Solar Sinter

24th June 2011

The Royal College of Art press view was yesterday and the one project that I havent stopped talking about is the brilliant Solar Sinter by Markus Kayser. I loved his sun trap lazer cutter that cut out plywood sunglasses that he showed during the work in progress and in Milan, but his latest foray to the Sahara desert is brilliant, thought provoking, humorous and truly relevant.

Using natures power - the sun, Kayser's project offers a glimpse of a personal utopia whereby we dont have to say good bye to the luxury of technology and all that it affords us in order to be more sustainable.

Instead he suggests to drive off on a journey into the desert to create a piece of art or a product using the power of the sun, some sand and a great imagination. His 3D printing device concentrates the Sun's rays through a glass ball lens to such a degree that it creates a beam that can heat silica sand to melting point that can then be used to make products such as a bowl.

I cant wait to see what Markus does next, but in the mean time his video is well worth a view








Fungutopia

6th June 2011

An installation, a workshop and a prototype, Fungutopia was shown during DMY Berlin Design week as an ecological utopia based on mushroom cultivation. Fungutopia is the design of a social and ecological utopia based on urban mushroom cultivation.

Mushrooms and fungai are incredible in their versatility and are an open source for medicine and food as well as a soil recovery method. The mycelium produced by them is being used for eco packaging to replace polystyrene as well as being used to decompose plastics. Mushrooms are also being heralded by Paul Stamets as to being a natural resource that is going to save the world!

With mushrooms being of such importance, a workshop during DMY showed simple techniques of how to grow mushrooms in the urban environment as well as showcasing the prototype MUSHroom which combines open source electronics and biology to grow rare medicines.

The project hopes to create a community project where people will share their knowledge and their experiences and touches on the issues of urbanisation, sustainability and most importantly the need for future resourcefulness.






Inlaid fantasies

2nd June 2011

Textile designer Andreea Mandrescu has been pushing the boundaries of modern day craft through marquetry and inlay techniques with a modern approach to materials and form.

Pushing both the material and aesthetic potential she has designed a series of textiles that challenge traditional perceptions of craft as well as designing a series of materials that are both visually and texturally beautiful. Inlaying wood and fur alongside latex and silk the results are beautiful.

Andreea will be showcasing her work in her graduation project at Central st Martins Textile futures later on this month and will be well worth a visit.

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