In the EU 1,6 miljon ton carpet waste arise each year and less than 3 % is recycled. In November 2018 Changing Markets Foundation released a report on how to increase circularity within the carpet industry. The report focuses on the vision that by 2025 all carpets put on the market in the EU should be separately collected, reusable and fully recyclable. Around 80% of carpets are tufted and are very popular. But due to the mixture of fibers, the latex glue treatment and the cutting of the fibers during production, its recyclability is limited.
MULTI LAYERED 3D RUGS
My projekt “Finding Utopia”, consisting of three series of multi layered 3D rugs, serves as a more sustainable option to the tufted carpet. The multiple layers in the 3D rugs provides the user with a thick rug to be used as a seating surface in the same way as a tufted carpet. The rugs are made to be produced industrially and can due to their jacquard woven structure, be part of a circular system. The rugs can be separated by the end of use, due to there woven structure and are made of 100% wool and can therefore also be recycled as a whole. Because they are jacquard woven they also have two sides that gives the user two designs in one, which also makes the rugs more flexible in turns of different roms and change of living situation.
UNIVERSE OF FINDING UTOPIA
The inspiration for the rugs comes from the duality in the universe of “Finding Utopia”, where nature and buildings has collided and the lines between fantasy and reality is diffuse. In the universe the proportion between buildings and nature have shifted, nature has started to take over and the line between what is pleasant and unpleasant is vague