25th November 2013
3D printing continues to evolve into new and exciting areas and is fast becoming more than a gimmick – although its introduction to Asda stores in the UK for shoppers to print miniature versions of themselves might be an exception to that rule!
But designers continue to explore how it will impact and really become the new manufacturing revolution. Barack Obama has been quoted as citing it as being a drive for the US manufacturing future and proposals are a foot to have maker bots in all US schools - and I was delighted when my 9 year old came home from school this week announcing that her school had now got a 3d printer.
Exploring the aesthetics and the generative outcome of pattern in 2 and 3d is Lash-Up – a collaboration between Granato and Enrico Pieraccioli who aim to ‘trigger cooperation between the world of architecture, design and art‘.
Their latest project for TexTeam srl does just that exploring the nature of codifacation through parametic drawings and 3d printing which is then printed onto textiles creating an interplay between dimensions, pattern and illusion.
20th November 2013
Working obsessively with the colour red Studio rENs have just unveiled their latest projects further exploring the meaning and uses of red.
'Mourning Materialized' explores the narrative of colours and especially red for the Zuiderzee region (Northwest of the Netherlands). During mourning people would wear regulation colours in shades defined by the time since death - black immediately after death to red when the mourning period was finished.
When moving from one colour to another each was laid down according to the regional codes and regulations and acted as an indicator to the state of mourning.
rENs used this as the narrative for their 'tapestries as biographies' which are dyed according to the traditional methods that would have been used and tell the story of the life and death of the Zuiderzee people.
Continuing their love affair of colour and red, they also collaborated with Cor Unum a ceramics producer to celebrate their 60th anniversary. Asked to update a classic bowl they played with its colour and form and used an organic dyeing process placing the objects in pigment and letting it naturally stain the porcelain over time resulting in each piece being totally unique.
11th November 2013
I am very proud of my friends Nancy and Benjamin aka Studio XO who have in Nancy's words 'just had the career highlight of my life'. Having been secretly working on the first ever flying dress they set Lady Gaga in flight at the launch of her new album last night in New York.
Having worked with drone experts and Gaga's team over the last 6 months studio XO have taken their vision of wearable electronics to an altogether different level.
Titled 'Volantis' the dress hovered Gaga up in a fibreglass construction that sits somwhere between dress and flying machine.
Gaga also had Nancy and Benjamin with her dressed in white boiler suits and gave them notable credit for their collaboration with her.
"I wanted to make today about something even more important to me," she told attendees at the event. "That something is the youth of the world. Benjamin and Nancy [the dress' engineer and designer] are here with me today. Their minds are just so boundless. I will be a vehicle today for their voices... Youth all over the world."
9th November 2013
With the fact that we will be eating insects for a rich source of protein in the future as land for livestock becomes an issue along with the environmental issues associated with green house gas emissions from cattle, there will be new industries evolving around the harvesting of bugs and insects.
With the increase in Entomology and the resulting new businesses around it there will also be an increase in waste of the parts we dont eat and also waste from their natural growing process.
Although personally this is not top of my list of food stuffs to eat, it is a fact and I was therefore particularly interested in seeing the plastic from beetles by Aagje Hoekstra shown during Dutch Design Week.
Utilising the meal worm beetle which is considered waste in the food industry that harvests mealworms (currently being bred for animal feed) Aagje makes the use of the natural chitin in the armour of the beetle. Using a process in the lab she transforms the chtiin into chitostan and makes an insect plastic that she is calling Coleoptera.
7th November 2013
Another beautiful project shown as part of The Dutch Invertuals is one of my favourite designers Jetske Visser.
Having wowed me with her graduation project from Eindhoven Academy a few years ago her poetic materials explorations are always beautifully executed and always with a pertinent narrative.
As part of the Revaluate theme, Jetske worked with glass creating a series of coloured vessels that sit inside each other creating layered colour and tonal compositions.
In addition she coated some of the vessels with a light reactive coating that changes colour and opacity with exposure to UV light adding an extra layer of experience to the colour changing of her objects.