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PUBLISHED: Jan 13, 2015 10:00pm

Seaweed furniture: the future?

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Terroir Lamp from seaweed and paper by Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt. — AFP pic

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COULD seaweed be the latest on-trend fabric in furniture design?

Two Danish designers, Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt, have unveiled “The Terroir Project”, consisting of pieces made from a new material developed from seaweed and paper.

Comprising a chair and a lamp, the idea started as a research project into local materials.

By combining seaweed and paper, Edvard and Steenfatt created a tough and durable material that the duo describe as “a warm and tactile surface with the softness of cork and the lightness of paper”.

Harvested along the Danish coast, the seaweed is ground into powder and cooked into glue.

Each plant determines the hue of the material, which ranges from dark brown to light green.

The collection includes the Terroir Chair, a 45cm-high seat made from fucus seaweed, paper and ash wood, and the Terroir Lamp, a pendant light made from the same fabric.

The aim of the project was to design pieces deriving from the cultural surface of the landscape, which contribute to a local and sustainable economy.

The pieces will be able to purchase at the end of 2015, with pricing and location details yet to be revealed.

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