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“It is not aesthetic or about function, it is a placid theory that can turn explosive”

How should it work if we push veganism to the design industry, by experimenting with different plants and minerals?  This was the experiment of Israeli designer Erez Nevi Pana, who remember us with his creation it possible to make designs without using any kind of material derived from animals.

“If you ask vegans, in the context of food the abundance is there, you just need to discover it. Yet, when we think about vegan artefacts, about products, the limitation is pronounced,” said the Israeli designer, who became vegan five years ago.

It intends to raise awareness of deception of ingredients in products. It also aims to present the potential of using vegan materials in every aspect of design, from working process to final product.

“It is a trial leading a design discussion through the atrocious reality of animals concocted within our objects, and towards an alternative, ethical orientation of harmony, and of oneness with all animate and inanimate forms.”

Each object aims to provide a different approach to vegan design and the “art of reduction.”

The designer started his exploration into vegan design with the Dead Sea – using the sodium-heavy water to create salt-covered stools.

By collecting scraps of wood discarded from carpenters’ workshops, Nevi Pana constructed a seat that he then attempted to fix together using his self-made vegan glue, consisting of plant fibres and wood resin.

However this glue wasn’t a success, as it was not powerful enough to secure everything together.

“I took advantage of the idea that the crystallising process in the Dead Sea can create a kind of skin around the product, and this is what unites everything together into one piece,” he said.

“The legs are pushed inside the body in a slot-like manner, and slowly the salt starts to cover everything,” he added.

For a second stool, the designer took natural substances he found on the side of the road while wandering in the Israeli desert – branches, leaves, stones and textile scraps – and combined them to form a chair.

This was then dipped in water from the Dead Sea for several months. When it emerged, it was coated with a “skin” of salt crystals.

Nevi Pana also experimented with soil as a material, combining soil, fungi and other natural materials that, together, arouse a chemical reaction that makes the ingredients “rise” like dough.

He says his work adopts a more intellectual and academic approach rather than presenting usable furniture items, and hopes his ideas will provide a starting point for other designers.

“No one brings out the voice of animals in this context,” “This is not my feat, this is everyone’s.”

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