This in-depth study of the region’s natural fibre resources transforms raw materials into ambitious bio-laminates.

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Can agricultural leftovers become catalysts for new types of production?

The rice agricultural waste generated in the Camargue region (15 000 tons every each) was the starting point of our explorations. Making use of the full waste stream, the initial stage of this project has been processing rice fibres to create high-quality bio-laminates. Ever since, a plurality of agricultural resources such as algae, canne de Provence, reed, pine needles and mussel shells, have been recycled into bio-laminates.

Following a unique interpretation of natural fibres – in terms of artistry, economics and technology – Atelier Luma sets up a pilot installation for gathering, sorting and transforming various natural fibres from local natural, agricultural and domestic sources.

A first series of laminates has already been produced and research continues with the Colour Geographies project. Taking the aesthetic appearance of the materials into great consideration, our designers successfully incorporated pigments from Luberon's ochre quarries to the laminates.

The local production of these new laminates with Camargue colours can generate new options for the local industry.

// Years of research : 2017/2018/2019

Project team

  • Henriëtte Waal

    Artistic / Research Director, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France

  • Tjeerd Veenhoven


    Groningen, The Netherlands

  • Marc Thomas

    Director, BioSud

    Arles, France

  • Xavier Demassiet

    Assistant to the director, BioSud

    Arles, France

  • Erik Slor


    Veendam, The Netherlands

  • Koos Slor


    Veendam, The Netherlands

  • Tour du Valat

    Arles, France

  • Bruno Lacrotte


    Arles, France

  • Belèn (Brecht Duijf & Lenneke Langenhuijsen)

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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