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Thilo Alex Brunner (ed.)

Aesthetics of Sustainability

Material Experiments in Product Design

Book design: Federico Barbon

272 pages, ca. 150 images,
19 × 26 cm, Swiss brochure with flaps

Euro (D) 39.–, Euro (A) 40.–

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ISBN 978-3-03863-062-3

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• 2nd revised edition

• Printed on resource-saving paper made from algae and residues from olive processing

• New and sustainable materials for product design

• Transfer of knowledge on how new materials are tested and used

This volume summarizes the results of "The Aesthetics of Sustainability", a research project led by ECAL/Ecole cantonale d`art de Lausanne. It brought together master’s students of product design, established materials specialists, manufacturers and researchers with the aim of exploring and defining the aesthetic potential of a new generation of sustainable materials.

The result of this research-through-design project is a series of fourteen case studies involving the development of materials made from textile waste, recycled paper, rubber granulate or vegetable fibers such as algae, rice husks, hemp, flax and wood. The resulting new materials can be shaped, pressed, woven or welded. A selection of these materials will be presented through experiments and prototypes of products.

The aim is to offer future designers a range of practical tools and applied knowledge about the methods of analyzing and processing seminal materials, utilizing their advantageous qualities and developing functional, yet aesthetically intriguing objects.The materials further aim to provide proof that sustainable materials are a great market opportunity for manufacturers and consumers alike.

With contributions from: Christophe Guberan, Chris Lefteri, Ala Tannir and graduates of the Master’s Program Product Design of École cantonale d`art de Lausanne (ECAL).

About the Editor

Thilo Alex Brunner is a Swiss product designer based in Zurich and co-founder of several design firms. He served a ten-year term as lecturer at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d`art de Lausanne and chaired the master’s degree program Product Design until 2018.

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