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Lustrous Tabletop Trays Made from Edible Flax Seeds
Posted By Ana Lisa On April 15, 2011 @ 5:18 pm In Botanical,Design,Eco-Inspiration,Environment,Green Home decor,Green Materials,Innovation,Recycling and Composting,Sustainable Materials | 1 Comment
Designed by Studio Geenen , the Flax Tray is a beautiful and organic take on basic houseware made from a bio-composite  material derived from Linum usitatissimum  – or more commonly known as flax. The new material was developed after an ongoing research-based experiment on bio-composite, and the experimental applications have given way to some stunning pieces by Geenen.
Keen on the omega-3 plant, the studio directed by Bram Geenen made the tray using flax as the fibrous component , binding it with a bio-resin. The end result is a material with similar properties to carbon fiber, which is lightweight and very strong, with the added eco-bonus of being renewable. Stretching a fabric over a frame with some weight, Geenen was able to creates a slim, strong natural shape, generated the futuristic tray shape design. This was a technique regularly used by Spanish architect Gaudi , for shaping his renown Barcelona buildings.
You can purchase a Flax Tray of your own at Geenen’s Shop  for €189.
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Photos © Studio Geenen
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URLs in this post:
 Studio Geenen: http://www.studiogeenen.com/
 bio-composite: http://inhabitat.com/frankensteins-quirky-biodegradable-designs-are-made-of-sand-water-and-poo/
 Linum usitatissimum: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flax
 flax as the fibrous component: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-flax-fiber-bicycle-wins-eurobike-gold-award/
 Gaudi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaudi
 Shop: http://www.studiogeenen.com/projects/shop/carbon-tray/
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