Embracing Future Elements for a Sustainable Tomorrow

This June we partnered with ISG and Muuto in Berlin to share the latest innovations in circular interior and architectural materials – materials that have the power to revolutionise our approach to a sustainable future.

Nick Laughton, Director of the TA division Future Elements, took the stage and delivered a captivating talk, sharing fascinating insights into the world of sustainable materials. One of the most intriguing examples was demonstrated through Mogu, to whom Future Elements are the exclusive Distributions Partners throughout the UK, Luxembourg & Germany. Laughton highlighted Mogu’s incredible capabilities in producing 100% natural acoustic panels that can grow an entire wall in just 10-days. This astonishing feat showcases the potential for rapid and sustainable construction practices.

Sustainable Materials

Furthermore, Laughton emphasised the bio-degradability of Mogu’s materials, revealing that they can completely break down within a mere 180 days. This attribute not only removes waste but also offers an environmentally friendly solution to the traditional lifecycle of building materials. Or, perhaps even better – if the panels make their way back to Mogu they can enter a circularity loop in the regrowing of new panels from old.

Laughton also unveiled Mogu’s innovative approach to creating larger panels. As they attempted to scale up the size of their panels, they encountered challenges with structural flex. However, rather than giving up, Mogu’s scientists devised a remarkable solution. They developed a biodegradable spine, ensuring self-support and allowing for the creation of larger, more sustainable architectural elements. This innovative breakthrough showcases the dedication and ingenuity of sustainable material researchers.

Real-world Testing and Endurance

One of the most compelling aspects of Mogu’s materials is their ability to withstand extreme conditions. Laughton shared an interactive experiment conducted during the 2020 Expo in Dubai, where they tested the hardiness of their product. They lined the walls of a room with an artificial climate that experienced indoor rainfall every 10-minutes and maintained a humidity level of 95%. Remarkably, after nine months of exposure, the Mogu panels showed no signs of deterioration or impact. This real-world testing further solidifies their viability as durable, long-lasting materials that can withstand challenging environments.

The Power of Collaboration

Following Laughton’s inspiring talk, experts from diverse fields shared their insights on the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainable materials. This collaborative conversation stimulated innovative thinking and highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation in achieving a more sustainable built environment.

For more information about Tsunami Axis initiatives, visit our Sustainability page.

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