Het project

Belén developed a textile application from innovative bioplastics that do not completely block out UV rays, so that the body can still produce vitamin D. The Sun+ Shadecloth curtain was made in commission for the Nederlands Paviljoen at the World Expo Dubai 2020 and is part of the wider, self-initiated project Sun+ (2018) in which Belén explores and develops material applications that are kind to our planet and to people. The PLA-based fabric is a renewable resource. For this assignment, Belén based the design on the native vegetation of Dubai, such as date palms, moringa, mangrove and oleander, which are reflected in the design of a laser-cut curtain.



Belén shows an interesting process with this innovative material development that powerfully visualises and confirms this studio’s focus. What started as speculation has grown step by step into industrial production, and thorough research has resulted in a material that feels like textile but has a longer lifespan than synthetic fabrics. The Sun+ Shadecloth is a beautiful shade object that plays with sunlight in an enchanting way. The fabric – one hundred percent bio-textile – is a renewable plant-based resource that can be recycled and is very scalable. It is also easy to see an invitation to other designers and architects here.

— ‘With Sun+ Shadecloth, Belén’s innovative material development has resulted in a beautiful shade object that has a wide range of applications’

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