Aliki van der Kruijs


Aliki van der Kruijs


Aliki van der Kruijs


Aliki van der Kruijs


Andere Monjo


Andere Monjo


Andere Monjo


Made by rain

20th November 2014

With so much rain around at the moment I was inspired to celebrate those designers who have harnessed it for its beauty and as a tool and material within their design creating beautiful unique patterns and colour.

Dutch designer Alike van der Kruijs'“Made by Rain” collection harnesses nature to create print and pattern that is out of the control the designer. Rather than a pre designed end result she leaves the results up to the natural elements whilst Andere Monjo takes a similar approach with her rain tables, letting the pattern and colour be determined by the rain and her artistic hand.










Stone Show

7th November 2014

I'm Revolting and KIOSK have collaborated on a small but unique exhibition celebrating stones.

Asking friends, artists and designers to submit their favourite rocks and stones, the exhibition is on for two weeks and afterwards all the artefacts will be placed under a tree outside of the KIOSK new gallery space on 540 LaGuardia Place, NY.

Stones seem to have an appeal to everyone and the resulting stones that were submitted were delightfully inventive and certainly offer a wide view of materials, colour and texture.

Eternitystew cast 3 stones specially for the exhibition whilst Doug Johnston sent in a rock made from melted aluminium beer cans that people had thrown into a campfire.

Some stones held a more poetic narrative having the shape of a heart or from a special location and all can be seen on #stoneshow.





Adaptive Manufacturing

29th October 2014

Adaptive manufacturing is an ongoing experiment between designers Olivier van Herpt and Sander Wassink in which they research the relationship between the machine and its context in modern day craft.

Referring to it as a 'sensory machine' that in a way senses its environment they have designed digital scripts that distill shapes and textures measured by sensors.

Working with a 3D printer developed by Olivier that is able to print large vessels with clay, the design duo are exploring surface, texture and man made vs natural with their aesthetics and forms.










Natural Blue_Tannic Acid

28th October 2014

A key trend to emerge from Dutch Design week was the focus on a mono process or a mono material and to exhaust it via as many processes as possible.

Tannic Acid by Steven Banken is one example of such a project. Derived from the knowledge that oak contains a high concentration of Tannic Acid which reacts with iron oxide resulting in a dark blue, almost black colour, Steven has evolved a series of chemical reactions to push the boundaries of colour and experimentation via a series of devoted research outcomes.

The experimentation reveals the similarity in colour of two radically different materials after the natural transition of the chemical reaction.

Oak treated with red iron oxide creates variations in colour achieved by changing the intensity of the rust celebrating the simple beauty.

Working with Jetske Visser on a textile chapter of his tanici acid research, Jetske has designed a series of woven textiles dyed with natural ingredients that encourage the natural reaction as the materials come together.

Using a combination of tannic acid and iron oxide in liquid form creates a dark blue ink – silk cloth is dyed with natual blue ink whilst smaller pieces are dyed with tannic acid and placed on steel plates in order to create a reaction directly on the textiles










Foam and Stone

21st October 2014

Pieteke Korte is another graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven who's project looks to the relationship between hard and soft materials and plays with our perception of materials and function.

Designing a series of side tables that mix marble and foam, the weight of the marble forces the foam to take on exaggerated shapes that create a sense of balance and heaviness.

Pieteke also mixes up our perceptions of the material though playful tromp l'oeil and encourages us to touch and engage with the pieces.

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