Charlotte Asbjørn Sörensen is a Product Designer, Senior Lecturer and head of the unit Media and Communication at the School of Arts & Communication at Malmö University. She is researching material practices within product design in a circular and sustainable context and focusing on material driven design, biomaterials and sustainable behaviours. Charlotte has earlier worked with material selection processes in Industrial Design and Circular Design Thinking. She is engaged in exhibitions, inspirational lectures and workshops for both companies and the public.
"We all live in a world surrounded by materials - the scent of fresh wood, the soft silk cloth and the sound of metal. We experience materials through our senses and interpret them through our memories and earlier experiences. We have become used to plastic in the last 100 years, and it has changed our expectations on materials. Plastic is ok to use and dispose but leather and wood we take care of and appreciate through a lifetime. How can we change our relationship with materials, so it becomes sustainable? What do we consider as material resources? Today we can create new materials from food waste, seaweed, and residue from agriculture. My research focuses on how we, as designers, can contribute to sustainable and reflective material practices."