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 Continua

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 Continua

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. Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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: Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

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, Continua

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, Continua

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 Continua

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 Continua

Agar Plasticity – Kosuke Araki, Noriaki Maetani, Akira Muraoka – (Japan)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “Agar Plasticity is an ongoing material research project, in which we are exploring the potential usefulness of agar as one of alternatives to synthetic plastics. Agar is traditionally consumed as food in Japan, which is often used for making sweets. It is, also, used in scientific and medical fields worldwide. It is Continua

The Growing Lab – Officina Corpuscoli – (The Netherlands)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “One of the main challenges of the current century is to transform our consumption-oriented economic system into an eco-friendly and self-sustaining society, capable of minimising energy consumption, carbon emissions and the production of waste, while reducing production costs. Mycelium is the fast-growing, vegetative part of fungi, consisting of a tight network of interconnected filamentous Continua

MYX – Jonas Edvard – (Denmark)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “MYX consist of plant fibre and mushroom-mycelium. The material is grown into shape during a period of two to three weeks, where the mushroom mycelium grows together the plant fibres into a flexible and soft living textile. After two weeks, you can harvest the healthy Oyster mushrooms. The waste product can then Continua

Terroir – Jonas Edvard, Nikolaj Steenfatt – (Denmark)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “The project contains a new material developed from seaweed and paper and is created as a research into local materials. By combining seaweed and paper the designers have created a tough and durable material. It is best described as a warm and tactile surface with the softness of cork and the lightness Continua

The Flax Project – Christien Meindertsma – (The Netherlands)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “Flax is a material which used to be one of the most important textile fibres in the Netherlands, it was grown and processed into all kinds of textiles. Nowadays flax is farmed in much smaller quantities and is mainly shipped to China to be processed further. With the Flax Project Meindertsma aims Continua

Crafting Plastics – Vlasta Kubušová & Miroslav Král– (Germany)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “The cp! bioplastic was developed by the team of Prof. Pavel Alexy at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Compared to conventional bioplastics from 100% renewable resources, it performs uniquely well in daily use. Research conducted during Master Studies at University of Arts in Berlin became an important source of understanding of Continua

Artichair – Kizis Studio – (Greece)

Kingdom: Vegetabile. //Description “The artichoke thistle is an edible plant that has been harvested in central and western Mediterranean regions since ancient times. One of the most prevalent plant species in Greece, the artichoke thistle is well adapted to dry climates and has been identified as a promising natural resource for the local biofuel industry. Continua

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