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ADAM DAVIES

www.adamdaviesdesign.co.uk

The use of natural and ‘sustainable’ materials and a desire for an environmentally sound society has become the main focus of Adam's work. His research aims to examine the possibilities of utilizing natural, abundant and sustainable materials through a non-linear and experimental exploration to develop new materials and manufacturing processes. 

This work originated as an investigation of how to make effective use of abundant seaweed on the Pembrokeshire coastline to reduce the negative impact we have on these fragile environments. Harvesting the seaweed from Freshwater West beach in South Pembrokeshire and combining it with waste paper pulp, he was able to create a new bio-material which began to challenge our current approach to materials within the design process. 
The material formed from this combination is tough and durable with a texture similar to that of cork; tactile and possessing a natural warmth, with subtle smells that have hints of the sea remnant within. Differentiation in color is achieved by altering the variety of seaweed used, and each type produced different desirable characteristics that he wanted to utilize.

For centuries, seaweed was collected and processed in the seaweed huts on this coastline. As Adam wished to respect and continue the heritage of this area, he decided to utilize the same process within his material experimentation. From this material experimentation, he developed pendant lights which explored the material's capabilities as a functional object. 

This approach allowed him to control the entire lifecycle of the product. After he had finished with the lights, he returned to the same beach and allowed them to degrade and return to the innate biological cycles from which the material originated.