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The need to explore technologies that reduce the overall consumption of raw materials and finished products.

Materials really matter: they represent the beginning of the design journey, exciting us, embodying tactile promise, and expressing the creativity and substance of new fashion products. However, research tells us that they also account for highly significant impacts across the supply chain. The material choice alone can account for up to 80% of a product’s environmental and social footprint, therefore material innovation plays a pivotal role in potentially transforming the impacts of the design industries.

What does it mean to live in a material world, and how do materials of the past and present hold the keys to our future?

Most designers are exploring alternatives to today’s standard materials, with key players focused on more sustainable substitutes that include recently rediscovered and re-engineered old favourites as well as high-tech materials that deliver on aesthetics and function. While there is a lot happening globally in the space of material innovation , there are only a few Indian brands experimenting with new materials.

One such firm is materialistic studio, founded by Naren Bhandari in Delhi. Naren believes focusing on materials will bring a positive change in our current scenario and help towards achieving our goals for a sustainable future which is why the studio values alternate materials to design every product.

Parali by materialistic studio is an ongoing material research project on rice straws in which this abundant & overlooked material is developed into a 100% natural , recyclable , biodegradable & water resistant bio composite.

Materialistic is a circular design studio whose aim is to reimagine & redesign products & services without any waste. The studio takes natural materials , raw materials recovered from industrial waste , food waste and bioplastics with the goal of turning them into meaningful & regenerative products for your spaces. The studio follows a material driven design process – which means through observations & experiments, value is created from waste or overlooked materials, like Agar bioplastic and dried luffa to name a few. 

This Project aims to highlight the potential of unconventional materials like eggshells , mushroom mycelium , coffee waste & bioplastics by following a material driven design approach during the research & development phase.

Agaro is a sustainable night lamp made from agar bioplastic sheets and wooden frames.Agar is a mixture of two components : Linear polysaccharide agarose & smaller molecules called agaropectin. Agaro is a part of a material research project exploring the properties & possibilities of various bio materials in the field of product design.

‘Agaro’ is a bioplastic made from agar that is obtained from red algae , a coarse seaweed, which has then been used to create a light fixture.

The innovative values of an object can be underlined by the chosen material; in fact its mechanical and physical properties, as well as its forming, joining and finishing technologies, all participate in the success of a product. The history of design, of products and their shapes, is based on the constant dialectic relationship between a project and new materials and technologies.

Swirl is a table lamp handcrafted from natural dried luffa & teak wood. In nature you rarely see any straight lines , the swirl is inspired from twists & curves found in natural elements.


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