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biomaterials Landscapes Within

Landscapes Within

Landscapes Within is a collection of furniture that contains visible inclusions of natural materials. Created by Polish furniture designer Wiktoria Szawiel, the simple stools, chairs, and tables are intended to capture the spirit of her home landscape in eastern Europe. Szawiel collected various plants and grass from the region and […]

ceramics Vantablack

Vantablack

Surrey NanoSystems’ Vantablack represents a breakthrough in light absorptive materials. Manufactured by a low-temperature carbon nanotube growth process, it can be applied to lightweight, temperature-sensitive structures such as aluminum while absorbing 99.96% of incident radiation—believed to be the highest-ever recorded. Vantablack has the highest thermal conductivity and lowest mass-volume of […]

metals Ava

Ava

Ava is a visually-striking modular storage and display system that enables multiple configurations from a simple stack to highly dynamic and unexpected sculptural geometries. Ava may also be used to create a simple piece of furniture—such as a stool or a side table. Designed by Mod, the system is designed […]

polymers Biomimicry Chair

Biomimicry Chair

Designer Lilian van Daal’s Biomimicry chair is a soft seat composed of 3d-printed polyamide. Referencing strong yet lightweight organic structures like plant cells, the chair is intended to replace conventional lounge furniture that is typically made of multiple materials and adhesives. Van Daal’s mono-material chair instead provides softness and rigidity […]

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Biomimicry Chair
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Biomimicry Chair

Designer Lilian van Daal’s Biomimicry chair is a soft seat composed of 3d-printed polyamide. Referencing strong yet lightweight organic structures like plant cells, the chair is intended to replace conventional lounge furniture that is typically made of multiple materials and adhesives. Van Daal’s mono-material chair instead provides softness and rigidity […]

Chimera
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Chimera

Chimera is a collection of textiles made from liquid latex and a water-calcium nitrate emulsion. Designed by Amsterdam-based Shai Langen, the skin-like surfaces bear an uncanny resemblance to microcellular structures, capillary networks, and other living systems. Langen experimented with the viscosity of the combined materials to create novel fabrics based […]

Vantablack
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Vantablack

Surrey NanoSystems’ Vantablack represents a breakthrough in light absorptive materials. Manufactured by a low-temperature carbon nanotube growth process, it can be applied to lightweight, temperature-sensitive structures such as aluminum while absorbing 99.96% of incident radiation—believed to be the highest-ever recorded. Vantablack has the highest thermal conductivity and lowest mass-volume of […]

Self-Flexing Membrane
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Self-Flexing Membrane

An artificial skin now presented by a team working with scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam develops unexpected powers. The researchers have produced a membrane that curls very quickly when it comes into contact with the vapor from organic solvents like acetone. Using the […]

Propolis Vessels
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Propolis Vessels

Propolis is a biodegradable resin that honey bees collect from different trees and use as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the beehive. Its color depends of the forests and botanical sources used in the collection by the honey bees. French designer Marlène Huissoud works with a black propolis […]

Landscapes Within
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Landscapes Within

Landscapes Within is a collection of furniture that contains visible inclusions of natural materials. Created by Polish furniture designer Wiktoria Szawiel, the simple stools, chairs, and tables are intended to capture the spirit of her home landscape in eastern Europe. Szawiel collected various plants and grass from the region and […]

3D Weaver
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3D Weaver

The 3D weaver is a loom specially designed for weaving in three dimensions. Developed by designer Oluwaseyi Sosanya, the weaver accepts materials such as cotton, wool, and paper, and creates resilient textile structures in a variety of patterns. The Honeycomb weave is based on a simple hexagonal structure and can […]

Bleed
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Bleed

Bleed is a collection of cedar cabinets that exhibits “localized ebonizing.” Although the forms are simplistic blocks, the steel hardware—stripped of its protective zinc coating using acid—reacts with the tannin in the cedar. The result is bleeding patterns on the wood that in turn emphasize the inherent complexity of the […]

Kinetic Wall
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Kinetic Wall

Kinetic Wall is a dynamic fabric surface created for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. The wall’s movement is activated by a series of motorized points that extend and retract, transforming an elastic, translucent textile into a topographical section of peaks and valleys. A digitally controlled choreography enables endless surface patterns […]

Chromosonic
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Chromosonic

Chromosonic is a programmable, electronic, color-changing textile interface. The installation consists of an arduino with a 12V power supply and twenty custom PCBs that drive four industrial 24V DC power supplies. These supplies heat two handmade textiles that are woven with nichrome wires and screen-printed with thermochromatic dyes, revealing preprogrammed […]