Reversed Volumes

30th July 2014

An update to their Reversed Volumes project last year where Mischer'traxler designed a collection of bowls that were shaped by capturing the imprint of fruit and vegetables, their latest offering is now taking inspiration from leaves.

Using 3 species of leaves which all vary in style, size and colour they have cast them into a food safe material.

Hand crafted in a way that exposes all the of the leaves perfect markings each plate is uniquely beautiful.

Aesthetically, the reversed volumes appear as if they are future synthetic leaves that have fallen from our future trees.
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Cork

28th July 2014

Cork is an overlooked material that is getting a fresh uptake in the design arena from fashion to product.

Have a look at my recent post over on Unique Style Platform







Bioplastic Fantastic

17th July 2014

Recent graduate from the Royal College of Art Johanna Schmeer considers the future of food based on her knowledge of the possibilities afforded by nanotechnology.

Creating a series of synthetic foods for a future whereby the worlds growing population needs to tap into new resources she conceives how products made from enzyme enhanced bio plastics would in theory harvest essential nutrients as alternatives to traditional food sources.

Built on fact, her project is based on a recent scientific breakthrough by scientist Russell Johnson, who has identified a way to synthesise functioning biological cells made from plastics.

Adding a smattering of fantasy based on this fact, Johanna has created 7 food products that fulfil the essential food groups. For instance they produce water, sugar, fat, minerals and proteins. These speculative objects secrete powders and liquids that could be ingested in our distant future.







Outfit Housefit

16th July 2014

With the rise of digital technology, shifting work practices and multiple living spaces we are able to live and work seamlessly between work and home, inside and out. As we move from one place to another we are no longer fixed, yet the things that we surround ourselves with are.

Exploring this hybrid space between our personal fluidity and the static world of our furniture and interior objects, Denise Gong's Outfit Housefit is a series of textile furniture pieces that sit in the hybrid space between clothes and furniture - objects that can adapt to our surroundings in our increasingly dynamic lifestyle.

Considering the idea that if our room becomes the body and our furniture becomes our clothing, Gong questions the new aesthetics that would emerge.

Doing away with conventional clothing design, rather than considering season, occasion and functionality, Gong plays with scale, materials, function and changing use keeping in mind what clothing for non humans would look like and poses questions as to whether a space wears its furniture in the same way that humans wear their clothes.









Black Gold

15th July 2014

With depleting resources we are seeing more and more designers experimenting with unexpected and unusual materials, but it is still surprising but very interesting to see designers working with asphalt and tarmac.

I recently posted about rca graduate Ornella Stocco's fantastic project titled 'Asphalt Recipes' - a series of furniture pieces made from tarmac and now Quintus Kropholler has designed a series of homeware objects similarly using asphalt.

Titled 'Black Gold', he has mixed tarmac - a black sticky liquid material we associate with roads - with broken rock pieces to create asphalt concrete.

Making a comment on sustainability and issues surrounding depleting petroleum resources, his pieces are designed to live out the lifespan oil industry and exist as living fossils of a time past.

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