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Mira Nameth

MA work

Biophilic

We live in a world where it’s considered high to have recycling rates of 50 per cent, where eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year globally; where it’s considered normal to constantly ship materials and products across oceans. We are overusing the world’s resources – specifically, 1.5 Earths each year. It's financially, environmentally, and existentially unsustainable.

By 2054, 70 per cent of us are projected to live in cities – cities, which consume far more than they produce, prompting the need for local materials and manufacturing. 

Biophilic explores a local urban waste stream combined with a natural binder, making it a fully biodegradable composite material. A rigid and solid material have been explored, as well as initial applications. 

Many eco materials are biodegradable, but not recyclable, or not local – like palm, coconut, banana, and pineapple – which decreases their environmental benefit. Beyond exploring its functional and aesthetic qualities, Biophilic is being developed to be biodegradable, non-toxic, and recyclable, using predominantly local resources. 


Sources

panda.org/get_involved/live_green

shipmap.org

gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-waste-data

oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas

un.org/development/desa/en/news/population

fab.city


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Products, 2019

  • I'm interested in the intersection of sustainability and aesthetics, and the aspect of time as a design factor. These three concepts influence the creation of the object, its usage, and its relationship with its owner, and the end of the object.

  • Degrees

  • BA Digital Design, Hyper Island, Karlskrona, Sweden
  • Experience

  • Botanical Illustrator, New York, Stockholm, and London; Creative director, Fluid, New York; Associate creative director, CreateThe Group, New York; Associate creative director, McCann Erickson, New York; Art director, AKQA, New York
  • Exhibitions

  • Design Products Show, Base, Milan, 2019; Group Show, Open Walls, Berlin, 2017; Color Palate Show, Monkey Town, New York, 2008; Tradition: Ten Scandinavian Illustrators, Newcastle, 2008
  • Awards

  • Red Dot Design Award, Packaging Design, 2013; PRINT Magazine 'Hand drawn', 2012; American Illustration 31, 2012; Communication Arts, Best Website, 2007; 􏰀􏰁􏰁􏰇One Show, Merit, 2007