October 9, 2019

If not now, then when?

With 2,600 exhibiting designers, 120 locations and 450 events, the ninth international Dutch Design Week in October is the biggest design event in Northern Europe. Attracting more than 300,000 visitors from the Netherlands and abroad, it never fails to surprise with an up-to-the-minute, inspiring and innovative approach. This year, the theme of the event is Vision of the Future and, more specifically, the future of design. The conceptual and unique projects that will be presented will again fire the imagination, ignite debate and spark new ideas. Not just in terms of design, but also applications and sustainability - which is precisely where Mosa has made a name for itself and what it stands for as a company.

Magic of design

We have been designing the future for 136 years now. When it started out, the company was producing porcelain but it wasn't long before tiles and bathroom fittings were added to the mix. Mosa was never afraid to get controversial designers on board and create contemporary designs which also stood the test of time. For tableware, in the past we have worked with the likes of Edmond Bellefroid and Pieter Stockmans. Later on, we collaborated with big names such as Kho Liang Ie for tiles, which were increasingly becoming our focus. Kho Liang Ie's designs, along with classics such as the Trocadero and Cerawall, are still very popular. Moreover, fairly recently we won a Red Dot Design Award for our innovative μ [mu] series of tiles, the colours of which react to changes in the angle of the light. It is this kind of recognition that motivates us to keep pressing ahead and seeking new challenges.

Circular working

However, design is not Mosa's only priority. We have also been pushing the boundaries with regard to sustainability for many years. All of our tiles are Cradle to Cradle® Silver certified. But that's not all. We are continually working on new ideas for circular systems in construction and how we, as a tile manufacturer, can contribute to this. For instance, we run take-back campaigns to collect cutting residues from tiles, which are then pulverized and used as raw material for new tiles. We are working to improve click fitting systems for floors - inspired by our own façade systems which can already be fitted this way - so that the floors can be easily removed from spaces and reused. For our façade systems, we want to go one step further and are considering leasing or deposit options which, as well as preventing waste, would also encourage building owners to get actively involved in the circular economy.

Cradle to Cradle Café

In short, we never rest on our laurels at Mosa and, this year, will again be taking inspiration from the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, where we ourselves will be entering into the debate about circular buildings and material passports at the Cradle to Cradle Café on 22 October.