For my final year project, I worked with Professor Cedric Delattre – an expert in Marine Biology, Ethnobotany and Biotechnology – to create a 100% biodegradable material with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti- microbial properties made from seaweed, crustacean (shrimp/crab) shells and argan oil paste. Initially we set out to make an eco-friendly packaging alternative to petroleum based plastics but later decided to also incorporate this material into other objects. We also experimented with foam matter and combined the final material with PLA plastic to make an alternative material that is similar to conventional packaging found in supermarkets.
Together, is the merging of two socially engaged projects through the collaboration between two designers, Michael Giambrone and Charlotte Cropper. With a shared fascination of social connectivity, Charlotte and Michael combined their disciplines investigate how furniture can change the way people and groups behave.
The whole project was inspirited by a ancient Chinese philosophy------WUXING( the five elements).
The structure of the five objects was taken from the most ancient pictograms/characters of those elements.
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