The fashion industry has seen some truly weird and wonderful ideas of late, as the term ‘modernistic’ seems to constantly progress and travel into new worlds of the eccentric and the imaginative.

Bompas & Parr & Goldie Rox | Mermaid’s Lunchbox Collection

A design house that holds no boundaries to such a statement is London studio Bompas & Parr, who have have recently developed a new collection using bioluminescent algae. Through this unusual process, the design house has created a range of orb-shaped necklace pendants that glow when shaken.

In partnership with jewellery brand Goldie Rox, the duo collaborated with senior lecturer in Molecular Biology at Surrey University to create the glow in the dark Mermaid’s Lunchbox range.

Bompas & Parr & Goldie Rox | Mermaid’s Lunchbox Collection

This beautiful and natural phenomenon is more commonly seen at sea in the wake of ships that stir up the oxygen, causing the bioluminescent bacteria to glow. Many undersea organisms ‘glow’, especially creatures that live deep under-water where light from the surface is less likely to penetrate.

The Maldives Tide | Photography by Doug Perrine/Barcroft Media

Doug Perrrin managed to capture an amazing sight on his trip to the Indian Ocean, he said “each small wave overlapping onto the shore was lit like sheets of lightening”.

Bompas & Parr & Goldie Rox | Mermaid’s Lunchbox Collection

To construct this magical accessory, the designers embedded the algae into small glass spheres, which are then strung on gold and silver chains. The orbs then create a whimsical and hypnotising aura in response to movement, which can only be seen in the dark.

Bompas & Parr & Goldie Rox | Mermaid’s Lunchbox Collection

Its natural glow is a result of a chemical reaction between light-emitting pigments, an enzyme called luciferase. The fascination of the water-blooming organisms are rapidly becoming a common material for designers, due to their aura of enchantment and great allure.

Bompas & Parr & Goldie Rox | Mermaid’s Lunchbox Collection

Priced at £2,000 the glowing pendants and the rest of the collection made their debut at the events ‘In the Depths space’ in London’s Soho art gallery.

Bompas & Parr & Goldie Rox | Mermaid’s Lunchbox Collection

To accompany the event, Bompas & Parr served glowing drinks and jellies situated under a UV light, inevitably adding to the luminous atmosphere that hung softly over the accessory pieces. 

Written by Amber Weaver

Edited by Christina Wright

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Bompas & Parr. 2016 Mermaid Lunchbox collection. Available at: http://www.dezeen.com/2016/03/29/bompas-parr-bioluminescent-algae-glowing-mermaids-lunchbox-jewellery/

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Bompas & Parr. 2016 Mermaid Lunchbox collection. Available at: http://www.dezeen.com/2016/03/29/bompas-parr-bioluminescent-algae-glowing-mermaids-lunchbox-jewellery/

Bompas & Parr. 2016 Mermaid Lunchbox collection. Available at: http://www.dezeen.com/2016/03/29/bompas-parr-bioluminescent-algae-glowing-mermaids-lunchbox-jewellery/

Bompas & Parr. 2016 Mermaid Lunchbox collection. Available at: http://www.dezeen.com/2016/03/29/bompas-parr-bioluminescent-algae-glowing-mermaids-lunchbox-jewellery/

Bompas & Parr. 2016 Mermaid Lunchbox collection. Available at: https://www.fastcodesign.com/3058433/wanted/this-pendant-made-from-sea-algae-glows-in-the-dark/5 

Bompas & Parr. 2016 Mermaid Lunchbox collection. Available at: http://www.eventmagazine.co.uk/pictures-bompas-parr-create-glowing-algae-jewellery/brands/article/1389136

Bompas & Parr. 2016 Mermaid Lunchbox collection. Available at: http://www.eventmagazine.co.uk/pictures-bompas-parr-create-glowing-algae-jewellery/brands/article/1389136

Doug Perrin, 2012. Natural phenomenon turns Maldives sea water brighter than the Milky Way. Available at: http://metro.co.uk/2012/04/04/natural-phenomenon-turns-maldives-sea-water-brighter-than-the-milky-way-375824/ 

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Doug Perrin, 2012.