This fabric is covered with triangular pieces of wood, that forms a structure that is both supple and rigid. The clothes play sublimely with the paradox and exhibit a futuristic design. This clothing line called "LO/REZ" is signed by Elisa Strozyk and Sruli Recht.
Move and your sweatshirt in wood will follow your movements! These clothes with wooden patterns form geometries that look like landscapes. Light illuminates differently the many pieces of wood, which gives to the clothes several colors and a pixel effect.
Sources : LO/REZ
To swing from a building to the other hunging on a spider web : kid's dream? Yes, clearly. But nevertheless the spider's silk presents incredible properties, which fascinate scientists for a long time: resistance, flexibility, lightness...
Imagine now a spider's silk allying those capacities to metal's ones. This is what crossed the mind of two Italian scientists, by spraying spiders with a mixture of water, carbon nano-tubes and graphene flake. The result is impressive, it is almost science-fiction: a silk more resistant than Kevlar, but which keeps an extreme flexibility. In fact the most resistant material (in its scale) existing for the moment.
The possible applications are mind-blowing: to repair and improve the human skin, to weave light en invincible clothes... But watch out! With great power comes great responsability...
More informations here
This project of Jeongwon Ji, who challenges our everyday electronic devices and offers another point of view in terms of shapes and material, as they are made out of chitin, extracted from crab shells... A species of crab which can be found in Asia - where most of the electronic devices come from by the way - and which tends to invade rivers and therefore constitutes a local affordable resource. A slow approach to manufacturing.
This chair with surprising aqueous and air aspect, is an invitation to relax. Its metallic-skin basis, singular, give life to this piece of furniture that becomes an elegant companion. Empty, its reflections give it airs of soap bubble. Once comfortably installed, the chair embrace with delicacy the forms of his/her host. Designed by Johan Campanello, Swedish designer, the "Liaison Chair" shows the artistic potential of metallic fabrics.
Le Fraunhofer WKI vient d'obtenir le GreenTec Award du gouvernement Allemand pour ses recherches sur une mousse isolante produite à 100% à partir de poudre de bois. Pour obtenir ce matériau, les chutes de bois sont d'abord broyées jusqu'à en faire une pâte visqueuse. Du gaz y est ensuite injecté pour obtenir une mousse. Enfin, la préparation est durcie pour produire les plaques d'isolants finales. Pas de production pour l'instant, mais nous restons sur le pont, une fiche sera créée dès qu'un industriel se lancera, comptez sur nous!
Techtextil (a Frankfurt technical textiles große Messe) takes place this week, and materiO' will be there. To tease you, here is the winner of the inovation trophy 2015. The price is, logically, for the designer Oluwaseyi Sosanya for his 3D weaver, wich had made the headlines for weeks on design blogs.
More informations here.
A Parisian visit trip we recommend: "The Play of Brilliants". An exhibition-experience just as much sensorial than emotional, a meeting made a success between art, design, architecture, technology and industry, with a main theme: light and colors. The visitor dives into a discovery journey, questioning its perceptions and interacting with brilliant, fascinating or contemplative installations, designed by about ten international creators. The dimension of the place - the famous Elephant Paname, a Napoleon III mansion - adds a timeless and almost decadent touch to this exhibition.
Lights, Elephant Paname, until May 31st, more information here
A splendid work of patience and precision by Canadian artist Cal Lane, who, simply using a blowtorch, sculpts, perforates and transforms metal into lace. Wheelbarrows, shovels, oil barrels become collection items. In between delicate and rigid, ornament and function, heaviness of steel and lightness of lace.
By the way, a research with the 'lace' keyword will lead you to numerous references in matériO's database... You will only find 3 of those linked to this news as a teaser!
Visit Cal Lane's website here
matériO members who will grant us the pleasure of their visit in the next few days will get the chance to discover hidden Easter eggs on our shelves. Beware that everything in chocolate shall not be eaten, e.g. the sample O1069 which is actually a chocolate piece whose surface is micro-structured so that an holographic-like effect is created… as well as everything that does look like chocolate is not necessary edible, e.g. the R1938 produced through bacterial decomposition of waste!
After sharks inspiring engineers to develop formidably efficient anti-bacterial films (ref R1521), after slime eels snot being promising in the T-shirt production department, it is today the Stulte Aprilis, a salmon species living in the Caspian Sea which draws the attention of the whole worldwide scientific community. The fishermen from the Makhachkala harbor have been noticing a growing scarcity of this species for the last ten years. Studies have been conducted and their conclusions are astounding: the Stulte Aprilis has in fact never been more abundant in the Caspian Sea but has managed to develop through 5 generations a new micro-stucture of its scales so that it is completely impervious to the sonar's wave length of fish boats ! The sound waves are fully absorbed by the scales, without bouncing back. A revolutionary foam is right now produced inspired by this principle, giving you the opportunity to work on Metallica bass lines full power on without killing your neighbour's ears… Finally!
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