Els Zijlstra, one of the two founders of Material District together with Jeroen van Oostveen, was interviewed during the Milan Design Week 2018 by Tracy Metz. Material District is a worldwide network of innovative materials with which we can build a more beautiful, qualitative, and sustainable world. The online library with over 3,000 existing materials is like a candy store for creative professionals. A rich showpiece full of materials such as 3D printed wood, latex mixed with lace, tree bark tiles, recyclable glass ceramics, handmade wallpaper of cork, and hemp concrete.
How do we ensure balance between humans and nature? What instruments do we have at our disposal and how does this reflect on a future that we can look forward to with more awareness and greater sensitivity? Under the title Human Nature - designing the equilibrium, eleven designers and brands answer questions about a future in which Humankind and Nature enter into a new relationship.
Camera and editing: Giuseppe Biancofiore. Subtitles: Giulia Torresi. Music: deef. Exhibition and stage design: Monika Petraitytė. Concept and production: David Heldt with Connecting the Dots. In collaboration with: CreativeHolland. Location: Design Language, Milan Design Week. Photo portrait by Boudewijn Bollmann.