Our installation is a physical manifestation of the circular economy. We invite the viewer to partake in it and envision themselves as a central and active part in achieving sustainability, while also enjoying a brief natural respite.
The life cycle of all materials in the installation has been carefully considered.
The base and structure of the booth is Medium Density Fiberboard, (MDF). MDF is made primarily of scrap and waste wood. As opposed to utilizing and consuming actual lumber, our booth is extending the lifecycle of material that would have otherwise seen the landfill. Eco-friendly MDF uses biodegradable glues which are free of toxins like formaldehyde, and allow for easy recycling.
The 55 cork shades in this installation were made from 2,200 recycled wine stoppers. Cork is obtained by debarking the cork oak without cutting the tree; this "harvest" occurs every 9 to 12 years. The extraction of cork is an environmentally friendly process, with very low impact and obtained from renewable resources as it does not even require the felling of trees. Cork can be recycled an infinite number of times to manufacture new products, and even the smallest particles of cork dust, produced during successive crushing, can become fuel. After Lightfair, these cork shades will be returned to the factory and used to fabricate 55 “new” Stormbell pendants.
Each shade is fitted with a custom light module made of reused materials - metal connectors and acrylic diffusers taken as scraps from the factory. The lampholders are new but will be re-used in future light fixtures.
Some shades hold plants taken from our office, which is located on the same block as Manhattan’s Flower District – the “life” in our “life cycle”. We are all naturally biophilic and especially after a day at a trade show. These plants will, of course, return to our office after the show.
The only single-use item in our installation is the light bulb. Something we should all be thinking about…
LAMP: WORKTITUDE FOR LIFE
LAMP fosters the development of projects that have a positive impact on the environment and promotes a more sustainable lighting industry.
We believe that bringing a space to life requires the shared effort of many businesses and professionals working responsibly with the aim of reducing the environmental impact along the entire value chain. We do our bit by providing realistic, efficient, and sustainable solutions aligned with the current climate situation.
In this immersive Booth we find the following materials:
To create these 58 cork shades around 2320 wine stoppers were recycled.
Cork is a natural material with excellent properties.
It is impermeable, odorless, resistant to chemical agents
Unassailable by liquids
Practically rot-proof and highly resistant to insect attacks
Compressible and elastic, with extraordinary dimensional recovery capacity
Low thermal conductivity
Excellent acoustic and vibration insulation
Very light, with high mechanical strength
Most cork products are obtained through recycling and subsequent crushing of the surplus from the manufacture of cork stoppers, so a normal cork plate is already a product made from recycled material.
What is the environmental performance of the product?
- Material that sequesters CO2: Cork is particularly significant in terms of CO2 fixation, as it is a very long-lasting material and, therefore, ideal for "sequestering" CO2 for very long periods of time. In addition, the cork oak harvested to extract cork produces almost 5 times more cork than an intact specimen, so its commercial use increases the CO2 fixed.
- Material with low environmental impact: Cork is a completely natural, renewable and biodegradable product. Its production does not produce any pollution or damage to the ecosystem from which it is extracted, since it is obtained by debarking the cork oak, without cutting any tree and this "harvest" is carried out every 9 to 12 years. The extraction of cork is a very environmentally friendly process, with very low impact and obtained from renewable resources as it does not even require the felling of trees.
- Material that promotes the circular economy: Cork can be recycled an infinite number of times to manufacture new products, and even the smallest particles of cork dust, produced during successive crushing, can become fuel for the same industry or as a material in itself.
- Social Impact: The NGO "a Flote", an organization for the integration of people at risk of social exclusion, participates in the cork stopper collection process.
Each Cork Shade
Material: Recycled Cork
Composition: 95% cork stopper 5% PUR resine
Origin: 40 reycled stoppers
The 58 cork shades that make up our Immersive Booth will be re-used in projects across USA.
The polycarbonate diffusers used in these luminaires come from scrap material from previous manufacturing orders. No new material was used.
Plants were purchased locally at Flower District, 20 minutes away from Javits Center, and will be used in One Lux offices or donated to the salvation army after the show.
The eco friendly MDF structure comes from recycled wood material and will be donated to Jetty Woodwork in Long Beach, NY. There, the MDF will be repurposed again into various handmade wood furniture and products. Thus, paying forward our goal and focus of a circular economy in immeasurable ways.