BioFold

BioFold is the new name for our preceding research BiOrigami.

This unique series of acoustic elements is composed of textile waste from jute coffee bags. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. Global coffee giants such as Starbucks go through millions of jute coffee sacks annually. There is a huge potential to transform these streams of industrial textile waste into new high quality products.

BioFold uses these non-reusable textiles that are otherwise hard to recycle, alongside biobased plastics in a new biocomposite material. By employing Japanese origami and digital production techniques, the biocomposite material transforms into a functional, sensory and flexible architectural product. Origami add important qualities of 3-dimensionality to the flat biocomposite facilitating structural capacity, flexibility and acoustic properties, playing with light, shadow and perception. Due to its folded shape and structure, BiOrigami also has excellent acoustic properties. BioFold gives interiors (from office spaces to restaurants) a distinct, sustainable identity and can be installed as a wall panel or an acoustic element.

BioFold received a grant in the national MIT programme (MkB-innovatiestimulering regio en topsectoren) and together with our partners NPSP, DoFactory and Wolck we are implementing this innovative material on a commercial scale.

BioFold is part of ‘The Exploded View‘: the research and storytelling installation by the Embassy of Circular and Biobased Building at the Dutch Design Week 2020. Read more

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The making of BioFold…

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. Global coffee giants such as Starbucks go through millions of jute coffee sacks annually. There is a huge potential to transform these streams of industrial textile waste into new high quality products.

The textile waste from jute coffee bags are non-reusable textiles that are otherwise hard to recycle.

With a circular process and digital production techniques we transform the biocomposite into high-quality, functional, sensory and flexible architectural products.

Origami adds important qualities of 3-dimensionality to the flat biocomposite facilitating structural capacity, flexibility and acoustic properties, playing with light, shadow and perception.

The resulting BioFold gives interiors (from office spaces to restaurants) a distinct, sustainable identity and can be installed as a wall panel or an acoustic element.

In the summer of 2020, BioFold/BiOrigami won the Architizer A+Awards in the acoustics category. According to the Architizer A+Awards  jury, BioFold/BiOrigami stood out in the judging criteria aesthetic appeal, acoustic performance and social impact.

BioFold was part of ‘The Exploded View’: the research and storytelling installation of the Embassy of Circularity and Biobased Building at the Dutch Design Week⁠ 2020. The installation makes circular stories and ambitions visible and tangible.

Interior view of ‘The Exploded View’: modular pavilions to showcase the latest, state-of-the-art circular and biobased materials, including our BioFold (Photo: Nanno Simonis and Eric Melander).