SBYD.SPACE creates SPACES of possibility for exploring sustainable alternatives. Each SPACE is composed of a different set of interdisciplinary team members – akin to a working group. In different and continuously evolving SPACES, such as the SPACE FOR REPAIR, the SPACE FOR BIOMATERIALS, and the SPACE FOR TEXTILES, room is created for projects that pursue a circular, resource-light, and regenerative design approach. The SPACES form a thematic and conceptual structure within SBYD, around which activities such as interdisciplinary workshops, design projects, and exhibitions are clustered. Each SPACE approaches sustainability with a slightly different perspective, definition, and way of working, creating a multiperspective approach within SBYD that makes different possibilities of sustainable living and production visible and tangible. 


The SPACE FOR BIOMATERIALS works at the intersection of design and materials science. It experimentally develops and explores bio-based materials. How can the use of bio-based materials foster regenerative design approaches, for example through the use of waste materials or materials from paludiculture? How can designers engage with microbiology to develop alternative materials and colours?  

The annual exhibition of the design department at Folkwang University of the Arts.

At the Innovative Citizen Festival, Garden Edition.

SBYD will be exhibiting, holding workshops and an event at Dutch Design Week this year.


The SPACE FOR TEXTILES examines factors influencing the lifespan of textile objects. Which contributions can design make to foster the use of textiles to be as long and sustainable as possible? Which potential lies in the interplay between craftsmanship, tradition, decentralised, and industrial production for the future?

Mini workshops on repairing and redesigning clothes during the »Folkwang Rundgang«, the annual exhibition of the design department.

SBYD will be exhibiting, holding workshops and an event at Dutch Design Week this year.


The SPACE FOR REPAIR works at the intersection of craft, technology, longevity, and repair. The decision whether to repair a broken object is often complex. Economic, cognitive, emotional, cultural, infrastructural, and political factors are involved. How can design promote and consolidate a culture of repair? 

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