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ila is a multi-functional element that covers many function into a home. With the use of ecoboard it has a NEGATIVE carbon footprint.




a multi-functional object;

a bench, bar stool, table, high table, bed side table, coffee table and a chair for kids.

ila render

ila prototype

What actions do you propose?

Ila is conceived with the following principle:

circular minimalism:

the combo of evaluating the true relevance of a product with less materials that are put into a circular system.

  • Evaluating the true relevance in a way that you don't really need a G6 phone one day or a G7 the next sorta speak, just another table design or gadget,
  • Using minimalism and the tendency to search for products that uses less and less materials and energy use, to simplify construction methods to make it available in any local workshop.
  • the materials that are used could be put into a circular system/economy.


about the material:



The enviromentaly friendly solution for furniture and construction.

ECOBoards Standard panels made of natural fibres represent a sustainable and green solution, which can be applied in the construction of buildings and house renovation as well as the manufacturing of furniture.

Key features:


  • High structural strength, loadbearing & stability
  • Excellent strength and weight performance
  • Superior workability
  • Excellent nail-holding capacity
  • High earthquake resistance and durability
  • Better water resistance than wood-based
  • Superior fire resistance
  • Termite prevention
  • No Formaldehyde or chemical emissions 


For applications in buildings.

ECOBOARDS are best used in the manufacturing of end products, which require a certain degree of structural strength. ECOBoards are a real alternative to concrete, bricks or OSB. Houses built with ECOboards have a lower energy demand and store more CO2 then their own weight.


  • Interior decoration structures
  • Construction and housing systems
  • Prefab, SIP’s, CNC connections
  • Wall partitioning
  • Wall preparation
  • Ceiling construction
  • Windows and doors 


For application as furniture.

ECOBoards are ideal for production of furniture. This innovative material has many advantages and qualities:


  • Excellent strength to weight performance
  • Superior workability
  • Excellent srew-holding capacity
  • Better water resistance than wood-based
  • NEGATIVE Carbon Footprint
  • No Formaldehyde or chemical emissions 


Sizes and thickness.

ECOBoards STANDARD are available standard 9, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19 and 25 mm, but can be made custom thickness.
Standard size panels are 2440 x 1220 mm ( 8 foot x 4 foot)

Who will take these actions?

ecoboard: manufacturer of the material

groenzone: a small company looking for new ways

Tim Guldentops: designer of ila

Kunnig: manufacturer of the design (?)*

* not yet certain

Where will these actions be taken?

Belgium, EU

When successful, I would like to try out a "localized" environment to spread this one out. 

This means fragment and localize everything as much as possible to it's place of use, placing production and sales in the area of usage to reduce transportation emissions/costs and empowering the local economy.

What are other key benefits?

It is an attempt to produce something within a high cost and/or local environment, with social and ecological benefits.


the material used has a NEGATIVE carbon footprint,

the design has a high possible relevance in almost any household, actions are minimized to the maximum to decrease energy use and waste.

Almost everything is right, it's multifunctional, minimal, negative emissions, ecologically, esthetically correct, minimized construction and labor costs, possible relevance, ...

What are the proposal’s costs?

Time line

I expect this design to have a medium term lifespan at least due to it's timeless design and strength.

When it goes to waste everything can disintegrate without any damage to the environment, or be recycled.

Related proposals

References (plans/images of the design/prototype)