FORM DUST is a sustainable, recyclable and renewable plant-based material with sound absorbing properties developed during Nicole Dietz’ master thesis at Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. The goal was to create a composite material that works in a circular way. Because it is generated as process waste in the woodworking industry and since wood is biodegradable and renewable, pure sawdust from a local sawmill was chosen as the primary component. In combination with a plant-based binder and a driving agent, the pure sawdust undergoes a foaming process. During production, this material mass can be dyed with plant-based and mineral colour pigments and poured into a mold to create any desired shape. The final material has air chambers and a porous surface. Due to this structure, FORM DUST is lightweight, low density and has sound absorbing properties.
Once dry, surfaces created with FORM DUST can also be colour-enhanced with oils and further processed like other wood materials. Sanding, sawing, drilling and milling are all possible. There are many possible applications for FORM DUST, particularly in interiors where it can replace less sustainable materials such as plastic foams that are often used as sound absorbers today.