Kelp Lampshade by Julia Lohmann
Would you ever think that seaweed could replace leather and other traditional materials? Well, Julia Lohmann doesn’t think about it, she does it by introducing a unique Kelp Lampshade design!
British designer Julia Lohmann considers seaweed to be a tool to be used in the new Millennium, as it can substitute such contemporary objects as leather, paper and plastic. This is fascinating, as Lohmann seems to be an advocate for using kelp in fashion, and furnishings and promoting its environmentally friendly use. The Kelp lampshade is a unique object, made exclusively from seaweed with a help of laser patterning techniques. Lohmann produces such lamps by stretching the seaweed and crafting the patterns, sometimes adding rattan to make different shapes.
This lampshade is a unique product of eco-friendly development and no wonder it was recognized during the Vienna Design Week in mid October 2012. Besides working with lampshades, she also creates hats, and wants to create a filter for fish farmers, helping the low budget companies. For those of you who are intrigued by the findings, next year Julia Lohmann will launch the Department of Seaweed at the V&A museum in London as part of her half-year residency there.