Accordian Cabinet

28th January 2011

Textile designer Elisa Strozyk known for her elegant wooden textiles has collaborated with artist Sebastian Neeb and together they have designed the aptly titled 'Accordion Cabinet' which was showcased at IMM Cologne last week.

Working with the inherent properties of the textile wood - wood veneers laminated to a textile base - the cabinet folds like an accordion.

The piece is interesting as it is very lightweight and behaves like a piece of cloth rather than a piece of wooden furniture.





Digital Couture 2

27th January 2011

With all eyes on the couture shows and the latest offerings from the key fashion houses and following the discussing and admiring of the number of stones sewn on by hand by skilled craftspeople - it is delightful to see on of my favourite designers Iris Van Herpen and her first couture show.

Working again with architect Daniel Widrig, Herpen has yet again created a series of striking and influential designs that sit somewhere between fashion and product.

Digitally printed using 3D rapid prototyping, hybrid garments are styled alongside other unconventional materials such as metal and silk blends.

Inspired by the sculptures of American artist, Kris Kuks, Herpen yet again steals the show and continues to offer a glimpse of the future of fashion and the future atelier.

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Immateriality - new surface dimensions

24th January 2011

Asking questions such as 'If the collective conscious continues to place such value on the social surface, what will become of our immateriality in a technological future?'

and 'How will we define our future human-self in a digitalised world?' designer Jenny Lee is exploring how in our ever increasingly digital world those key senses and feelings that make us human are being altered.

Looking to issues such as societies desire to better our appearance and the constant strive for perceived perfection she questions how we will promote and enhance our external selves through augmented reality.

Exploring through materials and the potential of AR she is offering us a vision of a future where science and technology provides us with the tools to re-design our selves.

Set free to design perfection what capabilities will we be able to add on to ourselves and what effect will this have on being human in the future?

Will we be living in a future of ‘Digitalised Dystopia’ or ‘Techno-Utopia’?




The Herbarium energy/ L’ Herbier Energetique

7th January 2011

The Energy Herbarium was recently shown during the Design Biennale in Saint Etienne, France and is a collaboration between Laerke Hooge Andersen (one of my ex students )and Franck Magne and EDF energy.

Designing a series of future thinking probes they have defined a future hypotheses for energy production from renewable sources exploring plant life.

Offering solutions such as thermodynamic systems and concentric hellitropic cells the resulting probes are titled 'Rhizone Electriques, Trompettes Solaires and Efflorescences to name a few.

The project aims to research ways in which to capture energy through new ways driven by living organisms and plant life and offers up a glimpse of the research being undertaken by the large energy companies who need to reconsider how to source future energy.


Hybrids Hao-Ni Tsai


Digicrafted Laura Martinez


Nano Fiction Priyanka Gaitonde


Biological Atelier Amy Congdon



A textile future

6th January 2011

Pushing the boundaries of what is perceived a textile or a material are the designers at Central St Martins on the Textile futures course and this years work in progress show on Tuesday 11th Jan (5pm - 8.30pm, 10th Floor, Red Lion Square,Central Saint Martins) proposes to be thought provoking and inspiring.

Posing questions and issues around the subjects of the ‘embodiement of the unconscious mind’ and ‘immateriality in digital design’ as well as designing for a future biological atelier issues of sustainability, hybridity and food are up for discussion.

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