Sea Me Chair by Studio Nienke Hoogvliet
Revisiting currently abundant alternatives
Nienke Hoogvliet’s research focuses on the potential of sea algae as an alternative to conventional textile crops, such as cotton, that pollute and require extensive irrigation. The Dutch designer has developed a sustainable yarn from sea algae and explored alternative uses, such as extracting a wide spectrum of natural dyes ranging from browns and greens to greys, pinks and purples, depending on the seaweed species. The seat of the Sea Me Chair is hand woven in seaweed yarn and dyed by the natural seaweed pigments. Aiming to create a circular zero-waste process, her methods make use of every scrap of sea algae, the waste of one round of the process being fed into the next round until none of the raw material remains.