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Samuel Tomatis



A sailor's bag - 100% bio-material made of algae - A manifest object that is part of a global research and development project of 92 formal experiments. This new material belongs to the family of flexible materials that could replace leather, textile, or plastic, for use in upholstery or leather goods

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Samuel Tomatis

Lauréat de la récompense Dialogues du Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l’Intelligence de la Main® 2022

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An entirely unique and unprecedented object, the MS.86. Ulva bag was created from a material composed of 100% algae, replacing traditional animal skins. This new material was developed, tested, and proven after several years of research in collaboration with scientists and is entirely biodegradable. It could replace leather as well as plastics in both industrial and artisanal fields.

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Assembled using water, with offcuts reused in nature: the entire project is part of an ecological approach that is as virtuous as it is radical. The process of creating the object has mobilised the expertise and know-how of upholsterers, leatherworkers and saddlers.


50 x 28 cm

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