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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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Why don’t we highlight the forgotten qualities of Jute’s raw fiber? That’s the question Alexander Marinus’project HEY JUTE tries to answer and resolve.
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More