The biodegradable alder assortment is absorbed again into the Earth

Milan Design Week 2024 was beneficiant together with his items, together with the debut of Alder assortment, a collaboration between the Danish eco-design model Mater and a well-known Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. What makes Alder so distinctive? It’s totally biodegradable by way of using Matek®, a proprietary materials know-how created by Mater to supply their very own useful resource. Publish-consumer or industrial materials is mixed right into a moldable uncooked materials by combining fibers, reminiscent of these extracted from espresso bean hulls or sawdust, with a binder typically comprised of plastic waste or a comparable various. A brand new product is then shaped by way of urgent know-how to create every bit of furnishings. Primarily, Mater helps course of numerous waste streams to supply stunning furnishings.

An installation featuring chairs emerging from stacks of differently textured materials that resemble natural elements.

Urquiola shares: “In collaboration with Mater, the event of the Alder assortment has been an enriching journey marked by a shared alternate of experiences and a collective dedication to sustainable design.”

A stool on a green patch of leaves and flower plants.

Beige Photograph: Nicklas Hemming

The core construction of every indoor/out of doors espresso desk, aspect desk and stool, of which there are 4 sizes that make up the gathering, is a body comprised of 94% recycled metal for added power and sturdiness. Every base options two press-molded components that in the end create Alder’s curvilinear, nature-inspired form, earlier than being topped with the cap-like horizontal floor.

A stool on a green patch of leaves and flower plants.

Beige Photograph: Nicklas Hemming

Two variations of Alder have been created primarily based on the waste stream accessible for provide, together with Terracotta, Gentle Inexperienced, Sand and Earth Gray. It ought to be famous that the gathering is meant for full disassembly. When its life is over, every part might be recycled into new merchandise by way of Mater’s take-back system.

A stool on a green patch of leaves.

Gentle inexperienced Photograph: Nicklas Hemming

“Patricia Urquiola’s unimaginable design is the right instance of the furnishings of the long run,” says Ketil Årdal, CEO of Mater. “The assets of our planet should not infinite and now we have to rethink the outdated methods of manufacturing. Biodegradable plastic is a quickly renewable useful resource that may be collected 1-2 instances a yr. It naturally absorbs carbon dioxide because it grows and might be decomposed by dwelling organisms in the identical approach as wooden or some other pure materials.

A stool on a green patch of white plants.

Terracotta Photograph: Nicklas Hemming

For his or her set up at Milan Design Week, Mater and Urquiola labored with Desk to proceed their celebration of pure supplies. A deconstructed floral background might be seen whereas the Adler assortment is on show at Through Bartolomeo Eustachi, 51, 20129 Milan, Italy, from April 15 to 19 this yr.

A stool on a green patch of white plants.

Terracotta Photograph: Nicklas Hemming

Detail of a beige stool.


Detail of a light green chair.

Gentle inexperienced

Detail of a brown chair.


A woman holding a piece of pressed furniture on a table in a studio with other materials.

Patricia Urquiola Photograph: Niklas Hemming

Two white men in casual business attire sitting in front of a leafy green background.

Ketil Ardal, CEO + Henrik Marstrand, Founder, Mater

The Alder assortment can be accessible later this month. To study extra, go to

Kelly Beal is the Director of Branded Content material at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based author and designer has had a deep love for artwork and design for so long as she will be able to keep in mind, from Vogue Plates to MoMA and much past. When she’s not on the lookout for visible arts, she’s most likely sharing her favourite finds with others. Kelly can be discovered monitoring down new music, studying to play the ukulele, or on the sofa together with her three pets, Child, Rainey, and Remy. Discover her @designcrush on social media.

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