OUROBOROS VISION OF BRAVE NEW WORLD
I have been in search of modern and sustainable packaging for my handmade jewellery for some time now: I do not want to compromise on the aesthetics when using recycled / recyclable / biodegradable packaging – because it is nice to have a nice something wrapped around nice things you buy.
I am still looking; and I happened to visit the NUATAN showroom in Knightsbridge during the London Design Festival which runs until the end of this week. And I really wanted to share as what the studio do seems like a very exiting step into the responsible future of our everyday, including design and fashion.
Developed by an interdisciplinary team at cp! NUATAN is a new generation of bioplastic. It is made from 100% renewable resources, it is 100% biocompatible and 100% biodegradable.
This alternative to oil-based plastics is a result of a 6-year research and collaboration with scientists from Slovak University of Technology. By combining craft + technology, fast + slow production methods, crafting plastics! studio discover the mostly unknown field of bioplastics derived from plants.
From a material’s birth to its decay, from limited edition to mass produced consumer goods, cp!s explores new aesthetics and material limits and challenges negative prejudice on perishable materials.
Thus, the actual design output wise:
cp! eyewear is the first product to translate the studio’s ambition and philosophy – cp! glasses are honest; their shapes are reduced to their most basic elements, e.g. to ensure the 100% biodegradable element the design omits any no hinges or screws. (to be entirely honest, this still affects the aesthetics and the feel of the eyewear, but it is a big Step One and if they got so far achieving the qualities of the material, polishing off the design is only the matter of the right team and a little bit of time 🙂)
London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world and this year runs across the city through 15-23 September. So do go see and meet the forward looking designers throughout London this week! x