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Marin Sawa's "Algaerium" Incorporates Algae Into Interior Design

by , 11/08/10

Craft x biology, domestication of biotechnologies, biochemistry, sustainable design, responsive textile, intelligent materials, human plant/aquatic interaction, biomimetics, 3-dimetional textiles

Architect and textile designer Marin Sawa‘s beautiful work explores ways that we can incorporate the production of biofuels within our built environments. With her Algaerium, she has created a series of living surfaces and textiles that cultivate and produce green energy in the form of algae.

Craft x biology, domestication of biotechnologies, biochemistry, sustainable design, responsive textile, intelligent materials, human plant/aquatic interaction, biomimetics, 3-dimetional textiles

Sawa’s interest in “smart” materials has led her to specialize in multidisciplinary design, where she successfully combines textiles, biology and architecture. She is fascinated by the ‘simplicity’ of these intricate organic materials and qualities that are engineered to be intelligent, but devoid of electronics.

Marin Sawa’s intent with the Algaerium was to create and explore algae as spatial installations in urban conditions. By working with the photosynthetic method, she combines algae and light to produce stunning color systems that react and respond to the surrounding environment. The designer explains: “The project proposes utilization of algae’s biological attributes such as photosynthesis and bioluminescence as beneficial design solutions in response to our contemporary ‘environmental consciousness’.”

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  1. creativosurfacedesign November 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Hi, this is Dan from Creativo Surface Design. We are a textile/surface design studio located in NY. Currently we are looking for some new artists to compliment our existing talent as well as inject new design styles to our group. Currently we represent 10+ artists from around the world. We showcase to medium and large retailers and specialty stores in apparel, home furnishing, gift and paper goods. If you feel you or any of your friends/collegues may be interested in being represented by Creativo, drop us a line http://www.thinkcreativo.com/textile-designer-submission-form.html.

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