Future Remnants at Vitra Design Museum

I am very happy to announce that Future Remnants will be shown at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany as part of the New Material Award 2018.

About Future Remnants

Future Remnants is a research into the influence of man on the evolution of new minerals and materials. The project shows the reaction of metals to ordinary household chemical agents. With a disciplined testing methodology four metals were exposed to twelve agents by means of three techniques. Within a limited time period, reactions were observed, resulting in an extensive collection of hybrid materials. Future Remnants aims to demonstrate on a small scale what could happen, or is in fact already happening, on a large scale in the landscape.

About New Material Award

The “New Material Award” introduces the designs of the future. The biennial award challenges visual artists, designers and architects to use new materials and innovative techniques. The resulting designs will contribute to a better and more sustainable society. Since the first New Material Award in 2009, this annual prize has been rewarding artists and designers for their contributions to material innovation in the service of ecological and social sustainability. Over the past decade, the prize has proved an important catalyst for innovative design research. Moreover, the New Material Award offers a platform to a generation of designers who dare to ask fundamental questions about industrial production processes and natural growth, waste flows and residual materials. Increasingly often, they do this in collaboration with scientific partners. These can be confrontational questions, in which the ethics of industrial society and the politics behind environmental policy come under discussion. In the nominated projects, critical research leads to stimulating counter-proposals. With their speculative projects, the designers visualize an alternative, optimistic view of natural resources and the materials of the future.


New Material Award at Vitra Schaudepot
10/05/2019 - 06/10-2019

Charles-Eames-Straße 2
79576 Weil am Rhein, Duitsland

Participating designers

Agne Kucerenkaite with Ignorance is Bliss, Alexander Marinus with Hey Jute, Basse Stittgen with Blood Related, Daria Biryukova with Forz Glaze Envisions with Wood in Progress Inge Sluijs with Plasma Rock, Iris de Kievith & Annemarie Piscaer with SerVies, Ekatarina Semenova with Care for Milk, Studio Klarenbeek & Dros and Atelier Luma with Algae Lab, LUMA, Overtreders W & bureau SLA with People’s Pavilion: 100% borrowed, Sanne Visser with The New Age of Trichology, Shahar Livne with Lithoplast, Studio Chris Kabel with Recomposed Bamboo, Telesilla Bristogianni & Faidra Oikonomopoulou with Re3- Glass, Xandra van der Eijk with Future Remnants.

Collaboration partners

“New Material Award” is a joint venture between Stichting DOEN, Fonds Kwadraat and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

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