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

Ruiyin Lin


Cecile Rudolph


Katharine Gross


Zuzana Gombosova


Josh Worley


Satara Achille


Restless Futures

22nd September 2014

Restless Futures is a cultural melting pot of recent Central Saint Martins graduates who are shaping future design practice and was an exhibition during London Design Festival.

Curated around the theme 'Restless Futures' it is the subdivided into 4 categories: disruptive technologies, expanded boundaries, no more stuff?, and democratising innovation.

Curated by the brilliant Franklin-Till each of the sections makes the viewer question emerging technologies and their potential future consequences in our every day.

Exploring how such technologies will affect our social and economic futures, the projects offer a view of an alternative technological future whereby human participation, sustainability and the balance between man and nature finds a new equilibrium.

No More stuff considers how we can reinvent with what we already have in our lives with the work from Sophie Rowley and Cecile Rudolph who has re worked fish skins and beetroot into lace that can be eaten.

Democratising Innovation looks to how technology can be used for the common good whilst Distruptive Technologies shows the burgeoning relationship between craft and design and how emerging technologies can be a force for good or for new ways of producing depleting resources demonstrated by the work of Zuzana Gumbosovak

The final section expanded boundaries suggests a broader engagement with non traditional methods of design for instance collaborating with people outside of the design realms or utilising materials in entirely new ways to create a new dialogue of design.






Ish

19th September 2014

The need to find new raw materials solutions from consumer waste continues to bring new materials to the materials palette as well as new aesthetics.

Showing during London Design Festival Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri have made furniture from old jeans, paper and cotton.

Similarly to Sophie Rowley (who is showing her work at Mint and Restless Futures) the final products bear no resemblance to their material origins.

The furniture and tableware looks like stone, but is in fact made from composite materials: slate-ish, denimite and marblus.

More commonly used for kitchen worktops and skate ramps, slate-ish is more akin to stone but is made from laminating recycled black paper.

Denimite as the name suggests is made from post-consumer denim waste, whilst marblus is made from white cotton and polyester salvaged from clothing, sheets and other white textile waste.




Waxploration

19th September 2014

Playing with the relationship between furniture and emotional spaces Katharina Gross has created a series of furniture pieces that are beautiful and mesmerising.

Showing as part of Restless Futures as well as Design Junction during London Design Festival her pieces challenge the notions of traditional furniture.

Working with wax which changes from solid to liquid and captures moments in time she has blended it with metal and corian to create statement pieces of furniture.

Taking inspiration from candle making she has created and mixed her own strong and durable wax that incorporates marble dust helping to make robust stalactite structures that appear to have grown over time.

Peter Marigold


Peter Marigold


Peter Marigold


Study O Portable


Hunting and Narud


Hunting and Narud


Oyuna: Soft Edge

18th September 2014

Taking their design signature from product and speculative design to textiles, some of my favourite designers Peter Marigold and Study O Portable as well as Hunting and Narud have curated their stories onto cashmere for Cashmere brand Oyuna.

Telling stories about the origins of cashmere and incorporating his signature design, Peter Marigold has used the beauty of rust markings to create patterns that represent the passing of time whilst Study O Portable were inspired by the fact that during the second world war many countries banned the production of knitted jumpers because spies were using the patterns to embed code.

Looking to code of today they have designed a knitted textile that incorporates a code displayed through colour and pattern. Titled Echoes, they designed a code using 1's and 0's for each stitch which was sent to a Mongolian programmer to translate into real fabric.

Taking a more info graphic approach to telling the story of cashmere production Amy Hunting and Oscar Narud's piece is a black and white chequered fabric that acts as a time piece representing the number of hairs a Mongolian cashmere goat produces each year, month and day.

The point of these pieces is to draw attention to something that we take for granted and use every day and the history behind cashmere.

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