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.
27th February 2015
Teresa van Dongen is one of a series of designers who is exploring nature and science to create sustainable products.
Using octopus bacteria she has created a lamp that glows blue when it is given a gentle push.
Driven by the desire for a sustainable lamp and her interest in both design and biology, the resulting Ambio lamp balances two weights and a glass tube that is filled with artificial seawater and luminescent bacteria.
By pushing the lamp gently oxygen mixes with the water and the bacteria glow brightly replicating the natural phenomena of bioluminescent waves in nature.
26th February 2015
A new digital magazine that blurs the boundaries between blogging and traditional magazine publication has launched and celebrates young creatives in the area of styling, fashion, product and luxury.
Titled Somethingaboutmagazine it is divided into 10 sections with a mix of styling, interviews, streams of consciousness and product placement (shame!).
Somethingaboutform focuses on innovation and materials is curated and written by Abby Bucknall, a recent graduate from Central St Martins who has a passion for haptic materials, an eye for textures and cut her teeth into the world of trends as my intern.
Her visuals are beautifully styled and her curious eye leads to an inspiring read.