Crafting Materials During COVID-19: The Locked-Down Material Lab

Sofia Soledad Duarte Poblete*, Patrizia Bolzan, S. Parisi, Valentina Rognoli

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Lately, designers have become deeply interested in the materials generation process. With an approach of transforming unconventional elements into possible materials, they discover many possibilities with new characteristics ready to explore. This article discusses a study proposing concepts of materials generation, focusing on self-production in a pandemic context of domestic isolation and resource limitations. It follows the Do-It-Yourself Materials approach to create homemade samples (organic waste-based) and the experience-based method called Material Driven Design (to search for new insights in the material samples) as a framework. The research presents some tools to measure and understand possible new materials. It evaluates the materials experience generated in users when using unconventional sources for their creation and shares some information to get a more straightforward path when choosing to work with an experimental approach to developing alternative materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-150
Number of pages11
Issue number77
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Materials design
  • DIY-Materials
  • Materials Experience
  • COVID-19


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