Electro Colour

26th November 2014

Celebrating the hidden beauty in electronic products, designer Cindy Strobach uses electricity and the electrolysis of red cabbage juice to print colour and pattern.

Her Electro Colour products which were shown as part of her graduation from the Royal College of Art earlier this year expose the circuitry of daily objects such as a toaster and a lamp.

Staining ceramics with juice results in a trace along the electrical wires creating a beautiful almost x ray like image.










Crafted Denim

25th November 2014

I have been a fan of Faustine Steinmetz's approach to materiality and denim for a while now so I was delighted to see this special shoot in Novembre Magazine by photographer Arnaud Lajeunie and stylist Georgina Pendlebury.

Celebrating the craft and handiwork that goes into each of the pieces the fabrics speak for themselves with delicate decay and directional origami inspired indigo dyed pieces as well as Mr Tumnus inspired voluminous fringing - a trend that we have been watching for a while on Unique Style Platform

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.

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