Clareira project by Emma Cogné and Mariana Campos

Clareira is the result of a workshop at Museu de Arte Popular, Lisbon made by two designers: Emma Cogné (French) and Mariana Campos (Portuguese). In collaboration with basketry weavers, such as craftswoman Ana Paula Abrunosa, they learned the braided techniques and created Clareira – an object portraiting a space of intimacy with soft borders. The Beginning…

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Vases Collection by Gilles Werbrouck

After working in the Fashion Industry for 4 years, Gilles Werbrouck decided to open his own studio, where he focuses on Knit produced with unconventional material or dead stock collected from fashion designers at the end of each season. The choice of working with Knitted textiles and materials results from their versatility regarding textures, choice of…

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SEA ME: sea algae yarn by Nienke Hoogvlietand

How about using bio materials to replace plastic objects? Nienke Hoogvliet decided to research the use of a bio material – seaweed – to create a more sustainable solution in the textile industry. She researches how to use seaweed as a sustainable textile dye and how to create a sustainable seaweed yarn. This research was developed after the…

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Wiid Design: Portuguese cork in South African design

Traditional handcrafting with avant-garde techniques Wiid Design: My concepts come from a conceptual and artistic environment, an angle on various topics of contemporary culture, with a focus on traditional handcrafting in combination with avant-garde techniques. By combining handcrafting and specialist techniques, we transform materials into life-enriching and durable objet d’art. I appreciate the craftsmanship and…

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Momo: a ready-to-use modular solution by Irena Übler

The new Momo collection is a continuation of the Como series that resulted from clients’feedback towards our modular concept and products. COMO – cork modular – is a shelving unit with a hexagonal shape composed out of assembling parts, a simple tool-kit aiming to inspire people to assemble their own furniture and make them part…

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ecoBirdy children’s furniture: a whole system of circular design

Based in Antwerp, the designers behind ecoBirdy did not merely create another children’s furniture brand, they created a whole system: from the collection and recycling of old, unused plastic toys to the design and production of the furniture (all done in Europe). In order to introduce youngsters to the concept of circular design, ecoBirdy has chosen to…

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The future of Materials by Jen Keane

Jen Keane is a designer and researcher working in between the disciplines of design and science, technology and craft. Her work is based on the exploration of sustainable and biological solutions to design a new generation of hybrid materials. The beginning Jen Keane: As a designer, I was always interested in how things were made and materiality…

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Illusory Function: bringing value to the ordinary by Margarida Pereira

We have a visual expectation of tactility based on appearance before touching things. Our psychological response to a surface is dependent on a subjective association to its material. The objects I present reflect a material exploration that challenges our visual expectation of foam. It questions the boundaries between tactile and visual senses as the material…

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Wood composite basins: an innovative and sustainable solution by Woodio

Definitely Woodio’s own material innovation: the water resistant solid wood composite. Our ecological and sustainable material is the very core of the brand. Bringing wood into bathrooms is something very different and modern. For us, it is the way to show how innovative Woodio is as a brand and how innovatively and sustainably wood can…

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