- story by MaterialDistrict
Metis Seagrass products are unique 100% eco friendly end products made from the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica. Unique and renewable materials are combined with contemporary design and technology. Metis seagrass products are based on the Japanese Wabi Sabi philosophy. Wabi Sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities:
– nothing lasts,
– nothing is finished and
– nothing is perfect.
Characteristics of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
The seagrass, Posidonia oceanica, washes ashore and ruins many of the beaches along the Mediterranean coastline. The local councils collect the seagrass from the beaches and take it to landfill sites.
Rather than the seagrass ending up as waste, Metis Seagrass has developed an innovative way of repurposing it. Metis Seagrass produces rectangular panels using the seagrass Posidonia oceanica and 100% bio-based bonding materials. These panels can be used as wall coverings and due to their natural hue, they are very pleasing to the eye with a strong aesthetic appeal. As the panels are 100% bio based, they do not produce hazardous fumes in interior spaces.
New 100% bio-based colours have been tested in order to produce the panels in a variety of colours and hues.