Upcycling, recycle and renew. An increasing number of designers are investigating possibilities involved with circular production and how materials can be innovatively used in relation to production of furniture. Solid Textile Board designed by British designer Max Lamb for the Danish brand Really launched a collection of 12 benches in Milan, all produced in recycled end-of-life textiles like cotton and wool. The designer has experimented with recycling residual textiles to create solid textile boards that feel and act like wood. Another interesting project is MINI's cooperation with New York-based SO-IL architects, who launched a sustainable house prototype called Breathe. The resource-conscious project puts a big question mark by the houses we live in. In the future, they won't just serve as rooms to live in, but as an active contribution to our environmental considerations, where outdoor filters help clean the air in our neighbourhoods.
During Milan Design Week, an interesting blend of new furniture collections and products, new design collaborations, colours, shapes and textiles were exhibited. It was brought home to us how we as design brands have a clear responsibility. A responsibility, where we have to take our future seriously, act from environmental considerations and sustainability – while thinking creatively in completely new ways and for completely new needs. We look forward to coming with plenty of suggestions as to how future lives can be lived, homes can be furnished and furniture can be designed.