More than half of the world’s population is concentrated in urban environments; by 2050, the UN projects that number to reach nearly 70%. As those urban populations increase so will the concentration of pollution. Sutherlin Santo see the development of products that benefit the environment as a matter of immediate necessity.
Bio.Scales are a modular air filtration system designed to be reconfigurable and scalable with minimal maintenance. Using a custom algorithm that translates 2D images into 3D robotic toolpaths, Bio.Scales are printed to exacting aesthetic and structural specifications. Each compostable scale is made from a biopolymer material that extracts and stores carbon dioxide and other harmful compounds. Bio.Scales are intended to accumulate into an interlocking, hanging system or be arranged in an array on open surfaces like walls and columns. The modular components ensure versatility, increasing the product's lifespan and reducing waste.
Bio.Scales are a step away from inert products, toward materials that serve our growing environmental requirements. They can be customized and printed using commercially available equipment by consumers, bridging the gap between designer, technician, and craftsman. Bio.Scales foresee a time when consumers are allowed increased engagement with products and their inherent environmental and health impacts.
Paul and Garrett Sutherlin Santo are designers from Downtown Los Angeles. Their work seeks to project a future where design’s connection to nature and technology are symmetrical by exploring the relationship of emerging digital processes, ecologically engaged materials, and traditional craft.