Tel-Aviv based sustainability designer, social-entrepreneur and teacher Adital Ela enjoys getting her hands dirty.
A graduate from renowned Design Academy Eindhoven, in The Netherlands, she produces fantastic objects made from soil and fibers. Her collection is called “Terra” and includes stools (for children and adults) and lampshades, and she will soon unveil a new and bigger object: an earth bedside cupboard.
Made from soil and dry plants fibers, that give the mix a long lasting quality and structure, the Terra collection is entirely craft by hand. Ela collects her raw materials from a site nearby her Tel-Aviv studio, mixes it and smashes it using her own hands and even her feet. She then uses a mould that gives the natural materials a shape and simply lets them dry.
Made using zero energy, the objects are beautiful, intriguing and biodegradable. They can be produced just about anywhere in the world, smashed and re-modeled or simply degrade back in the soil. Featuring a unique texture, they were inspired by traditional ancient techniques of building with soil widely used around Persia, Iraq and Palestine.
The talented young designer was inspired by her first cup of Chai, which was served in a traditional way, using a disposable clay cup. This sparked up a few thoughts and made her question why if people and all other living creatures “come from dust and to dust return”, why doesn’t the same happen to objects? And that is how the compostable Terra collection was born.
During her extensive research she found out that her own grandmother used a similar technique, building ovens from earth in her hometown in Iraq, so working with earth was in the blood.
Terra is yet another example on how we can bring our ancestors’ heritage back and apply new modern techniques to create gorgeous low-impact objects that one day will get back where they actually come from: the soil.
Image Source: Terra
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