Kelp Objects by Julia Lohmann

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Live from Milan: Julia Lohmann has been creating objects from seaweed this week at gallery Nilufar, as part of the Panta Rei exhibition.

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Lohmann uses dried kelp from Japan and Ireland, which she soaks, stretches and varnishes and then uses to create lamp shades.

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Here's a bit of info from Lohmann:

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For Panta Rei, I will set up a kelp-workshop in which I will build objects from this marine plant.

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The inspiration to use kelp as a material came through my residency in Sapporo, Japan. Kelp (Konbu in Japanese) is an essential ingredient in many Japanese dishes. It grows up to one metre per day and can be harvested sustainably.

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Visitors will be able to follow the whole design process from raw material to finished products.

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  • Andrew S.

    Wow!
    Innovative and beautiful!

  • The french

    I was there to see the creative process and the workshop… That was fantastic and fresh !! Beauty and poetry in a clever process. Hope everybody enjoyed it.
    Congratulations.

  • bald skull

    does kelp smell when it starts rotting?

  • John

    One could do great gothic stuff with this!

  • Mats

    again julia lohmann endorses the stressfield between human being and nature.
    chicks, let’s get out here and discover our lost feeling of our planet earth in the instant and place we are.
    quality of living is what we feel & what we are.
    reduction to the detail of nature disburdens us from the heavy spirit of our age.
    great push towards light julia

  • Joy

    Beautiful objects made out of interesting material. Wonder why no company gives Julia Lohmann a budget to explore this material more to transform it into innovative and sustainable products?
    Looking forward for your next work, Julia.

  • amphi

    This is actually more interesting than the ‘ghost chair’ in the previous post.

  • El Greco

    Shouldn’t she be using a highly toxic, embodied energy-intensive material based on petrochemicals? This does nothing to sate my consumer frenzy–something materially wasteful would.

    Joking aside, yes, beautiful and interesting. Perhaps someday soon we’ll start talking less about being “green” and actually start being it.

  • http://studiomakelight.wordpress.com/ Light Matters

    beautiful!
    really like the colour of kelp through light.

  • Joris

    Très bonne méthode ! Et les rendus sont pas dégueux ! Blavo