V&A Project

17 — 18, 20 — 25 Sept 2022

Industrial & Product Design, Other


Cromwell Road

Room 133 / Dr Susan Weber Gallery of Furniture




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This display features design projects that engage with questions around the sustainable use of wood. It is part of Make Good: Rethinking Material Futures, supported by John Makepeace OBE, and promotes environmental stewardship in design, encouraging debate on a topic at the forefront of the climate crisis.

The From the Forest display features projects that engage with questions around environmental stewardship and the sustainable use of wood and other plants. The pieces, by designers such as Playfool, Formafantasma, Gitta Gschwendtner, Mac Collins, Sebastian Cox, Fernando Laposse, Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw, prompt us to think about material use and its consequences, encouraging engagement with a topic that is now at the forefront of the debate around the climate crisis. Forests store carbon, purify water and air, and ensure natural biodiversity. But responsibly harvested wood can also provide livelihoods for people and be environmentally beneficial. As a material for making, wood is energy-efficient and sustainable and it even stores carbon after the tree is felled. From the Forest is part of the Make Good: Rethinking Material Futures programme, which invites practitioners from different disciplines ranging from science, design, forestry and academia to share research, knowledge and skills. Supported by the designer and furniture maker John Makepeace OBE, the programme encourages ideas of stewardship of natural resources and considers the responsibilities of designers and consumers towards the natural world in a time of climate crisis. Starting in 2022, Make Good is a ten-year project that encompasses an annual display, symposium and programme of acquisitions dedicated to looking at the use of renewable, natural materials and the future of sustainable forestry in connection to design and architecture.