The Surface Design Show is a materials show for architects and interior designers.
This is the first show I have ever done. I was invited by the SCIN Materials gallery to show some eco materials on their large stand.
I am so glad I went, I had the time of my life. For 3 days I spoke to so many people who where interested in sustainable materials, I can’t tell you how satisfying it is talking about what you are passionate about to people who are interested! And it helps sharpen up your pitch too, I repeated the same thing so many times over the 3 days.
SCIN wanted me to make some shelves to go with the farm theme so we made a ladder to be leaned against some straw bales.
The ReCut floating shelf made it out for the first time at the Surface Design Show and was by far the most popular piece I was exhibiting, people walked straight onto the SCIN stand and right to the ReCut shelf with their hands out ready to stroke it! I witnessed this again and again, that was great fun to watch, the front of the shelf was really smooth by the end of the three days.
What Eco Materials are the shelves made from?
- From the top we have the untreated Stramit shelf.
- Second is an shelf made from Formaldehyde free MDF with recycled plastic in the center, back light with LED’s.
- Third is the ReCut shelf made from waste wood.
- Then we have a shelf made using strawboard and recycled bottles.
- Fith is my pionerring Stram Straw Shelf painted with natural paint.
- And at the bottom a Medite Ecologique shelf painted with eco paint.
This top shelf is a raw shelf made from Stramit strawboard, it is used to insulate eco houses. For me this an ultimate sustainable materials because it is made using no glue to bind the straw together, just a bit of glue is used to bind the cardboard on the outside, meaning that it contains minimal unnatural material and is almost totally renewable.
The Second shelf is made using a formaldehyde free FSC certified MDF wood, it uses and MDI glue which is supposed to be innert compared with current formaldehyde glues. This type of board is made my Medite and is called Medite Ecologique, it uses less 3-5% glue instead of 12-15% of the standard MDF, so that is a good thing that we are using less petro chemical glue.
The blue recycled plastic is made from melted office water bottles with crushed CD’s and DVD’s inside it, back-light with low voltage and wattage LED’s.
The Third shelf is the ReCut shelf made using waste from the waste offcuts my company Custom Carpentry creates, they are glued and oiled using an Auro products made from renewable plant based materials.
The fourth shelf is made from straw board supplied by Envirowall, it is bound together using a formaldehyde free glue. In the center is recycled glass made from bottles made by Bottle Alley Glass in Yorkshire.
The fith shelf is my pioneering floating shelf made using Stramit strawboard, hardboard which is just compressed wood and water, and painted with Nutshell paint made from petro chemical free ingredients.
The last shelf is a 36mm formaldehyde free Medite Ecologique paint painted with Nutshell paint.
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