Migration of Matter

The Biophilia Collection is the culmination of the research project, Migration of Matter. It is a collection of ceramic containers, made from local clay. Inspired by the biodiversity that comes from the symbiosis between humans and nature. This collection highlights biodiversity and revalues the work of traditional farmers. It’s an interplay between classic craftsmanship and digital innovation that has emerged in a time where the world is full of standardised and industrialised food.

Society needs to ask searching questions about the loss of biodiversity, the history behind food production and what we can do to preserve and develop biodiversity for future generations.

A W A R D S

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The Process Behind

Biodiversity Research

The complex shapes found in biodiversity offer inspiration for forms and colours.
Through parametric design, local plants and foods are reflected in new aesthetics.

Local Materials

The use of local clay as a base material creates a connection to its origins. The variety of its provenance is reflected in the ceramics, through colours and shapes.
Local clay was made more flexible by adding biomaterial in order to be 3D printed. Clay and organic waste are used to develop glazes that are unique in their composition. Such a use of organic waste supports the idea of sustainability.

Shaping & Parametric Design

The use of local clay as a base material creates a connection to its origins. The variety of its provenance is reflected in the ceramics, through colours and shapes.
Local clay was made more flexible by adding biomaterial in order to be 3D printed. Clay and organic waste are used to develop glazes that are unique in their composition. Such a use of organic waste supports the idea of sustainability.

Experimental Gastronomy

3D printed dinnerware can be customised for different purposes. It finds an interesting application in experimental gastronomy.
Digital design tools are able to capture and use the diversity of the natural environment to create new aesthetics. This presents nature in thought-provoking ways, encouraging discourse around the table about the value of biodiversity and offering new perspectives.

Technology Involved

3D Printing ceramics

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The People Behind

Cindy Valdez

designer - craftswoman - creative technologist

“Some of the most precious assets that one can take from home are one’s traditions and story. I believe in the outstanding potential that design has to change lives and open new perspectives in society and I am aware of the privilege that I hold by being able to enhance this with my work”

Nicholas Perillo

Industrial Designer | Multidisciplinary Artist

“I love exploring wild ideas and concepts, but nothing beats a real, tangible outcome. To me, some of the most important creative challenges are those that most people will never see. The small bits and pieces of engineering that all work in unison to be as invisible as possible. I strive to create objects that are as functionally beautiful on the inside as they are inspiring on the outside.”

“It is an interplay of classic craftsmanship and digital innovation..”

C I N D Y V A L D E Z