Seagrasses, also known as eelgrass or seawrack, are ancient and unique plants that evolved from land plants when dinosaurs roamed the earth. They flower underwater and have colonized all but the most polar seas and have been used by humans for over 10,000 years to insulate houses, stuff furniture, fill mattresses and cusions, thatch roofs, and even were used to stuff seats in early models of Volkswagens. Thus, it means, that if woven right, this material can be transformed into many durable things.
German designer Carolin Pertsch combined shreds of the grass with a bio-resin produced from vegetable oil, creating a reinforced eco-plastic that she then moulded into stool seats which features a subtly different shade of material. The author explains the idea to Dezeen: “Regarding our resource-wasting society, there has to be a fundamental rethinking. [..] Beside creating a new eco-material, another aim of these experimentations was to open people’s eyes to think in new alternative ways for future materials. There is no better way to confront people with a new material than in furniture. Furniture always needs an interaction between human and object. With its minimalism it focuses on the new eco-material.”