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Sustainable Design 2.0: New Models and Methods

Biomimicry and cradle-to-cradle are two leading models for 21st century design, says Chris Sherwin in the penultimate of his series on sustainable design Working in the field of sustainable design, I'm periodically asked, sometimes challenged, on what a truly sustainable product looks like. I thought I'd share the way I tackle this as a way to unpack the issues. One example I use is the work of designer Chris Cattle, who 'grows furniture'. His amazing designs (see above), consist of three timber saplings that are planted, grown and trained around a reusable plywood template to produce, in time, a rigid structure for pieces of furniture like tables and stools. Grafting the saplings together w

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