THE HUMAN MATTER LAB
The Human Matter Lab is a design and research lab dedicated creating good for planet and people, contributing and aiming towards a more sustainable living.
Projects examine issues that concern people for living in congruence with their environment in the future and challenge man-made materialities and systems.
By questioning the current position of mankind in our systems, the interface between man and nature, digital and physical and its connections through systems and scales is studied. Merging Living media and new technologies explored as agents for change using textiles & materiality as a tool aiming to build new systems and shape a new mindset. Current work focuses especially on creating methods for designing with living materials and biological fabrication processes in an architectural context and is characterized by a multidisciplinary way of thinking.
The HML currently serves as a platform for the founder Romy Kaiser to express her visions and projects.
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“designer with hands, scientist in mind, activist at heart”
Romy Kaiser is a designer with focus on biomaterials, sustainability, and future textile thinking. She aims to change our mindset as well as current systems using textiles & materiality as a tool. The combination of multidisciplinary research and future thinking is the basis of her work since it is important to her to shape and propose a more sustainable future out of a holistic point of view.
About the Designer
Romy Kaiser studied Design in Germany, Canada, London, and Sweden. She finished her Master’s Degree in Textile Design at the Swedish School of Textiles, Borås in August 2020 focusing on smart textiles, biomaterials, and textile thinking.
During her studies, she was a scholarship holder from the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation since 2015. Her Bachelor Thesis was awarded the District Office Enzkreis award, Germany, for innovative research in 2018.
Her Master Project Kera-Plast is shortlisted for the Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize 2020, as well as preselected for the Green Concept Award 2020.
The material can be found in the Smart Textile Showroom, Borås & various material libraries across europe.
Her work was displayed at the Milan Design Fair (June, online 2020) as well as the Materialized Exhibition at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (October, online 2020).
Since October 2020 she holds a Ph.D. position working at the Living Textile Interface – Project at the HUB for Biotechnology in the Built Environment in New Castle, UK.
Driven by curiosity she always tries to push boundaries and build bridges between areas, resulting in being very comfortable working at the borders of design, especially at the intersections with new technologies and natural sciences. She believes that modern technology, applied in a conscious way can create good for the planet and people, contributing and aiming towards a more sustainable living.