Julia Lohmann Designs With Kelp

Julia Lohmann Designs With Kelp

Aaron Able
Apr 21, 2008

During the Milan fair, designer Julia Lohmann has been experimenting with kelp. Instead of showing finished products, she has been using both an Irish kelp and a Japanese kelp to share the process of drying, re-hydrating, stretching and varnishing the marine plant. She notes "The Irish kelp turned out to be beautifully translucent and green whereas the Japanese Kombu was much browner and hard, almost like a 70's plastic."...

Kelp grows up to a meter a day, and can be harvested sustainably. Perhaps we will be seeing more kelp products in the near future?

If kelp doesn't interest you as a material, perhaps sheep stomachs will? One of Julia's previous projects, Flock, makes use of 50 sheep stomachs as a lighting installation. Via: dezeen.

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