Designer’s working in areas like furniture are increasingly moving away from working with big companies, opting instead to launch their own. Designer’s like Stefano Giovannoni, Sebastian Wrong, and Matteo Thun are frustrated with the existing model where many designers are all doing work for the same few big name companies, and the resulting tendency for similarity between products produced by different companies. Furthermore, the financial returns on work for other companies is often limited. Instead, designers are beginning to take the […]
Nendo’s “chocolatexture” bar considers all of the sensory elements involved in eating chocolate, altering the experience through the use of texture. The design responds to the insight that “although “eating” is generally thought of as one action, actually the taste is recognized after going through various procedures such as “place on top of the tongue”, “bite”, “roll inside the mouth”, “melt” and “swallow”.” “chocolatexture” demonstrates the inspiration that can come to designers from thoroughly exploring the experience they are […]
Could you briefly introduce yourself and tell us about your background in design? My name is Anke Nienhuis and I’m originally from The Netherlands. I studied Industrial Design at The Design Academy in Eindhoven, Holland and in my first job worked as an interior and expo designer in Eindhoven and Amsterdam. I then did a masters in Product Design at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. After getting my MA I stayed on in Milan and worked for a variety of great design […]
Designer Peter Marigold has created a credit card sized bioplastic product that can be melted in hot water and moulded by hand to create quick and easy fixes for everyday problems. FORMcard puts the power to make and repair in the hands of users without the need for specialised skills or equipment. Click here to find out more.
In 2009 Italian Designer Gianluca Gimini began challenging friends and strangers with the seemingly simple task of drawing a bicycle from memory. If you’ve ever found yourself at a loss while drawing without a reference, you may have guessed just how far off many of the results were. Gimini has since collected hundreds of bicycle drawings and taken to the task of reproducing them as photorealistic renderings with often quirky and whimsical outcomes. From Gimini’s perspective, the project demonstrates the […]
At this year’s Milan design week, graduates from Design Academy Eindhoven exhibited a series of material explorations as opposed to finished products. The exhibition sought to contrast the focus on finished works usually seen at Milan exhibitions, creating a conversation about the steps that come before. It allowed the designers to demonstrate abstract early ideas in a way they hoped would result in new work and collaborations. “Envisions” was said to reflect a growing trend among young designers preferring to […]
Designer Kirsi Enkovaara‘s ‘The Body’ explores the psychology of sitting in a flexible form that allows users to create their own structure as they feel most comfortable. The simple 6 metre canvas form is filled with rice balancing rigidity with fluidity and offering an endless range of transformations. The design offers a tactile experience in which beauty is created in the interaction between human touch and the seat itself.
“Crafting Plastics Studio” has created a series of biodegradable eyewear designs called Collection 1, with designs driven by the properties of new bioplastics. The series offers an approach to managing the disposable nature of fashion, reducing the environmental impact of items that are discarded once they go out of style. The collection plays with combinations of different bioplastics as well as the technique of speeding up the cooling process to create bubbled textures on the plastic’s surface. To find out more read […]