2nd February 2015
For those who have been following my blog for a while will know that I am an avid fan of bacteria, Algae, fungi and mycelium in design so for my material of the month I will showcase some of the best, old and new projects in this area.
The opportunities these organisms/materials offer in a future materials palette are endless and fascinating as shown by projects such as the Algaemy project and Fungi Mutarium Incubator.
One of the most interesting projects in this arena and one that has been in research for over 5 years is Officina Corpuscoli .
An on-going, long-term research-project it is looking at the possibilities of mycelium as an ingredient for sustainable design and materiality is exploring how fungal organisms can be used to produce alternatives to plastics.
Looking to 3D print with bacteria, to making sustainable 'grown' fabrics the breadth of this project offers an alternative materials future.
31st January 2015
As my last post for glass as Material of the Month, this lighting from Bocci was showcased at Maison & Objet in Paris and represents the diversity and beauty of glass in unexpected ways.
Using a unique process to create cloud like ephemeral glass pendants, they filled a heat resistant fabric molds with molten glass that leaves the surface texture more akin to fabric than that of traditional glass and each piece uniquely different.
30th January 2015
Another project looking to scent as a memory capture, designer Charlie Ronzon Jaricot has designed a beautiful glass and plaster stone 'Evanescence' scent diffuser which comprises of a glass flask suspended above a small plaster pebble that absorbs the scent when the glass vial is broken.
Absorbing the scent, the pebble can be taken with the user and the scent released whenever they want to evoke the memory that it triggers.
This project is delicate and poetic and is a natural partner to the work of Amy Radcliffe with her well documented scent camera, Madeline.
30th January 2015
Volcanoes continue to be inspiration for designers due to their other worldly natural beauty and dark colours.
Inspired by a recent trip to the volcanic island of Stromboli courtesy of the Fiorucci Trust, James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel have produced a new collection from their Well Proven chair series.
Using the same technique they added powdered graphite to the mix as well as adding specially mixed spirit stains to dye the legs.
6th January 2015
Wearables are still a big buzz word and one that is seemingly big again at this years CES currently in Las Vegas, but the issue that no one seems to have solved yet is a real need.
A wearable that is driven by a real and truly relevant need is protective clothing for those working in Ebola struck areas. A team at John Hopkins University have designed and developed a suit for such healthcare workers.
The PPE For Healthcare Workers suit was developed as part of a programme launched by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to tackle issues for those working with Ebola patients.
Designed so that the wearer can remove the suit from the inside and therefore decreasing the chances of direct contact with the virus, the suit has tabs at the hood that are pulled apart to open the garment and velcro straps attached to the arms that when tensioned under the wearers feet peel the garment off.
In addition the suit has a large clear visor and air vents with a dry air source to keep the wearer cool.
Hoping to have real product in a matter of months the team already have a series of prototypes that will undergo field tests.