good design for a bad world
They are among a host of designers using algae to create products that are more environmentally friendly than their synthetic counterparts, from fabric dyes and water bottles to chairs and even entire building facades.
As well as algae, Klarenbeek and Dros have created biopolymers from other organic raw materials such as mycelium, potato starch and cocoa bean shells, which they use to ۳D print objects.
The studio’s ultimate goal is to establish a local network of biopolymer 3D printers, called the 3D Bakery.
“Our idea is that in the future there will be a shop on every street corner where you can ‘bake’ organic raw materials, just like fresh bread,” said Klarenbeek.
“You won’t have to go to remote industrial estates to buy furniture and products from multinational chains. 3D printing will be the new craft and decentralised economy.”
Both Design Academy Eindhoven graduates, Klarenbeek and Dros’ research follows on from Klarenbeek’s work with mycelium, which began six years ago and led to him developing the world’s first 3D-printed chair using living fungus.
Since then, together with American company Ecovative, the studio has developed a commercial line of mycelium products called Krown. The DIY kits allow consumers to grow their own lamps, tables or biodegradable picnic items.