London Design Fair’s Material of the Year announced: plastic

7 June 2018

London Design Fair has chosen plastic for its second Material of the Year showcase, and named four designers that will display custom work in the controversial material during the four-day industry event.

The London Design Fair’s Material of the Year installation focus on a substance deemed to have had the biggest influence on design in the previous year. The acrylic composite Jesmonite was the first material on show for the showcase’s inaugural edition in 2017.

Design studios Weez & Merl, Kodai Iwamoto Design, Charlotte Kidger and Dirk Vader Kooij have been selected to display the different ways in which they work with plastic in the ambition to reduce or reverse its negative impact on the planet.

“Understanding the Fair’s audience it was very important that the designers we selected produced pieces we know our audience will want,” says London Design Fair’s founder and director Jimmy MacDonald. "Simply saying something is made from recycled plastic is not enough.”