What does it mean when design can work with biotechnological materials and processes? Biological and biogenic materials are exciting because they can give completely new functions and properties to products and materials. One example is ALWE - the algae image. It uses the ability of microalgae to bind CO2 but also air pollutants and break them down without additional energy input.
In order to survive in lower water layers, microalgae have the ability to use light very efficiently, which helps them to actively carry out photosynthesis, i.e. produce oxygen, even in shady places. In order to use microalgae in the air with a minimal use of water, microalgae are cultivated and matured in the form of a biofilm, which makes them stable and robust as well as creating a unique aesthetic. In this lecture, Johann Bauerfeind explains the exciting possibilities, limitations and future product fields that await us with microalgae biofilms in the field of interior design.