Perceiving Grown Bacterial Cellulose: An Aesthetic and Sensorial Evaluation of a Bio-Fabricated Material

Flavia Papile*, Patrizia Bolzan, S. Parisi, Barbara Pollini

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Biofabricated and grown materials are an emergent trend in the design discipline. The push towards the re-search of innovative and sustainable material solutions has recently increased since there is a real necessity to find solutions compatible with sustainable production paradigms. In the presented work, bacterial cellulose (BC) from kombucha tea fermentation has been chosen for investigation. The biofabrication of this peculiar material enables the realisation of several textural and aesthetical features, giving the designer important freedom. However, to properly look for possible applications in products design, some precise characterisations must be observed and discussed. In this contribution, the authors analysed the sensorial and aesthetical dimensions of six different BC samples to highlight and assess the peculiar element of this promising material.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopments in Design Research and Practice II
Subtitle of host publicationBest Papers from the 11th Senses and Sensibility 2021: Designing Next Genera(c)tions
EditorsEmilia Duarte, Annalisa Di Roma
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-32280-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-32279-2
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Design and Innovation
ISSN (Print)2661-8184
ISSN (Electronic)2661-8192

Bibliographical note

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Circular Economy
  • Growing Materials
  • Sensorial Material Characterisation
  • Bacterial cellulose
  • Material designer


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