3d printed biomaterial made from waste and living organisms
We developed a technique to transform urban waste into a biomaterial that can be 3d printed furniture, artefacts and architecture.
We see the city as an open air quarry where waste is a resource material. We collect cardboard waste, sawdust and other discarded materials to transform them into a biomaterial. We 3d print this new material into unique artefacts, furniture and architecture pieces.
From waste to biomaterial
We collect discarded materials all over the city to transform into different material that can be used in different context. We recycle cardboard waste such as coffee cups, pizza boxes and packaging boxes to make objects and sculpture, sawdust and other wood waste to create bespoke furniture and clay for architectural contexts.
With our patent pending innovation, we can transform this waste into a fertile material that can be taken over by living organisms such as mycelium (root network of fungi) and plants. Mycelium is able to feed from our biomaterial, grow on it and create a unique light material that as a velvety texture and a unique cream/brown colour.
We developed a micro-recycling facility called Urban Stomach where the waste from cities can be digested ultra locally to create valuable objects and artefacts
There is no waste in nature, the discarded material of an organism is digested by another.
Urban stomach digests the waste from cities to create objects and architecture.
3d printing unique furniture and architecture
We use 3d printing to make our living designs inspired by and designed for nature. We built a large scale 3d printer and paste extruder in order to 3d print large furniture pieces and architectural components.
We created an algorithm that generates shapes conductive to the growth of the mycelium. We look at nature to find shapes that can be adapted to the organism and give it the most freedom of appropriation. The shapes are generated to retain moisture in their interstices and create crevasses protected from air flow in order to recreate a climate adapted to mycelium during the multiple stages of the manufacturing. 3d printing also gives us the possibility to create artefacts at various scale: the scale of fungi, plants and insects with interstices and crevasses as well as the scale of humans.
3d printing gives us the possibility to create complex shapes adapted to all living organisms from humans to plants and fungi.
Unique furniture and architecture inspired by nature
We work on various sorts of projects from objects and furniture to large artworks and architectural elements. For the different scale of projects we develop adapted materials integrating various types of waste and living organisms. We try to always work locally and to collect and work with waste situated in the proximity to the place where the project is situated. With our work we want to tell a story of nature taking over urban waste and of technology and nature falling in love.