Julia Lohmann


Green Gold- Sustain RCA talk

Yesterday I had my first public engagement as Head of the Department of Seaweed at the V&A.  I spoke at a Sustain RCA evening entirely dedicated to the potential of Algae:

‘Fuel, food, fertiliser, dyes, cosmetics, colourants – even pollution control are just a few of the many uses of algae. From design and architecture to fishing and pharmaceuticals, this diverse biological substance is promising to rival fossil fuels and kickstart new economies around its growth and production.
Meet our three speakers: scientist, academic and business consultant Brenda Parker; V&A resident product designer Julia Lohmann, and textile-researcher Marin Sawa – all working at the intersection of science, technology, art and design, exploring the amazing potential of this Green Gold.’ (Quote from the Sustain RCA website)

The talks will go online on the Sustain RCA website in the coming weeks and until then you can find out more about the speakers by folowing these links:

Sustain RCA Website:


Brenda Parker:

http://www.enalgae.eu/ (collaborative website collecting and sharing information on the development of algae based knowledge)

http://www.incropsproject.co.uk/ (a low carbon initivate spinning out from east University of East Anglia)

Marin Sawa:

http://www.marins.co.uk/ (Designer and researcher Marin Sawa works with living algae and currently experiments with printing algae cells as an artist in residence in the Biochemistry Department at Imperial College, just across the road)

Also if you are more generally interested in algae related information, this is the most comprehensive database there seems to be:


April 6th, 2013

Events 2016

January 14th 2016: Talk at Manifesta 16 in Copenhagen, Denmark


Until February 28th 2016:
The Ruminant Bloom lamps are on show as part of Future Archaique at Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland


Exciting news: In 2016 we are going to Kyoto for a residency in at the D-Lab of Kyoto Institute of Technology!


April 6th, 2013

The Department of Seaweed @ the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

This is day one at the Department of Seaweed at the V&A in London. For the coming six months I will be artist in residence (or, if you will ‘Head of the Department of Seaweed’) at the world’s leading museum of art and design. Together with a group of collaborators from different craft disciplines we are developing materials from kelp and objects from the materials created. This blog will regularly be updated with news from the Department of Seaweed. If you have an interest in kelp, design, craft and/or collaborative artistic practice and happen to be in London in the coming six months come and visit us between 13.00-16.00h on the following days:


April: 24th, 27th

May: 8th, 11th, 15th

June: 8th, 12th, 22nd, 26th

July: 10th, 13th, 24th, 27th

July 4th, 2012

GAMES – Billingsgate Set

Julia Lohmann & Gero Grundmann

Tidal Ossuary Chess Set, 2012 (Bone, Silver, Paper)

The Tidal Ossuary chess set is the natural continuation of Lohmann and Grundmann’s successful series of vessels made from found bones. Collected from the banks of London’s River Thames, the animal bones are the detritus of a previous era. Deemed of no further use, value or merit they had been cast away only to be turned by Lohmann and Grundmann into beautiful and luxurious objects of worth once again. The designers have made earned a reputation for their investigations into the potential of all materials – from preserved sheep’s stomachs, to seaweed and soap. Always with a view to minimising waste and maximising longevity, their work is a reminder that there is beauty to be found in the overlooked and undervalued.

During the 2012 Olympics, Gallery Libby Sellers will present a curated group show themed around the game of chess. The presentation takes as its inspiration an exhibition hosted by the Julien Levy Gallery in New York, 1944, during which Levy, Max Ernst and Marcel Duchamp invited a veritable “who’s who” of modernist artists to contribute chess sets, art works and furniture to the exhibition.
(Text, photos: Gallery Libby Sellers)

4 July – 18 August 2012
June 25th, 2012

TRIANGULATION – Excursion to the World Design Capital Helsinki

A collaborative public intervention by students of Windesheim University (Zwolle, NL), Willem de Kooning Academie (Rotterdam, NL), HFBK (Hamburg, DE) and the Environmental Art program of Aalto University (Helsinki, FI).

Triangulation connects nature, buildings and humans Finland, Holland and Germany single points into multiple lines.

25.05.2012, Aalto Art House, Lämpömiehenkuja 3 (Otaniemi, Espoo)

More information:

Windesheim University
Willem de Kooning Academie

Aalto University

HFBK Hamburg
World Design Capital 2012