Daniel Elkayam is an art-designer based in Tel-Aviv, he specialises in conceptual design and material exploration. With a background in photography Daniel is interested in narratives and how to portray them. His curiosity shows in his work as processes and explorations are explored, not only for him to learn more about the project but also for us to learn more. His work looks at natural materials and processes such as algae, corrosion, rust and more. All of which create a variety of results, and are ever changing.
SEAmpathy is a project that focuses on how algae can be used to make sustainable materials. The vast exploration is evident through the masses of material tests which Daniel showcases during the projects exhibitions. Through biophilia the work allows us to connect ourselves with nature as we are surrounded by this material. Biophilia, which means love of nature, suggests that we have a genetic connection with nature because of our past. Therefore biophilic design explores these connections and brings nature back to us as we become more disconnected with it. The SEAmpathy project has two final outcomes; YAMA and MAYMA.
Reusable processed algae sheets are created for YAMA, which have been shown utilised as partitions. By using algae as a partition it surrounds the user with this healthy green material, while also allowing light to pass through. By repeating the ‘cooking’ process of the material it can be remelted and formed again if any breakages occur or if a different form is required.
The materials produced for MAYMA are still ‘living’. By transforming the algae into spheres or fibres a type of shell is produced around the algae. This allows gases to continue to be exchanged, continuing the life of the algae and sustaining photosynthesis.