self healing concrete

8th December 2010

Bacteria is being used in another novel way by researchers at TU University Delft, Belguim.

Researching how the self healing ability of concrete can be improved by using calcite-precipitating bacteria they are opening up the possibilities of self healing concrete.

looking to which conditions the bacteria thrive under they are developing concrete mixtures that would essentially expand the lifetime of concrete structures.

Series of concrete objects


Concrete form


Fabric mould


Detail of fabric impression


Fossils

10th September 2010

With concrete as a key material of choice and a big trend for volume and process dictating form it is not surprising that I keep finding designers who are pushing the boundaries of manufacture and concrete.

'Fossils' is the production method given for casting concrete in a fabric mould by Ofir Zucker a recent graduate from Shenkar College, Tel a Viv.

Devising his own method of casting concrete into a soft fabric mould, the results offer up a very organic aesthetic almost showing a level of fluid movement in the forms.

Due to the textile used for the moulds Zucker is able to stretch, fold and distort the form resulting in a family of organic yet structured objects.

The fabric imprint and seams embossed in the concrete add the interest in these objects.





Fabric Mould - process dictates form

3rd September 2010

Pushing the boundaries of materials and design manufacturing is redefining design - resulting in new forms, methodologies and processes.

The latest designer to push these boundaries is a graduate from De Hogeschool West-Vaanderen, Janwillem Van Maele with his concrete Mass IIII table.

Using a fabric mould he has poured concrete inside it to create an entirely new form that is both industrial (in materials) yet organic (in form).



concrete +

15th June 2010

Concrete as a material of choice continues to dominate the design landscape from furniture to jewellery and continues to offer up a new aesthetic and modern utilitarian appeal.

Gray Concrete are showcasing their latest concrete design during 100% Design in London later this year with their concrete chesterfield, but I think that their concrete wall paper for Manolo Blahnik in Dublin shows how a perceived crude material can be used in a truly exquisite way.

Koji Shiraya


Feldspar and Porcelain Koji Shiraya


Takeaways Therese Morch-Jorgensen


Traces 2 (from the traces series) Caroline Holt


Show RCA 2010

28th May 2010

I went to the press preview of the RCA part one show yesterday and loved the jewellery and ceramics. There was some really fantastic work that I saw at the work in progress which has now come to fruition and also some others that just caught my attention!

I will post some specific designers work, but as a taster on a friday night after a long day working here are my pic of the best!

Enjoy!

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