Peristaltic Skin Machine

28th April 2010

Lucy McRae is a designer/artist or self proclaimed body architect who works between fashion and technology and the body. Best known for her work with Bart Hess as one part of Lucyandbart her work transposes fashion, skin and a visualisation of a world where genetic modification and synthetic biology rein.

Using a mixture of materials such as toothpicks, ear buds and foam to demonstrate her ideas she creates beautiful and thought provoking visuals.

Her latest project titled 'Peristaltic Skin Machine' covers the body in tubes of coloured fluid that represent the externalisation of our biology. The video is beautiful.


It reminds me of a similar project I wrote about a while ago from Charile Bucket with his fluid dress. Unlike Peristalic Skin Machine the tubes are woven together taking a more textile rather than second skin appeal.



Olla


Olla


97% Soap


Still Light


On Off

26th April 2010

d-Vision is a unique internship programme that was established in 2005 to nurture design in industrial design. Set up by Mr Sami Sagol owner of Keter group the programme sets out to fill the gap between design school and industry.

15 of Israels most outstanding design graduates have been on a 2 year programme where they have been researching and developing. The results showcased during Milan furniture fair are fantastic and another example of the wealth of design that is coming out of Israel currently. Watch out Dutch Design someone is after your rein!

Designing using LED lighting to highlight its growing importance as our main source of light for a sustainable future - the resulting prototypes are intriguing, playful and in some cases strange!

I particularly like the Olla light that is made up of balloons that you blow to make the lamp glow. Using a material from our childhood it is both beautiful, ephemeral and a statement on use of energy.

97% Soap is a lamp that is made up of an inner LED lamp surrounded by soap, whilst Light kiss requires both parts of the light to 'kiss' to turn on.

Also making a statement on energy consumption and waste is the Still Light which is a hybrid LED light system that suggests it is being powered by tomatoes.



Are you positive?

22nd April 2010

My most favourite place in Milan was again Spazio Rossana Orlandi with the fantastic location, styling and of course products on show! I especially loved the latest lighting foray from lighting artist/designer Marcus Tremento.

His 'Are you positive?' installation plays with the iconic reference of traditional lighting but is using OLED and electroluminescent - flat lights to create a playful and beautiful offering.






screen printed chocolate

20th April 2010

Having finally made it back from Milan most great things have already been talked about, blogged about or generally gushed over, but one great find was screen printed chocolate by Esther Derkx.

A designer/artist who uses found materials and pushes the boundaries of screen printing she was printing chocolate onto tiles or any surface that you presented to her including magazines and books!

Quirky and fitting she was to be found in the Zona Tortona area - never speaking, just gesturing she pushes the boundaries of food as a material with which to design.





Moa

13th April 2010

Moa is a new basket series moulded from a unique textile formation designed by German design duo Besau-Marguerre.

The baskets are made from a process developed by the duo using a combination of elastic yarn and resin.

Connecting traditional craftsmanship and modern processes they have created interesting forms with a range of intense colours - with the appeal of hand made baskets, but with a very modern twist.

What is really nice about these baskets is due to the process each one is entirely unique.

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