Ish

19th September 2014

The need to find new raw materials solutions from consumer waste continues to bring new materials to the materials palette as well as new aesthetics.

Showing during London Design Festival Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri have made furniture from old jeans, paper and cotton.

Similarly to Sophie Rowley (who is showing her work at Mint and Restless Futures) the final products bear no resemblance to their material origins.

The furniture and tableware looks like stone, but is in fact made from composite materials: slate-ish, denimite and marblus.

More commonly used for kitchen worktops and skate ramps, slate-ish is more akin to stone but is made from laminating recycled black paper.

Denimite as the name suggests is made from post-consumer denim waste, whilst marblus is made from white cotton and polyester salvaged from clothing, sheets and other white textile waste.




Waxploration

19th September 2014

Playing with the relationship between furniture and emotional spaces Katharina Gross has created a series of furniture pieces that are beautiful and mesmerising.

Showing as part of Restless Futures as well as Design Junction during London Design Festival her pieces challenge the notions of traditional furniture.

Working with wax which changes from solid to liquid and captures moments in time she has blended it with metal and corian to create statement pieces of furniture.

Taking inspiration from candle making she has created and mixed her own strong and durable wax that incorporates marble dust helping to make robust stalactite structures that appear to have grown over time.

Peter Marigold


Peter Marigold


Peter Marigold


Study O Portable


Hunting and Narud


Hunting and Narud


Oyuna: Soft Edge

18th September 2014

Taking their design signature from product and speculative design to textiles, some of my favourite designers Peter Marigold and Study O Portable as well as Hunting and Narud have curated their stories onto cashmere for Cashmere brand Oyuna.

Telling stories about the origins of cashmere and incorporating his signature design, Peter Marigold has used the beauty of rust markings to create patterns that represent the passing of time whilst Study O Portable were inspired by the fact that during the second world war many countries banned the production of knitted jumpers because spies were using the patterns to embed code.

Looking to code of today they have designed a knitted textile that incorporates a code displayed through colour and pattern. Titled Echoes, they designed a code using 1's and 0's for each stitch which was sent to a Mongolian programmer to translate into real fabric.

Taking a more info graphic approach to telling the story of cashmere production Amy Hunting and Oscar Narud's piece is a black and white chequered fabric that acts as a time piece representing the number of hairs a Mongolian cashmere goat produces each year, month and day.

The point of these pieces is to draw attention to something that we take for granted and use every day and the history behind cashmere.









Flat Fashion

10th September 2014

With the onslaught of womenswear during New York Fashion Week and more to come from London, Paris and Milan this project is a breath of fresh air.

A clothing collection based on the archetypal silhouette and fabric of traditional menswear designer Camiel Fortgens a graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven explores a "cut copy paste" approach.

Detaching from a world over saturated by trends that come and go and challenging the contemporary culture of 'copy and paste' she has created a series of odd, flat, yet recognisable pieces that push the boundaries of both fashion and menswear.

Working with archetypal pieces - a t shirt, jeans, coat and shirt she has used stiff materials that enhance the forms that appear to float around the body rather than contour and fit.






Dimensional Floral Fashion

10th September 2014

Caroline Herrera showcased a modern collection in New York this fashion week that plays with perceptions of real and fake, digital and hand drawn and a collection that was inspired by the colour code of a flower.

Saturated graphics of pixelated florals punctuated the white back drop and added to the optical illusion of 3D flowers.

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