Tactile interiors that make use of biomaterials

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

Biomaterials or biobased products are designed from biodegradable dwelling matter. Other illustrations incorporate wooden, paper and bioplastics built from plants these types of as algae.

They are more and more getting made use of to aid produce earthy, pure-looking interiors, but they also give a range of wholesome and environmental gains which includes natural cooling, breathability and carbon storage.

Curiosity in biobased supplies is booming, according to Arup investigate Jan Wurm, who instructed Dezeen that architects and designers seeking to minimize the carbon footprint of their initiatives are progressively specifying the goods.

This is the most current roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks sequence delivering visible inspiration for interiors. Previous articles characteristic loft conversions, L-formed kitchens and Scandi living rooms.


The partitions of the off-grid Flat House by Apply Architecture are created from large panels of hempcrete – a mix of lime binder and hemp.

Hemp is a fast-growing pressure of the hashish plant, usually utilized as an eco-helpful creating materials as it is capable to sequester carbon. For this challenge, it was developed at Margent Farm in Cambridgeshire, England and utilized to be certain the house has low embodied carbon.

The panels have been still left uncovered all over the interior to give a heat and tactile interior finish, which is complemented by timber aspects.

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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 materials that is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree. In architecture, it is ordinarily made use of in the kind of good blocks designed by heating and combining cork granules, these kinds of as in Cork Dwelling by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton.

In this task, the blocks are remaining uncovered during the building’s inside for a textured, organic glimpse. This also assures the framework is recyclable after the dwelling’s useful lifetime.

According to the architects, working with cork also signifies the house has detrimental embodied carbon, as it absorbed extra carbon dioxide than it emitted in the course of construction.

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A pavilion with a bamboo structure


Bamboo is a fast-expanding grass described by architect Simón Vélez as “vegetable metal” owing to its toughness and adaptability.

Architecture studio Brio used the content to assistance the roof of the Mumbai Artist Retreat in India. It is utilized in tandem with steel to build an effortlessly demountable and rebuildable composition. The bamboo was remaining 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 product designed of paper or pulp certain with adhesives. In 2020, design-build studio I/thee applied it to create a prototype property named Agg Hab. The framework combines approximately 300 pounds of recycled paper with 200 litres of non-harmful glues that had been handmade by the studio.

Openings in the surfaces of the dwelling introduce light and accentuate its shiny end. It was intended by the studio as an instance of an environmentally small-impact home and to offer occupants “a primordial working experience”.

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A mycelium pendant lamp


This pendant lamp is amongst quite a few furnishings created from mycelium – the vegetative part of fungi – used to decorate the zero-waste cafe Silo in London.

It was equipped out by Nina+Co to mirror the restaurant’s sustainable ethos. Together with the mild shades, there are mycelium tables and pouffes, chosen as they are smooth to touch, potent and biodegradable.

Mycelium is also ready to sequester carbon and is cited by sustainability expert David Cheshire as “element of the answer” to building carbon-destructive structures.

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Tiled and raffia-covered walls


The Kaikaya sushi cafe in Valencia, Spain, options massive circular panels of raffia throughout its walls, which Masquespacio made as a nod to the hats worn by rice discipline personnel in Japan.

Raffia is a resilient, renewable and biodegradable fibre obtained from the raffia palm tree that is usually made use of to make woven textiles, baskets and hats. In this restaurant, it is teamed with picket household furniture, vibrant tiles and cascading crops to supply a tropical aesthetic.

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


Cane is a single of several all-natural components used in the pared-again RÖ Pores and skin retail store by O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects. It is sourced from the outer element of the by natural means renewable rattan tree and is commonly woven to build webbed designs.

Here it has been mounted in just an ash framework to develop transparent display screen units and screens for treatment method rooms, providing privacy while preserving an open, light-weight, earthy interior.

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A paper-lined interior


The cosy cave-like atmosphere of the pop-up Yorunoma bar in Japan was realized by Naoya Matsumoto Style and design working with swathes of crinkly tracing paper.

The paper was crumpled by the studio in collaboration with neighborhood citizens, giving rise to a textured, rocky appearance. As the bar was produced as a pop-up venue, the use of paper ensured the suit-out could be easily recycled soon after its closure.

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Ashen Cabin by Hannah


Wooden is the most common biomaterial of all. There are hundreds of examples of how various forms of timber have been utilised by architects and designers in our guide to wooden.

In this instance, US architecture studio Hannah employed ash harmed by an invasive beetle to generate factors of this tiny Ashen Cabin in Upstate New York. The purpose was to display the opportunity of infested substance that would ordinarily be rejected.

“The edge to making use of compromised ash for building is that it both of those binds the carbon to the earth and offsets the harvesting of a lot more generally applied wood species,” the studio told Dezeen.

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Algae tiles


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

They were made by Atelier Luma in 20 colours by harvesting waterborne algae from salt flats in the nearby Camargue nature reserve. As algae eat and store CO2 as they develop, the tiles assistance reduce the carbon footprint of the building’s inside healthy-out. The undertaking also tends to make use of tiles produced from salt and acoustic panels designed from sunflowers.

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This is the most current in our series of lookbooks providing curated visible inspiration from Dezeen’s impression archive. For a lot more inspiration see prior lookbooks showcasing L-formed kitchens, calm residing rooms and colourful kitchens.