How can we design products that are beneficial beyond the human application, but serve numerous species at once? Habitat comes from the Latin for ‘it dwells, lives’, that is, the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism. The work attempts to stretch the idea of who uses an object - considering that products, and the materials they are made of, are never owned permanently, but are always borrowed, consumed or inhabited for finite amounts of time.
The project explores ways for products to be a co-creation, of co-use, or for co-consumption by manifold life forms. Informed by the concept of a seed bomb, a small ball made up of a combination of compost, clay and seeds, which found its roots in the global ecological Guerilla Gardening movement, the pieces are probes for living design.
A container or tray to the human in the first stage, the works equally are home to Emmer and numerous microorganisms, once left outdoors. Emmer is an ancient grain that’s nearly lost in Europe, its increased reintroduction strengthens biological diversity and can therefore be seen as active environmental protection.
Habitat engages with the claimability of a man-made things by other organisms while and after human use. It is a test that can be translated to other materials and shall be extended to further species.
Design, Concept, Production:
Johanna Seelemann, 2022
︎︎︎ ‘Expedition æqualis’, Dutch Invertuals, The Future Laboratory and Reon Brand, Dutch Design week, 22 - 30 October 2022
︎︎︎ ‘Hortulanus’, Re:Future Lab, Berlin, 14 September - 5 November 2022