Nacre

4th July 2012

One of my favourtie designers at the moment is Emile De Visscher who explores the boundaries of materials in entirely new ways. HIs latest project that was shown for his graduation project at the RCA explores issues of mass consumption and the notion that we have little time to actually appreciate what is in front of us.

Exploring the boundaries between science and engineering and bio mimicry, scientific nature and synthetic biology he has created a man made nacre - the material that pearls are made from.

A material that is revered for its beauty and rarity, it is also extremely strong, whilst being very lightweight. Applying the technology to a series of unexpected objects it can harden fragile objects or beautify the mundane.

Exploring the notions of slow design in a world where we have a thirst for everything instantaneously, De Visscher questions whether the slowness of mimicking nacre makes it more valuable in itself. Developing a machine that one watches the process unfurl adds to the attachment to the resulting object that has been coated.

Questioning the process De Visscher wonders:
[i']...do artificial pearls have the same value as real pearls? Does value come from the material properties? From availability? From the time it takes to make them? From the oyster? Pearls are not limited in shape anymore. With the help of science, we can now create new shapes and uses?' [/i]






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