Material research + Design = Om Sly
The majority have come in contact with brushwood at some point in their life, although they may not know that it is called brushwood, or in Sweden more known as sly. Victor Modin grew up in the countryside in Västernorrland, Sweden, surrounded by forest and land. One winter he walked in the shimmering snow at his birthplace, looked at the damn brushwood and wondered if it could not be used for anything more? What could be done with this fast-growing material that exist around the country?
The project explores and investigates the potential of a material from nature that is put aside, a material that is often mentioned in a negative context and can create a certain frustration among different professionals in the forest industry. Forests, both in rural and in urban areas, are important for many people and most have positive associations with it. In spite of this, the category of brushwood is not highly valued by the municipality, forest- or landowners.
This project takes place in the field of ecological sustainability and circular design and raises questions about local production and consumption. It explores the opportunities to refine brushwood in a broad sense within a design process.
Victor Modin graduated from the bachelor program in industrial design from Konstfack University and Iceland University of the Arts. The project Om Sly began as his bachelor degree project.