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

There are also larger and less tangible aspects to this project, like Sawa’s aspirations to raise our awareness about nature while personally contributing to our ecosystem. Working from her kitchen lab, Sawa has created new forms and new hybrids of algae that exhibit unique material properties, all the way down to their genetic structure.

The Algaerium is but a taste of how algae can be used as an energy source in the future. The material is not ready for a commercial market yet — it currently only exists as ornamental plants and jewelry that will be released soon by Sawa. Although most algae research is mainly focused on biofuels and electricity, Sawa has shown that the material can be successfully incorporated into functional and aesthetically beautiful elements of interior design.

+ Marin Sawa

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

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