French designer Gilles Belley is a modern designer and creator of the environmentally conscious Organic Factory: Agromaterials. Gilles Belley is the winner of the 2009 “Bourse Agora” design award, an award that promotes young design talent. This research project was initiated by the art center LA CUISINE in collaboration with the L.C.A (Laboratory of Agro-Industrial Chemistry) in Toulouse, France.
Organic Factory is made of exclusively organic biodegradable agromaterials (agricultural waste). Utilizing these materials, Belley fashioned biodegradable elements for the home including planters, aromatic diffusers, and aromatherapeutic bath oils. The Organic Factory: studies and sketches from nature portfolio include more of his expansive ideas as he further investigates the potential of argomaterials for domestic use.
Inflorescence (Bath aroma’s)
Inflorescence is made of aromatic and soluble materials that combine geometry and nature. Muscari flowers and aromatic characteristics of the flower contain antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic oils. The buttons stand out to be immersed in bath water and dissolved, releasing perfumed oils with aromatherapy properties.
Organic Factory is far more than highly innovative design; it is art that “plays with continuities and similarities between artificial and natural to propose a set of objects whose shapes and functions are manufactured from nature”. Our need for sustainable domestic resources is as important as the need for fuel and energy.
Belley's Energy Saving Power Adapter
Organic factory explores the role of re-useable resources in our everyday lives. Belley is also responsible for the creation of the elegant energy saving power adapter built to reduce energy consumption of electrical appliances while in standby mode. This device cuts energy consumption in half for devices that account for nearly 10% of all household energy use.
Colline (Organic fertilizer)
Small geographic form eroding under the action of water, the Colline partially buries in its pot. Its base, made of finer materials contains seed mixed with the agromaterial. After several days of watering, the decomposition of the base releases the seeds and organic nutrients. The Colline itself, much thicker that its base will erode over a longer period of time, delivering nutrients to the plant throughout its growth.
This project investigates our unnecessary relationship with unnatural materials and the possibility of healthier alternatives. Belley’s impressive use of diffusion, decomposition, and evaporation illustrates the great potential and usefulness of biodegradable design.
Fruit (Odor neutralizer)
Inspired by the cypress fruit whose scales separate in maturity disseminating volatile essences with antiseptic properties. When wet, Fruit emits aromatic molecules that neutralize unpleasant odors.
(written 2/1/10 x Jene' Rhian)