Pas grand chose à se mettre sous la dent pour matériO' au dernier salon de Milan, nous avons néanmoins remarqué l'esthétique protozoaire des lampes en textile tridimensionnel phosphorescente du studio Bernotat&Co, la bonne conscience de la table avec plateau photovoltaïque de Marjan Van Aubel, l'élégance délicate des luminaires en lithophanie céramique de Betty Lewis-Williams.
Si vous avez la chance ces temps ci (enfin, vous avez jusqu'au 14 septembre 2014) d'être à Paris, nous vous recommandons chaudement d'aller faire un tour au Musée des Arts Décoratifs pour voir et apprendre sur la technique du bois densifié (humidifié/chauffé/compressé). Un bois tendre comme le sapin devient aussi dense et résistant que de l'Ipe, les essences thermo-formées restent stables dans le temps, tout cela sans aucun ajout de substance chimique. L'EPFL et l'ECAL ont exploré la technique dans ses derniers retranchement, puis 6 designers s'en sont emparé pour imaginer quelques applications judicieuses, jouant sur ses caractéristiques mécaniques comme esthétiques, ou son état de surface particulier.
Pour plus d'infos, c'est ici
To carry on the "the world is a jungle" series, meet the shoes matching the suit we discussed previously on the 20th of March! Made by the famous shoemaker Heshung (from the Vosges, my region) in partnership with OAMC, these derby shoes are Kevlar reinforced, a fiber used for bullet-proof jackets. Very resistant to daily attacks, these shoes are not unfailing, though, as this video proves it...
This suit has been tailored for the James Bonds of finance, for wealthy business men constantly travelling the world. It protects them from turpitude of their hectic life. The textile used is bullet-proof in case one of their competitors becomes too insistent ; it is also waterproof in case a glass of Château Laffitte were to inopportunely be spilled ; the jacket is air-conditionned so that they remain fresh and alert during complex negociations. Seeing its price (more than 3 millions of dollars), it won't come as a shock that this suit is sold with a silk and 24 carats gold tie... of the best effect. When does indecency start?
The website, here
It is now possible to control surrounding objects directly by hand movements, a little like Darth Vader picking his light saber thanks to the force... You will be able to turn your smartphone volume down without touching it, or even control the room temperature only with a remote hand gesture. All thanks to AllSee, a gesture recognition technology with neither extention, nor batteries, which is based on tiny variations of ambient electromagnetic waves generated by our moves. Mind-blowing, researchers from University of Washington are very proud.
For further information, it's here.
Thousands of tons of egg shells are buried every year, a waste from the food industry without any real use so far. All this could change after a study made by a Portuguese university showing that crushed egg shells could replace calcite to produce ceramic objects. Less waste, less calcite used, more hapiness!
The barbecues season hasn't started yet but Marcel Wanders already knows the sausage crank for chair design. The structure of this seat is made using tubular carbon fiber balloons, inflated with compressed air then hardened with epoxy resin. Despite its greasy appearance, the Dutch designer's latest is lightweight : mere 800 grams!
A pretty complete article on introduction and then generalisation of plastics and composites in music instruments manufacturing. Polymers are sometimes only an alternative that goes for a song whereas original materials got rare and precious, yet they can also bring their own qualities.
Plastics The mag
Our annual harvest from Las Vegas CES 2014, THE geek show... Our trained eye for materials focused on several things this year:
• Generalization of transparent photovoltaïc films, initially launched to equip smartphones and pads in order to liberate ourselves from the mains supply and which are now moving to buildings (transparent photovoltaïc windows), backlighted advertisement boards and car windshields.
• 3D printing, with machines now especially designed to print candies out of sugar and water.
• Glass, ever thinner (35 microns, worldwide record), becoming fully flexible. A quality appreciated for flexible screens.
• Finally, super-hydrophobic coatings, now applied on textile as well. If your phone falls in the pool, you'll be able to fetch it without getting wet!
A interesting article from Industrie & Technologies featuring first, a short history of cardboard, reminding us of its properties and then a video highlighting the project of two American students (Chris Curro et Henry Wang) who just developped THE cardboard packaging for the next decade, easy to shape, easy to open and material-efficient.
French article here