Kingdom: Vegetabile.


“The project contains a new material developed from seaweed and paper and is created as a research into local materials. By combining seaweed and paper the designers have 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.

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

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” (Edvard and Steenfatt, 2016)

Material Qualities

Kingdom Attributes

  • Textured
  • Uneven Texure
  • Rough
  • Fibrous
  • Traditional
  • Natural Color in Volume
  • Warm

Specific Material Attributes

  • Serious
  • Dirty
  • Heavy
  • Opaque
  • Mature
  • Dark
  • Consistent

Basic Ingredients

  • Seaweed grain
  • Paper grain
  • Alginate



 Nikolaj Steenfatt

Skudehavnsvej 25, hal 4 2150 Nordhavn, Danemark

+45 60 15 99 40

Studio Jonas Edvard

T +45 29845273


Images property of the material owners.

-Edvard, J., Steenfatt, N., (2016) Terroir. Retrieved from

-Photos by Emil Thomsen Schmidt and the Designers.