28th February 2010
Corian is a beautiful material that has been slowly making its way out of the bathroom and kitchen for a while now. I love the latest example of its use by studio Davidclovers (HongKong) and Los Angeles artist C.E.B. Reas. Together they have created a shop front where LED lights pulse patterns cut into the surface of the Corian doors.
The doors have a relief diamond shape in the middle which has a pattern milled out of the Corian to create a transluscent layer where the LED's sit behind.
The contrast of the HongKong street and the simple, modern doors creates a striking result.
There is also a beautiful video showing it working that can be viewed here
25th February 2010
Whiteout is a series of dividers hung along beams in the Hallein salt factory in Austria.
Playing with perceptions of space and inspired by the phenomenon of extreme weather conditions the panels move in response to the static given off by visitors moving around in the space.
The hangings appear to inflate and deflate. Using spun bound polypropylene they appear to be a floating mass of vertical clouds.
Designed by Spaceoperaform it is a poetic use of the space and offers a simplicity of design thinking.
24th February 2010
One of the other finalists from the NOBELini was a project from textile designer Celine Marcq and scientist Ev Yemini.
Titled, Feel out Loud! they created an installation that continuously captures facial expressions and moods which are then interpreted as abstract dense network patterns. Using technology more commonly used for Avatar's they have begun to explore a new relationship between design, technology and human emotion.
Working with the colour emotion wheel and understanding pattern form and our moods they created a series of beautiful responses to anger, sadness, happiness and surprise.
Recognising that different emotions evolve at different speeds the anger pattern pulsates from the core whilst sadness almost waterfalls as it wells up.
What is really interesting about this projects is how it highlights the fact that we very rarely see our own expression and emotions and that others perceive us in an entirely different way than perhaps we would imagine.
23rd February 2010
With Burberry showing the first ever 3D fashion show today it signifies a shift in the relationship between the fashion industry and technology as a tool beyond the cut of the clothes.
Also embracing this burgeoning relationship is fashion label Cassette Playa who in conjunction with the Fashion digital studio at London College of Fashion have created a range of AR (augmented reality) t-shirts.
A small barcode style symbol is printed onto the t shirts and when viewed through a web-cam or mobile they come to life.
AR technology in itself isn't new and has been adopted by the likes of Adidas with their recent embedded AR trainers, but what it does open up is an entirely new look on how we perceive materials for fashion and product going forward.
23rd February 2010
With London fashion week in full swing I am really glad to see that my material predictions (for a client!) are right on trend - updated classics, oodles of fluid and embroidered leather as well as ratines and brushed camel aplenty.
Putting a spin on the celebration of traditional classics of wool flannels and checks as well as cable knits is Ashish with his fantastic sequined cable knit with all the flair of colour of his roots and Charles Anastase with his updated tweed.