In recent years, a greater emphasis has been placed on the sustainability of several industries, particularly that of the events industry. As a result, the concept of sustainable design has been applied to a number of exhibitions and events around the world. The main purpose of implementing the concept of sustainable design to a particular exhibition is to eliminate as much negative environmental impact as possible.
The Shades of Green team have been truly inspired by the following sustainable exhibition designs from around the world:
Urban Spa by WeNew Innovation – Sao Paulo, Brazil (2014)
According to the co-founders of WeNew Innovation, Michelle Souza and Vivian Grieco, Urban Spa was designed to create a space that replicates a more stripped and irreverent kind of spa as opposed to the conventional luxury spas that exist across the world.
In this particular exhibition, WeNew has made use of everyday urban elements such as reused palettes, sidewalk concrete blocks and street asphalt to construct their design. These have been combined with organic spa elements to install the idea that “welfare can be anywhere at any time” – Michelle Souza, Experience Designer and Co-Founder of WeNew Innovation.
Helden der Stadt by yalla! yalla! – Ludwigshaven, Germany (2015)
Helden der Stadt (heroes of the city) makes use of 1200 green vegetable crates stacked in such a way that it creates a walk-through installation.
The uniqueness of this particular exhibition is demonstrated through the fact that yalla! yalla! have avoided the conventional way of displaying an exhibition, otherwise known as the concept of “white walls”. Instead, vegetable crates are used as an everyday object to divide the exhibition into different sections displaying different topics.
The overall aim of this exhibition was to demonstrate the transition towards a more sustainable society and the rise of the do-it-yourself culture.
Recyclable Planet by Giancarlo Zema Design Group – Milan, Italy (2013)
Recyclable Planet is an example of an eco-design exhibition made entirely out of recycled cardboard.
Promoted by the Origami Furniture brand, Recyclable Planet was designed to represent an imaginery ecoplanet showcasing their eco-friendly furniture brand.
Inspiration for this particular exhibition was drawn from America’s Grand Canyon. If you look closely enough, you will see how the exhibition incorporates the stratifications found along the canyon’s rock in to the different elements of the overall exhibition.
Bamboobooth by Vo Trong Nghia Architects – Hanoi, Vietnam (2012)
Exhibited at the 2012 Vietnam Architecture Exhibition, Bamboobooth is an example of a mono-material exhibition stand that was constructed using 500 stacked bamboos.
The exhibition was designed to create a log type house that experiments with the use of natural, local materials.
Bamboobooth encapsulates what is meant by sustainable design and it represents the core of Vietnamese architectural expression.
Drawing on this, we too have applied the concept of sustainable design to one of our own Shades of Green exhibition stands:
Van Dyck Carpets – Decorex, Durban (2015)
Van Dyck Carpets is committed to improving their carbon performance in order to have a more positive impact on the environment. As a result, we created this exhibition stand for Van Dyck at the Decorex exhibition in Durban.
This is a prime example of a sustainable exhibition design as it is made entirely out of Xanita, a 100% upcycled, ultra-lightweight and non-toxic fibreboard.
We realize it can be difficult to construct an exhibition stand that is made completely out of sustainable materials, but incorporating at least one sustainable element is better than nothing at all. Hopefully you have been as inspired by these sustainable exhibition designs as we have.
For more exhibition inspiration, be sure to take a look at our Exhibition Gallery and keep a look out for our next post on Inspiration Station.
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