Speculative designer Amy Congdon considers a future where biotechnology will give designers a new set of materials and tools to work with. Believing that future materials will be grown from cells she suggests a range of jewellery that is grown from our bones, skin and cartilage. Envisioning a future 2082 her ‘Bio Nouveau’ collection replaces cosmetic surgery with tissue engineered disposable biological atelier pieces. In order to care for these semi living body adornments she has created a fictional range of body care products that include Graft Moisturiser & tone, SynSkin treatment and Graft Aftercare and Bioskin glue.
Known for changing the face of 3D printing when they unveiled their virtual potter/ 3D printed ceramic project at Milan Design week in 2010, Studio Unfold's latest project continues that journey with a series of 3D printed ceramic tools that dilute and diffuse perfume. Researching how ceramics both store and release perfume each 'tool' has been designed to explore the alchemy of scent and material as well as focusing on the importance of experiencing the delights of scent.
Designed in collaboration with Barnabé Fillion who is behind the perfume brand The Peddler their pipette, flask and funnel 'tools' offer new ways of experiencing scent.
Considering trends and shifts in our relationship with our health and wellbeing Nina van Bart's 'The Alchemist' short film cites the bathroom as a laboratory where one can take control over beauty and wellbeing. Mixing materials and chemicals, substances react to create new super sensory experiences. Playing with materials from growing crystals to drifting mist, van Bart's film suggests a future whereby we can mix our own personalised perfect elixir. http://vimeo.com/68999678
Lapka is a collection of smart sensors which plug into your iphone and give you a visual representation of your envrionment. Initially released during CES the consumer electronics show in las Vegas earlier this year, it is now being showcased with its delicious minimalist and emotive packaging that fits entirely with the wood detailing on the product itself.
Just opened in Paris is the Envie/Alive exhibition curated by Carole Collet which explores issues around synthetic biology. The exhibition begins with a statement 'A quiet revolution is happening. A new breed of designer has begun to reshape our world by re-orchestrating our relationship to nature'. Most of the work is not new, but it is for the first time that it is all under one roof.
Showing the likes of Emile de Vischer's pearling and Amy Congdon's biological atelier it also explores the work of architects and designers who are exploring the bio-engineered world.
Presenting a new design landscape with a glimpse to our synthetic future and a new ecological consideration the exhibition groups them under 5 headings
1/ The Plagiarists: (Nature as a model) those who look to nature to engineer man made and digital solutions.
2/ The New Artisans: (Nature as a co-worker) - those designers who are collaborating with nature to craft future consumer goods
3/ The Bio-Hackers: (Reprogrammed, ‘synthetic’ nature) designers working with synthetic biologists and who are engineering living organisms for a possible hybrid future
4/ The New Alchemists: (Hybridised nature) combining biological and chemical (non living) technology these designers merge robotics, chemistry and biology
5/ The Agents Provocateurs: (Conceptualised and imagined nature.) Pushing the boundaries to the extreme these designers explore the ethics around living technology as well as high-tech sustainability.
Alongside the exhibition ‘En Vie-Alive’ is hosting 4 designers and architects who are already working with synthetic biology or tissue engineering and has them set up in a lab style scenario showing the new tool kit for designers of the future - DNA and bacteria.
Exploring the possibilities of a material that sits somewhere between a liquid and a magnet, Studio Fraser Ross are pushing the boundaries of our perception of liquid and solid with their newly developed material. Beautiful in a mesmerising way the material can be manipulated by external forces such as gravity and air as demonstrated by their lovely video.
Transnatural are showcasing their latest exhibition titled 'Still Unidentified Objects' which as the name suggests explores unidentified forms of collaboration between man, machine and nature. Showcasing her Emotional Dialogue video, Svenja Jeune questions real and artificial, textile and nature with her communicating textile forms that transform and morph as they detect the emotional mood of the viewer. The well documented Energy Collection from Marjan van Aubel is also shown and fits nicely with the messages from Transnatural to do with harvesting energy from natural sources be it in her case food, or in the case of Trap light, via sun light.
The brilliant Thomas Vailly is also showing his work that explores our mortality and the reality of the waste that we leave behind such as hair whilst the slightly disconcerting living organism dress 'Like living organisms' is a skin dress that expresses excitement and emotion between two people when they first meet.
Open until 1st July at Workspace, Lijnbaansgracht 148a Amsterdam.
Published on Nowness as part of their food series, Lucy McRae explores the ideas of gene manipulation and cloning with her Make your Maker film. Exploring notions of edible clones and a new sensory experience she conjures up the idea that food and the body are inseperable - a dialogue she has developed with Nahji Chu the savant owner of Australian cult restaurant MissChu.
An evolution of her film for Aesop titled Morphe Lucy further explores a future landscape through beautiful cinematography, colour and materiality