For eight weeks, with the guidance of experienced designer Stina Wessman at RISE and the school's talented teachers, we have produced product suggestions for Edsbyn, which in part or in whole consists of The Wood Region's wood-based biocomposite. Our goal has been to develop concepts where biocomposite strengthens and expands Edsbyn's product range, and to apply biocomposite in a way where it is of good use to both humans and our environment. The final prototypes have to connect to the circular system by being 100% recyclable. Some of the groups also took great inspiration from old Swedish craft traditions, which has been a recurring theme during all the different phases of the project. The idea was to exhibit our finished concepts at the annual furniture fair - Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, but due to the current situation with Covid-19, we have instead created this digital exhibition to showcase the results of our project.
The project started with a mandatory in-depth dive into the history of Edsbyverken and a research on old craft traditions. This resulted in great inspiration and some of the groups brought this inspiration with them during their journey and to the final product. The very concept of "folklore" was something that came up several times during all the different phases of the project.
The main requirement for this project has been to create circular products according to a DFD model, "Design for Disassembly". This means that we create products where the different parts are separable, to be able to replace a broken part and recycle the product in the best way possible.
The design concept has to be linked to Edsbyverken's production, range, target group and keywords. At the same time, the unique material from The Wood Region will be highlighted by enhancing its unique properties and expressions. In the phase "Material Tinkering", the biocomposite was experimented with to discover what properties and possibilities it possesses.
Biocomposite is a material that has approximately the same properties as plastic, but is a more environmentally friendly alternative as it consists of cellulose fibers (wood) and biopolymers, instead of synthetic polymers. The material is designed for 3D printing, which is done by melting through a computer-controlled nozzle. Through that process, it becomes possible to produce round or other complex shapes in different sizes.
Anders Eriksson, mentor
Industrial designer, University of Gävle
Stina Wessman, mentor
Industrial designer, RISE
Lars Löfqvist, process researcher
Head of subject, Industrial design, University of Gävle
THE WOOD REGION
The Wood Region is a new company that works to promote innovation and competence in the wood working industry. They have their unique test and development center in Sysslebäck in Värmland where they can manufacture large scale prototypes of biocomposite on their 3D printers. The fiber based material is extracted from the forest and can be used as a replacement for trad-itional plastics.
Edsbyverken is characterized by its highly automated and efficient production of furnishings for office environments.
The company's roots go all the way back to 1899 from a carpentry shop in Edsbyn and the traditional handi-craft in Hälsingland.
Edsbyverken were the first in Sweden with Nordic Ecolabelled office furn-iture.
Jon Kvarnmans, product developer
Alexsander Nordvall, industrial designer
The Wood Region