6th December 2013
Exploring how nature is offering us new ways to create, develop and make Biodesign -On the Cross Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity exhibition is on till the end of January in Rotterdam.
The idea behind the exhibition is showcasing newly developed materials and applications that use biology for design, art and architecture.
Based on the fantastic book BioDesign that is a valuable compendium of many of the designers and materiologists I have blogged about over the years -this exhibition brings it all to life.
Alongside Carole Collet and snail poo paper Dutch Designer Erez Nevi Pana is showing his furniture and objects made from soil that is then baked like bread.
'Soilid' is a combination of soil, fungi and other naturally occurring materials. Mixed to a recipe based on volume and weight the mixture is left over night at room temperature to 'rise' similarly to bread and doubles in size.
It can then be moulded and baked. After baking it hardens and is hard enough to be sanded resulting in another environmentally friendly new material made from natures waste.
6th December 2013
This coming week Ravensbourne will host Wearable Futures a 2 day symposium exploring the future of wearable technologies and bio science.
With seminars and talks over the two days and the who's who of wearables mixing together it will be an exciting few days.
I am lucky enough to have a guest blogger who is also one of the speakers on the first day Amy Congdon who will be picking some of the highlights from the two days, bringing her highlights and view to my blog.
Amy is the first of my guest bloggers who will be enriching the content of my blog over the coming months bringing a fresh perspective.
Discussing her own work at the symposium, Amy will be showcasing her curious and engaging approach to the future of wearability which crosses the boundaries of science, technology and biology.
28th November 2013
With the depleting resources of certain materials we are seeing designers searching for more unique materials that are often the waste from another industry, but there is a growing interest in the use of 'Natures Waste'.
Moving from plastic made from the waste of insects, other designers are exploring the waste of other insects and gastropods.
One of my students at Textile Futures Ma is exploring the waste from nature in very surprising and exciting ways that will be debuted during their work in progress show on the 7th January and Dutch designer Lieske Schreuder is making floor tiles from coloured snail poo.
I first saw Lieske's work at Milan earlier this year, but her project has popped up on the blogs sphere again and reminded me of it.
Having noticed that snails in her garden liked eating paper she explored what would happen if she fed them different coloured paper. Setting up a 'factory' she bought hundreds of snails and fed them coloured paper which came out as coloured 'snail excrement'. Snails cant digest the pigment in the paper she feeds them resulting in a malleable material that she then forms into floor tiles through a machine that she designed.
For stylesight subscribers look out for the up and coming In The Air: Natures Waste report early next year expanding on this idea.
28th November 2013
Known for changing the face of 3D printing when they unveiled their virtual potter/ 3D printed ceramic project at Milan Design week in 2010, Studio Unfold's latest project continues that journey with a series of 3D printed ceramic tools that dilute and diffuse perfume.
Researching how ceramics both store and release perfume each 'tool' has been designed to explore the alchemy of scent and material as well as focusing on the importance of experiencing the delights of scent.
Designed in collaboration with Barnabé Fillion who is behind the perfume brand The Peddler their pipette, flask and funnel 'tools' offer new ways of experiencing scent.
26th November 2013
Trying to emulate the beauty to be found in ink mixing with water and capturing it as a moment in time, Hye Jeong Cheon's stools were actually made by a happy accident.
Mixing oil, paint and urethane she has created these gummy textural looking stools that are each unique and wonderfully tactile.