We are big fans of Suzanne Lee. She is the material designing superstar who has brought our attention to components made out of yeast, algae, animal cells and bacteria. Founder of Biofabricate, an organization dedicated to finding naturally-sourced materials, Lee is also chief creative officer for Modern Meadow, a New Jersey-based startup that is not shy about showing us another way to live a sustainable life. More recently they unveiled Zoa, a bio-leather made from fermented yeast for apparel and accessories.
Wanting to know more about the work that the Lee and her team do at Biofabricate, we got the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ straight from the horse’s mouth.
“We’re entering a new Material Age. It is driven by creativity, innovation, and environmental responsibility. We are beginning to build materials using living systems.
Biofabrication, originally a biomedical definition, today imagines a world of material manufacture where future consumer products are designed and grown harnessing biological organisms.
This is a new design paradigm centred on cultivating materials with living cells. Organisms such as yeast, bacteria, fungi, algae and mammalian cells are fermented, cultured and engineered to synthesize natures materials but with new functional and aesthetic properties.
They share one key element: life.”
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