Textile designer Elaine Yan Ling Ng has created a collection of speckled wall tiles made from shells of eggs discarded by bakeries. Called CArrelé, the collection’s name is a fusion of “carreler,” which means “to tile” or “to pave” in French, and CA – the chemical symbol for calcium in reference to the calcium carbonate that makes up an eggshell. Decaying eggshells produce odours, attract flies and contribute to methane emissions, which are reduced if the waste is reused before it rots.
Elaine Yan Ling Ng, founder of THE FABRICK LAB, brings together textiles, electronics, biomimicry, interiors and installations. Elaine, also known as the ‘techno fairy’ by Elle Deco, is a TED fellow and is globally recognized, having worked with international design companies such as Nissan Design Europe and Nokia Design Beijing with multiple design awards. Her magical approach towards materials has been described by Wired UK as ‘The Chinese designer creates materials that move and grow like trees – but faster.’
Elaine Yan Ling Ng