CyanoFabbrica is showing the world bacteria is not totally useless. Of course, we know that already but some people think bacteria is bad. It’s not and you can actually use a bunch to make different objects.
Cinzia Ferrari has come up with a project that can help Mother Earth further with innovative sustainable design. CyanoFabbrica has resulted in a pair of futuristic sunglasses made of bacteria. The Italian biodesign researcher is invested in innovation practices against processes that are wasteful and transparency of design communications. The organic sunglasses frames designed by Cinzia Ferrari are ready to be used in time for summer.
Designer: Cinzia Ferrari
Sunglasses help protect the eyes against UV rays and a pair can be a fashion item for many people around the world. Sunglasses are considered both a fashion accessory and a piece of personal protective equipment. Most styles that come out in the market are made of plastic, but the Cinzia Ferrari-designed shades are different.
A process called cyanobacteria biomineralization has been used to create a unique material made from Photosynthetic. The latter are single-celled organisms that can be found in different habitats. They can be transformed into bricks that can then be made into other objects.
The sunglasses frames look like something from the ‘70s. One side, though, appears to be a wing, but the shape is actually inspired by patterns of the bacteria seen under the microscope. Every pair is unique as no two sunglasses will be the same. Check out the design of the base which is manufactured using biomineralized samples.
Cinzia Ferrari has noted the project offsets emissions because the bacteria continues to grow for photosynthesis to take place. The idea is that the object can be remanufactured to be totally sustainable. This means the sunglasses can easily be destroyed at the end of a life cycle. They can then be given a new lease on life once a substrate is ready.
CyanoFabbrica delivers fabrication that can be promising for the future of different industries. We can see the potential in the fashion arena and possibly in everyday objects. The idea is that such a natural material is processed and used into beautiful items and then re-used to come up with new things after some time. The cycle will be sustainable and that will definitely be beneficial to the planet.
The Cyanobacteria biomineralized frames could be just an early entry, but we believe more similar objects can be made. Again, science plays a crucial role in identifying problems and providing solutions. The CyanoFabbrica is one innovative system that works, and we hope to see it implemented more in the near future.