Tactile interiors that make use of biomaterials

In our most current lookbook, we acquire a search at 10 earthy interiors from the Dezeen archive that are fitted out with biomaterials these types of as cork, hemp and mycelium.

Biomaterials or biobased resources are produced from biodegradable dwelling issue. Other examples incorporate wood, paper and bioplastics created from plants these kinds of as algae.

They are ever more remaining utilised to assistance develop earthy, natural-wanting interiors, but they also provide a quantity of wholesome and environmental advantages together with all-natural cooling, breathability and carbon storage.

Desire in biobased products is booming, according to Arup study Jan Wurm, who informed Dezeen that architects and designers looking to reduce the carbon footprint of their assignments are increasingly specifying the products and solutions.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks sequence furnishing visible inspiration for interiors. Preceding articles attribute loft conversions, L-formed kitchens and Scandi dwelling rooms.


The partitions of the off-grid Flat House by Apply Architecture are made from substantial panels of hempcrete – a combination of lime binder and hemp.

Hemp is a speedy-expanding pressure of the cannabis plant, usually used as an eco-welcoming creating materials as it is capable to sequester carbon. For this project, it was developed at Margent Farm in Cambridgeshire, England and utilized to guarantee the house has low embodied carbon.

The panels have been still left uncovered in the course of the interior to give a heat and tactile interior end, which is complemented by timber features.

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Stirling Prize-shortlisted Cork House by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton in Berkshire, England


Cork is a renewable, resistant and insulating product that is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree. In architecture, it is normally made use of in the form of sound blocks built by heating and combining cork granules, these as in Cork House by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton.

In this challenge, the blocks are still left uncovered during the building’s interior for a textured, purely natural look. This also guarantees the framework is recyclable right after the dwelling’s helpful existence.

According to the architects, applying cork also means the residence has detrimental embodied carbon, as it absorbed far more carbon dioxide than it emitted in the course of development.

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A pavilion with a bamboo structure


Bamboo is a speedy-growing grass described by architect Simón Vélez as “vegetable metal” due to its toughness and adaptability.

Architecture studio Brio utilized the material to support the roof of the Mumbai Artist Retreat in India. It is used in tandem with metal to develop an quickly demountable and rebuildable framework. The bamboo was still left exposed internally but arranged in a zig-zag sample to disguise its “normal irregularity”.

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US Architecture Agg Hab by i thee and Roundhouse Platform


Papier-mache is a composite content manufactured of paper or pulp sure with adhesives. In 2020, design and style-make studio I/thee made use of it to build a prototype dwelling named Agg Hab. The structure combines approximately 300 pounds of recycled paper with 200 litres of non-poisonous glues that were handmade by the studio.

Openings in the surfaces of the dwelling introduce mild and accentuate its glossy end. It was designed by the studio as an case in point of an environmentally very low-influence dwelling and to present occupants “a primordial experience”.

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A mycelium pendant lamp


This pendant lamp is among various furnishings designed from mycelium – the vegetative section of fungi – made use of to beautify the zero-squander cafe Silo in London.

It was fitted out by Nina+Co to replicate the restaurant’s sustainable ethos. Along with the light-weight shades, there are mycelium tables and pouffes, chosen as they are soft to contact, potent and biodegradable.

Mycelium is also ready to sequester carbon and is cited by sustainability professional David Cheshire as “element of the remedy” to making carbon-damaging properties.

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Tiled and raffia-covered walls


The Kaikaya sushi cafe in Valencia, Spain, functions significant circular panels of raffia throughout its partitions, which Masquespacio built as a nod to the hats worn by rice field staff in Japan.

Raffia is a long lasting, renewable and biodegradable fibre acquired from the raffia palm tree that is ordinarily made use of to make woven textiles, baskets and hats. In this cafe, it is teamed with picket household furniture, colourful tiles and cascading plants to offer you a tropical aesthetic.

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O'Sullivan Skoufoglou create peach-hued skincare store in England


Cane is a person of numerous normal supplies used in the pared-back again RÖ Skin retailer by O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects. It is sourced from the outer component of the naturally renewable rattan tree and is typically woven to develop webbed designs.

Here it has been mounted in an ash framework to develop transparent exhibit models and screens for treatment method rooms, supplying privateness even though retaining an open up, gentle, earthy interior.

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A paper-lined interior


The cosy cave-like atmosphere of the pop-up Yorunoma bar in Japan was attained by Naoya Matsumoto Layout using swathes of crinkly tracing paper.

The paper was crumpled by the studio in collaboration with community inhabitants, supplying rise to a textured, rocky look. As the bar was developed as a pop-up location, the use of paper ensured the healthy-out could be easily recycled after its closure.

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Ashen Cabin by Hannah


Wooden is the most prevalent biomaterial of all. There are hundreds of illustrations of how diverse styles of timber have been made use of by architects and designers in our guidebook to wooden.

In this example, US architecture studio Hannah employed ash weakened by an invasive beetle to build factors of this tiny Ashen Cabin in Upstate New York. The aim was to exhibit the possible of infested content that would ordinarily be rejected.

“The edge to making use of compromised ash for design is that it both equally binds the carbon to the earth and offsets the harvesting of additional generally utilised wood species,” the studio told Dezeen.

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Algae tiles


Thousands of injection-moulded algae tiles line the bathrooms in Frank Gehry’s tower for Luma Basis in Arles, France.

They ended up manufactured by Atelier Luma in 20 colours by harvesting waterborne algae from salt flats in the close by Camargue mother nature reserve. As algae take in and retail outlet CO2 as they grow, the tiles aid decreased the carbon footprint of the building’s interior in shape-out. The venture also would make use of tiles manufactured from salt and acoustic panels built from sunflowers.

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This is the hottest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visible inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For extra inspiration see preceding lookbooks showcasing L-formed kitchens, calm residing rooms and colourful kitchens.