Seaweed, who would have thought the abundant natural material has the potential to transform the design industry? From textiles to lampshades, yarn for a rug to natural dye, algae can be employed as architectural cladding or even an as energy source to power buildings. Designers across the globe are implementing the material in their work through combining science, creativity and innovation to pave the way for a truly sustainable material of the future.
The history of seaweed is rich and varied - mankind has been utilising the underwater wonder for hundreds of years, from 16th-century calico painters to 17th-century Japanese textile manufacturers. In the late 1940s, researchers experimented with turning seaweed fibres into rayon but today, with all the resources and technology the 21st-century offers, fabrics can be crafted from complete 100% seaweed yarn. The resource also has the potential to be a substitute product in industries beyond design - from agriculture to medicine to renewable energy. The Together Project look into the myriad ways inventive designers and environmental pioneers are transforming the way we can utilise the astonishing sub-aquatic plant.
See the incredible process behind RE SEA ME in this film.