Hair Glasses

25th May 2011

Hair has been a key material of choice for designers and artists for a while, but it doesn't seem to be abating with more and more interesting projects appearing using hair with which to design with from the catwalk to product design.

During Milan Design week at the Royal College of Art RCAinTent show multidisciplinary design duo Studio Swine showed their Hair Glasses, a series of fashion glasses made from human and synthetic hair.

What is particularly interesting about this project is the premise behind it tracking changes in the growing relationship between China and Africa as China becomes a global super power.

Observing how the consumption in Africa is very different from that of westerners it feeds into China's production of human and synthetic hair and in turn is feeding the ever growing market in Africa for hair extensions.

The Hair glasses project highlights this growing relationship whilst at the same time commenting on cultural differences and suggests a new level of trading and export beyond local community.






Moulded Mind

24th May 2011

Interested in the relationship between humans and mould, designer Ninela Ivanova plays with mould and fungai as a design tool. Using mould as a material for colour, pattern and form as well as exploring the science behind mould and its relationship to our constantly changing environment.

Questioning whether in the future we can use mould as a way of transforming our clothing resulting in the potential for season-less dressing Nelly's project has echoes of (In)visible Membrane by Sonja Bäumel, but takes a more fashion approach using colour and form to inform her designs.

The latest development for her project is her cultured shoulder pad where she has cultured and grown mould in a closed environment resulting in a thoroughly modern and unique aesthetic.

Part researcher, part fashion provocation her blog is worth a visit and she is certainly one to watch. Graduating from Kingston Fashion Futures Ma this September, Nelly is another designer to bridge the gap between science, design and materiality.






Conversation Piece - On the doorway

23rd May 2011

One of my favourite exhibitions from Milan this year because of its sheer beauty in colour and form was 'Conversation Piece - On the doorway' presented by Belgium Gallery, Galerie Caroline Van Hoek.

A collaborative art-jewellery project by Nicolas Cheng and Beatrice Brovia they designed around the historical concept of ' the conversation piece'.

Using the door handle as an object to re design as it sits somewhere between a piece of ornamentation and a functional object, they used materials commonly found such as copper, salt and textiles and hybridised them with more precious materials such as jet, silver, marble and ebony.

Each takes on a fragile and sculptural look, the handles become almost like precious stones in their own right sometimes looking like modern fossils or precious up-cycled objects.

Amelie Marciasin


Anna Smit


Cherie Newin


Hannah Buswell


Hao Feng Li


Paul Stafford


Yejon Park


Future Fashion

22nd May 2011

The graduate season is about to start with next generation of students showcasing their designs. The Royal College of Art Ma Fashion show is the first to offer a glimpse with their fashion show on the 1st June. Open to the public as well as industry insiders tickets can be bought from here or e-mail here. Tickets are available for 4pm and 7pm shows, well worth a seat and here is a sneak preview of some of the collections on show.




Future Silk

11th May 2011

A material revolution? or a technological marvel I am not sure, but I am amazed and inspired by the new material that is being dubbed as Future silk.

A water and protein blend - similar to silk, Fiorenzo Omenetto has shown today on TED his material that is truly programably bio degradable, an edible material that is bio compatible and can be used from packaging to bones to a micro processor. It spans from a truly sustainable bio material to one that can be printed on and harvest light.

You can see the video here




About


I use this blog as a notebook of inspirations – I post things I see and like and thoughts of mine. I don't revolve around a singular topic and neither does this blog. Everything and anything is relevant


Recent


101.86°- color of the day

Curiosity Cloud

Flower Power

Plants out of place

Digital Nature



Archive


2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009



Tags


Algae

architecture

augmented reality

bacteria

bio couture

Central St Martins

Chelsea College of Art and Design

colour

concrete

Craft

Design

Dutch Design Week

Fashion

Food

Furniture

innovation

jewellery

London Design Festival

London Design Week

material

Material of the Month

materials

materiologists

Milan

packaging

Philips Design

rapid prototyping

Royal College of Art

SS15

sustainability

synthetic biology

technology

Textile Futures

textiles

wearables



places I go for inspiration


Next Nature
Designindaba
Blueprint
WIDN
Dailytonic
designboom
Textile Futures Research Group
Triangulation
materials library
TodayandTomorrow
highlowtech
thecoolhunter
Kithkin
plasticfutures
normaflora
architonic
pepeheykoop
is this textiles?
Form materials
Talk2myshirt
Forrest Jessee
Electric Foxy
Eyebeam
DutchInvertuals
oobject
Despoke
PSFK
Thisispaper
Notcot
Core77
Riflemaker
Seed
Michael Burton
edhv
Mocoloco
Sightunseen
Planet Mag