With the rapid urbanization, the soil becomes a landfill for an increasing amount of municipal waste. The soil has been polluted by the waste water and residue emissions by the industrial and mining enterprises production. Vehicle emission is poisoning the soils on both sides of the traffic arteries, with the heavy metals such as lead, zinc and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Agricultural activities such as irrigation by sewage water, irrational use of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides and agricultural films and livestock farming lead to soil contamination of arable land. The alarming soil pollution caused by the indiscriminate disposal of domestic waste, used household appliances, used batteries and used lamps, as well as the discharge of sewage from daily life, has accumulated over a long period of time in the course of economic and social development.
Bentu has never stopped exploring the raw soil since the experiment of regeneration of waste soil. Beyond the exploHow can abandoned soils be given a new life with the context of sustainable development, from the material to the spiritual? From that, we hope to draw more attention and reflection on cultural and environmental issues.ration of the soil is our pursuit of honest and natural materials, and our passion to express the natural coarse texture.
The Raw Earth collection, by Nonazao, is the memory of nature's journey from material to spiritual.
It is a rethinking of the post-agricultural civilization under the impact of modernization and an attempt to find a way of life that breaks through the artificial environment, directly leadding to nature.
The material is collected from human waste, making full use of the earth's inherent cohesiveness, adding naturally biodegradable plant fibres to increase its toughness, and moulding it with modern technology to ensure its strength and simple degradation, returning it to its earthy form without any harm to nature. The raw earth technique, with its the non-fired production process, reduces energy emissions, avoids secondary damage to nature and allows the material to be authentic and natural, retaining the natural coarseness of the soil in its texture, bringing the unique power of 'earth' into our daily lives. The raw earth forming technique brings design back to the material itself, then let it be organically growing, building each individual with material world's differences.
By examining the earth as material, it is believed that there’s a responsibility and an obligation to explore a new design philosophy, rather than to copy a so-called style that is ephemeral. We would keep finding the value of our own existence in the future, through flowing lines, thoughtful functionality, warmth of tactility and implied culture, towards a life of purity and freedom.
Such material of simplicity as earth does not need to be exalted, the most common and democratic approach often finds its way to the heart in an age where innocence is extinct. It is a poetic capacity for self-indulgence in the mundane, a memory and appreciation that accumulates over time in life.
The essence of design is the activity of bridging things, how to bring the complexity of social culture back to the simplicity of human nature, what is often needed is a deep introspection, culling and return. In order to have the extension of instinctive emotions and the surprise of being close to the essence of life, it needs a reflection on the role and value of design itself and the meaning and possibilities it plays in the environment and a return to the intuitive perception of form and the basic structure of arrangement.
A wide range of industrial auxiliary moulds which serve industrialised products, flourish with the industrial modernisation, growing efficiency and homogenization. Simple as their function in the process-assisting structures, they have a ruggedly powerful yet calm temperament.