New at Ecobuild this year is a showcase of innovative materials and building technologies. Research companies and academic institutions from all over the world are on show at the Future Materials Gallery, which is designed to inspire the next generation of architects into using innovative new materials.
Talking to an audience in the Eco, Design & Build Hub they spoke about the importance of collaboration, the beauty of art and large-scale projects.
Independently, Retallick – artist/sculptor and Musson – artist/lighting consultant, have significant experience in site-specific installations, often including light.
For the entrance piece at 100% they wanted to explore ‘connections’ in nature, in life and materials. “Context is crucial with the connection of ideas”, explained Musson, “We used signage material out of context to create the sculpture, there had to be an element of trust in working together”.
The Italian duo Servemuto are Alessandro Poli and Francesca De Giorgi – a unique blend of architecture and graphic design in the form of product designers.
Inspired by vintage products they have created an exquisite range of over-sized light shades with comedic undertones. Using salvaged trimmings and old fabrics from army blankets to theater curtains the pair from South Italy spend most of their time in Milan creating unusual products.
The colourful shades continue to be made by hand in the style and method used by Francesca’s family in the 1960’s, hence the idea of ‘family’ lampshades. Using meticulous finishes of the Florentine tradition, their artisan work is of the highest level. Not only are their products unique but their entire brand oozes concept, tradition and style.
For those of you who can’t make 100% Design, you can see their wonderful creations at Animali Domestici in Brixton.
We caught up with the leading young ladies in Emerging Brands of 100% Interiors about design as a business and are there as many women emerging on to the scene as there should be?
Textile designer and wallpaper maverick Kirath Ghundoo admitted that even at university young textile designers, mostly women, had very limited skills in business when graduating. Luckily for her, her empire was inspired by her fathers drive and business prowess. As a result she’s not only a hugely popular designer (Elle Decoration, Vogue, The Observer love her designs) but is setting up an enterprise to help young textile designers develop their all important business skills.
The desk with its sculptural form and beautifully refined proportions is perfect for modern vibrant contract and domestic environments.
The founder of Dare Studio, Sean Dare said:
“We are incredibly excited about this new design. The desk fits into modern, vibrant contract and domestic environments perfectly. I’m looking forward to showcasing the design at this year’s 100% Design.”
Wall sculpture designed by Ora-Ïto + Contemporary Décor Kitchen made entirely in HI-MACS® to be exhibited at 100% Design
100% DESIGN will give LG Hausys the perfect opportunity to introduce its amazing “Contemporary Décor” kitchen made entirely out of HI-MACS®, as well as a wall sculpture that was created for Reebok by famous designer Ora-Ïto.
“Contemporary Décor” is a new, minimalist kitchen design that is both functional and futuristic, and is made entirely out of new-generation acrylic stone. The idea behind this kitchen is to re-explore the use of organic materials in decorative objects, in order to create a look reminiscent of a polar landscape; the LG Hausys stand will therefore be distinguishable by its use of rounded, laminated surfaces made out of white HI-MACS®. This material will not only be used to dress the display area itself, but also to create the surfaces into which the kitchen appliances are built.
The voluptuous curves undulate upwards to meet the highly functional worktops, creating a striking emotional impact. In addition, the entire kitchen benefits, among other things, from the thermoformable, hard-wearing, easy-to-maintain and hygienic properties of HI-MACS®.
As well as this there will be a sculpture designed by Ora-ïto for Reebok, which premiered at the Wallpaper/Reebok exhibition in London and was fabricated by Cándido Hermida in Spain. Ora-ïto’s contribution was an interpretation of the Reebok RealFlex shoe in the form of a wall-mounted installation made entirely from HI-MACS®.
See the HI-MACS® Kitchen and Ora-Ïto Wall at 100% Design this September 2012
Researchers at the Rice University in Texas, USA, have created a lithium-ion battery paint that can be applied to any surface. The battery-based paint was experimented on bathroom tiles, which were able to power a set of LED lights for six hours, and provided a steady 2.4 volts.
During his studies at Central Saint Martins, Fernando Laposse conducted extensive research on the qualities of loofah, trying to control it to the point that it could be incorporated into functional objects. Loofah is of course usually associated with scrubbing and bathing, however, Laposse wanted to try and change our association with the material beyond the bathroom, introducing it to other applications, so that it could be useful throughout the rest of the house.
Refin, one of Italy’s foremost ceramic tile companies, launches an eco range of tiles, Wood² in the UK. The collection is manufactured using a mixture that combines ceramic-derived recycled material and post-consumer glass recycled from obsolete cathode ray tube TV sets.
To coincide with the launch of HP’s 27? Z1 Workstation, social influence marketing company Goodstuph were invited to create a cardboard workspace. They designed a direct mailer, made up of over 250 cardboard modules, which transforms into a desk. No tools are required to assemble it, and it is capable of holding up to 30 kilograms. Assembling the cardboard desk would enable the recipient to discover the benefits of owning a HP Z1 Workstation, including the simplicity of its all-in-one design, the tool-less chassis, and the actual space it requires. More Images over at PSFK
Norwegian designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen‘s ‘Season Carpet’ changes colour at varying temperatures.
The wool carpet is braided in a three-colour pattern, each with a different temperature sensitivity.
This causes the carpet to change how it looks throughout the day and the year, depending on the environment.
Our natural environment is always changing; flowers are blooming at a certain temperature, leaves are falling off by another and the snow falls by temperatures below zero. In the same way the Season Carpet is sensible to temperature alteration and its colors and pattern is changing due to the surroundings; the weather and the season.
Knotty is a floor cushion with a plaited upholstery designed by Kumeko, a design studio based in Prague, Czech Republic. Available in two sizes it is inspired by old weaving, knotting and basket-making techniques. Made from soft jersey tubes stuffed with highly resilient foam, and a lining that is filled with polystyrene balls, the cushion adjusts nicely and molds to your body making it extra comfortable. Via:designmilk
iSleeve was developed in response to a demand for a well designed, lightweight, and tactile solution to storing an iPad and iPhone while on the go. In a vibrant market place where the iPad and iPhone increasingly act as extensions of the owner, finding a suitable cover for these devices is highly important.