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The Algae Collection

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Algae ranging
between living
and dead matter

Imagine a world in which we harness nature in favor of man without harming it. Wonderings upon our consumption habits and a vision for a better well being for the planet and for us, have generated a design process examining the algae as a catalyst for perceptual change.

Imagine a world in which we harness nature in favor of man without harming it. Wonderings upon our consumption habits and a vision for a better well being for the planet and for us, have generated a design process examining the algae as a catalyst for perceptual change.

Imagine a world in which we harness nature in favor of man without harming it. Wonderings upon our consumption habits and a vision for a better well being for the planet and for us, have generated a design process examining the algae as a catalyst for perceptual change.

SEAmpaty Displays objects with a lot of respect and love for nature, which on one hand Trying to cultivate the Algae, and on the other, maintaining the Algae inner world of concepts - smells, textures and unique connotations.

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In an era characterized by fast and changing fashion that leads to polluting and wasteful industries, I felt that my role as a designer requires me to relate to and embrace values such as sustainability, environmental activism and zero waste.

The project provides a green alternative to a matter, and seeks to bring man and nature together by giving man an active role in growing  and recycling the object.

Biophilia believes that human beings have a natural tendency to make connections and relationships with nature, and sees nature as a major component in stimulating our senses throughout evolution.

The project engages with the Biophilic experience and natural aesthetics by objects that present two approaches which create a hybrid between land and sea:

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Reuse of dead algae that have been collected at the beach

A partition which proposes an implementation of the 

algae as a versatile sheet with a potential for recycling 

and industrialization.

Out of circular design and zero waste approaches, that tries not to produce more junk. I created biomaterial that can be use and reuse by repeating the process of its  "cooking".

At the end of the life of the new sheets, it can be used as raw material for new casting, or return it to nature

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Reconstruction of the algae for a configuration of 

living fibers that sustain photosynthesis.

During my project, I collaborate with Weizmann institution for science, and worked under Dr. Filipe Natalio's lab for researching and developing methods for creating living matter. Experimenting with new field and co-working with scientists was essential and meaningful.

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Reconstruction of the algae for a configuration of 

living fibers that sustain photosynthesis.

During my project, I collaborate with Weizmann institution for science, and worked under Dr. Filipe Natalio's lab for researching and developing methods for creating living matter. Experimenting with new field and co-working with scientists was essential and meaningful.

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The purpose of the experiment was to create a manipulation for a living microscopic algae colony while preserving it in life.

After many attempts and development time I have reached the accuracy required to produce a shell for algae that on the one hand transforms into a material for the formation of spheres or fibers and on the other hand allows gases exchange and the continuation of living material.

The purpose of the experiment was to create a manipulation for a living microscopic algae colony while preserving it in life.

After many attempts and development time I have reached the accuracy required to produce a shell for algae that on the one hand transforms into a material for the formation of spheres or fibers and on the other hand allows gases exchange and the continuation of living material.

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microscopic inspiration

sample: #12

type: ulva

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Weaved living algae thread 

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microscopic inspiration

sample: #36

type: string

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Algae thread contain living micro algae 

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microscopic inspiration

sample: #23

type: wakame

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Liquid living algae. Injected into a 3D printed habitat

As a reaction to covid-19 mask polution and discariges,  the artist made biosheet intrepretation of a mask, for a virtual exhibition of covid primal creative reactions while the first lockdown in Israel

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Further

Material

Applications

As a continuation of SEAmpathy Project,  the collaboration 

with nat-2™ is a way of expression of biophilic values, that 

seeks to create deeper connections and relations between 

man and nature. By these values we have created a sneaker 

line of 100% vegan and eco-friendly shoes with algae 

pattern.

SEAmpathy as a project, and as an approach, believes that we can harness nature in our favor without harming it. The project uses this vision of a better world, that man works together with nature, and by creating algae-based biomaterials, propose a whole new world of opportunities that are sustainable, ecological and innovative.

The curiosity of how far this material can go, and the desire to examine the wide variety of implementations it could fit, have led me to create a collaboration with Sebastian Thies (Munich born, *1981), 6th generation footwear designer since 1856 that has launched the sustainable luxury brand nat-2™ in 2007. 

 

The Algae sneakers attempt to generate a perceptual change in the way that we act with our nature, by using bio sheets that made of dead algae picked from nature, and give them a new life cycle as a daily fashion item.

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This first step of industrialization of the bio sheets together with using 100% vegan materials stands for a potential change in our consuming habits and a reduction of our footprint in this world in our time

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Algae Sneakers line 

Daniel Elkayam X nat-2™ 

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SEAmbio

Algae made

wall panels 

Collaboration with "OVO Design", an emerging Polish interior design brand, Presented at Warsaw HOME fair 2019

 

The collar led to design and implementation of the algae made sheets that have been created as part of the SEAmpathy project. The idea was to integrate the sheets as part of natural wall panels, that on one hand taking few steps forward "commercializing" the bio-sheets and aiming to work with bigger companies and architects around Europe, and on the other hand, keeps the core values of SEAmpathy such as sustainability, biophilia, and ecology.

The collection including two lines of the design, which are based on basic measurements of 1m on 1.5m

These basic "boxes" allow to adjust the panels to a specific space\wall and create a custom-made design by multiplying the amount of the boxes and play with the patterns and compositions.

 

The implementation of the algae bio-sheets, and the application of it as a wall panel, reinforcing and continuing the vision of getting our nature back into the urban spaces. into our homes.

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