Design News N. 032

Design News is your tiny dose of design, technology and other important news, curated monthly by Interwoven Design. In this issue we take a dive into Checkerspot’s algae based polyurethane, Seratech’s commercialized carbon-neutral cement, Zena Holloway’s bio-designed fashion, Athos 3D printed climbing shoes and Patricia Urquiola breaking the mold in fashion.

Checkerspot Pollinator Kit
Checkerspot Pollinator Kit

Checkerspot launches algae based polyurethane Pollinator Kit

The bio-based material manufacturing company, Checkerspot has officially launched their new Pollinator Kit and it is available for purchase. Instead of using hazardous raw materials for making polyurethane, Checkerspot altered the traditional make up to incorporate an algae base instead of traditional oil. Not only is this product more sustainable but is so high performance that it is used in Wonder Alpine’s snow skis. Checkerspot is targeting designers and makers by putting their Pollinator Kit right right in the hands of people creating objects. Being able to experiment with a sustainable material like algae based polyurethane with an easy barrier to entry is a game changer!

via Core77

Photo: Helene Sandberg

Carbon neutral cement, Seratech wins Obel Award

Sam Draper and Barney Shanks, two PhD students from the Imperial College London, recently won the Obel Award for their carbon neutral cement, Seratech. The award is an international recognition of human development through architecture. They commercialized their research, which focuses on replacing a portion of cement with carbon dioxide emitted from factories. Currently, cement accounts for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions. Standard cement gives off stored carbon during its production process, while Seratech focuses on its Carbon Capture Storage (CSS).  Not to mention this new formula is easy to scale and low cost. This is a direct result of Seratech’s raw materials consisting of raw materials that are found easily all over the world.

via Dezeen Awards

Photo: Zena Holloway

Zena Holloway launches her bio-designed collection, ‘Rootfull’

Multidisciplinary designer, Zena Holloway presented her exploration of grass root grown wearables and sculptures in this year’s London Design Festival. Zena creates a template carved from beeswax and implants the wheatgrass seeds. She uses this template to grow a “botanical skeleton” while sewing, cutting, and manipulating the material while keeping the natural workflow to keep an honest result. The collection, “Rootfull,” features pieces including fashion wearables, a dress, wall hangings and a lamp all consisting of this similar organic texture. These naturally generated pieces promise that the same outcome will never be duplicated, making each piece one of a kind.

via Design Boom

Photo: Joshua Tree National Park

ATHOS, the customizable 3D Printed climbing shoe

ATHOS, a Spanish startup company from Barcelona, has targeted the need for customized 3D printed climbing shoes. The need stems from climbers using shoes 2 to 4 sizes smaller so the fit is as snug as possible. The pain comes second to this fit which is essential for performance. The company uses a phone app to scan a user’s foot and input other information including climbing type, color, etc. The following steps include printing, post processes and assembly. ATHOS takes advantage of a collaboration of technology of Sculpteo and HP’s Jet Fusion Technology. This allows the team to manufacture the printed shoe body easily then assemble the straps and rubber parts. The ATHOS team has recently been recognized for their innovative climbing shoes by being named a runner up for the 2022 James Dyson Award.

via Design Boom

Photo: Kartell

Patricia Urquiola releases capsule for Weekend Max Mara

Patricia Urquiola recently left her comfort zone by presenting her fashion capsule for Weekend Max Mara. This collection is dedicated to providing women with casual and informal fashion. Patricia’s past work spans the architectural, industrial and furniture categories, but has never released a fashion line. For this reason, she decided to break the mold and highlight her approach to fashion design. The capsule stems off of her extensive work in textiles and features her unconventional mixture of color. Her capsule entitled, ‘Habito,’ expresses her feeling that the clothing that a woman wears is her emotional habit. Instead of searching for a female silhouette with her design Urquiola focused on oversized, gender neutral elements. The designer explained how important it was to position herself in new situations with new opportunities and perspectives.

via Wallpaper

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Design News N. 030

Design News is your tiny dose of design, technology and other important news, curated monthly by Interwoven Design. In this issue: we look back and honor Virgil Abloh’s life and impact on the fashion community, Pangaia and Officina+39 collab on repurposing textile waste, furniture design from Swedish forest inspiration and upcycled remnant product design in bags by Freitag.

Installation view, Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech.” Brooklyn Museum, July 1, 2022–January 29, 2023. (Photo: Danny Perez, Brooklyn Museum)

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”

Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition on Virgil Abloh’s career shares projects never before along with collaborations and insights from his past. These pieces are with a collection from his brand, Off-White, on display in the installation. “Figures of Speech,” dives into the need for a diversity across all lenses of art and design. 

Via Brooklyn Museum

Photo: Nao-cha

F707 Stratos designed by Freitag

Freitag has done it again. The F707 Stratos is a shoulder bag made from the upcycled remnants of used truck tarps and a truck truck’s airbag. The bag can be unfolded for multiple uses. Freitag touched on the involvement that goes into the prototyping and development for a product like this. From material sourcing and understanding characteristics to communication between design and sewing departments, we think it is an awesome accomplishment from the Freitag team.

Via Dezeen Awards

Photo: Dey Alexander

Pangaia’s Sustainable Pastel Clothing Line

Pangaia collaborated with Italian textile company, Officina+39 to utilize old clothing scrap into a plethora of colors in their new pastel sustainable clothing line. Officina+39 recycled clothing into a powder that is being used to color fabric in a bunch of ways. This isn’t the first time Pangaia has made products from pigments of other objects. They have innovated in ways including food waste and captured C02.

Via Fast Company

Photo: Andy Liffner

Furniture inspired by Swedish Forests

Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren, two members of the Swedish design studio Front, use observation of nature as theme exploration into form and texture. The designers explained how living in Sweden, they are constantly surrounded by nature and it has directly inspired their project, furniture seating, that was presented at Salone de Mobile 2022.

Via Wallpaper

Photo: Toshihiro Gamo

Issey Miyake, the Groundbreaking Japanese Designer, passes away at 84

The legendary Japanese Designer, Issey Miyake passed away at the age of 84 after a battle with cancer. This year marks Miyake’s 50th anniversary of being featured on the Paris Fashion Week. Fashion inspired from process, proprietary technologies and architecture allowed him to create wearable innovations and trends. People all over the world fell in love with his creative movements, along with Steve Jobs, who hired Miyake to design his distinct black turtlenecks. The designers community, collections and principles will be timeless contributions across all sectors of creativity and design.

via Vogue

Design News N.029

Design News is your tiny dose of design, technology and other important news, curated monthly by Interwoven Design. In this series we share the latest on our favorite topics, including aerospace, fashion design, urban design, and biomaterials. In this issue: our view of the cosmos just got a gorgeous upgrade, Puma jumps into the Web3 market with digital products, 100 years of Schiaparelli’s artistic fashion designs are celebrated, and an urban installation in London reminds us to sit back and look up at the sky.

New views of the cosmos!

The Webb telescope captured region NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula
The Webb telescope captured the young, star-forming region NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Photo credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team.

The new James Webb Space Telescope is the largest and most powerful observatory yet, with a mirror that is 6.5 meters in diameter to capture more light, and therefore to view farther into the past than ever before. The telescope also incorporates instruments sensitive to infrared light, allowing the telescope to capture images normally invisible to the human eye. The NASA team released a series of stunning images last week to show what this impressive telescope can do, and we were enchanted. To understand just how the Webb telescope will help astronomers better understand the universe, take a look at the Times Instagram feature explaining how it works. A wide range of scientific research is underway and soon to follow the unveiling of the superb instrument.

via The New York Times

Puma in New Tokyo

The new Puma collaboration will feature the virtual shop 10KFT, located in the fantastical New Tokyo. Photo courtesy of code_martial.

Puma has announced a new metaverse project in collaboration with 10KFT, an NFT project that is a shop in a virtual Tokyo. The project will involve digital assets that align with physical products due to launch in the near future. Puma’s chief brand officer Adam Petrick explained, “We have to be thinking about engaging with people in the physical world and giving people the opportunity to bring physical products into the digital world.” The collaboration will include options to customize and personalize digital sneakers that can later be realized physically, and is Puma’s most serious foray into the Web3 space thus far.

via Vogue Business

The surreal world of Elsa Schiaparelli

The new exhibition celebrating Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli will run through January 2023. Photo courtesy of François Goizé.

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is hosting an exhibition honoring the pioneering Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. ‘Shocking! The surreal world of Elsa Schiaparelli’ features 520 works by the historic fashion house, including hundreds of garments, sketches, and accessories by Schiaparelli. She was an intellectual and an artist with connections to the surrealist movement, and the exhibit celebrates the fusing of art and fashion that pervades her work. It also features ceramics, jewelry, perfume, paintings, and photography by Schiaparelli and her friends and colleagues to tell a comprehensive story of a brand over a hundred years.

via Vogue

Peter Newman’s Skystation

Several people sit and lounge on the saucer-shaped Skystation bench
The sleek form of the Skystation bench encourages people to contemplate the sky. Skystation by Peter Newman at Canary Wharf, London. Photo David Hares.

Canary Wharf in London now features Skystation, a futuristic, saucer-shaped bench designed by Peter Newman. Newman describes the installation as “an interactive public sculpture and seat,” and the form, designed to accommodate several people, encourages leaning back to look up at the sky. The aluminum-bronze form was inspired by the iconic LC4 chaise lounge, designed in 1928 by Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, and Pierre Jeanneret. Newman explained to Dezeen, “It creates an opportunity for pause, reflection and interaction within the public realm. Gravity puts the past beneath us, so looking up is akin to thinking about the future.”

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Design News N.028

Design News is your tiny dose of design, technology and other important news, curated monthly by Interwoven Design. In this series we share the latest on our favorite topics, including environmental design, technology, regenerative design, adaptive design, and bio-materials. In this issue: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden highlights their bird population, Citroën offers the perfect beach ride, Delta Air Lines gets sustainable with regenerative design, Reebok designs for disability, and Modern Synthesis gets funding for their microbial weaving project.

33 Conceptual birdhouses for BBG

A sharp rectangular prism of wood rises out of a lush green landscape.
The For the Birds exhibition explores the relationship between plants and birds. Photo by Liz Ligon, courtesy of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has a new exhibition on display this summer, a series of innovative birdhouses that invite listeners to learn more about the birds and the environments they inhabit through the material choices and form interpretations of the birdhouse artists. There are 33 wildly different birdhouses, all of which are situated within the grounds to draw attention to the specific species that make their homes in the gardens. The series is meant to explore how birds and plants relate to each other, and is presented in conjunction with an album of birdsong recordings, For the Birds: The Birdsong Project. Bird lovers and novices alike will enjoy these sculptures enlivening the already impressive botanic display.

via Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Citroën’s latest edition of the Ami EV

A tiny electric vehicle sits on a beach with the ocean behind
The new My Ami Buggy is the ultimate beach ride. Photo courtesy of Citroën.

The new My Ami Buggy from Citroën is an all-electric car that is exuberantly tiny. The design was inspired by French beach culture, reflected in the removable canvas roof, open sides, and plastic body details. The little wheels are detailed in gold and the form of the khaki body reads somewhere between a jeep and a military vehicle if these were miniature and festive. The two-seater is on par with or smaller than other EVs on the market, and will appeal to those looking for a distinctive, summer-friendly option.

via Wallpaper* Magazine

AmEx card made from retired Boeing jets

The black Delta SkyMiles AmEx floats on a dark background
Twenty five percent of the new AmEx Reserve Business card is from a retired Boeing 747. Photo courtesy of Amex.

The new Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Reserve Business American Express credit cards feature a sleek, metal design, and few would guess that the source of that metal is a retired Boeing 747 from Delta’s fleet. Twenty five percent of the metal has been sourced from aircraft 6307, marking the retirement of Delta’s last Boeing 747. The card is an offering for elite customers and comes with a number of exclusive benefits, available to new applicants until August 3rd.

via Forbes

Fit to Fit, Reebok’s first adaptive trainers

Reebok Fit to Fit accessible trainers worn on a prosthetic limb
The new Fit to Fit collection from Reebok features a side zip for easy donning and doffing. Photo credit: Reebok.

Classic sportswear brand Reebok has a new line of accessible footwear that has been developed for those with restricted mobility. The Fit to Fit collection is a series of adaptive trainers that are easy to put on and take off thanks to the absence of buttons and buckles in favor of a convenient side zip. They also feature a removable insole and low-cut profile. The trainers are currently available as pairs but will also be released as single shoes for people with one foot.

via Dezeen

Modern Synthesis is growing!

Modern Synthesis microbial weaving technology
Modern Synthesis’ biofabrication technique takes advantage of the natural strength of the cellulose generated by the microbes as they grow. Photo courtesy of Modern Synthesis / Jen Keane.

Modern Synthesis is a London-based biomaterials startup that specializes in growing sustainable materials with microbes. Their goal is to reduce plastic pollution as well as the dangerous environmental impacts of the fashion industry. They are known for their microbial weaving process, enlisting bacteria  k.rhaeticus to create biotextiles. The biofabrication technique is innovative, taking advantage of the natural strength of the cellulose generated by the microbes as they grow. Their robots create a structural scaffold around which the bacteria form a fiber-like layer, yielding a biomaterial that is durable and lightweight. “Technically speaking, it’s not really weaving, but it’s a good analogy. If we talk about our process in the context of traditional weaving: we’re weaving the warp, and the bacteria are growing the weft,” Modern Synthesis explains.

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Design News N. 027

Design News is your tiny dose of design, technology and other important news, curated monthly by Interwoven Design.  In this series we share the latest on our favorite topics, including sustainable design, design events in NYC, adaptive design, and women in design. In this issue: read about innovations in biomaterials and biotech, appreciate classic industrial design in the Eames pop-up at Herman Miller, and witness the power of color at Vitra’s new color-coded exhibit.

Studio MOM’s eco-friendly bicycle helmet

A hand holds the MyHelmet above a white table
Studio MOM’s eco-friendly MyHelmet is made with mycelium and hemp fibers. MyHelmet by studioMOM. Photo courtesy of Studio MOM.

Dutch design office Studio MOM has developed MyHelmet, a bike helmet that is manufactured with a combination of mycelium and a hemp textile, creating a composite that can be produced sustainably and composted after use. Most bike helmets on the market are made with non-biodegradable expanded polystyrene and are difficult or impossible to disassemble at the end of life. Studio MOM wanted to use innovative biomaterials to create an offering that would reflect the principles of a circular economy. They explained to Dezeen, “MyHelmet fits in with principles of the circular economy. There are minimal CO2 emissions, it does not require any fossil raw materials and the end result is 100 per cent biodegradable.”

via Dezeen

Biofabricate, where design meets biology

Designers congregate at Newlab
Designers congregate at Newlab.

Designed and facilitated by visionaries in the field, the Biofabricate Summit invites creators to integrate biotech into their future projects. The 2022 event is a 2-day conference showcasing the next wave of bio-innovators, with featured sectors including fashion, sport, wellness, mobility and construction. Join innovators and learn from biotech pioneers June 6-7 at Newlab in Brooklyn, NY.

via Newlab

Bye-bye to the iPod!

5 colorful iPod shuffles sit in a pile on a white background.
The iPod revolutionized the electronics market. Photo courtesy of sucelloleiloes.

Almost 22 years after its historic, record-breaking launch, Apple is stopping production of the iPod. The initial design concept was a music product that would encourage people to buy Apple’s computers. They weren’t the first to the market but they edged out the competition with their smart and intuitive user interfaces (that trackwheel!) and 99 cent tracks that prioritized selling hardware over software. The design far exceeded expectations, selling millions, revolutionizing the market, serving as a model for success for decades, and eventually inspiring the iPhone.

via The New York Times

Eames Institute at Herman Miller NYC

A red and black poster by Don Ervin for Herman Miller.
A poster by Don Ervin for Herman Miller. Photo courtesy of MidCentArc.

As part of NYCxDesign, the Eames Institute is holding its first pop-up exhibition at the Herman Miller Flagship. Herman Miller still manufactures all Eames furniture in the US, making the location of the pop-up especially fitting. Visitors can expect to see thousands of artifacts designed and collected by Ray and Charles Eames, including iterative ‘sketches’ of furniture pieces, notes, polaroids, and toys. This will be a preview of a massive display of small objects that The Eames Institute is organizing for later exhibition. On view until May 22nd.

via Designboom

New adaptive computer accessories 

A hand hovers above an adaptive mouse
Microsoft is launching a range of computer accessories designed for those with limited mobility. Photo credit: Microsoft.

Microsoft has launched a set of accessories that allow those with limited mobility or visual impairments to more easily and comfortably use a computer or laptop. The collection can be customized to suit different bodies, requirements, and preferences. The collection was developed by Microsoft’s inclusive Tech Lab, which specializes in adaptive design.

via Dezeen

Color Rush! by Sabine Marcelis at Vitra

"Vitra Design Museum by Frank Gehry" by o palsson
Vitra’s Color Rush! installation features hundreds of objects in their extensive design archive sorted by color. Photo courtesy of o palsson.

Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis’ Color Rush! exhibit sorts 400 of Vitra’s 7,000 object archive by color, resulting in a rainbow arrangement of products that juxtaposes radically different periods and styles while providing a vibrant, immersive experience. The objects are sorted by color gradients and displayed against a translucent background. The monochromatic presentation reveals the power of texture and material in design while creating a tour of design history via Vitra’s iconic furniture archive. On display from May 2022 to May 2023.

via Vitra

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