ECAL graduate carolien niebling has teamed up with a molecular chef and a master butcher to design the future sausage, an alternative aimed as a solution to the protein-rich-food shortage we are currently facing. the project utilizes the production process of sausages and their wide variety of sizes and endless choice of possible fillings to emphasize the need for the less consumption of meat and the greater diversity of other nutrients.the future sausage by carolien niebling explores meat alternatives using insects + legumesall images courtesy of carolien niebling



as one of mankind’s first-ever designed food items, the sausage was originally created as an efficient solution to make the most of animal protein in times of scarcity. using its shell for other kinds of ingredients, such as insects, nuts and legumes, carolien niebling has reinvented the sausage’s role to allow it to make a considerable contribution to a more sustainable food culture in the future. the project is illustrated in the form of anatomical models and a book that takes readers through the history, production, and design of the sausage, as well as its different types and lesser-known ingredients that can be utilized in the future.


‘in our days, according to the food and agriculture organization (FAO), we are facing a serious shortage of protein-rich-food,’ explains niebling, ‘the reason is the overconsumption of animal products. meat, in particular, will be scarce – we need alternatives.’



the future sausage by carolien niebling explores meat alternatives using insects + legumes

the future sausage by carolien niebling explores meat alternatives using insects + legumes

the future sausage by carolien niebling explores meat alternatives using insects + legumes




project info:



name: the future sausage

designer: carolien niebling

edited by: ECAL/ecole cantonale d’art de lausanne

book publisher: lars müller publishers

photographers: jonas marguet, emile barret, noortje knulst,

contributors: herman ter weele, gabriel serero

book design by: carolien niebling, helge hjorth bentsen, olli hirvonen

size: 21 × 28 cm, 8 ¼ × 11 in, 156 pages, 174 illustrations

  • It makes perfect sense. It makes MREs look like raw corn and flour.


    Jimmy Xi says:

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