Koji Shiraya


Feldspar and Porcelain Koji Shiraya


Takeaways Therese Morch-Jorgensen


Traces 2 (from the traces series) Caroline Holt


Show RCA 2010

28th May 2010

I went to the press preview of the RCA part one show yesterday and loved the jewellery and ceramics. There was some really fantastic work that I saw at the work in progress which has now come to fruition and also some others that just caught my attention!

I will post some specific designers work, but as a taster on a friday night after a long day working here are my pic of the best!

Enjoy!




wooden lampshade

26th May 2010

I love the latest design from Elisa Strozyk
who through her textile and material manipulations has transformed our perceptions of what wood can mean to us.

The pendant lamp named “Miss Maple” shows off the material beautifully and takes on an entirely different look when the light is on and off.

What is really great about this lampshade is that it can also be transformed in shape in a three dimensional direction due to the clever construction of the material.





Foam mould in process


Mould without any foam



Process Chair 2

24th May 2010

Yet another chair pushing the boundaries of traditional upholstery using the fabric as the mould is by Israli designer Gilli Kuchik from bakery studio.

Using in similar technique to raw edges studio and their Tailored wood series and Studio Hausan's Process chair Kuchik is pushing the boundaries of both the materials and process. Using two kinds of polyurethane they are injected into the fabric to create the form.

Hi-density polyurethane is used
for construction and polyurethane foam for comfort.

What is really interesting about this and the other chairs is that the designers are really pushing the boundaries of production, materials and following the ideal that process dictates form.




Kinetic clothing

20th May 2010

Movement in textiles is a big drive at the moment and I love the latest offering from industrial designer Jae Kim. Using simple geometry resulting in a faceted surface (right on trend for dreamscape avatar inspired trends for A/w 2012 for those who are interested!).

Connected to a mechanical controller the wearer can adjust the skirt creating new forms.



If you like this you will probably also like this previous post


Self Health, Philips Design


Synthetic Immune system, Tuur Van Balen


Self health

12th May 2010

Its always a pleasure to see the latest offering from the Philips Design probes programme.

I have it on good authority that the one they are currently working on is the best yet, but until they unveil that one their Self Help is beautiful and thought provoking.

Taking a provocative (of course!) and unconventional look what will effect our own health in the future based on our lifestyle choices they have come up with a set of designs that will enable us to monitor our health.

Looking to the shift from curative to preventative medicine and the increase in the role of modern perceptions of health they uncovered a series of issues with our relationship with our bodies and illness.

The project is focussed on 3 areas of self health -

Body Dysmorphia tracks the rise in anorexia and obesity as well as the modern worlds obsession with body beautiful, plastic surgery and botox, whilst Body Talk looks to ways to remind people how lifestyle choices affect our health over a lifetime and that disease is not predetermined. The final theme considers how as society we have a growing isolation from each other resulting in what they refer to as 'Touch Hunger'.

Next steps they will use these concepts to conduct interviews to gain an understanding into peoples preferred self help future and the outcome will inform design led projects within Philips.

In the same vein Tuur Van Balen's synthetic immune system shown as part of the Impact exhibition at the RCA explores the potential of a future where we take responsibility for our own diagnosis whereby we become our own doctors and pharmacists. He suggests that by externalising and outsourcing our metabolic processes we will be able to diagnose anomalies in our body and create synthetic immune systems that would be tailored to our age, lifestyle and anxieties.

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