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MaDe Participant
Name

Carl-Ludvig Svensson

Material
Tropos
Nationality
Swedish
Classification
Vegetable
Workshop
London
Category
Industry
Profile

Carl-Ludvig Svensson recently graduated from Design School Kolding with the ambition to create multifaceted experiences that value the complexity in which they exist. He has gained previous experience working for well known designers within the fields of furniture and spatial as well as graphics and branding.

He seeks to learn from interdisciplinary collaborations that could benefit from a hands-on approach to design through an investigative and expressive process. Always an audiobook running. Preferably outside gardening. Alongside with researching the uses of carbon within product design he is selected for What Matter_s 2020, collaborating with VIDA wood to make use of their monthly waist of 6000 cubic metres of wet sawdust.

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Project Information
Material Qualities
Colour: Black
Soft / Hard, Shiny / Matte: Customizable texture and hardness
Smells: Organic metallic
Texture: Customizable

Others: Material Classification: Recuperavit/ mutant Material recipe: Carbon heavy biochar as well as engineered foams acts as matrix material for a variety of binders. Spungy pieces made in collaboration with Lab La Bla and based on their gluten manufacturing techniques. Special thanks to Hanna Carlsson for supplying tightly bonding biodegradable glue.
Material Recipe
Carbon heavy biochar as well as engineered foams acts as matrix material for a variety of binders.
Spungy pieces made in collaboration with Lab La Bla and based on their gluten manufacturing techniques.
Special thanks to Hanna Carlsson for supplying tightly bonding biodegradable glue.
Material Application
– hort lived consumer products
– Might be interesting in terms of heat resistance
– Surfacing with low reflection
– In space
– In connection to cultivation and future farming
Material Method
Exemplified with collagen/carbon composite.
– Grind or mix biochar into appropriate particle size.
– Add collagen glue to biochar and make sure to spread it evenly within the dusty mass.
– Pour in a form and leave to dry. For best results try to get the material to dry evenly.
Material Narrative
As a founding idea I examine the possibility of defining a “space for action” within the carbon cycle. This suggests that the material is generated through the use of inexhaustible sources of energy and from renewable biomass- that capture carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Following this route led me to research biochar production and the positive effects it yields on soil quality and increased agricultural productivity. As a business proposal I thought it might be interesting to add another step to the cycle; seeing bichar as a material that after usage in a consumer setting later would act out its full potential as a soil improver and carbon sink.

The final result is a small collection of materials that all involve a carbon rich source which later have been treated in a variety of ways including bonding with pine resin, gluten, paper or collagen.
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MaDe, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union, aims at boosting talents towards circular economies across Europe partnering with design and cultural institutions, Elisava, Ma-tt-er and Politecnico di Milano. If you are living in Italy, the UK or Spain please apply to the MaDe workshops in the relevant cities.

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