Flying High

11th November 2013

I am very proud of my friends Nancy and Benjamin aka Studio XO who have in Nancy's words 'just had the career highlight of my life'. Having been secretly working on the first ever flying dress they set Lady Gaga in flight at the launch of her new album last night in New York.

Having worked with drone experts and Gaga's team over the last 6 months studio XO have taken their vision of wearable electronics to an altogether different level.

Titled 'Volantis' the dress hovered Gaga up in a fibreglass construction that sits somwhere between dress and flying machine.

Gaga also had Nancy and Benjamin with her dressed in white boiler suits and gave them notable credit for their collaboration with her.

"I wanted to make today about something even more important to me," she told attendees at the event. "That something is the youth of the world. Benjamin and Nancy [the dress' engineer and designer] are here with me today. Their minds are just so boundless. I will be a vehicle today for their voices... Youth all over the world."








Insect Plastic

9th November 2013

With the fact that we will be eating insects for a rich source of protein in the future as land for livestock becomes an issue along with the environmental issues associated with green house gas emissions from cattle, there will be new industries evolving around the harvesting of bugs and insects.

With the increase in Entomology and the resulting new businesses around it there will also be an increase in waste of the parts we dont eat and also waste from their natural growing process.

Although personally this is not top of my list of food stuffs to eat, it is a fact and I was therefore particularly interested in seeing the plastic from beetles by Aagje Hoekstra shown during Dutch Design Week.

Utilising the meal worm beetle which is considered waste in the food industry that harvests mealworms (currently being bred for animal feed) Aagje makes the use of the natural chitin in the armour of the beetle. Using a process in the lab she transforms the chtiin into chitostan and makes an insect plastic that she is calling Coleoptera.





Filter

7th November 2013

Another beautiful project shown as part of The Dutch Invertuals is one of my favourite designers Jetske Visser.

Having wowed me with her graduation project from Eindhoven Academy a few years ago her poetic materials explorations are always beautifully executed and always with a pertinent narrative.

As part of the Revaluate theme, Jetske worked with glass creating a series of coloured vessels that sit inside each other creating layered colour and tonal compositions.

In addition she coated some of the vessels with a light reactive coating that changes colour and opacity with exposure to UV light adding an extra layer of experience to the colour changing of her objects.

Matthias Borowski


Matthias Borowski


Matthias Borowski


Matthias Borowski


Jolijn Pasmans


Jolijn Pasmans


Jolijn Pasmans


Jolijn Pasmans


Material Delight

7th November 2013

By far the most eye catching and tactile project shown at the Design Academy this year was from Masters student Matthias Borowski His project titled 'The Importance of the Obvious' explored the idea that all materials have their own unique properties and qualities.

Taking inspiration from the material possibilities of food he created a series of objects with tactile and appealing surfaces and textures that were jellied and bobbled.

Also playing with engaging tactility was Jolijn Pasmans with her soft Concrete. Pushing the boundaries of concrete in its raw state, she has added cloth, silicone and fibres to create tactile and decorative raw surfaces.

Her project plays with our perception of tactility and surface decoration with carpet being replaced by hairy concrete and what would be soft upholstery with concrete and silicone.










Vectors

6th November 2013

Design Beyond Making is a group exhibition of 8 design provocators who explore the fine line between design, tech, science, sustainability and materiology. Having opened last week I finally made it yesterday to pop in and say hi.

Brought together by the newly formed Vectors headed up by ex Textile Futures Ma students Miriam Ribul and Ann- Kristin Abel as well as fellow designer Paul Ferragut , they in collaboration with Protein are showcasing projects that explore future resources, material development and process innovation.

De-cellular from Amy Congdon and JJ Hastings explores future biotechnology processes and new materiality. A materials research project, De-Cellular literally removes the cells from organs such as kidney leaving the extracellular matrix that is then re worked into and embellished with crystals, colour and surface pattern.

Equally pushing our views on materials that are readily available to us but perhaps not at first glance is Miriam Ribul with her 'Recipes for Material Activism'. Taking the approach of a true materiologist, Ribul utilises common ingredients found in our homes to create new materials for making.

Taking a DIY approach 'Recipes for Material Activism' does not require specialised skills and opens up the dialogue about materials in an world with increasingly scarce raw materials.

Thought Harvester from Ann-Kristin Abel considers a more symbiotic relationship between man, nature and technology.

Ann sees the human mind as a factory producing 70,000 thoughts a day that could symbiotically link to a semi living synthetically grown organism that could harvest these thoughts and physically output these ideas. Made from synthetic and organic mass 'The Harvester' focuses the mind and helps explore material properties in a virtual yet physical way.



In addition the fantastic project from Jeongwon Ji is also on show as is the Alchemists Dressing Table from Lauren Davies, both recent graduates from the RCA.

Open until the 10th at 18 Hewett Street concept space it is worth a visit.

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