Delfina Fantini van Ditmar

Delfina is a design researcher and lecturer at the Royal College of Art (RCA), Design Products + Futures Programme. Delfina has a transdisciplinary background linking design research, critical algorithmic studies, architecture and ecology. She has been a visiting lecturer and critic at several institutions, including The Bartlett School of Architecture, Architectural Association, Goldsmiths, Uniersity of London, Canterbury University, Liverpool University, Critical Media Lab Basel and TU Berlin. She holds a BA in Biology and completed a PhD at the RCA in 2016.  

Responding to environmental collapse from a systemic perspective, Delfina’s research will examine dematerialisation – an act of removing unecological behaviours and materiality from the world – as a necessary paradigm shift for the design sector. She will explore dematerialisation by considering ecological, political, social and ethical issues regarding manufacturing, production, and end-of-life use by collaborating with design practitioners who will respond through critical design experimentation. Delfina is interested in investigating how this design-led system-level change can influence government policy.

Project credits:

Architecture office: Thiermann Cruz
Dr Alfredo Thiermann and Sebastian Cruz

Collaborator and producer: Elliot Rogosin

Set design collaborator: Nikolai Aarre (MA Design Products RCA)

Fashion lead: Bouyez-Forge

Additional collaborators:
Shanti Bell (MA Fashion RCA)
Savvas Alexander (MA Fashion RCA)
Rosa Avilez (MA Fashion RCA)
Joyce Addais-Davis (MA Fashion RCA)

A Not Too Comfortable Future

In the dispiriting context of the current energy crisis, ongoing war, increasing pollution and environmental damage, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar and her collaborators imagine A NOT TOO COMFORTABLE FUTURE: an alternative scenario for our future world. Through multidisciplinary design, they consider what we might need to design – and how we might need to change – to restore our everyday lives.

This reimagined way of living takes a resourceful approach to reusing waste materials. An adaptable waterproof shelter, incorporating discarded clothing, offers a new type of home for a forest-based life. The lightweight shelter leaves the forest floor almost untouched, while allowing its inhabitants to live more nomadic lives. Experimental clothing and furniture made from recycled materials keep us warm and comfortable in surprising, ingenious ways.

[Photos by Felix Speller]