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Graduation Show - Well-Being
a semi-modular system for making furniture pieces out of hempcrete

Hemp-it-yourself

3D viewing room
Hemp-it-yourself
This project is part of Graduation Show - Well-Being

Hemp-it-yourself is a method for working with hempcrete, a sustainable building material, on a smaller scale. The semi-modular system is based on six shapes, that are casted into fabric form-works and can be mixed and matched together to create objects with various heights, volumes and functions.

Hemp is a versatile and sustainable material, absorbing more CO2 per hectare than any forest or commercial crop. When combining hemp shivs with a lime binder, hempcrete is made which has the strength of concrete and the flexibility of clay. The material is widely used in sustainable building, but has little application on a smaller scale.

Further exploring the potential of the material, Hemp-it-yourself creates a new method of applying hempcrete into a collection of furniture pieces by merging material knowledge with a low-end approach to meet current values of sustainability. The semi-modular system consists of six shapes that are casted into fabric form-works and can be mixed and matched together to create objects with various heights, volumes and functions.

Inspired by the democratic design philosophy, the side tables are based on a manual and can be produced locally, giving the power to the user. When various people around the world make a side table according to the Hemp-it-yourself manual, a network of makers is created, shifting the focus from the individual designer to a collective, globally local practice.