with Luna Aslan, Tom Duhoux, Sep Verboom & Julien Jacquet

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18:00 - 22:00
Language: English

A chair made of mushrooms, a shirt made of orange fibre, a bag made of apple leather...

All of these objects were born out of the need to address contemporary environmental challenges and are the result of biodesign, a collaborative approach integrating science, nature and creativity. 

Nature and design have been going hand in hand for many years, with designers taking inspiration from the shapes and curves of nature to incorporate them into their designs and improve everyday objects. But today, the approach to biodesign has evolved. More and more designers are moving beyond simply imitating the world around them. They are now attempting to replicate nature's systems and incorporate living organisms into their designs. With this innovative approach, designers are trying to limit the negative effects of their creations on the environment, with the aim of forging a more sustainable future.

During these evening talks, we will explore the possibilities offered by biodesign to accelerate the sustainable transition of fashion and design. Our reflection will be guided by the varied experiences of the speakers, combining scientific knowledge, creativity, innovation and sustainability.



Luna Aslan is the co-founder of Noosa, a fully circular textile fibre. Noosa fibre is of natural origin and is made from corn. It is biodegradable and non-toxic and helps preserve biodiversity and the oceans. In 2020, Noosa won the "Innovative start-up of the year" award.

Tom Duhoux is the founder of Belgian brand HNST.  By creating this brand Tom wanted to revolutionise jeans production and create the most sustainable jeans in the world. HNST jeans are made of only natural fibres and recycled cotton. Today, Tom is an expert in the circular economy and works at VITO.

Sep Verboom, designer  and founder of the Livable Platform, develops projects that combine local craftsmanship, social engagement and environmental awareness using design as a tool. Sep believes in a healthy approach for the benefit of the planet and society. He earned the title of "Designer of the Year" in 2020 thanks to his socially engaged design practice. Livable Platform and Circular Matters are currently working on the project 'ONTketen' which brings together the industry and design community to develop new products with a bio-based circular material with the aim of initiating a new type of economy, in which financial, ecological and social goals go hand in hand.

Julien Jacquet is an entrepreneur with expertise in sustainable and social economy. He is the CEO of Permafungi, a Brussels-based social purpose cooperative that recycles coffee grounds to create oyster mushrooms. From the residue of the oyster mushroom culture, Permafungi has created a sustainable and biodegradable material and developed a 100% Belgian and biodegradable light. 



  • Timetable: Thursday 9 December 

18:00 - 19:00 : Talk Fashion  
19:00 - 19:30 : Break 
19:30 - 20:30 : Talk Design
​20:30 - 22:00 : Drink and presentation of the window 'Modern Craft'

  • Possibility to participate to either one talk or both, free talks
  • Language: English 
  • Address: MAD, Home of Creators (Place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains 10 - Nieuwe Graanmarkt 10, 1000 Brussels).
  • This is a COVID Safe event! At the entrance of the event we will ask you to show your vaccination/recovery certificate or negative PCR/Antigen test.
  • Wearing the mouth mask is mandatory during this talks at MAD Brussels.
Co-founder and Project Manager of Noosa
Noosa fiber
Founder of HNST, expert at VITO
Designer and founder of the Livable Platform
project 'UNchain - Shaping Tomorrow's Bio-Circular Product'
CEO of Permafungi

Wish to know more ?

Contact Tatiana Tatiana Coeme Responsible Eco Design Program