development, ecology and environmental protection can quickly fall into commonplaces, the stakes are still just as high. Yet, material sciences are continually improving the potential of these materials, which become more coveted every day since tomorrow they will probably be the essential elements of our society’s development. Although wood was for a long time stuck between the two extremes of old-fashioned “belle manufacture” on the one hand and quite strict machining for the mass market on the other, the public can now finally discover the sensuality of “real” wood. And so can designers! This great enthusiasm is justified by the potential of a natural material that is as impressive untreated as it is when tamed.
This enthusiasm has reached such a level that, in order to extend its range of uses, manufacturers are trying to outdo each other in the ingeniousness of their attempts to give wood super-natural properties through inventing new forms: defibrated, sewn, laser-cut, soldered, bent, sprayed… If the wood comes away from this “outrageous treatment” in even better shape, then it is because it still has something left to say. In their laboratories, scientists are working on biopolymers that would allow us to emancipate ourselves from petrol while still conserving all or some of the practical and aesthetic advantages of plastic. The story of composite wood still needs to be written and will depend on designers developing creative uses for it.
Paper, a derivative of wood, offers the (rare) designers who transform it some advantages in terms of solidity, plasticity and lightness. The sometimes surprising uses to which it is put are a logical part of an age that is growing in awareness about the environmental impact of every material. This explains the (re)discovery of many different plant fibres, from hemp to soya, which is driven by the contribution of new technologies. These bring a resolutely modern perspective to their use and there are already many avenues that will require further exploration. It is correct to say that every designer today takes account of these environmental concerns whatever the area in which they exercise their talent and whatever the mode of expression they use. The designer has an indisputable responsibility to anticipate these concerns conceptually, and to choose the right materials and production processes. Among the recommended measures for this, the main environmental gesture can be considered to be reducing the amount of material used, except for in the case of wood, one of whose qualities is to store CO2. Is this one of the reasons we have noticed every designer showing greater interest in this material and its derivatives in recent years?

The Innovathèque and the VIA have got together to bring you two exhibitions with a single theme and linked by a common title, “Growing materials” which provide a panorama of the latest developments in wood and, more generally, of biomaterials.



Turnkey exhibition, available on request with Yves Gradelet
Scenography : Yves Gradelet (architecte, scénographe - responsable des expositions)

Researches and coordination : Janette Spalter

Press : Elsa Sarfati - via.presse @mobilier.com - t. +33(0)1 46 28 11 11 - f. +33(0)1 46 28 13 13



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'Matières à cultiver' exhibition
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"Mastiff" - corrugated cardboard
© D.R.

"b² oo" Bicycle - Bamboo frame
© Marie Flores

"Zendera" bath tub - Solid teak boards, assemebled with dove-tail joints
© D.R.

"Ankis Board Cabinet" - Recycled Pine boards
© D.R.

"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

"2x médaillon" bench - Chestnut branches
© D.R.

Black film - 100% biodegradable plastified grain flour
© D.R.

"Plank" stool - Hinged solid ash
© D.R.

"Comb" chair - Oak seat and back in moulded laminate, cut and assembled
© D.R.

Bendywood® coat hanger - Flexible Beech
© D.R.

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

"Nacelles" lamps - Hand woven paper and arurog fibre
© D.R.

"Less" chair - Solid Beech structure; seat and back in Alberflex ® - sandwich of fine wood layer on foam
© D.R.

"Eight" big seat - Biofibre Canatex® (hemp based extruded resin)
© D.R.

"Body Raft" bench - Structure in pine plywood, heat moulded curved beech slats
© D.R.

Pot cover - Ceralin®
© D.R.

"Motley" stool - Turned beech plywood
© D.R.

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

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

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

"Shimujin" coat - Pure embossed linen weaving embroidered with wool, silver thread and crystals
© D.R.

"Rautia" electric guitar - Liquid wood Flaxwood®
© D.R.

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

"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.

"Light bench" - Ceralin
© D.R.

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

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

"Eco" chair - Moulded beech plywood
© D.R.

"Vuw stool - Moulded beech plywood
© D.R.

hanging shelves - Bamboo slats
© D.R.

"Algao" seat - Compacted seaweed cellulose
© D.R.

"Ribbon rocking" rocking chair - Curved ash, steel, seat in leather and 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.

"Caralyn" T-shirt - 50% cotton and 50% soya fibres
© D.R.

"Les nymphes" jars - Woven rattan
© D.R.

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

"acoustic weave paperforms v2" - 1100% recycled paper
© D.R.

"Modu Tile" - Cork tiles which form a carpet
© 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.

"Tiziana Boat Neck" jacket & skirt - 100% Ingeo ® (maize based textile)
© D.R.

"Rebel" shirtdress - 55% hemp / 45% Tencel ® (cellulose based textile)
© D.R.

"En" pot holder - Paper, glued and spread out
© D.R.

"Springrain"lamp - rice vermicelli
© D.R.

"Vasarelight" lamp - Cotton and thermoplastic resin
© D.R.

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

"Ozz1" personal shelter - Woven beech, ash structure. Origin: Forest of Chaux, label PEFC
© D.R.

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

" Luna" chair - 3-D moulded plywood
© D.R.

"Vollo" curtain tie - Raffia
© D.R.

"Spira spe" curtain tie - Rye straw
© D.R.

"Corsoé curtain tie - Wicker
© D.R.

"Sogni cristal wood" curtain tie - Alternating American walnut and resin
© D.R.

"Summer CNC Table" - Cut-out bamboo plywood
© 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.

"Taisku" bowl - 3D moulded birch plywood
© D.R.

"Cherry & Oval Flowers" ornamental flowers - Laser-cut birch plywood
© 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.

"Tonikrob" dress - 45% cotton and 55% quilted hemp
© D.R.

"Rocke" dress - bamboo viscose
© D.R.

"Tokoit" carpet - Soya fibres
© D.R.

Shoes - Straw and latex
© D.R.

Pouf - 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.

"Moose" trophy - Cut and assembled birch plywood
© D.R.

"Hardwood" rug - Sandwiched birch and cork
© D.R.

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

"Butterfly" coffee table - Curved and cut oak plywood
© D.R.

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© M. Bouré

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© M. Bouré

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exhibition - VIA gallery
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"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.

"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.

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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

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

"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.

"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.

"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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