Plastic has now become a cautiously used material due to the long-term environmental pollution it creates. As our awareness increased, we tried to remove plastic products from our daily lives. However, most of the products we still use are designed to be made of plastic.
Following this awareness, the Italian design studio Krill Design both looks for natural alternatives to plastic and creates original designs with these alternative materials.
Focusing on environmental sustainability, the studio introduced lamp designs produced by transforming orange peels. This lamp, which they call Ohmie, is produced from the material obtained by treating dried orange peels with a biopolymer. The giving of form to this material takes place with three-dimensional printer technology.
The designers, who wanted the lamp to make users feel that it was produced from the transformation of an organic material, preferred the texture of the final product to be rough like the orange surface. They even state that the smell of oranges can be detected.
The choice of orange in the material of the design is also based on a very sustainable basis. They preferred the orange because it was produced in their own country, Italy, and it was identified with the country, and they sourced the orange peels used in production from a local producer in Sicily.
Since its establishment in 2018, the studio has been serving different brands with its alternative material works. Working with international brands such as San Pellegrino and Nestle, the team also worked with alternative raw materials such as coffee grounds in addition to orange peel. Ohmie is also the first product they have launched under their own brand. Attracting attention with their lamp designs, the team will soon introduce new designs of their own brands.