Designs with the main feature ‘organic’

Algae Lab Luma

Designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros developed algae based biopolymers to replace synthetic and fossil oil based plastics and absorb CO2 through production.

Photo: Antoine Raab

Care for milk

Overproduction and continuous price drops have seen our appreciation of milk sink to an all-time low. With Care for Milk Ekaterina Semenova wants to reclaim the value of this characteristic Dutch dairy product.Dairy leftovers of milk are collected from neighbourhood households.

Wood in Progress

Driven by a strong affinity to challenge the industry, the design collective Envisions strives to collaborate with established companies and inspire them to rethink their production processes.

HEY JUTE

A research project which looks at how we can work with, instead of against, the natural quality of jute to create a high-quality sensitive product. Jute is normally used ‘behind the scenes’ and never as aesthetic material.

Blood Related

As a simultaneous embodiment of life and death, blood is nature’s ultimate contradiction. It tells a thousand stories, steeped in meaning and mysticism. Yet, the very real modern narrative of blood as a mass waste material remains untold.

The New Age of Trichology

An innovative and sustainable research project, where human hair waste is recycled and applied in material and productdesign. The project focuses on the high tensile strength of hair.

Lithoplast

Lithoplast is a new composite material that brings to life a speculative and scientific-based research into the future of plastic pollution and how it hybridizes into a new material in the geological strata of the earth. The name Lithoplast suggests its abilities: Lithos- meaning ‘stone’, and Plast, meaning ‘capable of being shaped or molded’.

Photo: Alan Boom

Recomposed Bamboo

‘Recomposed Bamboo’ investigates the composition of the bamboo tube, and how this structure can be used more efficiently and aesthetically.

Fade to Stay

Colourfastness is considered a quality, but discolouration can never be prevented entirely. The dye inks in home printers and the pigmented inks on the professional market have different characteristics and, therefore, a different colourfastness. rENs experiments with a combination of various types of ink and paper, in order to control discolouration with the help of UV radiation.

The Tree Trunk Chair

What does ‘new’ mean? The Tree Trunk Chair has a production time of 200 years. By pressing a mould into a tree for two centuries, the tree will slowly take on the shape of the mould, after which it can be removed and the chair can be ‘harvested’.

The Growing Lab – Mycelia

Fungi are micro-organisms that consist of many extremely small and fast-growing hyphal threads. Grow the fungi on the right substrate and a new, strong material will form, which can take on any three-dimensional form. The Growing Lab is an ongoing research project into the possibilities of using fungi for design and architecture.

Interwoven

Using subterranean templates as moulds, the root systems of plants are channelled, forming a textile-like material. During the growth process the roots conform to the patterns and the root material weaves or braids itself. For her research, Diana Scherer is collaborating with biologists and ecologists of the Radboud University in Nijmegen.

Flax Chair

A composite material consisting of a combination of flax fibre and PLA is applied in a chair: the Flax Chair. Due to the suitable oceanic climate, flax is a crop with a rich history in the Netherlands, Belgium and northern France. PLA is a biodegradable plastic with a lactic acid base. Both the long and the short fibres of the flax have been used.

Living Colours

Natural colours also tend to fade and lose colour. BELÉN, made up of Brecht Duijf and Lenneke Langenhuijsen, did research on the mechanisms of these changes in order to apply these qualities in a clever way. BELÉN developed discolour charts for plant-based dyes and designed unique objects such as a carpet that slowly discolours, curtains with a slowly emerging pattern and an acoustic wall coating with a different perspective from each angle.

AGF Klasse 3

The goal of this project is to notify people of the AGF Class 3. Potatoes, fruit and vegetables (A,G and F) from this class have a 10 percent deviation or more and are not offered to consumers. Part of the AGF Class 3 is offered to animal feed companies to be used as livestock feed. The majority of these vegetables will disappear immediately on the compost pile. Renée Boute wants to make clear to consumers that there is nothing wrong with these products. She incorporated this objective in a cooking book that shows in a tasty way that fruits and vegetables from the AGF Class 3 do not belong on the compost pile.

Coleoptera

In the Netherlands, mealworms are grown for the food industry. Now mainly as food for animals; in the future also for people. The mealworm originates from the mealworm beetle, which dies several months after laying eggs. Growers see these beetles as waste and throw them away. In order to reduce waste and reuse natural resources, Aagje Hoekstra examined how the beetles could be given a second life, as part of her graduation project at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU).

Black Gold

Quintus Kropholler ‘s Black Gold collection includes items made of asphalt. Asphalt consists of stone and bitumen. Bitumen is the material that is left over after the processing of crude oil. With this project, Kropholler wants to change the perception of the material. Unlike plastic and gasoline, this petroleum product has a long life and will probably outlive its source (petroleum). Kropholler also demonstrates that asphalt has an aesthetic value.

Mycelium Project

With the Mycelium Project, Studio Eric Klarenbeek aims to offer an alternative to plastics and bioplastics in the relatively young market of 3D printing. The chair is printed with mycelium, a network of hyphae. Instead of melting layers of plastic together, Eric Klarenbeek uses mycelium as ‘living glue. The basic raw material is vegetable waste.