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A panel presentation involving Bruce Schuettinger’s practices as a designer and studio furniture maker addressing how he incorporates various sustainable practices in his furniture designs and production. This would include a discussion on the types of sustainably sourced and produced materials he uses; their physical properties; how these properties positively affect the appearance and usage of the piece of furniture; and what are the appropriate joinery, adhesives, and finishing systems for these products. This discussion would also include the use of recycled or upcycled materials and the use of often discarded materials from the furniture production process. These topics will include where a maker could obtain the materials, what is the efficacy of utilizing a portion of a previous craftsman’s work in a new a work of furniture or art, and the health risks associated with the use of older recycled materials.
This initial segment will be followed by his daughter, Alison Schuettinger, presentation on Biomaterials. It will then be followed by a presentation from a representative from Eco-Supply addressing a number of products, which they sell and how they are used in the industry. A separate Q & A session will be conducted in between each presenter.
In a climate change era, as designers, we have an ethical responsibility to consider the complete life cycle of the stuff we create. Utilizing principles of systems thinking and design, Alison will be presenting on alternative materials for making products and furniture by showcasing her design student’s works as examples. As a sustainable systems teacher, she will briefly introduce the bigger picture of climate change and pollution (marine plastic pollution, textile waste, deforestation) as a result of a current and outdated linear system for how we as humans in a capitalized western world have been primarily making our stuff. Her students at Parsons School of Design explore various materials and methods for how to shift the wicked problems of our time into opportunities for making stuff that is more just and sustainable. Alison will showcase student examples of designing furniture out of all reclaimed and up-cycled materials and creating products out of kombucha leather and mycelium foam. In addition to student examples, Alison will include a variety of companies and examples of indigenous technology that work with Nature to create a product.