On 21 and 22 February 2018, Frame Lab presents a comprehensive showcase of the latest works and ideas that address critical global issues – from climate change, to the growing digital presence in work and entertainment spaces, to shifting industry trends.

How does design impact the environment and society for the better?

At Frame Lab, one of the innovative exhibits you’ll get to see is 3D-printing by Studio Klarenbeek & Dros that uses live algae as a raw material.

It’s no secret that enormous amounts of fossil fuels are dug up and burnt, plastic is thrown out without thought, and food is produced in a way that contributes to deforestation and greenhouse gases before ending up as food waste. At the World Lab, one of four spaces in Frame Lab, designers and brands will come together to tackle such issues and give insight on how they’re shaping the future through design.

At Frame Lab, you’ll get to see Studio Klarenbeek & Dros in action – a creative duo that challenges the conventional methods of production and consumption that are damaging our existence, environmentally, financially and socially.

Microalgae is dried and processed into 3D-printing filaments.

Focused on supporting a circular, bio-based economy, Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros of Studio Klarenbeek & Dros use microalgae to tackle production waste. The studio drew on its history of material studies – from potato starch to cocoa-bean shells – in its collaboration with Atelier Luma. The result is an elegant range of 3D-printed bowls and vases based on the conversion of living algae into bioplastic. By questioning the status quo, the designers offer innovative solutions to crucial economic, social, and environmental problems – bringing total transparency in the production chain and elegant translucency in their algae-printed bowls and vases.

Don’t miss your chance to see the 3D-printing happen in real-time and discover the future of design at Frame Lab 2018 on 21 and 21 February 2018! Get your tickets here.


Location Gashouder Westergasfabriek, Klönneplein 1, 1014 DD Amsterdam, Netherlands