Kingdom: Vegetabile.


“Autarchy is a materials approach that proposes an autonomous way of producing goods and outlines a hypothetical scenario in which a community embraces a serene and self-imposed embargo, and where nature is personally cultivated, harvested and processed to feed and make tools to serve human needs. Autarchy pays homage to the uncomplicated, the simple and the everyday.

Presented as an installation with a collection of vessels naturally desiccated or low-temperature dried are produced with a bio-material composed of 70% flour, 20% agricultural waste, and 10% natural limestone.

The differences in the color palette are obtained by the selection of distinct vegetables, spices and roots that are dried, boiled or filtered for their natural dyes.

Autarchy suggests an alternative way of producing goods in which inherited knowledge is used to find sustainable and uncomplicated solutions.” (Trimarchi and Farresin, 2010)

Material Qualities

Kingdom Attributes

  • Textured
  • Matte
  • Hand-Made
  • Cheap
  • Smelly
  • Breakage: New Scenarios
  • Unsafe
  • Weak
  • Natural Color in Volume

Specific Material Attributes

  • Dull
  • Tasteful
  • Sticky
  • Uneven
  • Cradle to Cradle
  • Rugged
  • Granular
  • Crafted
  • Disposable

Basic Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Agricultural leftovers
  • Limestone
  • Spices


Studio Formafantasma

Meeuwenlaan 106 G, 1021 JL, Amsterdam, ‎The Netherlands


Images property of the material owners.

-Trimarch, A., Farresin, S., (2010) Autarchy. Retrieved from