Bio-Fold: A Circular Design Exploration
IM-A Studio (Katya Bryskina), Tomás Clavijo & SPACE10
Bio-Fold stands at the intersection of material technology and cultural strategy. It deals with critical global issues such as plastic waste, soil scarcity and deforestation due to agricultural development.
Playing with cultural heritage, the project uses FRAKTA, IKEA’s iconic tote bag, as a symbolic device for introducing an already existing technology: vacuum bagging, in this case, applied to biocomposite materials. Plastic and agricultural waste work together in favour of sustainability by re-conceptualising a reusable plastic bag as a fabrication platform for small DIY biodegradable pieces of furniture.
Altogether, these elements help to draw the possibility of a fully circular furniture supply chain as close and tangible.