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Nienke Hoogvliet to speak at Dezeen Day

Nienke Hoogvliet to speak at Dezeen Day about designing with sewage and seaweed

Dutch designer Nienke Hoogvliet will discuss her research into new materials made from seaweed, fish leather and plastics made from sewage at Dezeen Day on 30 October.

Hoogvliet's work raises awareness of social and environmental problems caused by the food, textile and leather industries, and explores how new materials can help make a better world.

Her work includes a project that turned waste water into plastic, furniture upholstered in yarn made from seaweed, and tableware made from used toilet paper.

Nienke Hoogvliet to speak at Dezeen Day
Nienke Hoogvliet will speak about new materials at Dezeen Day

Hoogvliet was born in 1989. She studied graduated lifestyle and design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Based in The Hague, she founded Studio Nienke Hoogvliet in 2013.

Hoogvliet will present her work as part of a discussion about future materials, which will explore the current plastics crisis and discuss alternatives.

The panel will also feature biofabrication pioneer Natsai Audrey Chieza and architect Arthur Mamou-Mani.

The Dezeen Day architecture and design conference takes place on Wednesday 30 October at BFI Southbank, set on the Thames in central London.

Part of the brutalist South Bank arts complex, BFI Southbank has recently been refurbished by architects Carmody Groarke.

Dezeen Day aims to set the global agenda for architecture and design and will address key topics including future cities, transforming design education and the circular economy.

See the full schedule for Dezeen Day and read about all the speakers announced so far.

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The illustration is by Rima Sabina Aouf.