London Design Festival 2019:

London Design Festival 2019: "Sustainable Stories" Exhibition

Posted Today by Katie Kubrak

Nirvana CPH presents the ‘Sustainable Stories’ Exhibition at the London Design Festival 2019.

Nirvana CPH is delighted to announce its ‘Sustainable Stories’ Exhibition at the London Design Festival in collaboration with SharpEnd from 18th September 2019 – 16th October 2019. The exhibition is hosted at the G . F Smith Show Space; alongside their collection of innovative and technically advanced papers.

This interactive exhibition presents 5 ‘Sustainable Stories’ for the modern brand & consumer, which demystifies the issues surrounding sustainability and how it impacts our every-day lives as well as presenting future production solutions in sustainable packaging.

The featured stories focus on the packaging materials where the need for sustainability initiatives is most relevant: glass, paper, metal, textile and plastic. Each story will include the key ingredients to the success of a brand or a product; consumer education, production transparency, innovation and closed loop material scenarios for minimal use of resources. Examples of where technology can help with both minimizing the environmental impact as well as communicating the sustainable story will also be showcased.

Spencer Wallace, Founder at Nirvana CPH, comments:

“Humans learn from stories and experiences every day. The issue of sustainability is today’s largest challenge. It will become the next revolution. Within Nirvana CPH, it is central to everything we produce and we wanted to explain its relevance through a series of informative stories. We’re honoured to have partnered with Alistair Gibbs, SharpEnd and G . F Smith to present this exciting exhibition.”

Katie Kubrak, Material & Insight Producer at Nirvana CPH / PhD Candidate at Royal College of Art comments:

“When bringing this exhibition to life, we wanted to delve into why sustainability cannot be designed backwards. Our aim is that these stories inspire individuals and brands that they can make changes and a real difference. Materials & Insights team at Nirvana CPH can support and navigate these challenges to provide the right sustainable changes to suit a brand’s needs.”

Nirvana CPH will be hosting a talks program throughout the exhibition, with leading industry voices, which include:


Date: 18th September 17:30-21:00

(Host + Speaker) Katie Kubrak leads Materials & Insight at Nirvana CPH. She graduated from Product Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where she developed an interest and passion for colours, materials and finishes. Ever since graduating she has been specialising in Sustainable CMF Design across packaging, consumer electronics, lighting, femcare, FMCG, organising events and more. She was a speaker at TEDx event at The Museum of London and currently doing a PhD at the Royal College of Art on sensory colours, materials and finishes whilst producing for circular economy. She is part of Burberry Materials Research Group.

(Speaker) Jen Keane is a designer and creative researcher working at the intersection of design and science, technology and craft. Inspired by notions of sustainability, and a fascination with new digital and biological tools, she is exploring how new technologies could be employed to design a new generation of hybrid materials, and perhaps change our approach to making altogether.

(Speaker) Nick Gumery, an Ethical Buyer at Lush. He sources the most environmentally friendly materials to use in packaging and shop fit-outs. Nick’s packaging remit covers recycled plastics, glass, wood, cork and metal packaging. He has worked on many interesting projects including the use of 1000s of square meters of reclaimed wooden floorboards for shop furniture production and also bringing in a source of wood from Sustainable Forestry and Re-wilding initiatives for use as in-store signage display. Giving the company a fully transparent supply chain whilst also supporting regenerative practices on the ground. He is also responsible for introducing natural cork into Lush stores, leading a two year regenerative material project in Portugal. The cork pot is the first customer facing carbon positive piece of mainstream packaging to be released into the market place.


TALK (Theme:SustainableProduction)

Date: 25th September 17:30-21:00

(Host + Speaker) Katie Kubrak

(Speaker) Carl Partt is the Founder of FuturePlanet a community of action, with a mission to accelerate our transition to an inclusive sustainable future. The FuturePlanet community act on this mission through convening community, supporting change makers, catalysing connections and fostering collaboration. He has delivered over 100 successful projects and partnerships, with brands such as Unilever, Virgin, General Mills, Vodafone, Sony and Diageo. He will discuss the importance of know how, creating networks and establishing partnerships for sustainable production.

(Speaker) Ashwini Deshpande is a London College of Fashion graduate. She has a keen interest in sustainability, technology, and innovation. Her project, Art-Z, supported by LCF’s Fashion Innovation Agency, aims to utilize artificial intelligence to reduce fabric wastage in the fashion industry. After winning ‘Accelerating the Future of Fashion’, she was selected to go the US to develop the idea with experts at Microsoft. She is now working to turn Art-Z into a business.

(Speaker) Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at Veolia UK & Ireland. Richard is a board member responsible for Technology & Innovation to resource the world with materials, water and energy. Delivering on Waste Treatments, Media Relations, Renewable Energy, Fleet Electrification, Planning and Construction. Strong Circular Economy and Innovation Delivery focus. Professional graduated from University of Leeds and working with Imperial College.


TALK (Theme: Sustainable Innovation)

Date: 9th October 17:30-21:00

(Host + Speaker) Katie Kubrak

(Speaker) Cameron Worth, CEO and founder of SharpEnd – The Agency of ThingsTM will detail how sustainability initiatives can be aided and driven by IoT-led solutions. He will explore recent case studies in this space, including a behavioural change programme for Unilver and SharpEnd’s recent research project with Horizon 2020 to reduce consumer confusion around recycling.

(Speaker) Natasha Franck, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eon, the leading Digital Identity platform across fashion, apparel and retail. Eon is spearheading the Connect Fashion Global Initiative – an industry-wide initiative to establish the shared foundation for circular economy. Connect Fashion is introducing CircularIDTM – the global standard and digital system for identification and management of products in the circular economy, all of which Natasha will be outlining in her talk.


TALK (Theme: Materials)

Date: 16th October 17:30-21:00

(Host + Speaker) Katie Kubrak

(Speaker) Gary Tee, Director at TIPA. He is a packaging professional specialising in sustainable, flexible, bio materials that are compostable. Also interested in all aspect of the industry from print, lamination, materials, pack design and machinery. He will educate and demystify on the topic of compostable plastics.

(Speaker) Julian Ellerby, Strategy Director at FranklinTill Studio who also curates Viewpoint and Viewpoint Colour magazines. FranklinTill Studio works within material research, design, design narration & education. Their work output is across the fields of forecasting and insight, creative strategy, and creative direction. Studio is also responsible for launching book titled “Radical Matter” that focuses on sustainable materials for the future. On the night Julian will cover the topics of sustainable materiality.

(Speaker) Sian Sutherland & Frederikke MagnussenIn co-founded A Plastic Planet; a social Impact non-profit with a single goal – to ignite and inspire the world to turn off the plastic tap. Their first campaign asked supermarkets worldwide to give customers the choice to buy plastic and guilt free in a Plastic Free Aisle. This campaign rapidly became the No 1 initiative in UK offering a genuine solution to the plastic pollution crisis; with significant worldwide media attention, public support and engagement with industry. A Plastic Planet work with global brands, retailers, educators, legislators and Governments to reduce the use of indestructible plastic to package our perishable food and drink. On the evening they will launch and discuss their newest campaign regarding sustainable materials for the future.


Key dates & times:

Exhibition dates: 18th September 2019 – 16th October 2019 10am till 5pm, Mon-Fri


To RSVP to one of the events, book a free ticket here:



G . F Smith Show Space

27-28 Eastcastle St


London W1W 8DH


We look forward to seeing you at one of the talks or feel free to pop in during exhibition opening hours to view stories and chat sustainability! Should you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.