Recitex

Kingdom: Recuperavit. //Description Recitex Ana Vargas (Chile), Angélla Vargas (Chile). This new material offers a second life to textile waste and binds them without adding a chemical adhesive to its composition. Five to Seven-year of duration are estimated. Material Qualities Kingdom Attributes Specific Material Attributes Basic Ingredients Textile Waste (multifiber). ————————————– Images property of the Read More

SPF Sugar Protection Filter – Federica Dellisanti & Tinka Jongerius – (Italy, Belgium)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “The use of artificial light has led to a pollution of the interior with light waves followed by negative consequences for the human body. Its exposure to blue light results in a melatonin suppression, which disrupts our circadian rhythm and causes i.e. sleeping disorders. To counter this development we propose filters made Read More

Piñatex – Carmen Hijosa – (Spain)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “Develops a sustainable textile made of pineapple leaves’ fibres as an alternative to leather. After 15 years of working in the design and manufacturing of leather goods, Carmen Hijosa, a Spanish citizen, was sent to the Philippines to help develop the leather industry. Her intense research on pineapple fibres led to the Read More

De Algarum Natura – Officina Corpuscoli – (The Netherlands)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “De Algarum Natura originated as an investigation in the possibility of making effective use of the vast amount of seaweeds, which constantly accumulate on the worldwide strands. Triggered by the potential residing within such overflow of marine biomass, Officina Corpuscoli decided to explore the possibility of creating materials from algae, by first Read More

The Unimaginary Project – Beatrice Cordara – (The Netherlands)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “The Unimaginary Project is a series of stools, benches, small tables born to tease curiosity to make people get closer to ‘design objects’.” (Beatrice Cordara, 2015) Material Qualities Kingdom Attributes Matte Textured Warm Expendable Rough Discontinue Surface Pattern Light Irregular Specific Material Attributes Translucent Sonorous Cheap Fluffy Warm Flexible Bumpy Colorless Airy Read More

About a Pinetree – Sarmīte Poļakova– (The Netherlands)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “This project focuses on the relationship between humans and trees beyond the limited, economic view of trees as commodities. Beneath the thick and hard character of the outer bark, the Pine’s inner bark actually has leather-like properties. This soft material has a lifespan of up to two years, which this design approach Read More

Sugar Glass – Fernando Laposse – (Mexico)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “The project is a combination between kitchen crafts and a basic industrial process of manufacture. These drinking glasses are made 100% of melted sugar which is roto-moulded into a hollow drinking vessel and drive inspiration from Murano glass art and cinema break away glass props. They can be batch produced by using Read More

BioElectric – Jeongwon Ji – (Korea)

Kingdom: Animale. //Description “When life gives you mitten crabs, make bioplastic. The Chinese mitten crab, an invasive species from East Asia, gets its name because it looks like it’s wearing a pair of furry mittens on its claws. But it’s not so cute. The crab negatively impacts native wildlife in Europe and the U.S., where Read More

Biocouture – Suzanne Lee – (New York)

Kingdom: Animale. //Description “Biocouture is building an open source ‘bioneer’ community of material innovators to catalyze an explosion of product development in this area. Suzanne Lee makes fabrics using living things. “I am a bio-couturist,” she says. “I bring biological processes together with couture techniques.” The first material she adapted — bacterial cellulose — is Read More

Cooked Wool – Freyja Sewell – (United Kingdom)

Kingdom: Animale. //Description “As we become increasingly bombarded with information and stimulation, the world is becoming a louder place. in an initiative that goes beyond retail, Freyja Sewell has pioneered ‘headspace meditation pods’ from cooked wool – celebrating the power of silence, allowing to see the beauty in function and find calmness among the crowds. Read More

Coleoptera – Aagje Hoekstra– (The Netherlands)

Kingdom: Animale. //Description “In the Netherlands, mealworms are bred for the animal food industry. Mealworms are the larval form of the mealworm beetle, which dies three to four months after laying its eggs. Because the beetle is at the end of it’s life cycle, it is seen as waste. Aagje gives these beetles a second Read More

Ruminant Bloom – Julia Lohmann – (United Kingdom)

Kingdom: Animale. //Description “With Ruminant Bloom, Lohmann pushes the boundaries of what’s acceptable. The lamps’ decorative and light structures are made of tripe, or preserved sheep and cow stomachs. The initial attraction to the object turns into a moment of disgust, followed by fascination. And it’s this evolution of feeling that is the most valuable Read More

Hidden Beauty – Studio Gutedort– (Germany)

Kingdom: Animale. //Description “Hidden Beauty- Inner Skins asks the question of whether or not we can overcome stereotypical aesthetics and appreciate beauty for its appearance: how can we change our habitual perception? Based on experimental material research, inner skins from sheep, pigs and cows, animal entrails like bladders and intestines that are usually considered as Read More

Hair Highway – Studio Swine – (United Kingdom & Japan)

Kingdom: Animale. //Description “Hair Highway explores the potential of human hair beyond its wildly expanding role in the beauty industry. As the world’s population increases, human hair is re-imagined as an abundant and renewable alternative to diminishing resources such as tortoise shell or tropical wood. Based around the notion of the ancient Silk Road, which Read More

ReFruit

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description Refruit Ya Xiao (China), Lilach Pomerantz (Israel), Elena Sophia Di Giacinto (Italy). Robust and flexible material with a different level of roughness on each side. Colorful patterns occur by using fruits with contrasting colors. The sustainable material feature comes thanks to the fact that it gives the fruit a second life after Read More

Veggie Paper

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description Veggie paper Mikaella Chrysostomou (Cyprus), Aysu Sani (Turkey), Panayiota Vasileiadou (Cyprus), Xiaodan Yang (China). The cellulose ingredients and the fibers which compose vegetables are the main ingredients of these materials. Mainly fibers from banana, celery, and spinach. WIth the same techniques used to create DIY recycled paper, these designers obtained a homogeneous Read More

GreeNet

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description GreeNet Helga Aversa (Italy), Aysecan Ertin (Turkey), Muyun Wang (China), Simona Bettoni (Italy). Is a material developed using celery fibers. The filament of the vegetable most of the time is unpleasant and is removed while cooking. Here the designers extract those fibers and let them dry. By twisting them like any other Read More

Marbile

Kingdom: Recuperavit. //Description Marbile Ioanna Oikonomou (Greece), Yudan Yang (China), Marta Ziminska (Poland), Marina Psimikaki (Greece). Marbile is a material made out of textile structures that looks hard and dense but is surprisingly soft, it has sufficient flexibility to bow under pressure, and will not shatter if dropped. Blending different cotton threads result in exciting Read More

Butts Bunny

Kingdom: Recuperavit. //Description Butts Bunny Carolina Giorgiani (Italy), Jinan Jezzini (Romania), Davide Mosito (Italy). A semi-translucent material with a certain degree of flexibility depending on the number of butts inside it. It can also be colored with different natural ingredients. The material aims to be a provocation for a different use of a huge problem: Read More

Gelawool

Kingdom: Animale. //Description Gelawool Alexandra Bell (Australia), Angela Muñoz Correa (Colombia), Carolin Winandi (Germany), Francesca Queirolo (Chile). It is a flexible non-stretch material. It has a smooth surface while also giving the illusion of a wool texture. It can be molded into different shapes and thicknesses. “Gelawool” can be created using a gelatin mixture, combined Read More

Porcaría

Kingdom: Animale. //Description Porcaria Gabriela Machado da Silva Lima (Brazil), Liping Ren (China), Luisa Hiromi Yatsu Simon (Brazil), Zheng Manlin (China). The material is developed to change pigskin’s properties and appearance, aiming to eliminate people’s prejudice against it. To begin is necessary to remove the fat of the skin and boil it until it’s entirely Read More

Agrumiscela

Kingdom: Recuperavit. //Description Agrumiscela Isabel Román (Spain), Qianni Chen (China), Beatriz Torre (Spain), Danfeng Gu (China). A colorful material, with an agreeable aroma of citrus fruits, created from light and malleable, dry and semi-translucent skin of the lime, lemon, clementine, pomelo and bergamotto fruits. This material borns from the idea of analyzing the consumption of Read More

It’s Never to Lat(t)e

Kingdom: Animale. //Description It’s never to lat(t)e Dicle Aslan (Turkey), Dinullah Bayu Ibrahim (Indonesia), Yizhuo Shao (China), Betül Ünal  (Turkey). The main ingredient is the expired milk. After milk is cooked with cornstarch, vinegar, glycerol, it can be formed with the desired shape and texture by using various surfaces. While it dries, the material naturally Read More

Grow-It-Yourself – Ecovative Design – (United States)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “GIY is entitles for “Grow-It-Yourself” material. After years of rigorous research and dutiful development, Ecovative released GIY for public use. GIY utilizes the same mycelium technology that they use in the MycoFoam material. Ecovative use mycelium, which is the vegetative growth stage of fungi. Spores are produced by the fruiting body or Read More

Algaemy – Essi Johanna Glomb and Rasa Weber – Blond & Bieber – (Germany)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “Algaemy investigates the potential of microalgae in a creative context. The textile designer Essi Johanna Glomb and the product designer Rasa Weber reveal the aesthetic potential of a resource commonly regarded as weeds within Europe. The production of Algaemy occurs by an analog textile-printer which produces a fast-growing pigment. A full-color palette Read More

Harvest – Asif Khan – (United Kingdom)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “The project’s starting point was to explore using London’s plant life as a raw material for everyday products. The process developed to create the furniture combines weaving, moulding, freeze-drying and hardening. An industrial freeze-drying chamber was used to preserve the moulded plant material through the extraction of the water content over several Read More

Autarchy – Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin – Studio Formafantasma – (The Netherlands)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “Autarchy is a materials approach that proposes an autonomous way of producing goods and outlines a hypothetical scenario in which a community embraces a serene and self-imposed embargo, and where nature is personally cultivated, harvested and processed to feed and make tools to serve human needs. Autarchy pays homage to the uncomplicated, Read More

Bacco – Studio Natural – (Italy)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description ” Bacco is a collection made with wine precipitates dried in a spinning barrel. Biochemistry, tartaric precipitation and crystals are the keywords to start this project. Every two years the wine barrels must be opened to restore it, we analyzed the winemaking process and we worked around everything that was not wine, Read More

Made by Bees – Tomáš Gabzdil Libertiny – (The Netherlands)

Kingdom: Animale. //Description “Libertiny’s “collaboration” with honey bees pushes the boundaries of so-called conventional design by defying mass production and enabling nature to create what would typically be considered a man-made product. Studio Libertiny’s bee vase not only tells the story, but does so in an ecologically derived, natural way that concedes the human manufacturing Read More

The New Age of Trichology – Sanne Visser – (United Kingdom)

Kingdom: Animale. //Description “How can we use human hair waste to create new materials and design outputs? Human hair is a natural resource that will be increasing in the future since the world’s population is rapidly rising. The UK alone ‘creates’ around 6.5 million kilograms of human hair waste annually, which mostly ends up in Read More

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