Problems, 15 years of Form Us With Love exhibition

Landskrona Konstforening
Oct 10 – Jan 10, 2020

Form Us With Love likes finding problems in the ways things are made, consumed, used, and discarded. It’s a habit of theirs, perfected over the past 15 years. This October, Form Us With Love is invited to exhibit these problems and their designed outcomes at Landskrona Konsthall in Landskrona, Southern Sweden.

The exhibition and accompanying book tap into five projects taking people through the studio’s methodology of identifying problems and collaborating on a solution. The ultimate goal is to design real change; to make a solution scalable, and ultimately instigate change across an entire industry.

FUWL forms solutions from problems. These five projects were prompted by problems the studio identified, each resulting in a unique solution.

Form recycled floor tiles from hazardous glass. One of Sweden’s largest recyclers and a research institute have developed a technique for separating heavy metals from glass. Landfills all over the world suffer from piles of toxic mixed materials that are hard to recycle and reuse. Glass mixed with heavy metals makes up one of these kinds of piles you might find at a landfill, leaching toxins into our groundwater. What if there was a way to recycle these mixed materials? What if there could be a newfound demand for these materials? To drive demand for recycled glass, and drive demand for the innovative glass recycling technique, Form Us With Love is working to make the material commercially appealing in the production of everyday products at scale. Starting with tiles.

Form chairs from household waste. A growing percentage of household waste is recycled into plastic pellets regarded by industry as low quality and virtually useless. Imagine using that recycled plastic in high end products. Together with +Halle, the Danish furniture brand redefining furniture, the solution is an easy to place chair fit for numerous environments whose shape derives from the qualities of recycled household waste. Designed for high traffic. Designed to scale.

Form liquid hand wash from less. FORGO, the newest FUWL studio venture, is making personal care more sustainable with less starting with a powder to liquid hand wash. The problem was obvious: liquid soap is essentially bottled water. By making the simple switch to a powder solution, FORGO cuts out single use plastic altogether, and reduces the environmental impact of shipping personal care dramatically. 30 refills ship in the space of one bottle.

Form acoustic panels from nature. Acoustic materials for the open workspace have high demands placed on them by the industry. Acoustic products are glued from a mix of materials coated in chemicals, that enhance the durability and fire resistance of the surface, but can be harmful to both people and planet. BAUX was founded to transform this industry. Together with a team of engineers, a biobased and biomimetic acoustic pulp was created. Mimicking nature’s properties to make a wood pulp panel fire resistant, 100% recyclable, and compostable. Designed to replace all the questionable acoustic products.

Form chairs from parts. Chairs average lifespan is 3-7 years. Typically, chairs are made from mixed materials. That means they’re difficult to recycle and simply a waste of resources. Even a simple plastic shell is embedded with fibers to reinforce it, rendering it difficult to recycle. Keilhauer and Form Us With Love designed and engineered a chair made from mono material parts. The structure is durable and the surfaces that wear out fast are simple to replace. The chair can be renewed again and again. With small means the chair can be upgraded to fit different contexts. The projects presented outline how the team at Form Us With Love forms solutions from problems. Some complex and urgent. Others, just a gradual step in the right direction, affecting a slice of life or a corner of an industry. Design will not solve all challenges of the future, but as designers we have a role to play in making better conditions in everyday life.

Form Us With Love Problems -by Jonas Lindström
Photographer : Jonas Lindström
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