Here at Natura, we work with the ecosystem by redesigning current biosystems to be capable of producing materials and objects to fill our lives. These systems disrupt wasteful processes by turning unwanted resources into beautiful products. By working with mycelium, we are able to create objects of natural beauty that help the environment, rather than harm it
Growing up in Yorkshire, Ashley’s interest for outdoors led him to pursuing product design at Sheffield Hallam University. Keen scuba diver, Ashley led a project at Apeks Marine Equipment where he designed the XL4 dive regulator which later earned the Scuba Diving Magazine's Gear of the Year award.
Since obtaining his degree, Ashley’s design has become driven by nature, and he now specialises in the process of growing materials using fungi.
He has hosted workshops and lectures with the Royal College of Arts and Central Saint Martins as well as consulting for clients such as Biohm and Sebastian Cox. He has experience in building large manufacture plants for myco-material production as well as custom equipment and machinery for specific projects.
Often the driver for new designs, Sam's role within Natura Design Studios is not only as a creative, but also a manufacturing and technical lead for the development of products.
After leaving university with a First Class Degree Honours in Product Design, Sam embarked as an Industrial Designer for a leading UK and European DIY retailer, off the back of winning the New Designers Kingfisher Award in 2018.
Sam has obtained proficiencies in manufacturing and in detailed design and currently balances working for Kingfishers as well as running Natura.
Paris born, fashion designer Aurélie Fontan graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art with a strong focus on biodesign and circular design for fashion and textiles.
While collaborating with the ASCUS Lab in Edinburgh, she obtained the Vivienne Westwood Sustainable Award as well as Best Womenswear for the first bio-fabricated dress presented at GFW.
While pioneering biodesign in the fashion industry, Aurélie has integrated Kombucha, slime mould, mycelium and other living systems to circular processes as part of her ongoing research for a more sustainable design field.
She has worked for various brands such as Michael Kors, Nina Ricci, Marks and Spencer and Samsung.