Algae/Bacteria 1: Material of the Month

27th February 2015

Teresa van Dongen is one of a series of designers who is exploring nature and science to create sustainable products.

Using octopus bacteria she has created a lamp that glows blue when it is given a gentle push.

Driven by the desire for a sustainable lamp and her interest in both design and biology, the resulting Ambio lamp balances two weights and a glass tube that is filled with artificial seawater and luminescent bacteria.

By pushing the lamp gently oxygen mixes with the water and the bacteria glow brightly replicating the natural phenomena of bioluminescent waves in nature.








material of the month: Bacteria/algae/mycellium

2nd February 2015

For those who have been following my blog for a while will know that I am an avid fan of bacteria, Algae, fungi and mycelium in design so for my material of the month I will showcase some of the best, old and new projects in this area.

The opportunities these organisms/materials offer in a future materials palette are endless and fascinating as shown by projects such as the Algaemy project and Fungi Mutarium Incubator.

One of the most interesting projects in this arena and one that has been in research for over 5 years is Officina Corpuscoli .

An on-going, long-term research-project it is looking at the possibilities of mycelium as an ingredient for sustainable design and materiality is exploring how fungal organisms can be used to produce alternatives to plastics.

Looking to 3D print with bacteria, to making sustainable 'grown' fabrics the breadth of this project offers an alternative materials future.




glass 3: Material of the Month

31st January 2015

As my last post for glass as Material of the Month, this lighting from Bocci was showcased at Maison & Objet in Paris and represents the diversity and beauty of glass in unexpected ways.

Using a unique process to create cloud like ephemeral glass pendants, they filled a heat resistant fabric molds with molten glass that leaves the surface texture more akin to fabric than that of traditional glass and each piece uniquely different.






glass 2: Material of the month

30th January 2015

Another project looking to scent as a memory capture, designer Charlie Ronzon Jaricot has designed a beautiful glass and plaster stone 'Evanescence' scent diffuser which comprises of a glass flask suspended above a small plaster pebble that absorbs the scent when the glass vial is broken.

Absorbing the scent, the pebble can be taken with the user and the scent released whenever they want to evoke the memory that it triggers.

This project is delicate and poetic and is a natural partner to the work of Amy Radcliffe with her well documented scent camera, Madeline.



Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert


Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert


Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert


Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert


Dan Bowran


Dan Bowran


Dan Bowran


Glass 1: Material of the Month

5th January 2015

Playing with our perceptions of glass and exploring its material properties being both reflective and refractive of light, glass artist Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert's dark matter project enhances both these qualities whilst at the same time placing the material in an unknown context.

Also working with glass exploring its material properties with a similar dark matter aesthetic is Dan Bowran who I have showcased a few times before.

A graduate from the RCA his work is on show in an up and coming exhibition '6 Months ongoing MA practice' at Milton Gallery, London from 15th Jan to 6th Feb.

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