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MaDe Participant
Name

Kathrine Barbro Bendixen

Material
Citrus Autrantium
Nationality
Danish
Classification
Vegetable
Workshop
Milan
Category
Industry
Profile

I’m a 28-year-old danish designer with a graduation from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2016. In most of my previous work I have been exploring unusual and unused materials and set them in new settings. I started Studio KBB in 2016 and have focused mainly on the use of cow intestines in a design context. I have made several light sculptures, showing different ways of using the transparency of the intestines. They have been exhibited at the Biennale in Venice, The Carpenters Gallery in London, the furniture fair in Milan, different events in Eindhoven and Amsterdam and finally at Designmuseum DK in Copenhagen.

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Material Qualities
Color: Yellow - orange nuances
Soft / hard: Hard
Shiny / matt: Can be both but mainly matt
Smells: Citrusy
Texture: Fine - Rough
Material Recipe
Only orange - I'm using the white or the skins of the filet as binders, the pits or pulp as fibers and the peel as colouring.
Material Application
- Biodegradable containers
- Wrap for storage of food
- Furnitures
- Room dividers with transparency
- Other design objects
Material Narrative
This project started with the bitter orange, that is used more for its oils than for its juice. It was originally grown in India, but has migrated to mainly Italy and South America. The possibility to use any kind of orange is present and makes sense, as there is a lot of waste in the different stages of the life of an orange. First of all, when harvesting the oranges, a lot of them are left at the ground. When degrading, the oranges leave different kinds of acids in the soil, which can have an influence on the harvest to come. When using the oranges to make juice, oils etc, the leftover peel, white and skin is a huge waste product. So for me the case is having a natural waste product with some strong capabilities in itself without the use of any additives is very interesting. In these first trials I deconstructed the orange and separated it into different “materials” (peel, white, skin of filet, pulp, juice and pits) to explore the capabilities and didn’t add any other materials in my research. I realized that the peel is vey good for colouring, the white and the skin is excellent binders and the pulp and pits are exellent fibres to reinforce the strength of the material.
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MaDe, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union, aims at boosting talents towards circular economies across Europe partnering with design and cultural institutions, Elisava, Ma-tt-er and Politecnico di Milano. If you are living in Italy, the UK or Spain please apply to the MaDe workshops in the relevant cities.

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