Elevating a Space with Biodegradable Interior Materials
Mohamad Taufaniari (ID) x Jennifer Stewart (UK)
Textile production is one of the biggest waste producers. There is currently an overproduction of fast fashion textile items made from non-sustainable materials. The demand for fast fashion items is also expected to grow over the next few years. Taufan and Jennifer aim to address this problem by presenting an alternative textile material for the fashion, homeware, and interior market.
Introducing Weavewave, a statement interior design piece, handwoven in Indonesia harnessing traditional techniques and natural fibres of the Mucuna plant, Tencel, and eco-resin. Sourced in Indonesia, Mucuna is a waste by-product of the palm oil industry. Instead of being discarded after it has served its purpose, it is diverted and harvested to extract an unusual shiny fibre.
Taufan and Jennifer combined the natural golden shiny nature of the Mucuna fibre with gelatin to create a flexible material to prototype with. The design features an innovative combination of traditional weave techniques with solid panels to create an eye-catching statement talking piece for sophisticated interiors.
Designs are able to be repeated vertically and horizontally to create undulating lines with some variation.
Not only does Weavewave help promote the importance of sustainability in interior design practice, but it also adds value to the local economy for workers who harvest Mucuna instead of disposing of it. In interior design, sustainability is involved in many aspects of a project in order to deliver durable, high-quality design with low environmental impact, waste and lowering pollution.
And Weavewave checks all these aspects.
All photos are courtesy of Altermatter Participants.