Impasto

26th March 2014

Danish designer Nikolaj Steenfatt is another designer who is exploring material before form. His IMPASTO project is a self invented biodegradable natural fibre composite made from leftover wood and coffee.

Mixing the raw materials together he treats the material like a dough which is then pressed and rolled into flat sheets. Added pigments mix up to create an organic and fluid aesthetic.

The sheets can be vacuum formed to create shapes such as demonstrated with his chairs and lamps

Similarly to lots of young designers, Nikolaj was driven by sustainable materials research to find a biodegradable material that was easy to work with and scalable to an industrial level.

The outcome is both beautiful and sustainable and imperfection adds a uniqueness to each product which is important in the push back against the homogeny of technology.









Wonder of the Wunderkammer 3

20th March 2014

Cabinets of curiosity - 'Wunderkammers' have fascinated people for centuries thanks to their wonderful collections of objects and collected oddities from all over the place and this is celebrated in the exhibition Wunderkammer 2014 at Tetem, Holland from today until mid May.

Presenting a contemporary view of the age old cabinet of curiosities from artists and designers who create utopian and dystopian wonderful worlds from their work, it is an engaging mishmash of unexpected, playful and serendipitous ideas.

Across a wide range of medium of sculpture, drawing, photography and paintings we are introduced to mystical creatures and clouds that float around inside our homes.












DNA

14th March 2014

DNA testing and genetic modification are not new, but what is interesting is that a series of designers are looking to explore the ethics of this in a rash of projects.

The most surprising route is fashion designer Iris Van Herpen who's latest collection showed models suspended above the catwalk in vacuum packed bags posing the question 'Do we own our own bodies?'
She also referenced sequencing aesthetics in her repetitive patterning on some of her garments whilst others resembled other worldly surfaces with enhanced shine.

The collection titled Biopiracy brings into debate the recent patents on our genes and the increasing accessibility to DNA testing and sequencing.

Similarly Artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo has created a DNA vending machine that dispenses human genetic material. The DNA Vending Machine replaces snacks with samples of peoples genetic code which can then be bought.

Also driven by a social comment on a patent granted in 2013 that would allow a gene perfecting system for future parents to control the characteristics of their children, Ben Landau showed his First Gift Blanket during Dutch Design week last year.

A modern take on the heirloom blanket to be passed from generation to generation the blanket has interwoven into it familial DNA sequencing putting into question the value of our personal data. Alongside the blanket he also asked visitors to donate their DNA for sequence testing.









Brook&Lyn

10th March 2014

I have been referring to BrookandLyn in lots of reports for clients recently so thought I should share them on my blog too as they are so beautiful and inspiring.

A creative husband and wife team, they produce original textiles, furniture and art that explores their vision of beauty and simplicity. Their current obsession is with hand made one off woven fabrics which are engagingly beautiful and simple.








Ceramic Tables

3rd March 2014

Creating and designing beautiful alchemic table surfaces, Elisa Strozyk is playing with the transformations that happen during firing in the kiln to create unique smoke like liquid patterns.

Each tables glaze pools and mixes together when rotated and blown with air which are then captured as if frozen in time.

These beautiful tables are a design departure for Elisa who has become known for her wooden textile rugs and furniture.

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