Curiosity Cloud

12th September 2015

Playing with our perception of nature and our curiosity and wonder at the world of insects, Mischler'traxler have an kinetic installation at the V&A for London Design Festival that encompasses hand made insects that will react to the audience.

The installation is made up of 250 hand blown glass bulbs that each have an insect inside that is attached to a motion sensor that will react when someone approaches. Each will emit a buzzing noise as the insects 'come alive'.

The installation is part of Small Discoveries, an ongoing collaboration with Perrier-Jouët







Flower Power

11th September 2015

Having defined a glass cutting technique during her Masters at the Royal College of Art, Bilge-nur-Saltik continues to play with optical illusions and colour play in her work.

Her latest glass collection which will be shown during London Design Festival is a collection of vases that play with traditional notions of vases by placing the flowers under the glass.

The OP-Vase Collection includes 3 different vases that are inverted. Flowers are housed inside the vases and the glass plays with the optics and distorts the flowers playing with pattern, colour and nature.








Earth Matters

7th March 2015

Earth Matters is an exhibition that encompasses many of the designers and thinking of the materiologists I have been writing about over the years on this blog.

Curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano it is a thought provoking show that is held at the Artipelag Museum in Stockholm on the museum's meteorological site in Stockholm's idyllic archipelago.

All the work on show is a reminder, through the narrative of design, of the impact that we are having on earths virgin resources as we plunder it for our consumerism and how disruptive creative thinking can enhance what nature has to offer.

Wrapped up in the thinking around the antroprecene the works explore our post fossil society that is emerging offering us alternative materials, production process and symbiosis with nature.

Exploring new ways to use natures manufacturing to create future products as well as finding new and unexpected resources this is a compendium of our future materials palette.

The exhibition runs till the 3rd of May.




glass 3: Material of the Month

31st January 2015

As my last post for glass as Material of the Month, this lighting from Bocci was showcased at Maison & Objet in Paris and represents the diversity and beauty of glass in unexpected ways.

Using a unique process to create cloud like ephemeral glass pendants, they filled a heat resistant fabric molds with molten glass that leaves the surface texture more akin to fabric than that of traditional glass and each piece uniquely different.






Well Proven Stromboli

30th January 2015

Volcanoes continue to be inspiration for designers due to their other worldly natural beauty and dark colours.

Inspired by a recent trip to the volcanic island of Stromboli courtesy of the Fiorucci Trust, James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel have produced a new collection from their Well Proven chair series.

Using the same technique they added powdered graphite to the mix as well as adding specially mixed spirit stains to dye the legs.



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