Mar 11, 2024
LOOP Disseny i Circularitat
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LOOP Disseny i Circularitat
Mar 11, 2024
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LOOP Disseny i Circularitat
Mar 11, 2024
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Encouraging experimentation and innovation through circular design initiatives.
LOOP Disseny i Circularitat
Mar 11, 2024
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LOOP Disseny i Circularitat
Mar 11, 2024
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LOOP Disseny i Circularitat
Mar 11, 2024
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Cecilia Sörensen with her collection. Above: Sara Regal
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s of 2022, there were nearly 700 hotels in Mallorca (according to the website Statista), providing nearly 200,000 tourist beds, an astonishing number for the size and limitations of a small island. The environmental impact runs deep and, in many directions, but for the non-profit organisation IDI, as the Regional Development Agency, amongst LOOP Disseny i Circularitat, the number of hotel bedsheets, towels, curtains and bed frames that are thrown out after each season, became the starting point for a new design initiative that was released in February 2024.

Since it launched in 2020, the mission of LOOP Disseny i Circularitat has been to unite design, research and the circularity of materials to envision new ideas and bring added value back to Mallorca. From olive pits to used wood to demolished construction materials or textiles, LOOP engages designers to find new possibilities for using discarded materials, ideally resulting in new techniques or products. It offers a unique opportunity for designers to research and experiment with materials in a context separate from their own studios, yet complimenting their practice. Community and networking are also a fundamental part of LOOP’s mission, connecting designers and creatives on the island as well as businesses and entrepreneurs who share an interest in finding solutions and who have a forward-thinking environmental approach.  

Amarar, Butaca de Làmines de somier (Chair made from wooden bed frames)
Paula Chacartegui, bag made from recycled bed linens

Working in partnership with the Deixalles Foundation, a charitable organization in Mallorca that takes in used clothing, furniture and other related cast-off items for the purpose of reselling, reusing or recycling, LOOP commissioned several designers in Mallorca to design an object using one or more of the materials that are discarded by hotels each year and collected by Deixalles. In 2022, for example, Deixalles collected a total of 116 tonnes of discarded objects from tourist establishments. The reuse of this material avoided the emission of approximately 692 tonnes of CO2. This is a massive volume to process each year and a collaboration between to the organisations seemed synchronous. “We want to show the possibility of using these materials, and show how we can help local designers to produce interesting things from them”, notes Cristina Santandreu, one of the lead administrators of LOOP.

LOOP has a very special position in that it really “puts design forward before commercial demands”, as Santandreu notes. This opportunity is a benefit to the designer, but it also to Mallorca as well, showing the potential of working locally, with local resources, and creating innovative design pieces. LOOP also connects designers with artisans on the island, and as with this recent project, to workshops supported by Deixalles, including carpentry and sewing, to help realise their idea.

“We want the designers to use the materials, have fun, experiment. We want to highlight into value the design, creativity on the island and show things we would never think about otherwise.”
Paula Chacarteguim Repose Maleta (Luggage Stand)
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