Sustainable furnishings company Model No., Prowl design studio and artist Mike Han have collaborated on an installation in Miami to highlight how the furniture industry can reduce its environmental footprint by employing local, circular and digital manufacturing practices to design and create furnishings that are both stylish and sustainable.
The collaboration, Endless Loop: From Waste to Wanted, features one-of-a-kind stools and tables designed by Prowl, standing sculptures and pendant lighting by Model No., and a monolith by Han. While standing alone, each piece shares a similar aesthetic that echoes the group’s mission. The pieces, debuting as part of Art Basel, are on display at the Solana Embassy at 215 NW 24th St., in Miami’s Wynwood District from Nov. 29-Dec. 13.
“As a studio, we use design to tell stories about the climate crisis we are facing and the ways we can shift our manufacturing practices toward positive change,” say Lauryn Menard and Baillie Mishler of Oakland, California-based Prowl. “We saw Model No. as the perfect partner to implement this narrative material way of thinking. Because they were already working with Arborica, a local arborist, and working to create recycled 3D printing processes, we saw the opportunity to bring those two things together to tell a full, truly circular manufacturing story — from end to end.”
Model No. custom produced each piece using fallen trees, sawdust and upcycled plant waste, all sourced just a short distance from the Model No. production facility in California’s Bay Area.
“Almost everything we use to make our furnishings is either available in our backyard, like the salvaged hardwoods we’ve been using, or we can get it domestically by tapping things like agricultural byproduct,” says Jeffrey McGrew, co-founder and chief technology officer of Oakland-based Model No. “Not only can our 3D printing and digital manufacturing turn it into useful objects, but it’s also customizable and scalable, so we can kind of have it all if we approach it the right way.”
“My creative practice is driven by the understanding that in order to create, you must destroy. I believe there is a burden and responsibility in making things, so having the opportunity to collaborate with Model No. to create with zero waste has been inspiring. I’m humbled to exhibit alongside innovators like Prowl,” added Han, a Detroit-based artist who is inspired by Korean calligraphy, graffiti and modern design.
The collaborative also traverses from physical form into digital art, presenting an animated NFT collectible in partnership with Solana, a carbon neutral blockchain.
“Through our collaboration with Prowl and Mike Han, we’re excited to show the industry that there is a growing trend to change the way that we design, manufacture, distribute and consume furniture and art,” says Phillip Raub, chief executive officer of Model No. “As we scale our business, we’re looking to start a movement to bring along other industry leaders in the residential, hospitality and workplace space.”
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