29th October 2014
Adaptive manufacturing is an ongoing experiment between designers Olivier van Herpt and Sander Wassink in which they research the relationship between the machine and its context in modern day craft.
Referring to it as a 'sensory machine' that in a way senses its environment they have designed digital scripts that distill shapes and textures measured by sensors.
Working with a 3D printer developed by Olivier that is able to print large vessels with clay, the design duo are exploring surface, texture and man made vs natural with their aesthetics and forms.
28th October 2014
A key trend to emerge from Dutch Design week was the focus on a mono process or a mono material and to exhaust it via as many processes as possible.
Tannic Acid by Steven Banken is one example of such a project. Derived from the knowledge that oak contains a high concentration of Tannic Acid which reacts with iron oxide resulting in a dark blue, almost black colour, Steven has evolved a series of chemical reactions to push the boundaries of colour and experimentation via a series of devoted research outcomes.
The experimentation reveals the similarity in colour of two radically different materials after the natural transition of the chemical reaction.
Oak treated with red iron oxide creates variations in colour achieved by changing the intensity of the rust celebrating the simple beauty.
Working with Jetske Visser on a textile chapter of his tanici acid research, Jetske has designed a series of woven textiles dyed with natural ingredients that encourage the natural reaction as the materials come together.
Using a combination of tannic acid and iron oxide in liquid form creates a dark blue ink – silk cloth is dyed with natual blue ink whilst smaller pieces are dyed with tannic acid and placed on steel plates in order to create a reaction directly on the textiles
21st October 2014
Pieteke Korte is another graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven who's project looks to the relationship between hard and soft materials and plays with our perception of materials and function.
Designing a series of side tables that mix marble and foam, the weight of the marble forces the foam to take on exaggerated shapes that create a sense of balance and heaviness.
Pieteke also mixes up our perceptions of the material though playful tromp l'oeil and encourages us to touch and engage with the pieces.
21st October 2014
Exploring the boundaries of materials and our perceptions of value, Martijn van Strien launched his latest collection during Dutch Design week.
Evolving from his graduation collection last year whereby he used heavy duty tarpaulin to create a brutalist aesthetic, his latest is a foray into future fashion using unconventional materials.
Describing it as a 21st century approach to haute couture he uses laser cut techniques to create bespoke clothing that are cut using simple geometric shapes with welded seams.
Designed to take an androgynous aesthetic, his pieces are Inspired by a man who travels to the edges of existence, the patterns and cuts are representative of his journey and take form from the buildings and man made structures that he passes on his way.
20th October 2014
Jewellery is something we associate with the body, but Design Academy graduate Pleunie Buyink plays with our perceptions of space, scale and pre conceptions with her Limber Gems.
Developing an innovative material that at first glance looks like hammered metal or gems, is in fact flexible and rubberised.
Consisting of 3 gems all derived from circular shapes, each has its own character. In dark green, gold and orange they appear as if large pendants nonchalantly strewn around spaces catching the light and reflections from passers by.