Kaiku Living Color – Colors from vegetable waste


Kaiku Living Color – Colors from vegetable waste

Circular economy and product sustainability issues are central in the work of a new generation of designers who have attended schools in Northern Europe. The Kaiku Living Color project, presented also at the Dutch Design week 2019, is fully part of this research area.
Kaiku Living Color is a system designed to obtain pigments from vegetable waste, offering a sustainable alternative to synthetic colors derived from oil.
Developed by Nicole Stjernswärd, who studied at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College of London, Kaiku allows people to reuse vegetable waste, turning skins and food scraps used daily in kitchens – such as avocados, onions, oranges, and pomegranates – in powdered pigments usable for painting or dyeing fabrics.
The result of a collaboration with artists and scientists, Kaiku was inspired by the work of practicing artists and textile designers, concerned about the impact of synthetic pigments on their health and the environment.
Prizes awarded to the Kaiku Living Color project
KI Award, Runner-up, Krueger International, 2019
Nominee, Helen Hamlyn Design Awards, June 2019

Nicole Stjernswärd is a design technologist based in London, with roots in the US and Sweden. Her experience extends across the fields of design engineering, architecture, and product design.



Nicole Stjernswärd, Kaiku Living Color, images courtesy of Dutch Design Week via Flickr





Nicole Stjernswärd, Kaiku Living Color. Some phases of the process
( https://www.stjernsward.co/kaiku-living-color)

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