Algae Stained Bar Stool, 2021

plywood, spirulina algae


Spirulina is a biomass of communal cyanobacteria. A life-giving source, the algae provides a number of nutrients–essential B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E.

Cyanobacteria blooms (blue-green algae) have existed on earth for more than 3 billion years, making two essential contributions to the evolution of life: photosynthesis and oxygen production. 

When all other life forms are destroyed through apocalyptic phenomena, the cockroaches will subsist on the blue-green algae that sustains itself on the phosphates that run into rivers and lakes from farming, detergent use and in sewage.

Cyanobacteria use the phosphate to grow, and when they die, the phosphate goes back into the water, ready for the next bloom.

Ette is the design practice of Kate Richard. 

Detached from mass production, Ette tethers its practice to place, materiality, and the personal.  Where, when and who materials belong to compose the narratives of each piece.  

The domestic space, comprising the physical and emotional shelters we build, is where this work’s considerations are centred. Interested in how these spaces relate to material culture–the creation, distribution, collection of objects and examining the realm of the interior through experimentations in form and corporeality. In the liminal space between art and design, it is a contemplation of everyday life.

Working in a range of design applications including full-service interior design, custom furniture and hardware, and creative direction.