“Processes, Fabrication and Design with Kombucha Bacterial Cellulose: Mapping Practices” presented by Roussel, Teyssier, Dhulster and Haute


Session Title:

  • Bio Art – Bio Design (full papers)

Presentation Title:

  • Processes, Fabrication and Design with Kombucha Bacterial Cellulose: Mapping Practices

Presentation Subtheme:

  • Symbiotic Organizations




  • Kombucha is a fermented drink that has been drunk in Asia for centuries, and has been recently popularized in western cultures. The production of the drink generates a co-product, a biofilm of Bacterial Cellulose (BC). This biofilm is today at the center of a typology of bio-design practices, ranging from initiation workshop to fermentation to practical and plastic research around shaping objects with this living matter. This paper proposes an overview and initial classification of the current design practices that use Kombucha Bacterial Cellulose as raw material of artifact. To this extent, we structured a corpus of selected projects in a Principal Component Analysis (PCA) map. We classified 38 projects in the field of design, made between 1985 to 2022. Each project is positioned in an orthonormal frame of reference according to its degree of definition of use (from the most open use to the most defined use) and its scale of manufacture (from single experimentation to industrial production). This map tries to bridge the gap between the communities.