Synthetic biology is the future of energy.

The myuta project creates environmentally friendly furniture for living in a small and community-driven space. The ultimate goal is to provide a transportable and recyclable furniture solution for temporary housing in the event of a disaster. 

 

CONCEPT

CHALLENGES

Discover 3 challenges that MYUTA sets goal to fix with our furniture collection. From a recycling mind set to affordability and as far as to fix most natural disaster, the challenges are real and at the heart of our project.

OUR SOLUTION

Recycled cardboard is our solution for a smarter and environment friendly product. Considering every steps of the development using circular design is what MYUTA does best. Discover our latest products and let us know what you think!

CIRCULAR DESIGN

Circular design is the future of creation and development. It impact the economy, and the environment around it. Pioneering corporates already are use recycling materials and consider each product cycle from the design stage all the way to the products end cycle. This is also our way to think and design at MYUTA.

USE CASE

They are many ways to use MYUTA flexible furniture. From your personal space at home to your office or even as an Emmergency furniture that need to be stored and used efficiently, the possibilities are limitless!

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World population with NO access to electric energy.

Off-the-grid

Off grid solutions are a growing topic of research as a way of diminishing the dependency of energy from big power plants such as as nuclear and hydroelectric, by providing energy generated locally, with less energy waste during transportation from source to consumer, and less material and infrastructure necessary to transport this energy through long distances, being excellent alternatives especially for places with difficult access to energy where solar and wind power are usually used, with significant negative impact. From fuel cells to nanoscale energy harvesting, micro grids and distributed networks can also be extremely supportive during disasters such as earthquakes and storms, events that can interrupt the energy supply and communication systems.

design

The design is based on research of current tree functions and its material compositions, triboelectric technology, incorporating data on wind velocities and leaf shape analysis for the design of its leaves. Raiki main requirement is that its leaves has optimized movement in the wind: the more contact times the bigger is the energy output. The effectiveness of a triboelectric energy harvester depends on the tree height, branch and leaf distribution, leaf shape, composition, area, and area of contact with a second surface, necessary for contact electrification of the leaf. These aspects formed the basis for the shape design for different aspect of our tree: Raiki is a structure designed to grow under ideal weather and care conditions at a 5 year pace.

Technology

In order to transform a tree into a real efficient energy source and harvester we used and researched triboelectric and plant synthetic biology techniques. Our tree will grow naturally and as it grows it will take the ideal shape it was designed to have.
Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG) are based on triboelectrification and electrostatic conjunction and through this materials can become electrically charged when, by touching, pressing or rubbing, they come in contact with another material according to their charge affinities and the charges can be conducted out of the surface through an electrode to be used as electrical energy.

CHALLENGES

Furniture is one of the least recycled items in households worldwide.

The construction is complex, and knowledge of the toxicity of materials used is not clear. Circular design thinking needs to be applied to this industry in a more stringent and transparent manner.

With the continued urbanization of the planet, affordable furniture will only continue to add to environmental stress.

Moreover, fun and well-designed furniture for small spaces are not wellimagined. We hope to change that by presenting adaptable furniture that can be folded and used when necessary.Moreover, fun and well-designed furniture for small spaces are not wellimagined. We hope to change that by presenting adaptable furniture that can be folded and used when necessary

After a natural disaster, temporary housing and furniture often needs to be shipped

MYUTA can be stored in minimum space with minimum cost to be used when necessary. It is also light to ship. We believe this project will also reduce carbon footprints because of the lightweight nature of the products. 

CRICULAR DESIGN

Synthetic biology is the future of energy.

THE TEAM

Matthew Waldman

Matthew Waldman

KMD Professor

Catalina Lotero

Catalina Lotero

KMD Master Student

Marcelo Padovani

Marcelo Padovani

KMD Master Student

Yuki Minegishi

Yuki Minegishi

KMD Master Student

Olivia Peralta

Olivia Peralta

KMD Master Student

Chris Gao

Chris Gao

KMD Master Student

Asuka Muramatsu

Asuka Muramatsu

KMD Master Student

Atsushi Futatsuki

Atsushi Futatsuki

KMD Master Student

Qi Chai

Qi Chai

KMD Master Student

Siyu Zhang

Siyu Zhang

KMD Master Student

Scientific Advisors

  • Hirota Taguchi – Fluid Mechanics Scientist
  • Elif Alpoge

Special Thanks

  • Xavier Ferré
  • Cendikia Luthfita
  • Andrew Hessel
  • Takahiro Fujimoto
  • Camilo Gonzalez Posso

Powered by

  • KEIO Media Design
  • Tokyo Gas
  • BioDesign Challenge
  • Samcara

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