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Algae Lab, 2018

It was designed by Studio Klarenbeek & Dros and Atelier Luma. It is dated 2018. Its medium is algae vessels.

Embracing the native environment of the salt flats in Arles, France, the interdisciplinary team behind Algae Lab has successfully cultivated microorganisms, such as those found in some algae, to create a biopolymer that can be used instead of plastic. Easy to produce at both small and large scales, the material is a local, renewable resource that also lends itself to 3D printing.

It is credited Courtesy of Atelier Luma/Luma Arles.

  • Box, ca. 1785
  • tortoiseshell.
  • Bequest of Katherine Strong Welman.
  • 1908-23-24-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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