It appears that once we understand a paradigm, the nature of the universe is to create another, seeming as if nature would always be in a constant state of self-creation, of developing reality or becoming. 

Therefore, a design cannot solve a problem indefinitely, it can only develop solutions as temporal responses. Some designs achieve great longevity and some are more ephemeral.

So, when looking at surface design and material making, it is important to observe and learn from the ever-shifting cycles of nature that surround us.

In the world of sustainability, MATERIALS is a word that can encompass many concepts. From macro to micro, living to non-living objects are made by materials composed of one or more substances. Think of any surface, such as your phone or computer screen, each is made from sets of particular materials. All materials have differing properties: attributes that never change and characteristics: attributes that are changeable, and understanding both can help us define a materials best function and application.

Detail of basquet made from plantain fiber

In the field of design, materials are the basis for creation and their choice impacts both the best and worst aspects of a design or process. At best the choice results in perfect functionality conversely, it can create far reaching problems: for instance, in the form of microplastic pollution in the oceans and plastic rubbish on the beach.

Hence, designers of all disciplines need to be entirely familiar with the deeper nature of the materials they work with, Material Design in itself is becoming a more sophisticated, dynamic and versatile field of study.

Peruvian Alpaca yarn, hand knitted by Qaytu

Becoming more aware of the materials that objects are made of, not only helps us understand their journey and how to take care of them, but could assist in the development of sustainable solutions at the end of their life cycles. Very often when an object has fulfilled its purpose, we simply get rid of it, disregarding the value of its materials.

However materials can become truly timeless if they can be sustainably renewable and safely degradable.

If you’re interested to know more about what renewable materials you can apply in your project, get in touch and we’ll explore together how to find the best solution.