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  • Words Ruby Davies
  • Images Marco Argüello
  • Video Eldon van Aswegen

Further Greece assembled some of the world’s brightest minds to collectively ask: What can we learn from the past before it’s too late?

Few places are as steeped in such an exquisite dichotomy as Greece—where antiquity and innovation collide like nowhere else. This is why we brought together a global community to pay special attention to how Greece honors tradition and brings the essential into the present day. From the rugged, rolling hills of Crete to the pulsing metropolis of Athens—Further undertook an exploration of circular thinking through the theme: Circle Back Circle Forward. Drawing on creators who look to old wisdoms and practices as inspiration for regenerative design, discussions were roused from a worldwide perspective and there was quick consensus that the current model of take-make-waste will not bear longevity. But the solutions already exist and likely always have.

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“All things are one thing and one thing are all things—plankton, a shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and the spinning planets and an expanding universe, all bound together by the elastic string of time.”
John Steinbeck

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Stephen Burks works with artisans and craftspeople around the globe to challenge the limits of new technologies in industrial production.

The complex root bridge systems of Northern India epitomize inter-generational thinking through Indigenous models of sustainable design. Video courtesy of Indigenous Researcher, Randoph Langsteih.

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At Atelier Luma in Arles, designer Henna Burney uses local resources to develop high-quality biomaterials that can be used to replace plastics. Samples of new materials are pictured here.

The question at hand: How can we connect the circle and use design as a catalyst to rethink our consumption? In search of answers, we looked to new materials, creative waste solutions, product innovation, and indigenous technologies that have always been centered in an ecological approach.

Rooting us in the local land and this mindset, Suzanna Laskaridis, the founder of BlueCycle, calls upon her knowledge from years in marine shipping to tackle some of the more than 640,000 tons of fishing gear lost at sea every year. After collecting waste created by the shipping and fishing industries, the integrated circular economy company turns it into high-quality pellets that can be sold back to the plastics industry. Compelled by the surrounding ocean environment, the designers use robotic 3D printing to create beautiful new pieces, such as furniture, from upcycled marine plastic. 

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Inspired by the sea environment, the team of designers use robotic 3D printing to create beautiful new pieces.

After collecting waste created by the shipping and fishing industries, BlueCycle turns it into pellets that can be formed into new products.

Speaking to the prescribed shift in thinking, designer, author, and activist Julia Watson tells us, “You need an understanding of your present moment to move into an alternative future that’s not just engaged with a high tech idea of progress at the expense of everything.’’ In her book, Lo—TEK, Design by Radical Indigenism, she beautifully narrates a multi-generational approach to design by telling the story of the living root bridges built by the Khasi people of Northern India. Over thousands of years the Khasis have developed an intricately trussed system of root bridges that fortify over time. “The first seeds sown for these bridges were planted for generations to come. It’s that kind of thinking,’’ Watson says.

Residents

Antonis Farsaris

Antonis Farsaris

A well-known character on the island of Crete, Antonis Farsaris left his job as a successful hotel manager to bake traditional Cretan bread, installing a wood-fired oven in an old industrial workshop belonging to his father. 

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Vassilis Grigoropoulos

A true cultural ambassador & producer, Vassilis Grigoropoulos has taken his national pride for the arts from New York to Beijing.

Nienke Hoogvliet

Nienke Hoogvliet

The Dutch-based designer founded her self-titled studio in the pursuit of new material research, experimental, and conceptual design.

Fernando Laposse

Fernando Laposse

Balancing joyful creativity and considered ecological impact, London-based Mexican designer Fernando Laposse specializes in transforming humble, often overlooked plant fibers like sisal, loofah, and corn leaves, into refined design pieces.

Suzanne Laskaridis (1)

Suzanne Laskaridis

A fairly simple mandate to collect ghost nets and other sea trash and put it to good use has driven Suzanna Laskaridis in some big-impact projects.

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“We need to ask: What did we do wrong, what did we do right?”
Fernando Laposse

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Mexican designer Fernando Laposse specializes in transforming humble, often overlooked natural materials into refined design pieces.

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Working closely with local communities, Laposse’s work has been integral to both craft and crop regeneration.

Echoing the need for new models, Mexican artist Fernando Laposse is living proof that art can drive this dialogue while providing the template to work from. Not only does he sustainably grow the natural fibers for his artworks—including sisal, loofah, and corn leaves—he creates meaningful employment opportunities for indigenous Mexican communities and has been integral to both craft and crop regeneration in the process. Speaking to his vision, Laposse says, “We need new metrics of wealth… community wealth, ecological wealth.”

“There’s a need to learn from the past in order to present something contemporary, which is deep and important.”
Vassilis Grigoropoulos

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Founded in Crete in 1973, Omilos Vrakoforon Kritis is Crete’s preeminent school of dance and the largest traditional group on the island.

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Renowned Cretan choreographer Markella Manoliadi crafted an exclusive piece that pays tribute to Pentozalis, a dance that is fundamental to the island’s cultural heritage.

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Antonis Farsaris left his job as a hotel manager to bake traditional Cretan bread, installing a wood-fired oven in his father’s old workshop.

 

 

 

“I had to find a different way to live. I could see that if we don’t use old techniques, then maybe you lose the knowledge.’’

Antonis Farsaris

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The thread of the past informing the future comes with new urgency to capture knowledge held by our ancestors. When Antonis Farsaris started to see the industrialization of food production on Crete, he resolutely knew there had to be an alternative. He left his job as a successful hotel manager to bake traditional Cretan bread, installing a wood-fired oven in an old industrial workshop belonging to his father.

‘‘I am hopeful that designers can bring more (people) on board to make the change happen.’’
Nienke Hoogvliet

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Nienke Hoogvliet is the founder of a design studio in The Hague that focuses on material research and experimental and conceptual design.

Benaki NEMA is a rare surviving passementerie manufacturer that produces ribbons, braids, tassels, and curtain ties using age-old methods.

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Hoogvliet works with biomaterials like seaweed and fish skin to raise awareness of social and environmental problems in the textile, leather, and food industries.

Against the backdrop of a rescued Benaki Museum textile studio, a conversation around the future of materials naturally developed. Here, in a light filled industrial workshop buzzing with spinning spools and the clanking of rare looms, the owner described single-handedly saving the space and craft, which would have otherwise been lost. With utter reverence to these revived arts, the new material designers entered. Nienke Hoogvliet, founder of the Dutch-based Studio Nienke Hoogvliet, believes that design can inspire change. Hoogvliet’s extensive research into seaweed and fish skin has led to collaborations with leading material designers, creating high-end design pieces and furniture while changing perspectives and systems. ‘‘I am hopeful that designers can bring more (people) on board to make the change happen,’’ she says. To which Laposse adds with optimism, “Design can communicate complex ideas.”

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Spaces

Cretan Malia Park

Cretan Malia Park

A holistic approach to well-being, a focus on slow-paced living, and a verdant outside world blending harmoniously within, all define this new take luxury at Cretan Malia Park.

Minos Beach Art Hotel

Minos Beach Art Hotel

Gently nestled into the Cretan coastline, Minos Art Beach Hotel’s assembly of seaside abodes and lush gardens foster an experience rooted in artistic connection.

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