Pratt Institute’s School of Design Announces the Winners of the 2022 Material Lab Prize
Pratt Institute’s School of Design recently named Charlotte Reiter as the winner of its Material Lab Prize, which for three years has awarded $1,000 to a student designer whose work considers the potential of reclaimed waste.
Reiter (Master of Industrial Design ’24 at Pratt Institute) conceived “Gonecrete,” a new material comprised of rice and corn starches otherwise wasted during harvesting and production, as a biodegradable alternative to concrete. After some 100 material tests over several months, they hit upon a formula which retains strength while dry but dissolves quickly in water; a biodegradable Shellac coating keeps the material together, but can removed with a quick scrub.
Terratiles—square tiles comprising six different patterns—brings Gonecrete into the material palette for architects and designers. “It rethinks applications in tons of places for replaceable tiles or more,” said designer and co-founder of OurCarbon, Elizabeth Bridges, a juror on the prize committee.
Material Lab also announced a pair of honorable mentions: Hsiao-Chieng Hung, who formulated a terrazzo-esque tile with flecks of dried paint in a project called Paintdora, and Emma Winick, whose Durafluff transforms recycled cushion-filling into structural material. Both will win a $500 prize, ensuring that the future of design is sustainable.
Through Adaptive Reuse, Studio Alexander Fehre Turns Two Buildings into a New Facility in Germany
Studio Alexander Fehre turns two buildings into a playful special-projects facility at the Bosch Engineering headquarters in Germany.
Nanimarquina Transforms Wool Waste into Marbled Rugs
Re-Rug, dhurries cleverly made of wool leftovers from Nanimarquina suppliers, is a stylish take on sustainable design.
Gensler Explores Building the Materials of Tomorrow
The building material of tomorrow could be one from our past: wood. Take Next: Lab Building of the Future, a Gensler Research Institute concept that envisions the evolution of science workplaces, an exercise undertaken b…
Viva Magenta is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2023
Step into “the Magentaverse” and peep the Pantone Color of The Year for 2023, Viva Magenta, an uplifting red hue rooted in nature.
6 Highlights from the 18th Edition of Design Miami/
At this year’s Design Miami/, designers display bold works with an eye toward new materials. See highlights here.
Interface, Now a Carbon Neutral Enterprise, Achieves Major Milestone in Sustainability
See how Interface, a global commercial flooring enterprise, became a fully carbon neutral business with rigorous climate goals.