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.
15th October 2014
Exploring theories around when technology becomes nature in 7 steps, artist, philosopher and thought provoker Dr Koert van Memsvoort outlines how as our technological environment becomes more complex and omnipresent it is becoming our next nature.
In an enlightening talk as part of the TEDx series he likens Maslows hierarchy of needs to his own pyramid of naturalisation as technology becomes nature in seven steps.
Exploring the naturalisation of technology from stone axes to mobile phones Memsvoort demonstrates how technology becomes something we take for granted and in many cases become heavily reliant on. With the ongoing debate around the need and desire for wearables as well as the advancement of artificial intelligence to a time of singularity - a time whereby non human intelligence will exceed human intelligence for the first time it is interesting to step back and look at how technology in all its forms has shaped us and how we are relatively unaware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted and discarded by our society.
Rather than being scared of technology, its about embracing it and recognising that technology is omnipresent and not only something that has been invented since we were born. Technology is the foundation of man and is inherent to our evolution.
14th October 2014
Showing as part of the Moving on collective, a group of like minded jewellery designers showing in the Vaults in Waterloo till the 18th October bring together a new view on jewellery. Their mission is to open up the debate around the accessibility and knowledge of contemporary jewellery and objects.
Exploring our relationship with our jewellery and those people we interact with on a daily basis, Izzy Parker challenges our notions around our personal space and interactions with strangers with her cape from her 'Intimacy Series' of wearable pieces.
Made from 11,570 steel and copper needles which are usually used for acupuncture, she has hand woven them into a fabric that drapes over the shoulders.
Bringing the piece to life Izzy has collaborated with Shaun Spark to create a film that explores the interaction between the wearer and a companion. Posing questions about how we engage with our environment and the people around us the piece redefines our personal boundaries on meeting someone for the first time and how trust and collaboration come into play.