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Why Materials Matter : Responsible Design for a Better World - Seetal Solanki

Why Materials Matter

Responsible Design for a Better World

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2018
ISBN: 9783791384719
Number Of Pages: 240

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This visually stunning investigation of natural and man-made materials will change the way you look at the world around you, while offering hope for the future of our planet. What does it mean to live in a material world, and how do materials of the past and present hold the keys to our future?

This book tackles these questions by focusing on various issues that human beings face and by discussing potential materials-related solutions. Through the lens of intriguing projects by designers, artists, makers, and scientists, it presents a colourful panoply of ideas, technologies, and creative efforts that focus on the earth's most basic elements, while also showing how these elements can be transformed into entirely new materials. It explores, for example, how ancient practices such as dyeing fabric and making glue may hold the secret to renewable and earth-friendly consumer products, as well as how recycling plastics can tackle food waste, and how a type of light metal being developed may one day make air travel less fuel-reliant.

This book also investigates the potential of the digital experience, suggesting how this most ephemeral type of matter can be used to improve our world. Eye-catching and provocative, Why Materials Matter serves as both a stimulating catalogue of possibilities and a timely manifesto on how to consume, manufacture, and design for a better future.

About the Author

Seetal Solanki is the founder of Ma-tt-er, an London-based research studio, platform and materials consultancy. Working with a wide range of clients, including IKEA, Selfridges, Unilever, and Water.org, Solanki and her team help companies create products and services in a more responsible way through careful selection of materials and by challenging preconceived ideas and behaviours. 250 colour illustrations

ISBN: 9783791384719
ISBN-10: 3791384716
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st November 2018
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 24.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.86

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