Granland is: circular furniture production, a new material, an exploration of form in a new production method, and the use of design as a means of communicating an ongoing environmental problem.
As a symptom of global warming, a half-a-centimeter-sized beetle, the Spruce Bark Beetle, has ravaged European forests in recent years. In Sweden alone, 8.2 million cubic meters of spruce forest died in 2020. The future looks bleak; Sweden is getting increasingly warmer and the Spruce Bark Beetles are multiplying at an alarming rate. At present, there are no effective measures to protect our forests from the damage caused by this beetle.
Some claim that in the near future we may not have any spruce trees left in Sweden at all.
I am developing a wood composite that contains bark beetle damaged spruce wood for 3D printing. With the help of this material, I have designed and produced a collection of furniture, inspired by the patterns that the bark beetles leaves under the surface of the spruce bark. Partly to show alternative uses for this damaged timber, and also to use design as a means of raising awareness, communicating the Spruce Bark Beetle problem.
Circlab, Erik Kihlgren, Johan Brekke, Patrik Karlsson, Boaz Katz, Johannes Wikström.