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Focus Story | January 2014

Being Inspired

Creativity is no longer restricted to design and form. It extends to the smart use of material and technology. Here´s presenting some successfully impressive experiments!

Light Reading
Reading enlightens, we all know that. But that a book could light up like this, only architect Max Gunawan could have thought. His lamp, Lumio, which looks like a book, offers people the freedom to experience beautiful lighting wherever they are. When opened, the book transforms into a beautiful LED lamp ready to spread the magic. It´s portable, rechargeable and powerful big enough to light a dinner party, compact enough to fit into a small bag. Striking and discreet, Lumio offers 500 lumen of high-output lighting.

Welcome to candy land
Now why didn´t anyone think of this before? This is a sensory treat designed by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Matthias Borowski from studio Kollektiv Plus Zwei. Furniture that looks like oversized candy and impresses not just one or two but all five senses is part of his thesis, The Importance of the Obvious.

The creation of this furniture involved a lot of experimentation with material. Borowski studied real candy and found that plastics could be manipulated and layered to create the different patterns found in sweets. Also, the artificial look of the material provided an apt analogy for the synthetic additives that go into confectionary. He also integrated other materials into the items to create the effects of nutty nougat and hard-boiled treats. For the nougat-lookalike objects he used resin and wood, and for the layered candy he used transparent resin with colour pigments. One seat looks like an arctic roll, a stool is formed like a liquorice allsort and a bench resembles an ice cream finger covered in sugar sprinkles.
Drooling already?

Snail smart
A carpet made of snail poo may soon give tough competition to silk carpets! When Dutch designer Lieske Schreuder discovered that when snails eat coloured paper they defacate in the same colour, she let her imagination run wild! ´Snails cannot take the colour pigment of the paper into their bodies and that is the reason the excrements are coloured,´ she shares. Schreuder gathers the excrement, which has a malleable texture, and feeds it into a portable machine she designed to grind it. She then mixes and presses it into tiles with a roughly textured surface that retains the colour of the original paper. The faeces can also be pressed into a mould using a spatula to create a delicate thread with a five-millimetre diameter that the designer is currently researching uses for. Apparently, one metre of thread takes an hour to manufacture and contains six grams of excrement that is ground before processing. And it takes approximately nine snails five days to produce these six grams. Snail´s pace of production maybe, but worth the wait for its wacky quotient!

Doll House
All girls have dreamt of looking as pretty as their dolls and living in their beautiful homes with tiny colourful furniture. Slovakia-based designer Silva Lovasovß most certainly did. Thus, when she was working on her diploma project, she decided to utilise digital technologies as an inspiration to create a furniture collection that she calls 1:1. The collection is so called because it comprises of doll house furniture that is scaled up to create real time furniture on this scale.

´The miniatures found in various dolls´ houses are influenced by the real items of the grown ups´ world. However, they are sadly misshapen and disproportional. After scanning the pieces I decided to completely avoid altering, improving and pretty-fying. I simply enlarged them to a functional size, in which the whimsicality of the mini-world is fully expressed,´ she explains.

The collection is made of different materials - from prototyping to final ones. Furthermore, all the other traits are preserved, as a way of inscribing the making process. The imperfections in the originals are supported with the careless execution that is in contrast to digital technologies commonly valued for their flawless outputs.

Baked furniture!
The baker´s hat is now replaced with the creative hat that is worn by Netherlands-based designer Erez Nevi Pana who has made stools with a mixture of soil, fungi and other natural materials. The recipe ingredients are measured by volume or weight and mixed together, then allowed to grow and develop overnight at room temperature. The combination of the soil with fungi and sugars creates a chemical reaction which allows the ´earth´ to rise the ´dough´ doubles in size.

The ´Soilid´ farrago can be shaped and molded in a plaster or wood mould to create any desired object. The moulded objects are then baked to a hardened form. After baking, the structure becomes solid and strong enough to be sanded, sawn and drilled. With low cost ingredients that are available in the closest market, this new material is easily generated and produced. In addition to its accessibility, Soilid is a non-heavy and eco-friendly material.
Deliciously creative, isn´t it?

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