Crafts and Technology, Transparency & Transformation
Luxury is changing and as the worlds of work, rest and play are increasingly overlapped, also the material palette is being revitalized. The Ace Hotel mixes co-working lobby spaces with florists and DJs, luxury retailer Louis Vuitton's Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, brings art and performance together in futuristic luscious parkland. In these inspiring social spaces art, food and performance brush shoulders with music and nature, creating a vibrant and artistic mix that feels fresh and new.
Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry. A pleasure dome for fashion, culture and art-lovers alike.
From the East End of London to Mayfair it's clear that we are on the cusp of a refreshing and exciting evolution in design. A new wave of confidence in materials and spaces is clear.
Christopher Kane, London
Further afield in Tokyo, Miu Miu's incredible flagship by Herzog & De Meuron shows an incredible use of textured copper.
Miu Miu, Tokyo
Our insights team YS GroundWork have defined the following three themes to distill some of the inspiration we believe will influence the use of material in future design: Crafts and Technology, Transparency and Transformation.
Crafts and Technology
Louis Vuitton Series 3, London
At the Louis Vuitton series 3 you step into the world of creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere, displaying the craftsmanship, inspiration and creative process behind the LV collections.
Nendo Tokyo Tribal collection
The Tokyo Tribal collection by Nendo is a furniture range, made with woven bamboo baskets, celebrating the frisson between technical and artisans materials. Woven by artisans in the Philippines, each basket varies in shape in pattern and are incorporated in the furniture pieces in a different way.
"In allowing for these various products and materials to converge and function together, the conceptual aim is to create a sense of a small and tightly-knit 'tribe', greater and better than the sum of its parts."
Fondue stool by Satsuki Ohata
Satsuki mixes new materials with industrial processes. Using kitchen sponges to imitate bread and vats of bright yellow PVC plastic, the footstool is inspired by the Cheese fondue. The sponges shape naturally, by weight and gravity, during an hour-long drying process.
Bicycle by Pininfarina in collaboration with 43 Milano
New technologies are offering new crafting techniques,as brilliantly shown in Pininfarina's bicycle in collaboration with 43 Milano. Interwoven leather strips on the handlebars are a counterbalance to the steel and briar walnut finishes. Interesting to note that you can also charge your smart phone on this bike- integration of technology as enabler but not feature.
"Engineered with computer-tight precision they have created a razor-sharp mix of craftsmanship and the avant-garde."
- Howard Sullivan, Creative Director of Yourstudio
JW Anderson for Loewe SS16
Master of the avant-garde, JW Anderson's collection for Loewe SS16 used see-through fabrics to reveal different details of the body.
All of these precedents have shown a whole new way to approach this notion of transparency and refraction and should definitely be employed creatively for accents in our future spaces.
Deep Sea by Nendo
Transparency stole the catwalk late last September at Paris Fashion Week. Nendo's 'Deep Sea' shelves stacked subtly tinted planes of glass in gradating greeny-blues, represented the depths of colour in the ocean.
Nendo, Transparent Chair
The transparent chair seems to consist of nothing but a backrest and armrests, but transparent polyurethane film, often used as packaging material, is wrapped around to chair to create a light and floating seat.
Ben White, July Extracts
Hussein Chalayan, Paris fashion week, SS16
Transformation enhances our experience by things that change and adapt in response to us. Hussein Chalayan's Paris Fashion Week show last week had a catwalk shower that dissolved a top layer of clothing to reveal intricate tailoring beneath. From the high concept to the high tech, there are a number of opportunities from seating fabrics to hard surfaces that could employ a touch of responsive alchemy.
BMW in collaboration with the University of Offenbach
BMW collaborated with the University of Offenbach to create interactive surfaces where driver and car can communicate. Exploring magnetic fields, air, static electricity, light and humidity as a means of expressive energy, the smart surfaces allow intuitive interaction through material innovation.
Incertitudes by Ying Gao
Incertitudes by Ying Gao is a fabric that responds to sound which create wave-like ripples in garments. As the environments around us become ever more inter-sensory, interactive and entertaining, this is set to be a vital trick for engaging passengers on board.
BioLogic, MIT Media Lab graduate Lining Yao
BioLogic explores interfaces and transformations. Working together with the Tangible Media Group, Lining Yao created a fabric embedded with bacteria. These bacteria a responsive to heat and humidity. Used in a fabric for sportswear, the bio-films will curl up when the body heats up and the vents will shut as the body cools down, like this it can be used as a ventilation system.
'It is an eco-system between clothes and the human body.'
- Lining Yao
Chloé Rutzerveld, Edible Growth
"Edible growth is exploring how 3D printing could transform the food industry. It is about 3D printing with living organisms, which will develop into a fully grown edible."
- Chloé Rutzerveld
The themes we've explored here; craftsmanship, transformation and transparency are a small nod to the exciting work that we are involved with for 2016 and beyond. Watch this space!
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