Developed in collaboration with Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Circular Futures Lab saw designers, makers and creative entrepreneurs from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam meet for a week long programme of design workshops in the UK.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Design Guide developed with IDEO formed the guiding framework of the activity, through a series of exploratory hands-on workshops around material research, circular solutions and design strategies. Programme collaborators included Materiom, an international research platform focused on open source biomaterial recipes, Open Cell, a hub of studios and biolabs for early stage design start-ups and Design Museum, London. These UK workshops lead to a series of follow-on projects in the form of creative collaborations and design workshops disseminating the delegates’ learnings in the Southeast Asian region.

The programme began in November 2018 with an online session for the Disruptive Innovation Festival, entitled Future Circularity: New Voices in Southeast Asia, featuring two of the programme delegates, Creative Technologist Irene Agrivina Widyaningrum and Architect Adi Wibowo.

Circular Futures Lab is developed by the Creative Economy and Architecture Design and Fashion teams at the British Council, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

For more information, read the press release by Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Additional workshop organised by OpenCell x Material:

10:30-12:30 Materiom Morning Workshop - Explore biomaterials & ingredient making

14:00-16:00 Materiom Afternoon Workshop - Explore biomaterials & ingredient making

Materiom provides open data on how to make materials that nourish local economies and ecologies. We support companies, cities, and communities in creating and selecting materials sourced from locally abundant biomass that are part of a regenerative circular economy."

Sign up for our evening event here!
In the evening (6pm) we welcome everyone to a talk by Zoë Powell and to join us in a discussion about using local material waste, developing new recipes and the workshop results of the day.
You will get as well the chance to touch and explore a diverse set of materials from the Materiom platform.
More info about the Workshops:
From abundant, local ingredients to using waste food, we will help you look at materials in a whole new way. We’ll use our digital library of open-source material recipes to teach you the ins and outs of making sustainable materials and life-friendly chemistry.

The bioplastic recipes are all natural, vegan, not harmful to the environment using ingredients such as beetroot, sage, turmeric, agar agar and used coffee grounds.

Participants will have the opportunity to measure, mix and mould their own samples. (If you’ve made a mould you’d like to use or want to bring your own container to dry your sample in at home, please feel free to.)
We are always looking for new contributors, so dive into the world of natural materials with us and join the open-source materials revolution! |
More info about Zoe Powell & Materiom:
Zoe Powell is a multi-disciplinary Designer-Maker. She is also a Researcher and Workshop Facilitator of Textiles and Biomaterials.

Since 2008, she has been working on commissions and projects internationally for a variety of industries including art, fashion and interiors.

The focus of her work is centred around creatively using resources, circular design strategies and production techniques both digital & hand crafted.

Materiom is an open platform for materials experimentation and development for a circular economy. They have the belief that a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach is the key to unlocking a 21st century materials economy that is regenerative by design.

Their mission is to enable everyone, everywhere to participate in the next generation of materials.

Working at the intersection of design, material science and ecology, the Materiom platform and its community are using open source data and technology to unlock a circular materials economy that is regenerative by design.
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