DIF Studio Three stories: How we apply circular design

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  • Seetal Solanki, Kamonnart Ongwandee, Máire Kane and Hannah Grogan

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Waste and pollution are not accidents. They are the consequences of decisions made at the design stage. To change the system we need to change how we design. This session will gather some of the most inspiring stories from the generation already leading the way.

We will be joined by Seetal Solanki, founder of Ma-tt-er, design entrepreneur and author of the book Why Materials Matter and Kamonnart Ong, co-founder of Moreloop, fashion designer & lecturer at Chulalongkorn Design University. We will also hear from the winners of the RSA Student Design Awards 2019, Maire Kane and Hannah Grogan, who applied circular economy principles to design a reusable medical device.

Do you want to be part of the transformation? Don't miss this session.


Seetal Solanki

Seetal Solanki

Founder & Director of Ma-tt-er

Seetal Solanki is a materials designer, researcher and educator based in London. She is Founder and Director of Ma-tt-er, a materials research design studio, consultancy and school, advising, designing, communicating and educating what materials are and can be in order to implement a more responsible future.

Author of "Why Materials Matter" (2018) and a Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art. She was made an Honorary Fellow at Hereford College of the Arts and received her Fellowship at the RSA in 2018 and holds an MA in Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins.

She’s had the privilege to work with NIKE, Selfridges, World Water Day, IKEA/SPACE10, British Council, The Design Museum, Hyundai, Ace & Tate, It’s Nice That and work has been widely featured around the globe. Seetal’s work focuses on creating a positive social, economic, political and environmental impact, which reveals the truth about how we live today and might live tomorrow.

Kamonnart Ongwandee

Kamonnart Ongwandee

Fashion designer & lecturer at Chulalongkorn Design University

Kamonnart Ongwandee is a designer and consultant advocating for circular design at the intersection between fashion, textiles, business and crafts practices. After winning the CIMB Asean Scholarship, which helps to promote craft culture in Southeast Asia, Kamonnart earned a Master’s in Textiles at the Royal College of Art in London. She began her career as a print designer and illustrator before expanding to fashion design, and now dedicates her energy to the Fashion Revolution movement in Thailand, which activates a community of conscious consumers and promotes sustainable businesses in design community.

Kamonnart is also an honouree for the Generation T Asia List 2019, member of Circular Design Lab Bangkok, and delegate of Circular Futures Lab South East Asia Cohort pioneered by the British Council and Ellen MacArthur Foundation. With work experiences in Bangkok, London and Paris, she now also delivers keynotes, and lectures at Chulalongkorn University on creative materials & textiles. Currently, she focuses on collaboration with artisan communities, with the belief that good design and materials have the power to create transformative human’s experiences, self-awareness, and shared social values.

Máire Kane and Hannah Grogan

Máire Kane and Hannah Grogan

Winners of RSA Student Design Awards 2019

Máire and Hannah are two recent graduates of Industrial Design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. This shared interest of design brought them together as work partners. They are both good at different things so it just works! Their commitment, strong work ethic and knowledge in the area of Medical Device Design are apparent in the success of the Personal Patient Pack (PPP) project. This project received an abundance of positive feedback and was a winner of the Royal Society of Art Student Awards, winner of the wooden and white pencil at the D&AD New Blood Design Awards and was a finalist for the Universal Design Grand Challenge Student Awards. It also received media coverage from the Minister of Health in Ireland, Simon Harris.

The Personal Patient Pack (PPP) allows single-use devices to travel with the patient throughout their hospital visit which on average could reduce waste by approximately 67%. This circular solution allows devices to be reused on the patient throughout their care. The RFID Technology reassures healthcare professionals that the devices stay with the patient and provides complete traceability at all times. They know that sustainability is not considered of high importance in the healthcare sector and as designers, they used design principles to tackle this crisis directly. They want to influence healthcare professionals to start thinking differently in order to create a positive environmental change.


Colin Webster

Colin Webster

DIF Programme Manager and Education Content Manager

Colin is one of the two Ellen MacArthur Foundation's DIF Managers. He manages content in the DIF's Live Studio, ensuring that we have a great mix of brilliant people armed with interesting topics. He also directed last year's DIF documentary, System Reset.

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