Algae Lab are working with Atelier Luma in Arles, France and a local network of farmers and algae experts to harvest algae in the wild. They cultivate the algae which is then dried and mixed with biopolymers for processing and manufacturing.

The algae polymers are 3D printed into a variety of objects, such as cups, bowls and other vessel forms relating to the local area’s culture and history.

By developing a new way to use algae, Klarenbeek and Dros are proposing a new model for sustainable production and product design. A process that can replace non-biodegradable fossil oil-based plastics and absorb carbon dioxide emissions

The Algae Lab at Atelier Luma proposes this new model for circular production by studying the use of a variety of local renewable resources, from cultivating living micro-organisms sourced from the Camargue area to connecting to local algae farmers and institutes.

The bio-laboratory will also promote bio-design training programs in collaboration with local and international institutes.

Algae Lab is a nominee in the Product category for the 2018 Beazley Designs of the Year organised by the Design Museum, London. Concern about the environment, resources and biomaterials are major themes of the award nominees this year.

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