Wednesday, October 17, 2012

kelp lampshades

london based designer julia lohmann used a laser cutting machine to create patterns in pieces of kelp before sewing them together, or stretched them into shape while wet to dry into new forms to create these kelp lampshades. the malleable strips are also wrapped around rattan structures to create a variety of shapes.
the designer posits that seaweed could be used as a substitute for leather, parchment & even some kinds of plastics. "i've made a veneer that works really well, so it could be a substitute for hardwood," she said.
next year lohmann will launch the department of seaweed at the v&a museum in london as part of her half-year residency there to explore the possibilities of the material.

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