Algae is molded into translucent cylindrical lamp shades that glow from the interior.
After years of research, the nea studio team has found the correct formula for treating the green marine algae (Chlorophyta) so that it becomes firm yet flexible, to ensure durability. The material retains its original organic nature, smoothness and color so that each hand-crafted light shade becomes a unique sculpture. The colors of the translucent algae are varied, rich and vibrant.
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Chlorophyta refers to the group of all green algae within the green plants, which includes about 7,000 species of mostly aquatic photosynthetic eukaryotic organisms. While other designers have experimented with seaweed through weaving, dying, pleating, gold-plating, and embroidering, nea studio stays true to the nature of the raw material. When dried and molded into basic shapes, the material retains its integrity. A versatile and customizable product, algae shades can be grouped in different ways to suit their different settings.
Why is Chlorophyta so significant?
About 2 billion years ago the world was filled with hot lava, significant CO2 in the air, and an uninhabitable surface with no ozone layer. Something changed all this, and paved the way for life on earth. A small organism, a type of algae, began to grow and grow abundantly using the CO2 in the air to make a substantial amount of oxygen. So much that it created an ozone layer, cooled down the planet, and allowed oxygen to abundantly fill the surface of the air. That algae then went on to float to the bottom of our ocean and is actually the petroleum we use today. So, in learning from our Earth’s history, we need to abundantly cultivate algae to help reverse climate change. It produces 70% more oxygen than land plants and absorbs carbon more effectively than trees, storing an estimated 175 million tonnes of carbon each year. And use cultivated algae not only for food, but in our everyday lives. Thus, Chlorophyta. Please enjoy and remember using algae is not only sustainable, it's also good for life on Earth.
Nina Edwards Anker