AlgaeAboard is set in the context of canal boat dwelling wherein algae become a sustainable source of new luxury material for biodegradable plastic products used on the boat. Taking ‘pleasure’ as the point of departure, three design products are derived from a different level of pleasure that reflects boat living while taking aesthetic inspiration from canal boats – Sunglasses, Basket Stool and Slippers.
A pair of sunglasses is something we all just need when having a good sunbathing on a fine, sunny day. Deep down inside us, we all selfishly want we all want to own a nice pair of sunglasses and take it for a holiday.
Tin cans, buckets, horse feed tin and watering pots are the few objects that has been revolved in boat living. They have also been given a lot attention with decorative canal folk art painting apart from the exterior and interior of the boat. Baskets and containers seem to lend themselves into the realm of ambiguity in utility. They can be used for any purpose as the users see fit. The intention is not on the multifunctional aspect but to underscore several individual’s meanings and interpretations. That said, turning a container upside down makes a stool too.
The boat is like a private space. Too small to be called a house and too big to be called a room. Hence, a big narrow room. Living on it gets dirty easily if dirt is brought in with the shoes. So, many liveaboards have decided to to keep an indoor slippers that is solely worn on the boat. Not being obsessive-compulsive disorder, keeping a general cleanliness is merely a customary.