studio bycolor deconstructs seaweed pigment to craft cotton, silk, and wool tiles

studio bycolor deconstructs seaweed pigment to craft cotton, silk, and wool tiles

NORI PIGMENT: Pigment from the Sea

 

Exploring an intricate interplay between colors and materiality, STUDIO BYCOLOR presents NORI PIGMENT: Pigment from the Sea. The project delves into the deep black hues of seaweed, deconstructing its beauty while unravelling the essence of seaweed itself through the lens of pigment exploration. Red algae, a fundamental pigment in nori, plays a critical role in nutrient acquisition for seaweed in the ocean. To visually capture the concealed red hues within the black laver, the studio has created panels and tiles utilizing cotton, silk, wool, and traditional Japanese paper-making techniques. Led by Kaori Akiyama, soil from Mino, Japan, has been filtered through unglazed clay to the same size as seaweed. Just as the seaweed can be cut into various pieces for consumption, the dyed patterns reflect the diversity of its preparation, ranging from two to twelve pieces.

studio bycolor deconstructs seaweed pigment to craft tiles with japanese paper-making techniques
all images courtesy of STUDIO BYCOLOR

 

 

studio bycolor’s panels extract and deconstruct nori’s hues

 

Nori, a staple in sushi and rice balls, has long been valued for its dark profile and rich nutritional content in Japanese cuisine. Much like the amalgamation of red, blue, and yellow pigments yielding black in paint, the richness in taste of nori correlates with its depth of color. Ingredients such as phycoerythrin, chlorophyll, phycocyanin, and carotenoid contribute to its gradation. Through experimentation in color extraction, the team at STUDIO BYCOLOR has uncovered the pivotal role of phycoerythrin in oceanic photosynthesis — an echo of its role in forest ecosystems where sunlight is difficult to reach. 

studio bycolor deconstructs seaweed pigment to craft tiles with japanese paper-making techniques
STUDIO BYCOLOR deconstructs the hues of nori

studio bycolor deconstructs seaweed pigment to craft tiles with japanese paper-making techniques
the project delves into the deep black tones of seaweed

studio bycolor deconstructs seaweed pigment to craft tiles with japanese paper-making techniques
the studio has created panels and tiles utilizing cotton, silk, and wool

studio bycolor deconstructs seaweed pigment to craft tiles with japanese paper-making techniques
soil from Mino, Japan, has been filtered through unglazed clay to the same size as seaweed

studio bycolor deconstructs seaweed pigment to craft tiles with japanese paper-making techniques
the project uncovers the pivotal role of phycoerythrin in oceanic photosynthesis

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NORI PIGMENT: Pigment from the Sea

 

nori pigment 9
a process of pigment extraction

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project info:

 

name: NORI PIGMENT: Pigment from the Sea
designer: STUDIO BYCOLOR
lead designer: Kaori Akiyama

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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