Project Pomace at Dutch Design Week 2020

What can we learn about circular design thinking from existing everyday practices? Some vernacular means of production can provide us with inspiring examples. Project Pomace explores the local olive cultivation culture in Karaburun, Turkey to understand the inherent qualities which make it a valid circular model and to derive lessons from it. It suggests that understanding the character of this very own culture will help us to develop an understanding on circular design thoroughly. The project documents and presents this suggestion through different forms of media such as a documentary film, book and online resources.

The project enhances these lessons through hands-on design experiments with olive pomace. Pomace is the residue of olive oil extraction and is currently used as fuel. Yet, it is a worthy biomass which is potentially useful to create value added products. The project team designed a series of bio-based materials named Pomastic, by using olive pomace which can be used for molding or 3D printing.

Project Pomace is a collaboration between the Netherlands and Turkey involving designers and makers from both countries. It is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL.

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I have designed the boards for Dutch Design Week 2020.

Photographs by Yaman Umut Bilir
Content creation by Serdar Asut & Emre Gonglugur
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