designer: Julia Lohmann
The UK-based designer, Julia Lohmann created explored the potentials of kelp as a lamp material. Kelp, is a kind of fast-growing seaweeds belonging to the brown algae(Phaeophyceae) in the order Laminariales. They grow in underwater forests in shallow oceans that are recognized as one of the world’s most dynamic and productive ecosystems.
The designer, traveled to Ireland to the Irish Seaweed Center to collect the necessary information in order to turn the material into an object. Lohmann, introduces the idea of the kelp lighting this year in Milan. After several steps of treatment (drying, re-hydrating, varnishing, soaking and wrapping) the astonishing final product makes its appearance.