Liquid Dress Body Architecture

26th November 2010

I love 'the making of video' for Robyn's Indestructible video.Styled using dynamic textiles made using liquid, air and vapour the garment/skin was designed and created by a team to include body architect Lucy McRae and Amba Molly (recent graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven) to name a few.

It uses 40 litres of glycerol and over kilometres of plastic tubing.

Colours pulse through the tubes at different speeds giving the appearance of a dynamic skin that breathes and pulses across the landscape of the body.

Edited by Ine van den Elsen it is really worth a watch and more emotive than the actual video.





Deep Blue - bioluminescent Couture

25th November 2010

Being quoted as saying ' I think technology is helping to bring the handmade back.' Fashion designer Vega Wang totally sums up the relationship between design and technology that is leading to a new 'digital craft'.

Progressive fashion designers are using technology in the way that a couturier would work traditionally with fabrics and beads.

Wang's latest collection blends tech and fashion in a beautiful way. Inspired by the the BBC's Deep Blue and bioluminescent jellyfish she used EL (electroluminescent panels) to create a beautiful effect.

Unlike other uses of lighting in fashion which have up till now mostly been trashy and ugly, she has managed to create a sophisticated collection.

I am not totally sold on the fashion itself, but I love the use of the EL integrated into the fabrics and the garments.

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Teleporting - St Etienne Design Biennale

23rd November 2010

The little known St Etienne Design Biennale is currently taking place. Not on the immediate radar of design festivals like the better-known Dutch and Milan Design weeks, this 10-year-old biennale is making waves.

Different from other tradeshows it is built on exhibitions that show a diverse and intriguing take on design. Pushing boundaries of thinking the exhibitions and the objects/images and projects shown are there to pose questions or to show unexpected visions of the future.

For this year Dunne and Raby have been invited to curate a show under the biennale's theme of Teleportation.

Their exhibition titled ‘Between Reality and the Impossible’ questions the notion of what happens when designers use the language of design to pose questions to transport our imaginations to another place, a parallel universe?

Speculating and imagining a future world where technology plays a different role is typical of the work of Dunne and Raby where they reflect on the trouble that technological innovation brings rather than the shiny satisfied world that the industry portrays.

Looking to such issues as food shortages and evolutionary technologies such as molecular technology, they suggest a future where consumers need to take charge to solve problems.

Using a combination of synthetic biology and new digestive devices they suggest that we may modify ourselves to become Foragers.

Based on the principle of existing splinter groups such as garage biologists and guerilla gardeners the project takes on a future casting DIY thinking to design ‘Microbal stomach Bacteria’ alongside electronic and mechanical devices to forage. These people or hybrids become the new urban foragers.








Products can fertilise each other

16th November 2010

During Dutch Design week there was a certain undercurrent trend for the darker side of design spurred on by recent scientific developments and the unknown side of DNA and genetic modification.

One designer who embraced this thinking was Amber Molly a graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven who showed two projects considering and a new evolution based on cell division and future mutation.

My favourite of her two projects was 'Products can fertilise themselves'.

Based on cell division she has created 'parent' objects made from existing vessels from the the industrial world and the traditional world to include an old eathernware jug and a plastic bottle.

Systematically taking moulds from them she has then created sequences of mutated objects in series' of 2,4,6,8 and 16 pieces. Calling this 'family' the 'Mitose' series she has given each new form a DNA code referencing all the sequences it has encompassed to give it it's new shape and form.

Each made from earthenware - they are beautiful and intriguing.





Raw Colour

16th November 2010

Lex Pott a graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven last year showcased his latest project 'True Colours' as part of one of the many smaller Academy alumini shows during Dutch Design week.

Curated beautifully in an old bunker-esque building his project explored the beauty to be found in oxidised metals. Using defined 'recepies' he has created a series of oxidised colours.

The oxidised surfaces create colours that also provide information about the material itself.

Pointing out that not each colour is possible on every surface, his project shows research into metals and their true colours and was completely beautiful

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