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(Archive) Nothing Happens If Nothing Happens

Isola showcase at Dutch Design Week 2023: An inspiring journey through materials, circular and collectible design.

This project was part of DDW 2023
Exhibition impression — © Anwyn Howarth

In the Schellens Fabriek, a former factory space in Eindhoven’s city center, close to the well-known Van Abbemuseum, Isola takes over a 400 sqm space by showcasing innovative biomaterials, circular products, and collectible design pieces from its design communities designers.

Nothing Happens If Nothing Happens

Isola is gathering designers and design professionals with a joint mission: to go beyond mere sustainable design thinking and really make something happen. The founders call on all designers and studios to implement a concrete change in their modus operandi, bringing them closer to the concept of regeneration.

The collaboration continues between Isola’s creative director, Elif Resitoglu, design studio IAMMI, and Italian start-up ReMat, focused on mattress waste recycling, for the creation and design of the exhibition layout. The elements in recycled polyurethane, previously shaped for the Londonese set-up, will be reused and repurposed, raising the commitment to truly sustainable design. Different thematic areas will characterize the exhibition, from material research to collectible design and sustainable and circular products. Isola is pushing the level of sustainable exhibiting even further in its partnership with The Good Plastic Company, using their recycled plastic sheets for signage and in the setup where possible. Both collaborations make sure that less virgin and single-use materials are used.