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Alchemy Algaemy – Kreuzberg, Germany

To introduce: Algaemy Bench No. 1 by Blond and Bieber. Image by Dominik Backhaus.

The work we do, experimental research, we might call it design research, we like to call it alchemy and the project called “Algaemy” one.

The founder Rasa Weber and co-founder Essi Johanna Glomb of a Berlin-based design studio, Blond & Bieber, focusing on develop concepts and  processes at the border of textile and product design since 2013. The next project presentation of their new product will included in The IKEA Virtual Greenhouse during the Dutch Design Week Programme’20.

Their project, Algaemy project, which has been presented in 2014 Dutch Design Week – consists of dyes made from a variety of common species of algae. The duo has proved that algae can be used to create completely non-toxic textile dyes. The algae-based dye is so eco-friendly you could even eat it.

To introduce: Algaemy textile dye by Blond and Bieber. Image by Goethe Institute. To introduce: Algaemy textile dye by Blond and Bieber. Image by Goethe Institute.

“You feed them with only exhaling your own breath into the vessel, you filter them through this little textile and you make a printing paste out of it,” explained Weber in 2014.

Next week, they will present The Algaemy Bench No. 1 in the DDW 2020 next week. The bench has been handmade during the sustainable workshop of a Swedish furniture house. The color of the textile pattern is made from natural red microalgae pigment. The pattern of Algaemy Bench No. 1 reminds of microstructure of algae floating in water.

To introduce: Algaemy Bench No. 1 by Blond and Bieber. Image by Dominik Backhaus.To introduce: Algaemy Bench No. 1 by Blond and Bieber. Image by Dominik Backhaus.

The Algaemy Bench No. 1 of Studio Blond & Bieber will be on livestream line on Monday, 19 October at 12.30pm to 12.40pm (GMT+2) during the IKEA Virtual Greenhouse, check out the livestreamed content on the IKEA YouTube channel.

Some collaborations on material innovation, Algaemy:

Vollebak and Studio Blond & Bieber: The Plant and Algae T-Shirt – built from pulped eucalyptus and beech from sustainably managed forests and algae grown in bioreactors.

Milk and Sugar fashion show Blond & Bieber created two outfits in cooperation with the Berlin fashion designer Ylenia Gortana, where the potential of microalgae as pigment in textile printing shown for the first time.

German shoe-brand Trippen Blond & Bieber produced first prototypes of microalgae-printed shoes.

Algaemy is nominated for the German Design Award 2015, has been nominated for the DMY award 2014 and received the Output Award 2014.

 

For more information about Rasa Weber and Studio Blond & Bieber:

Rasa Weber: Website  www.rasaweber.com – Vimeo Rasa Weber – Instagram @rasaweber – @tfob_berlin.

Studio Blond & Bieber: Website www.blondandbieber.com – Facebook Studio Blond&Bieber – LinkedIn Blond & Bieber – Instagram @blondandbieber.

Source: Blond & Bieber: Algaemy — About Blond and Bieber — Plant and Algae T-shirt — Blond and Bieber’s dyes made from algae “don’t harm nature at all”Blond and Bieber’s dyes made from algae “don’t harm nature at all”.