AlgaeAboard is set in the context of canal boat dwelling wherein algae becomes a sustainable source of new material for biodegradable plastic products to use on the boat. Taking ‘pleasure’ as the point of departure, three design products are derived from different levels of pleasure that resonate with boat living, while taking aesthetic inspiration from canal boats – Sunglasses, Basket Stool and Slippers.


Basket Stool (2015)

Tin cans, buckets, horse feed tin and watering pots are the few objects that has been revolved in boat living. They have also been given a lot attention with decorative canal folk art painting apart from the exterior and interior of the boat. Baskets and containers seem to lend themselves into the realm of ambiguity in utility. They can be used for any purpose as the users see fit. The intention is not on the multifunctional aspect but to underscore several individual’s meanings and interpretations. 

Making the Basket Stool is when I built an intuitive relationship with the machine and material. I have decided to source for a cellulose-based bioplastic as a means of scalability of algae bioplastic. Instead of processing plastic in the conventional industrial manner, handcraft is introduced to work together with machine.

Special thanks to Dr. Chris Liauw, Dr. Hashim Bhabha and Dr. Michael Green who made this possible.

basket stool