WASTELAND series by Annelie Grimwade

Working on ceramics and glass in a multidisciplinary practice, Annelie Grimwade Olofsson explores the borderline between control and self-governed forms. In WASTELAND project, the Swedish designer questions material innovation and investigates the waste of industrial byproducts. This series of sculptures encapsulate toxic byproducts in porcelain, glaze, and glass, underlining the threats and potentials of waste…

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It’s Now or Näver by Emma Dahlqvist

It’s Now or Näver is a project developed by Swedish textile designer Emma Dahlqvist that investigates different ways of applying textile design to birch bark. Through processes of material manipulation, such as laser cutting, origami, and pleating, the birch bark, originally a solid and rigid material, is reinvented and transformed into a soft and dynamic textile.…

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Pineskins by Studio Sarmite

How can pine bark, normally considered a by-product of the wood industry, become a valuable material? Sarmite Polakova has been investigating its potential and producing leather-like materials with infinite application possibilities. Some of the results can be seen here. The Beginning Sarmite Polakova: Discovering the flexibility of the pine tree bark was a coincidence during…

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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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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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Forest Wool: the pine fiber potential by Tamara Orjola

The Beginning Tamara Orjola: It all began with meticulous research about the forgotten value of plants and techniques. There is a lot of knowledge and awareness we used to pass from generation to generation which got forgotten due to the development of mass-production. Valuable local materials and techniques are left behind due to the unwillingness…

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