SHAPING EPHEMERALITY - mediating sustainability insights through sugar

The earth spins, time goes by and this movement makes change. In a non human perspective, million of years might happen in just one second. What we have right here and right now might not be here anymore on the next second. All that is solid melts into air. The reality of modernity is to think that humans are the main species and technology is solution, and forget the wholeness of this universe we find ourselves into. Objects used for a few years shortly become obsolete and spend hundred of years still on this planet waiting for decomposition. Second by second this same planet suffers the consequences. Climate change, illnesses due to pollution, glaciers melting. On different scales, by every second, we’re decaying. Are we causing our own extinction? 

Pic by Anna Junebro.

Pic by Anna Junebro.

A second ago it was waste.

This project uses sugar as a mediator of conversations about sustainability with other designers, and it will be out at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair in February 4-9 2019. Here’s the pitch:


"When you create a new object, do you think of how long it will last? Not only in its context, but on this planet? Most sustainable objects are built with the intention to last, with classical and minimalistic time-proof design. They normally last longer being waste than they do being functional. What if we invert this logic? This project evokes ephemerality in sustainability. It uses sugar as a material to represent a cycle: after fulfilling a use, it quickly dissolves in water. And this is how we should see the future of objects: lasting longer in their context than their afterlife.”

Coffee will be served on sugar glasses and sugar forms will be shaped live. After being used, the objects can be either disposed at the water tank present at the stand or taken away with the visitor - as an opportunity to see the rapid effects of time passage along with the invisible influences like moisture of the air and heat.

Pic by Anna Junebro.

Pic by Anna Junebro.