New York’s Nea Studio launches chandeliers made with seaweed – vegconomist

Studio Nea, an award-winning interior design and architecture specialist from New York, has just launched an innovative new collection of seaweed-based sconces and chandeliers.

Founded by Nina Edwards Anker in 2006, nea studio’s philosophy is guided by eco-responsibility. The studio’s new collection is made from locally sourced seaweed that it took the studio eight years to find.

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Seaweed is quickly becoming a go-to luxury material used by high-end designers around the world. Especially in the interior design industry, eco-friendly materials that can help take a step back from plastics and wood contributing to pollution and deforestation, are a growing trend.

In terms of durability, seaweed is a superior choice to most conventional materials used in furniture and lighting. As a translucent and renewable material, seaweed meets the needs of an environmentally conscious design lover.

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Although the seaweed collection project began in 2014, the New York studio is struggling to source raw materials from a local supplier. Now, eight years later, nea can source her seaweed from a local seafood store in Brooklyn. “Now that the algae are so easily accessible, we keep trying new combinations of materials and new configurations,” says Edwards Anker.

According to nea studio, translucent seaweed diffuses light in any space, while brass or bronze frames with a golden tone reflect LED bulbs to create even cozier light. As LED lighting technology advances, the color spectrum will also expand.

Commenting on the development process of the new collection, Edwards Anker says: “In an increasingly high-tech globalized world, I am inspired by local organic materials with known origins, familiar and linked to the natural world. The idea for the lamps was born from a doctoral research project on materials and light. I was looking for locally sourced, translucent biomaterials to filter and soften the light from LED bulbs.

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