Aliki van der Kruijs


Aliki van der Kruijs


Aliki van der Kruijs


Aliki van der Kruijs


Andere Monjo


Andere Monjo


Andere Monjo


Made by rain

20th November 2014

With so much rain around at the moment I was inspired to celebrate those designers who have harnessed it for its beauty and as a tool and material within their design creating beautiful unique patterns and colour.

Dutch designer Alike van der Kruijs'“Made by Rain” collection harnesses nature to create print and pattern that is out of the control the designer. Rather than a pre designed end result she leaves the results up to the natural elements whilst Andere Monjo takes a similar approach with her rain tables, letting the pattern and colour be determined by the rain and her artistic hand.











This too shall pass: Future Packaging

19th November 2014

Materials being used in new ways is pushing the boundaries of design, but the industry that appears to have been slow on the uptake of the opportunities afforded by new materials is the packaging industry.

Of course the holy grail is reusable, bio degradable zero carbon foot print packing so it is entirely obvious that the packaging itself needs to be part of the product to give it a future proof relevance.

Considering this and the legacy of packaging especially on food products that have a very short time span, Tomorrow Machine a futures design studio split between Paris and Stockholm question packaging and product and how they can in fact work in symbiosis.

There project titled 'This Too Shall Pass' is a series of food packages where the packaging itself has the same short life as the foods they contain.

The 'Oil package' is made of caramelised sugar coated with wax which you open much like cracking an egg. Once used the packaging can be melted in water.

In a similar vein the smoothie packaging is made from agar-agar seaweed and water and once opened will decompose.

Taking cues from natures packaging, the rice package is made from biodegradable beeswax that is opened as if peeling a piece of fruit.











Seen

18th November 2014

Retro reflective clothing for cycling is not in itself new, we have over the years seen numerous designers trying to bridge the gap between safety and style, but the latest offering from Dutch Design Academy graduate Marlies Schets woven fabrics are subtle and beautiful in their own right.

In natural day light the fabrics look and feel sumptuous but at night under direct light they reflect. Titled SEEN the collection is a series of fabrics and products such as scarves, a back pack and bike lock which are made from her woven fabrics.








S pot

13th November 2014

Looking with a nostalgic view to the past before central heating, a time when families huddled around the fire to keep warm and to have convivial evenings, Maddalena Selvini has designed a set of pots and object that can be piled together on the same fire for cooking or warming up.

Also driven by issues surrounding rising fuel costs and wasted heat from central heating that heats rooms that are empty, she has created a series of pots and warming stones to warm food, people and the home. Using a soapstone called “Pietra Ollare”, which is from Valtellina, Italy, each piece is handmade according to an old craft that is slowly being forgotten.

She chose this stone because of its ability to keep warm for long periods of time and because it is a great material to cook with due to its natural lubrication. Wasting nothing she also used the sand left over from the lathe to create a new kind of stoneware and glaze.









Recrystallising the Desert

12th November 2014

Designer Erez Navi Pana always explores new ways of working with unexpected materials such as his baked earth furniture.

In his latest project he explores how salt waste from a Dead Sea works factory could be used as a resourceful material rather than a bi product that is causing ecological damage to surrounding areas.

By conceiving a manufacturing process using the salt and solar energy he proposes to make waste salt desirable again, perhaps in his words, 'marble for the poor'.

His 'Recrystallising the Desert' project examines the development of a production method with NaCl as the main substance in salt. Through heating and layering, a solid mass of pure salt can be created suggesting the production of basic salt tiles.

He has also designed a way of melting the salt with solar energy and a parabolic mirror that can be used to concentrate the sun rays.

The resulting salt tiles are not naturally waterproof so he proposes to solve this by combing the salt with dead sea clay powder which when fired creates a glaze and an ultimately water resistant tile.

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