17th July 2014
Recent graduate from the Royal College of Art Johanna Schmeer considers the future of food based on her knowledge of the possibilities afforded by nanotechnology.
Creating a series of synthetic foods for a future whereby the worlds growing population needs to tap into new resources she conceives how products made from enzyme enhanced bio plastics would in theory harvest essential nutrients as alternatives to traditional food sources.
Built on fact, her project is based on a recent scientific breakthrough by scientist Russell Johnson, who has identified a way to synthesise functioning biological cells made from plastics.
Adding a smattering of fantasy based on this fact, Johanna has created 7 food products that fulfil the essential food groups. For instance they produce water, sugar, fat, minerals and proteins. These speculative objects secrete powders and liquids that could be ingested in our distant future.
16th July 2014
With the rise of digital technology, shifting work practices and multiple living spaces we are able to live and work seamlessly between work and home, inside and out. As we move from one place to another we are no longer fixed, yet the things that we surround ourselves with are.
Exploring this hybrid space between our personal fluidity and the static world of our furniture and interior objects, Denise Gong's Outfit Housefit is a series of textile furniture pieces that sit in the hybrid space between clothes and furniture - objects that can adapt to our surroundings in our increasingly dynamic lifestyle.
Considering the idea that if our room becomes the body and our furniture becomes our clothing, Gong questions the new aesthetics that would emerge.
Doing away with conventional clothing design, rather than considering season, occasion and functionality, Gong plays with scale, materials, function and changing use keeping in mind what clothing for non humans would look like and poses questions as to whether a space wears its furniture in the same way that humans wear their clothes.
15th July 2014
With depleting resources we are seeing more and more designers experimenting with unexpected and unusual materials, but it is still surprising but very interesting to see designers working with asphalt and tarmac.
I recently posted about rca graduate Ornella Stocco's fantastic project titled 'Asphalt Recipes' - a series of furniture pieces made from tarmac and now Quintus Kropholler has designed a series of homeware objects similarly using asphalt.
Titled 'Black Gold', he has mixed tarmac - a black sticky liquid material we associate with roads - with broken rock pieces to create asphalt concrete.
Making a comment on sustainability and issues surrounding depleting petroleum resources, his pieces are designed to live out the lifespan oil industry and exist as living fossils of a time past.
7th July 2014
The issues surrounding plastic bag pollution is a key topic of discussion and one that Waël Seaiby a Lebanese designer recently graduated from Edinburgh University is very aware of, so much so that he dedicated his graduation project to finding new ways of using the waste to create beautiful and desirable objects.
Titled PLAG, his project takes advantage the component of plastic bags - a free resource of HDPE and through a unique up-cycling process he turns the bags into beautiful objects.
His project aims to challenge preconceptions around up cycled and recycled products by creating objects that appear beautifully crafted and akin to glass or ceramic.