Kingdom: Vegetabile.


“Agar Plasticity is an ongoing material research project, in which we are exploring the potential usefulness of agar as one of alternatives to synthetic plastics.

Agar is traditionally consumed as food in Japan, which is often used for making sweets. It is, also, used in scientific and medical fields worldwide.

It is sold in dried state in shapes of block, flake and powder. Block agar shows porous, feathery structure and is very light despite its volume. These feautures led to explore its possibility as packaging material.

Its raw material is seaweed – precisely, two kinds of red algae, which grow and is harvested worldwide, and agar can be extracted by boiling the red algae.” (Araki, Maetani & Muraoka, 2016)

Material Qualities

Kingdom Attributes

  • Matte
  • Textured
  • Warm
  • Expendable
  • Rough
  • Discontinue Surface Pattern
  • Light
  • Irregular

Specific Material Attributes

  • Translucent
  • Sonorous
  • Cheap
  • Fluffy
  • Warm
  • Flexible
  • Bumpy
  • Colorless
  • Airy
  • Functional

Basic Ingredients

  • Agar Powder
  • Sugar
  • Water


A-ma-m Design Collective

Tokyio, Japan


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-Araki, K., Maetani, N., Muraoka, A., (2016) Agar Plasticity. A potential usefulness of agar for packaging and more. Retrieved from