Shahar Livne (1989) is an Israeli-born designer located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Her lifelong fascinations in nature, biology, science… developed into intuitive material experimentation way of work during her bachelor studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Metamorphism is a speculative design project that Shahar presented at Dutch Design Week 2017 at DAE Graduation Show.
“Climate change, continued deforestation and the on-going spread of pollutants inevitably threaten the existence of many natural raw materials used in traditional craftsmanship. As those materials disappear, the knowledge of those crafts disappears along with them. At the same time, new natural materials are emerging. The presence and abundance of man-made plastics in the environment naturally forms a new raw material called Plastiglomerate, marking the shift between old notions of nature and culture. This project speculates on the future of this new raw material within the context of craftsmanship.”
The project entails a research on the notions of nature and of what new aesthetics and cultural realities can emerge relating to plastics beyond the current limited way of regarding it as a pollutant, massed produced and a cheap material. As a result of her investigation, Shahar created a new clay-like material using
discarded plastics and landfills designated sediments, which she envisions as a valuable commodity that future civilizations will mine, which she named “Lithoplast”. The material is then processed in process borrowed from geology, called Metamorphism, the same process which transform limestone into marble in nature. This material can be used for sculptural hand made products and it’s potential for interior design applications is being tested at the moment.
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