Protective clothing

6th January 2015

Wearables are still a big buzz word and one that is seemingly big again at this years CES currently in Las Vegas, but the issue that no one seems to have solved yet is a real need.

A wearable that is driven by a real and truly relevant need is protective clothing for those working in Ebola struck areas. A team at John Hopkins University have designed and developed a suit for such healthcare workers.

The PPE For Healthcare Workers suit was developed as part of a programme launched by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to tackle issues for those working with Ebola patients.

Designed so that the wearer can remove the suit from the inside and therefore decreasing the chances of direct contact with the virus, the suit has tabs at the hood that are pulled apart to open the garment and velcro straps attached to the arms that when tensioned under the wearers feet peel the garment off.

In addition the suit has a large clear visor and air vents with a dry air source to keep the wearer cool.

Hoping to have real product in a matter of months the team already have a series of prototypes that will undergo field tests.


Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert


Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert


Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert


Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert


Dan Bowran


Dan Bowran


Dan Bowran


Glass 1: Material of the Month

5th January 2015

Playing with our perceptions of glass and exploring its material properties being both reflective and refractive of light, glass artist Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert's dark matter project enhances both these qualities whilst at the same time placing the material in an unknown context.

Also working with glass exploring its material properties with a similar dark matter aesthetic is Dan Bowran who I have showcased a few times before.

A graduate from the RCA his work is on show in an up and coming exhibition '6 Months ongoing MA practice' at Milton Gallery, London from 15th Jan to 6th Feb.



Material of the month: Glass

4th January 2015

I am often asked what my favourite material is and of course there is no answer as there are so many that I love and I am always being seduced by a new material when I see it being used in new ways, so it got me thinking about doing a material celebration each month and to kick start January its glass.

Anne Buscher's serendipitous experiments with glass began my new obsession with all things glass so for January I will intersperse my findings with those using glass in new, unique or just simply beautiful ways.

As an opening teaser enjoy the glass movie from Tereas van Dongen who works beautifully with glass.



Merry Christmas

23rd December 2014










Fungi Mutarium Incubator

11th December 2014

Issues surrounding plastic in our waste streams and ways of breaking it down using fungi is an ongoing point of interest and discussion between designers, materiologists and scientists and one that is creating some intriguing propositions.

The Fungi Mutarium Incubator which was showcased in Eindhoven last week is the latest and mixes decomposition with future food. Designed in collaboration with Livin Studio and Utrecht University it cultivates mycelium within egg shaped pods made from agar (FU) whilst breaking down plastic as it grows.

Plastic is placed in the incubator along with diluted mycelium cultures which develop over the agar pods whilst slowly digesting the plastic and filling the space within them.

A slow process, it can take several months for the plastic to be fully digested by the fungi and research continues to speed this up, but what is interesting is that the agar pods can be removed at the end of the process and eaten.

The team have also come up with a recipe to create flavoured FU which can then be filled with other ingredients to make a full meal.

They have also designed a set of cutlery that has been designed specifically for eating the fungi from the pods.

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