Biologically inspired domestic environment and seven products which produce food through photosynthesis.  (Room 3 x 2.5 metres sewn from stretch fabric; suspended in a wooden frame.)
Decaying vitamin-producing product. Model organism: Lactobacillus
Protein producing product. Model organism: Caulobacter crescentus
Nozzles emitting sugar.
Product which produces airborne vitamins. Model organism: Lactobacillus
Product which extracts water from air. Model organism: Pseudomonas

Bioplastic Fantastic investigates new types of products and interactions which might emerge from material innovations in the fields of bio- and nanotechnology. It speculates about the future design and use of domestic products made from enzyme-enhanced materials. The concept is based on a recent scientific breakthrough in the synthesis of functioning biological cells made from bioplastics. [1]

Seven products replace or complement the current food system by providing all nutrients and energy needed for a human to survive. They produce water, vitamins, fibre, sugar, fat, protein and minerals through biological processes, and are powered by artificial photosynthesis. The UN estimates that, considering climate change and population increase, the world must produce 70 percent more food (measured in calories) by 2050. So instead of discussing how to grow more food, maybe we need to rethink food entirely. The loss of the natural sensuality of traditional food is substituted by a designed, artificial sensuality.

The project focusses less on communicating the exact functionality of these products, and more on the interactions, aesthetics, atmosphere, and the feeling involved in interacting with them. They are designed to be part of a new type of biologically influenced domestic space, and their aesthetics are not machine-like or lab-like, to emphasise their domesticity and the design opportunities that might arise with these new types of materials: to make design more sensual, and less technical, less industrial.

All of the product designs are based on model organisms which have similar functions in nature. They use the functional part of the biological circuit (enzymes), and combine this with non-living matter (bioplastic). As interactive products are growing closer and closer to the body, and scientists are making advances in the use of living matter in materials suitable for product design, it is only a question of time until biochemical processes will be taking place in and on our technological devices.

[1] Johnson, Russell (2014). Nanoreactors: Catalysis in Compartments, Nature Chemistry, 2014/01