Bonnie Hvillum is the designer behind Natural Material Studio's seashell-based ceramics. The conceptual design is made from powdered seashells from Denmark's Noma restaurant. The restaurant and the design studio teamed up to innovate the Shellware project to reduce seafood waste.
Based in Copenhagen, the design team is known for its locally sourced produce. With help from ceramicist Esben Kaldahl, the seashell-based material is made specifically from leftover scallop and other seafood shells. The project included several experts to make a well-rounded research and design team, including experts from Kristineberg Marine Center in Sweden. Hvillum learned that excessive heat could turn the calcium carbonate seashells into calcium oxide. When heat-treating the shells to 900 degrees, the base material turns to powder, similar to bone ash used to make bone china.
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