Paper cones

31st March 2010

Brilliant Edhv and Wendy Plomp of WND (all dutch of course!) have collaborated on this brilliant paper cone installation that is reminiscent of icicles or stalagmites. Pasted to the walls and ceiling of the Verger shop in Milan the results are striking.

Using hundreds of coloured paper cones they have created a whimsical space reminiscent of a limestone cave.



Heatswell

30th March 2010

A brilliant invention and material - Heatswell is a insulating collar for hot drinks cups that has an endothermic reaction when a hot drink is poured into the cup.

What is really interesting about this material is that a 3D logo pops up when it gets hot giving an almost towelling feel (apparently!)

Being launched as a sleeve for coffee cups - which in itself is interesting, I think that the possibilities are endless and really interesting for packaging and other areas of design.

To watch it do its thing have a look at the video here.


Original illustration for pavillion



A nearly completed Pavillion


Thomas Heatherwick

29th March 2010

Described as a 3D designer Thomas Heatherwick is inspirational. HIs design for the British pavilion at the Shanghai expo is nearly finished and looks as incredible as it promised from his original renderings.

Made up of millions of perspex rods - each with a seed captured inside - the rods move with the wind to create an incredible ephemeral, almost imperceptible form.




Paper Chair

26th March 2010

More clever and inspirational uses of paper comes from Danish designer Mathias Bengston. Mixing digital and handmaking techniques he has created a chair from recycled paper.

Stacked together and glued and put under pressure and heat he creates a 3D body. Using black and white paper he has created a graphic piece that highlights the shape of the chair.

This chair alongside other work from Danish designers will be shown
as part of Mindcraft at Milan Furniture fair in Zona Tortona.

The exhibition is titled "Would You Mind," and explores a new approach to form and materials through experimentation.


Electro active Polymers

24th March 2010

I love the latest explorations from PhD student Aurélie Mossé who amongst her research is exploring the potential of electro-active polymers (plastics that conform and change shape when an electric current is applied to them). Aurélie has an exquisite design sensibility that enables her to take dull looking materials and turn them into something rather beautiful.

Doing some basic experiments with simple geometric patterns - the polymers stretch when electricity is applied resulting in entirely new formations.


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