27th March 2015
The continuing love affair with Volcanic rock has led to yet another striking project exploring the beauty of this porous yet super strong material.
Caterina Moretti and Ana Saldañan from studio Peca in Mexico have worked with Mexican craftsmen to hand polish and carve the stone so that the plates are a juxtaposition of rough and smooth.
23rd March 2015
Exploring optical illusions the collection from Anrelage shown during Paris fashion week explored pattern and textures that were only visible when ultra violet light was shone onto the clothes.
Needle punched white circles appeared as if a projected spotlight in stark contrast to the all black surroundings whilst garments were made from a special black fabric that only exposed the patterns under ultra violet.
At a time when the role of fashion is being questioned its great to see the 'theatre' back in fashion playing with form, materiality and tech (without it being wearable tech!)
21st March 2015
The continuing conversation about inhabiting other planets such as Mars and Kepplar 22b continues to inspire designers. Surprisingly it was also inspiration for Iris van Herpen's latest collection, but what was particularly interesting about her take on it was the 'hackable' infinity that she uses to create both pattern and form.
Always at the cutting edge of materials, her latest collection mixes up her 3D printed materials with hand burnished metal gauze with patina effects that give a mottled planetary surface aesthetic.
She also collaborated textile designer Aleksandra Gaca who specialises in geometric textural fabrics.
8th March 2015
The love affair around volcanoes and basalt does not seem to be abating with another rash of designers exploring the imperfect beauty of materials made from extremes of nature.
Working with local craftspeople on the largest island in South Korea, designer Jeonghwa Seo has mimicked the islands coastal rock formations in the shapes of the desk pieces.
A series of hexagonal coasters and a prism paperweight, each has a black gloss painted bottom that gives each piece a more dramatic aesthetic, whilst being practical at stopping scratches from the naturally abrasive rock surface.
7th March 2015
Earth Matters is an exhibition that encompasses many of the designers and thinking of the materiologists I have been writing about over the years on this blog.
Curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano it is a thought provoking show that is held at the Artipelag Museum in Stockholm on the museum's meteorological site in Stockholm's idyllic archipelago.
All the work on show is a reminder, through the narrative of design, of the impact that we are having on earths virgin resources as we plunder it for our consumerism and how disruptive creative thinking can enhance what nature has to offer.
Wrapped up in the thinking around the antroprecene the works explore our post fossil society that is emerging offering us alternative materials, production process and symbiosis with nature.
Exploring new ways to use natures manufacturing to create future products as well as finding new and unexpected resources this is a compendium of our future materials palette.
The exhibition runs till the 3rd of May.