Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes | Video on TED.com
Suzanne Lee is the director of BioCouture and is "collaborating with scientists to unite design with cutting edge bio and nano-technologies."
"BioCouture is a research project harnessing nature to propose a radical future fashion vision. We are investigating the use of microbial-cellulose, grown in a laboratory, to produce clothing. Our ultimate goal is to literally grow a dress in a vat of liquid..."
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
The latest in great furniture design was produced by New York studio Dror for Italian furniture manufacturer Cappellini. Dror headed by founder and chief designer Dror Benshetrit pursues the idea of creating narratives through design motifs. This latest collaboration combines two great forces, a design genius and an amazing furniture brand. The Peacock Felt Chair uses minimalistic materials and unique color options to separate this piece of furniture from it’s peers. “The chair is created out of three single sheets of felt and a minimal metal frame.”
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Sebastian Brajkovic employs both furniture making skills as well as surface embroidery & upholstery to create stunningly beautiful works referencing historical chairs.
text taken from a statement by the Carpenters Workshop Gallery:
link to original article
Brajkovic’s work strikes a fascinating balance between the old and the new. His work is both highly contemporary, using computer technology to form composition, yet ingrained in history with its exquisite craftsmanship and traditional techniques. His artistic process starts by deconstructing historical pieces of furniture, in particular seventeenth-century chairs, then through a combination of wood carving, bronze casting and hand embroidering, he reconstructs an entirely new vision. His functional artworks are both a tribute to the past and a prelude to the future. In the Lathe works, Brajkovic plays with his ’sitters’ subconscious comfort of the familiar, by taking traditional forms and techniques and subverting them with contemporary attitude. ‘They are called ‘Lathe’ because of the apparent rotating effect of the design. In fact the word Lathe comes from the Latin word used to convey the idea of milk being stirred. My very first thought with making this design was actually a practical one. I wanted to create more space on a singular chair by “extruding” the seat’s surface area. This extruding idea came from a Photoshop function where you can pick a row of pixels and extend them as long as you want. This modern computer method aided me to devise new ways of sketching as a contradictory partner in my design process. In this paradoxical sense, using antique forms was the next logical step.’ Brajkovic uses form and composition like an artist; the spinning composition he uses is comparable to the similarly computer-distortion inspired Vortex Paintings by contemporary artist David Salle, but the form is more likable to seventeenth-century furniture makers, bronze foundry artisans and traditional embroiderers. Thus is the parody of Brajkovic’s work, it tells a story of contemporary society’s need to reference the past, but present it in an idiosyncratically contemporary way. He is drawn to the aesthetics of the past as a way of retaining our memories, but reveres the new, with its unknown and curious future.
More examples of his work can be seen on his website: sebastianbrajkovic.com