- German designer Basse Stittgen looks beyond the utility of timber as a material, instead exploring lignin – a tree-based polymer extracted from wood pulp in a similar vein to cellulose. However, while cellulose is highly used in manufacturing paper and textiles, lignin has been historically discarded as a waste product. Stittgen combines lignin with cellulose to make polymer clay and bioplastics that can then be formed into products like crockery and furniture. The materials’ dark brown hue and fibrous texture provide the “remade wood” products with an organic wood-like attractive patina.
For more on wood and wood-based composites, see our Materials Evolutions for the Spring/Summer 2025 and Autumn/Winter 25/26 seasons.