Zoa™ Bioleather T-shirt Added to The Museum of Modern Art’s Permanent Collection

Following its world debut at the MoMA exhibition “Items: Is Fashion Modern?”, MoMA has acquired the ZoaTM graphic t-shirt, the first ever biofabricated product to become part of MoMA’s permanent collection.

Nutley, New Jersey, March 9th, 2018 — Modern Meadow, the biofabrication company pioneering Zoa™ bioleather materials, today announced that the t-shirt it first unveiled at The Museum of Modern Art in October of 2017 will be joining MoMA’s permanent collection as its first biofabricated acquisition.

Commissioned by Paola Antonelli, MoMA’s Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design, Modern Meadow was given the challenge to reimagine the graphic t-shirt, often a symbol of revolution.  The item allowed Modern Meadow to break today’s expectations of leather and showcase new design possibilities on an unexpected product. The t-shirt is made from a variety of fabrics that have been bound together with a liquid form of ZoaTM bioleather, no stitches necessary; the seams are the material itself.

“The idea behind the Zoa™ t-shirt was to spark conversations – to encourage people to re-imagine what you can design and make if leather can come in a liquid form?” said Suzanne Lee, Chief Creative Officer of Modern Meadow. “We wanted to show that Zoa opens up a world of exciting material possibilities. We’re thrilled that the MoMA has recognized the potential of our technology and the full biofabrication movement to change the world we live in today.”

The Zoa™ bioleather t-shirt will be the first biofabricated item MoMA has acquired in its history.

 

About Modern Meadow Inc.

Modern Meadow is pioneering biologically advanced materials. The company harnesses the power of design, biology, and engineering to produce the world’s first bioleather materials, Zoa™. Modern Meadow materials enable new design and performance possibilities and by partnering with some of the world’s most cherished and innovative consumer brands aims to bring new life to the material world.

Their unique and diverse team numbers over 70 people with expertise in molecular biology, material science, engineering and design. Modern Meadow is proud to have the support of world class investors such as Horizons Ventures, Iconiq Capital, ARTIS Ventures, Temasek, Breakout Ventures and Tony Fadell. For more information, please visitwww.modernmeadow.com or contact press@modernmeadow.com

About Zoa™

Zoa™ is the world’s first bioleather materials brand. Made by Modern Meadow, Zoa is the company’s first generation of materials created with nature’s essential protein, collagen, but grown without animal derivatives. Supple, durable, and flexible in form, Zoa biofabricated leather materials open up new possibilities in design and manufacturing not possible with traditional leather. Modern Meadow is currently partnering with world-class brands across luxury and consumer goods categories to grow products of Zoa, slated for release in 2018.