DDW presents Pim Dekkers, Breaking the Cycle & Designing Value Retention with ECOR
This research and development project focusses on an alternative to break the linear furniture consumption cycle. Although there are initiatives available such as techno-recycling to extend the life-cycle of used products, the ‘cycle’ in itself is not a closed loop. New non-renewable materials are added to make new furniture.
To break this linear cycle, one has to provide an alternative that is scalable, low cost and retains the value of its materials on the highest level. The only way to do so is to use organic renewable materials. In this project we have searched and tested techniques and materials to make organic furniture from, able to be consumed/used in a regular fashion, and successively can be remade into new semi-finished products/furniture. There is little to none qualitative or quantitive loss of bio-material in this new cycle and there are no contaminated waste streams. The cycle in itself is regenerative and can repeat itself unlimitedly.
Although the furniture piece can be considered the accusative case in the project, the designer aims to deliver quality and timeless design.
First prototype of Pim Dekkers’ ECOR Stool – small.
In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2500 designers to more than 295,000 visitors from home and abroad. In more than hundred locations across the city, DDW organises and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities.
DDW is different from other design events, because it concentrates on the designs of the future. Although during the event every imaginable discipline and aspect of design is on offer, the emphasis is on experiment, innovation and cross-overs. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent.
Pim Dekkers at DDW:
Piet Hein Eek
Accessible for disabled, Toilets, Open after 18.00 hours, Kidsproof
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How to break the linear furniture consumerism cycle?
Designing value retention.
The Ultimate Goal
To produce furniture out of natural and recycled material as a competitive alternative to the current linear way of furniture consumption. We believe a truly sustainable world is created through 100% closed production cycles. Therefore our only goal is to design products with a material value retention at the highest possible level.
Our quest is to create a product solution that will eliminate the depletion of ‘new’ natural resources in furniture making. At the same time, our alternative should be economically viable, that is, production costs should be no higher than those of conventional (linear) produced furniture. The production of the closed-loop products must, at last, be scalable.
As said, value retention is at the core of this project. We make use of a technique called bio-cycle recycling. That is the re-use of bio-fibers in the same production process. At the end of the product lifecycle, the same amount of material can be re-used to product new furniture pieces. And the recycled bio-fibers are as strong and workable as the initial resource. At last, there is just one waste-flow which is pure and uncontaminated.