Biobased Design

Nightstand

Strawboard nightstand

This is a tree-free design for a bedroom nightstand. The composite board is sourced from agricultural surplus straw and the binder is formaldehyde free.

  • Size 550 x 340 x 340 mm, the base is 130 mm high
  • Design by A.J. Velthuizen
Bioplastic casket for pets

Bioplastic casket

This casket is designed for garden burial of cats and other small pets. These caskets "Garden Angels" are made from renewable materials. The bioplastic is made up of a mix of biopolymers and natural resins and the interior is lined with hemp fiber.

  • Size 500 x 380 x 150 mm
  • Design by A.J. Velthuizen
Bamboo bookcase

Bamboo bookcase

These wall-mounted bookcases are entirely tree-free. The dowels or lamellae that were applied were specially made from bamboo. The doors have concealed hinges and magnets.

  • Size 1950 x 640 x 340 mm
  • Plain-pressed caramel bamboo
  • Design by A.J. Velthuizen. Detailing and realisation by H. Rademaker
Gourd packaging

Gourd packaging

This is a concept for sustainable cosmetic packaging for soap, bath salt and bath oil. The bottle gourds (Lagenaria Siceraria) were grown in moulds and cured.

  • Honorable Mention Rotterdam Design Prize 1996
  • Design Distinction Industrial Design Awards 1997
  • Design by A.J. Velthuizen. Project in collaboration with R.S. Wall
wooden rack

Wooden rack

This is a wall mounted storage units for CDs and DVDs or pocket books. The front panels lift upwards and have pieces of amber incorporated.

  • Size 800 x 280 x 165 mm
  • Design by A.J. Velthuizen. Detailing by H. Rademaker
mussel tile

Musselshell tile

This is a concept for tiles applying crushed mussel shells from the seafood industry. In centers like in Yerseke in the Netherlands mussels are processed. The mountains of empty shells are disposed of at sea.

  • Size 200 x 200 mm
  • Project is ongoing
  • Design by A.J. Velthuizen
Jelly pens

Jelly pens

This is a concept for a biodegradable pen made from natural materials. The ink is vegetable oil or alcohol based, with a natural dye and the tip is made from felt. The pens are manufactured in a process used in the capsule industry.

  • Size around 150 x 10 mm
  • Design by A.J. Velthuizen
Peat casket

Peat casket

This is a concept for a biodegradable casket for small pets. A string fits along the grooves in the top and base. On the top of the casket there is a space designed to hold a flower bulp.

  • Size 450 x 150 mm
  • Honorable mention ADCN Awards 1995
  • Design by A.J. Velthuizen
Pinecone chair

Pinecone chair

This chair is made up of pinecone chips, a natural binder and jute fiber for reinforcement.

  • Project is ongoing
  • Design by A.J. Velthuizen