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Sustainable furniture and building materials – presented by InteriorPark, platform for sustainable architectural design
What is cleverer nowadays than obtaining raw material from an almost inexhaustible source: from waste? With this strategy, Dutch designer Dirk vander Kooij made it as far as into the New York MOMA and the Design Museum London. He makes furniture out of recycled synthetic material he shreds, works into a pulp and then grouts into thick strings with the help of a 30-year old robot. The result looks like squeezed from a tube of toothpaste! Kooij’s latest creation: pendant luminaires based on the model of Fresnel lenses as they are used in lighthouses.
The primary of water magically attracts us. Flowing water is soothing, it purifies the air, has a regenerative effect and absorbs dust and smells. Water running across natural stone, concrete or a glass wall fascinates us with its aesthetics. Why not make use of these numerous benefits and bring water inside? In doing so, there are hardly any limits to the design. Especially in rooms where large numbers of people gather, water walls regulate the room temperature and ensure pleasant humidity so that visitors, clients and employees feel good – even in retail facilities as nearby recreation areas.