Atelier LUMA’s team is multidisciplinary and international, bringing together skills and know-how in the fields of design, the sciences, and crafts.
As projects and collaborations progress, we are joined by new team members with complementary backgrounds and know-how. Atelier LUMA welcomes collaborators from a wide variety of backgrounds—generalists and specialists, practitioners and theorists—at a range of career levels.
Jan Boelen, Directeur artistique
Tiago Almeida, Daniel Bell, Carlotta Borgato, Aline Burle, Henna Burney, Ana Compadre, Marianne Dos Reis Martins, Charlotte Dumoncel d'Argence, Axelle Gisserot, Anne-Claire Hostequin, Clara Kernreuter, Mathilde Laroche, Carlo Marangoni, Arnaud Magnin, Mathieu Menard, Antonio Navarro, Emily Nirlo, Marie Pradayrol, Sandra Revuelta, Carlotta Rovesti, Carolin Schelkle, Marie-Amélie Simechalle, Paul Vachon, Johanna Weggelaar
In the Biolab, our team grows algae and mycelium species of interest and produces biomass in small quantities. The space is equipped with laboratory glassware, photobioreactors, aquariums, and growth chambers, as well as lighting and ventilation systems. The Biolab is equipped for carrying out strain transplants, microscopic observations, tracking primary growth criteria, formulating growth medium, treating the biomass after harvest, and conducting bench chemistry such as extracting pigments. The Biolab houses and preserves our strain library, and also includes a cultivation tank in the Camargue for producing algae at a pilot scale.
The Dye Lab
The Dye Lab is dedicated to the research, development, and production of natural dyes made from whole plants or powdered colorants. The space is equipped for every step of the process, from processing the raw plant material to dye baths and washing. It houses shredders and mixers, boilers and double boilers, washing machines, and a Datacolor lab dye machine. The Dye Lab continues to acquire additional equipment for dyeing thread cones, skeins of yarn, textile pieces, and manufactured objects.
The Resource Center
The Resource Center contains and archives the documentation of Atelier LUMA’s work and projects. Organized in a dynamic approach both on a digital platform and in a physical space, this documentation is made accessible to team members as well as to our collaborators and partners. The Resource Center includes a library, consultation tables, access to the digital documentation tool, a materials library, and a publishing unit.
The Garden is adjacent to Le Magasin Électrique. The 200-square-meter plot is designed for studying and producing plant-based raw materials for Atelier LUMA’s labs and research workshops. With the help of botanists and landscapers, we organized a list of plants into twelve families based on their uses. The Garden plays an important role in our research into textile dyes, inks, pigments, mordants, leather tanning, textile fibers, basketry, rope-making, paper, natural gum, resins, latex, and soap. It is irrigated by an experimental underground system supplied by a phytoremediation tank that treats our wastewater.
The Testing Lab
The Testing Lab is equipped with machines for carrying out mechanical characterization on the materials developed by Atelier LUMA, to ensure their compliance with certain European standards. The space is equipped with a Martindale machine (to measure the abrasion and pilling resistance of fabrics), a Suntest machine (for UV accelerated aging), a tensile testing machine (to measure resistance to traction, elasticity, torsion, shearing, and compression of flexible and rigid materials, including textiles and yarns), a Kern moisture analyzer (to measure the relative humidity of materials), and a steam chamber used to dry materials at controlled temperatures for specific durations.