An exhibition called "Re-Hemptation" was presented during Vienna Design Week 2023. It showcased the potential of using innovative materials made from annual plants in the manufacture of furniture, interior finishing and construction materials. Additionally, the exhibition highlighted how these materials can be use for other industries such as food and textiles.
VANK presented the modular system VANK_CUBE designed by Anna Vonhasuen and made from a bio-composite based on flax and hemp, with experimental table top made from The True Green hemp lumber. Together with the Polish Institute in Vienna we became partners of the event.
During the Re-Hemptation exhibition, which was prepared by Husarska Design Studio and Green Lanes, the attendees showed great enthusiasm and attendance was high throughout all days of the event. It was not only an opportunity to showcase the first furniture made from hemp lumber, hence a substitute for hardwood by The True Green, but also a space for discussions about environmental responsibility and the green revolution in design.
Two accompanying events took place at Vienna Design Week. The first was HEMP TALK (23.09.2023), which was a meeting and talk about the application of annual plants in modern design. The second was a panel discussion about the future of hemp, HEMP EVENING (25.09.2023, Polish Institute in Vienna). The discussion was moderated by Michał Piernikowski from Łódź Design Festival. The panelists included: Jadwiga Husarska-Sobina, Jacek Kramarz from Green Lanes, Hempeat, as well as EIHA - European Industrial Hemp Association, and Natalia Sochacka from VANK. The creators of the exhibition prepared an educational platform during the accompanying events, presenting the potential of annual plants as alternatives to traditional materials, explaining to participants how innovative products created with their use fulfill the goals of sustainable development. Both meetings were accompanied by a tasting of Hempeat - a plant alternative to meat.
The title reveals the deeper meaning of the exhibition, focusing on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the environment using hemp and promoting sustainable development and biodiversity protection. "Re-Hemptation" combines "re-" (renew, restore) with "hemptation" (from English: hemp). Hemp has the potential to improve soil quality, purify water, and reduce pollution, contributing to ecosystem reconstruction. Regarding sustainability, "Re-Hemptation" also refers to the idea of sustainable development and a circular economy where innovations and new materials, like hemp, play a key role. The exhibition focuses on exploring the potential of hemp and flax as ecological alternatives to traditional materials while also promoting sustainable economic growth.