31st March 2012
Sadly yesterday was the last day of the Philips Design probes team. Having been pushing the boundaries of design interactions, technology and future living for 17 years their position on design futures has scoped the design landscape and given us thought provoking projects.
From its early days of merging fashion and technology in the first wearable electronics (where I was lucky enough to be a founder member of the team),then known as 'Intelligent Fibres' it grew into the world renowned team that offered us a vision of the future.
Concepts around topics of sustainable living to the future of 'Food' with concepts of rapid prototyped food and diagnostic chocolate to their most recent project 'The Microbal home'.
Director and undeniable visionary of the group for the 17 years Clive van Heerden sent out a farewell e mail to those lucky enough to have been involved over the years.
'We were given a unique opportunity through the Design Probe programme to explore a wide range of issues and work with amazing artistic, design and engineering talent both within and beyond Philips Design. We feel privileged to have worked for an organisation that had the open-mindedness and courage to assert a position in the global design and technology community and to engage in the debates about the role and scope of designers in general.'
True words indeed. Probes will be missed, but watch this space as Clive and Jack Mama transmutate into a new being and era.
30th March 2012
As a testament to the impact Iris van Herpen has had on design and fashion in her short career, the first retrospective of her work is on show in Groninger Museeum, The Netherlands.
Known for her unique outfits which combine traditional craftsmanship with innovations such as rapid prototyping her work pushes the boundary of the silhouette. Each collection carries its own narrative such as Radiation Invasion about invisible radiation and all the data that surrounds us whilst the Synesthesia collection took inspiration for Synesthesiacs who 'see' music or 'taste' colour.
Running until 23 September 2012, the exhibition shows her work from 2008 to the present including a selection of her most recent work, such as Capriole and the Micro collection that were shown in her latest catwalk in January.
30th March 2012
Food and the printed page are key topics within the design industry at the moment so I love the fact that the two have been combined by German design studio Studio Korefe.
Titled 'the real cookbook' it was designed for Gestenberg publishing house in a limited edition series. An edible cookery book for making a classic lasagna, the book is made from fresh pasta and has the recipe inscribed into each page. The book is then baked into the home made lasagna.
29th March 2012
Finding inspiration in all things alchemic at the moment I was really pleased to be introduced to Studio Fluud's work via the lovely Ned at Not another bill. A design collective who take inspiration from the alchemic ancestor Sir Robert Fludd, they like to explore matter, materials and ideas.
If you want to find some more inspiration around the alchemic * theme right now have a look at a recent report I did for Stylesight exploring those designers who are taking inspiration from or being inspired by the ideas of alchemy, witch craft and a sprinkling of magic.
*subscribers only I am afraid
28th March 2012
Best known for her Pig 05049 and One Sheep Sweater projects Christien Meindertsma's latest project Flax started when she was commissioned by Thomas Eyck in 2009 to make some ropes.
Collaborating with a farmer, sowing and consequently harvesting flax, the project culminated in Autumn 2011 with simple and raw products such as lamps and electric cables.
Made in collaboration with traditional ropemakers and wood workers she has used art and craft and has focused on the essence of the material in order to celebrate and understand it.
Historically one of the most important textile fibres in Holland, it was transformed into all kinds of textiles, but latterly it is farmed in smaller quantities and mostly shipped to China. True to her methodology Meindertsma has made a series of products from Flax that have been grown and produced locally from seed to end product.
The project is also accompanied by a series of films exploring the processes required from seed through to refined material.