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The Terroir Project.

Terroir Project by Nikolaj Steenfatt & Jonas Edvard.


Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt – both with a master degree in Product and Furniture Design at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine arts, School of Design. The project contains a new material developed from seaweed and paper and is created as a research into local materials.

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By combining seaweed and paper, Jonas and Nikolaj has created a tough and durable material. It is best described as a warm and tactile surface with the softness of cork and the lightness of paper, which can be used for products and furniture. The colour of the material is determined by the different species of seaweed – ranging from dark brown to light green.

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The seaweed is harvested along the beach of Denmark, which stretches over 8000 km and is one of the worlds longest coastlines compared to the land mass area. After being dried the seaweed is ground into powder and cooked into glue, utilising the viscous and adhesive effect of the Alginate – the natural polymer of the brown algae.

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Terroir is a description often used to determine the cultural and geological relation between products and where they are produced, emphasising the heritage and knowledge linked to the use of the raw material.

The Aim of the project is to design objects with character derived from the cultural surface of the landscape. By using locally harvested materials the two designers hope to contribute to a local and sustainable economy. The materials are created from renewable resources and the production acts as a recycling of natural materials in a green loop of energy.

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