"Alga" Chair

by Samuel Tomatis France

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Estimated production time: 4 weeks

Dimension LxWxH (cm): 39x49x80
Material : Seaweed
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The “Alga” chair shows the aesthetic and mechanical qualities of the algae material. It is derived from the alloy of invasive seaweed, gelling agents from seaweed. Each algae plays a specific role in the structure of this composite material, algae fibres replace glass fibres. It is a biodegradable object produced in an artisanal and semi-industrial way with the expertise of scientists with whom I collaborate.

The piece in the museum collection of Centre Pompidou.

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Weight 15 kg
Dimensions 45 × 55 × 85 cm
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Samuel Tomatis

Samuel Tomatis graduated in 2016 from the ENSCI - Les Ateliers with honours, after graduating from the Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués with honours. Ambassador of a work on algae in the world of contemporary design, he is finalist of the Audi Talents in 2017. The same year, he won the Agora grant for design, chaired by Erwan Bouroullec. In 2019, he took up residence at the Ateliers de Paris. In parallel, his work is exhibited at La Fabrique du Vivant at the Centre Pompidou - some of his pieces are now in the museum\'s collection. Finalist of the 14th edition of the Design Parade, he exhibits his Alga project at the Villa Noailles. Finally, he won the Déclic Jeune grant from the Fondation de France also in 2019. The designer has a close relationship with science and ecology. His work oscillates between industrial design and ephemeral architecture. Seduced by the sea and the tidal phenomenon, his research revolves around the universe of marine resources, and, more particularly, seaweed. Samuel works with a variety of trades, including scientists and craftspeople. Experimentation, material work, and eco-design are at the heart of his approach.

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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.