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BIOFOLD

BioFold is a unique series of acoustic elements that are composed of biobased and recycled textile residues, for example from hemp or jute coffee bags. BioFold takes this non-reusable textile that is otherwise difficult to recycle and transforms it into a new biocomposite. The folded panels, based on the Japanese origami technique, give spaces a distinct and sustainable identity.

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Type

Product

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Team

Samira Boon, Irene Petrillo, Wolf Lopes Cardozo, Antton Mathieu, Anna Sitnikova, David Prior Hope, Phi Ngo, Dennis van Rijsbergen, Floor Beckeringh

Supported by

MIT programme (MkB-innovatiestimulering regio en topsectoren)

Kiem grant by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Completion

2020 - ongoing

Awards

Architizer A+Awards 2020

Exhibited at

Dutch Design Week 2021

Floriade 2022 

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FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE

BioFold uses these non-reusable textiles that are otherwise hard to recycle, alongside biobased plastics in a new biocomposite material. By employing Japanese origami and digital production techniques, the biocomposite material transforms into a functional, sensory and flexible architectural product. 

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ACOUSTICS

 Due to its folded shape and structure, BioFold also has excellent acoustic properties. It gives interiors (from office spaces to restaurants) a distinct, sustainable identity and can be installed as a wall panel or an acoustic element. 

BioFold received a grant in the national MIT programme (MkB-innovatiestimulering regio en topsectoren) and together with our partners we are implementing this innovative material on a commercial scale.

Curious about the possibilities for your project or interior? Please visit biofold.nl for more information.

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A CLOSED CIRCLE

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. Global coffee giants such as Starbucks go through millions of jute coffee sacks annually. There is a huge potential to transform these streams of industrial textile waste into new high-quality products. The textile waste from jute coffee bags is non-reusable textiles that are otherwise hard to recycle.

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3D QUALITIES

With a circular process and digital production techniques, we transform the biocomposite into high-quality, functional, sensory and flexible architectural products. Origami adds important qualities of 3-dimensionality to the flat biocomposite facilitating structural capacity, flexibility and acoustic properties, playing with light, shadow and perception.

AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE

At Dutch Design Week 2021, Biobased Creations Studio curated a detached 1:1 exhibition in the shape of a house, bringing together 100 different plant-based and natural materials. This large-scale biobased construction is an interactive experience that serves the primary gateway to a healthy and sustainable world. For the bedroom we contributed our BioFold which made up the walls for the complete room. BioFold was part of ‘The Exploded View’: the research and storytelling installation of the Embassy of Circularity and Biobased Building at the Dutch Design Week⁠ 2020. The installation makes circular stories and ambitions visible and tangible.

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AWARDS

In the summer of 2020, BiOrigami, the research prior to the development of  BioFold, won the Architizer A+Awards in the acoustics category. According to the Architizer A+Awards  jury, BioFold/BiOrigami stood out in the judging criteria aesthetic appeal, acoustic performance and social impact.

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