Beautiful rain

16th September 2011

Taking inspiration from nature in her designs such as water, fruit and mixing it with an element of poetic playfulness Andere Monjo is an inspirational designer who is creating beautiful objects, patterns and products that sit somewhere between art, design and craft.

Always taking an emotional journey through her work Andere has a unique hand writing that has begun to be picked up by those in the design 'know'.

Her latest creations are her 'rain tables' where she has captured rain drops to create naturally stained surfaces. Using natures unpredictability she has harnessed it into a series of beautiful objects to include tables which are going to be shown during London Design Festival at Mint








Bacteria billboard

15th September 2011

No doubt inspired by the work of pioneer in this field Jelte Van Abbema Warner Bros Pictures hired a microbiologist and an immunologist to create a billboard made of bacteria to promote their up and coming film Contagion.

2 billboards cultivating bacteria were erected in a disused shop in downtown Toronto. Over a series of days the bacterial cultivated and spelt out the name of the film.

This is yet another example of how bacteria is being used in new and unique ways for design, communication and materials.




Xylinum

14th September 2011

Another project researching into how future materials and production processes could incorporate bacteria has peaked my interest.

A project by Jannis Hulsen explores how an artificial cellulose material can be used to build a 'skin'. Similarly to the work of Suzanne Lee the material is grown around a given form and results in a fully biodegradable material.

Working in collaboration with Jenpolymers they have developed a technique that grows a skin around a wooden stool frame forming and coating a seating surface.



Stefanie Nieuwenhuyse


Marie Llagas


Stephanie Price


Fay Gascoigne


Wolfgang Jarnach


Body Laboratory 2011

14th September 2011

For the third consecutive year Kingston Universities Fashion Ma Body Laboratory is showcasing its latest crop of directional, diverse and influential fashion provocateurs.

Considering issues around sustainability, body dysmorphia, new materiality and subjects such as mould and bacteria as a new material these designers offer thought provoking and beautiful collections.

Showing during London Fashion week as part of fashion innovation leaders Vauxhall Fashion Scout, the designers are showing as a collective digital catwalk that is supported by a QR (quick Response) code catalogue.

Alongside the digital catwalk are a series of static shows highlighting the research and thinking that supports the projects to include a greenhouse cultivating mould for a shoulder pad and sustainable luxury future snake skin alternative materials.

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Ninela Ivanova

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Han Gu

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Photo Credits www.till-janz.de
Art Direction www.silvasilva.co.uk






Fabric Fantastic

13th September 2011

With London fashion week on the horizon I just wanted to share one of my favourite collections from New York. Prabal Gurung’s collection was stunning and the use of materials beautiful and very directional. Many fabrics were unexpected such as latex and silicone as well as sportswear mesh that is given a truly sophisticated update.

What is really amazing are the engineered weaves from the delicately decaying brocades in semi sheers to the metallic trousers and dress with purple/pink paint drips that look printed but are in fact woven in.

I love it for its flamboyance and playful fantasy.

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