All posts filed under: Empower Me

“This movement translates into an active optimism, in order to save the world from its current confusion, so that we might change him and minimize financial, economic and ethical problems.” trendsobserver.com

It is also about the “knowledge economy” and the importance of cool skills, processes and new technologies applied to objects.

DINA lamp by MOAK Studio

«This product is part of a conceptual collection together with other two products, in which we want to emphasize on the multiple physical interactions we have forgotten in this digital era.»   We have become light dependents and without it, we would have long, sad and in-officious nights, but we have forgotten that it is a resource that we must pay for and we even misspend. What if a lamp helps us to be aware of the value of light, energy, and money? DINA needs money to activate, coins are the ones who transmit power to let it shine. It is more than just a lamp; it is a different way to light up our consciousness. When the coin is inserted, the electrical circuit is activated and the bulbs light up, but not all coins can turn it on. To stand out the concept of the value of light, it only works with large and medium size coins, which usually represent the highest denomination in most currencies. Small ones do not manage to make the …

Control Points Tile by Federico Pazienza

«I do believe there are trends in design. They are made first by designers focused on pure research, and then solidified by bigger commercial design labels.»   To me, the goal of designers should be to interpret the ever-changing objects’ environment. It is not a static field, it is close to what happens after a scientific discovery: it answers a question and makes space for hundreds of others. In my case design is an intuitive process, I guess it is for me as the music is for a violinist. The “control point” series is a good example of modern/antique. If you look at the plate or tile you realize they look modern but with a subtle link to centuries ago. This is what happens when you blend human history with nowadays’ aesthetics and technology. I do believe there are trends in design. They are made first by designers focused on pure research and then solidified by bigger commercial design labels. Interview with Federico Pazienza. Trends: Experienced Narratives, Empower Me.

On Colours by Philipp Weber

«The knowledge around crafts are disappearing and the rise of the digital age appears to make them obsolete. However, I think there is a quality in the dialogue between craftsmen and their material, which cannot be found in digital or industrial production.» The ‘On Colours’ series is a continuation of my project ‘A Strange Symphony’. In that project, I created a special glassblowing pipe. Reminiscent of a trumpet, it stands for the allegory between glassblowing and music. While ‘A Strange Symphony’ is a performative and playful exploration of the process of blowing glass, ‘On Colours’ is more focused on the object and on what is possible with the newly invented pipe – a strange symphony on colours. A usual glassblowing pipe is nothing but a simple steel tube. The craftsman blows through it and creates a balloon of glass. When I invented the trumpet pipe I included a playful mechanism with three valves. These valves are not triggering sounds, but by pressing them the glassblower creates not only one but several cavities within the molten …

Human Ivory by Lucie Majerus

«”Human Ivory” proposes an egalitarian jewellery collection, where the body is being adorned by its own gem, polished from recognizable teeth into an abstract but familiar pearl shape.» While researching abundant and scarce materials, I was intrigued by the amount of meat industry waste and the lack of ivory. Not only elephants have teeth, but what happens to cow and pig teeth? Why don’t we value other teeth as well? When I lost my own wisdom teeth, I kept them and came up with the idea of Human Ivory. Why wouldn’t we value our own material instead of seeking precious material from other species? How can I as a designer give value to human teeth outside of their initial context the mouth? All my process was written down in my Bachelor Thesis “Human Ivory”. With this project, I want to twist our perspective on valuable materials and reconsider conventional preciousness. The concept is to suggest a new cultural behavior where we humans seek for preciousness within our own material. A tooth can only be harvested …

Vanitas by Birgit Severin

«I strongly believe that beauty, neither in humans nor in objects, is based on perfection. It’s rather change, imperfection and even decay through which beauty unfolds.» I started to work with rubber and surface textures during the last year of my Master at the Design Academy Eindhoven – the year in which I also turned 30. Having studied psychology first and worked for a while before returning to university, I was naturally older than most of my fellow students. The question, what it means to get older as a woman, was therefore of course on my mind. We live in an aging society striving for youth. Advertisements, article, and pieces of advice on how to stay young, fit, healthy and slim are surrounding us every day. In Berlin, the city I live in, you find more easily an organic superfood store than a local bakery. Yet, paradoxically, while “age” has long been synonymous with wisdom and prudence—indeed considered in itself sufficient to have earned society’s respect—these physical realities of aging have, particularly in a female …

AWAYTOMARS By Alfredo Orobio

«We need to re-think the role of multi-brand shops in a society that can access shops freely online. What we want to do with AWAYTOMARS is improve the roles of both the designer and the customer in the chain, offering them opportunities to purchase clothes at the same time as wholesalers with the same favorable conditions.» AWAYTOMARS was the result of my studies at the university where I spent almost a year mapping how people share creative information on social media. I discovered that a lot of people with great ideas for fashion products already shared them on specific forums. The most surprising result of my research was seeing that not only were people sharing their ideas, but other people were volunteering suggestions to improve the designs. I realized that all this information was being lost because of the lack of opportunities to break into the industry. So we had the idea of building a place where people could share ideas, provide feedback to improve them, create prototypes and finally sell the products, all in …

Leixões Ring by MATER jewellery Tales

«Leixōes ring reflects the duality between computational design and craft(…) The production of this piece combines technological approach such as laser cutting with skillful hands.» It has to be seen by touching! This feeling was the impulse to elect Leixões terminal building of Luis Pedro Silva, APDL as inspiration for a new collection. The perception of the “unruled” tiles that cover a large part of the building causes an empathic zig zag that is better felt with your hands, and jewellery is all about touch. This architectonic element also boosts a chromatic vibration between white and golden light, more intense in the sunset. Moving light had to be transposed to the jewellery! Each Leixões ring it’s unique. The production of this piece combines technological approach such as laser cutting with skillful hands. Leixões ring is a handmade jewel, the “tiles” are placed one by one, they vary intentionally but the final result it’s not totally controlled. Also, the burnished, the glance of glow on the borders of these “tiles” requires an expert jeweler. These two words can …