Some impressions from Milan Design Week Fuori Salone 2022.
The change in design was not the main topic of this year’s Design Week, but it was discussed everywhere – sometimes with more, sometimes with less enthusiasm. Recycled, bio-based and renewable materials were shown and international projects dealt with the design of the future.
Honestly, there could have been more innovations, but at least the theme seems to be spreading in the world of design. The following photos show some examples of innovative, future-orientated designs and products including the development of sustainable, renewable, recycled or recyclable materials.
Making fashion history
With her Summer Collection 2022 Stella McCartney launched the world’s first luxury handbag made from mycelium: The Frayme Mylo™️
Made from mycelium, the underground root-like system of fungi, Mylo is a bio-based leather alternative that is soft, supple and less harmful to the environment. The material that sparked a “mushroom leather” movement, Mylo is made possible by the world-class scientists and engineers at Bolt Threads.
It is additionally treated by highly skilled artisans who add a finish to protect and enhance the luxury of the material. This is done according to Green Chemistry principles, without the use of harmful chemicals like dmfA and chromium.
Bolt Threads has built the process for human healthy and minimal environmental impact, and has chosen to work with supply chain partners globally recognised with certifications. The entire process maintained with the United States and the European Union.
Additionally, leather tanning is often outsourced to developing countries, where people must work in poor conditions and are exposed to harmful and carcinogenic tanning chemicals. In Bangladesh, 90% of tannery workers die before the age of 50.
When it comes to replacing cow leather, there is still ‘shroom for improvement. It is sourced from the animal agriculture complex, which is responsible for 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse emissions and is driving the destruction of vital ecosystems like the Amazon rainforest, as well as our own homes. Climate change means more floods and forest fires for us, and less time on Mother Earth for us all.