Gravels made out of fruit kernels, paper out of algae or elephant poo, mushroom leather, sunflower seeds and other fibrous derivatives... None of the materials of natural origin has escaped the sharpened eye of Aliénor ! Intern with lapp influences, Aliénor has had to choose between all the organic wonders of the showroom and finally swooned over... the mycelium ! This fungal lattice of threadlike cells grows around agricultural by-products and allows to obtain a very soft and resistant packaging, of which the structure is in complete harmony with the oval of her face. Lucky they found each other ! However, no luck for matériO losing such a specialist of bio seeds and chocolate cakes !
Before offering a large overview of what we have seen in Milan, here are few things we noticed... just to start with : a tridimensional phosphorescent lamp with a diatom shape by studio Bernotat&Co, the table with a photovoltaïc top by Marjan Van Aubel, and the delicate elegance of the ceramic lithophanies by Betty Lewis-Williams. More soon!
If you have the chance to be staying in Paris those days (at least before the 14th of September 2014), we recommand you to visit the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to learn everything about the process of densified wood (humidified/heated/compressed). A softwood like fir becomes as dense and resistant as ipe wood ; thermoformed species remain stable through time without any chemical additives. EPFL and ECAL have thoroughly explored this process and 6 designers offer sensible possible applications, playing with the mechanical and aesthetical characteristics as well as the specific surface appearance of these types of wood... and the exhibition has been designed by Normal Studio... Need more reasons to go?
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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?
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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.
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