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When you think about seaweed, would you ever imagine it being made into a soft yarn, a textile dye, paint, or a bio-plastic? Studio Nienke Hoogvliet spent two years studying seaweed and the possibility of using it as a material in design and the results are the SEA ME COLLECTION.

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The two-piece collection includes a chair and a table that were made as a result of seaweed explorations. The chair’s seat was woven with seaweed yarn that had been naturally dyed with seaweed. What was leftover from this initial project was used to create the paint that’s used on the tabletop. That paint waste was then used to make the bio-plastic bowls on top of the table. Their goal was for the waste materials from one process to be used in the next process in hopes of producing zero waste.

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Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.