AwiaHene (Sun King) by Nana Asafua Dawson
Nana Asafua Dawson’s AwiaHene (Sun King) is a fumes-free, low-tech casting machine for making traditional lost-wax jewelry in Ghana. It provides a new, solar-powered and affordable way of casting metal objects using an old box TV as a lens and scrap metal.
Piñatex™ by Carmen Hijosa
Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa unveiled a new textile made from pineapple leaf fibers called Piñatex™. Crafted in the Philippines after 5 years of thorough research, the versatile material uses a by-product of the pineapple harvest and offers a kinder, more sustainable alternative to leather.
100% Jellyfish Leather by Yurii Kasao
Japanese designer Yurii Kasao tackles the increasing numbers of jellyfish with her 100% Jellyfish Leather. Born as an alternative to leather, the organic, biodegradable and translucent material can be cut, sewn and remolded like cow’s skin.
Nanocellulose Fiberboard by YunTing Lin
Taiwanese designer YunTing Lin takes MDF to a new dimension with his Nanocellulose Fiberboard. Made from a composite of plant fibers such as flax, it is naturally bound together using a substance made from fermented cellulose.
Hot Wire Extensions by Seongil Choi & Fabio Hendry
Seongil Choi & Fabio Hendry from Studio Ilio explore alternative processes for making solid bodies with line structures. The process consists of a nichrome wire structure that when placed in a container with a material mix, based on waste nylon powder, and fed an electrical current, heats up allowing the material to bond with the wire into a bone-like structure.
Junkan by Kathryn McGee
Kathryn McGee’s Junkan draw inspiration from Japanese design, utility wear and craft techniques. As its name implies, Junkan (‘cyclical’ in Japanese) aims to engage wearers in upcycling, customization, recycling and reuse of their own clothes through different craft techniques.
Moya by Charlotte Slingsby
South African Charlotte Slingsby’s Moya is an energy generation system involving sheets of plastic with wave-like filaments and LEDs. The light low-cost dynamic material can harvest small amounts of wind energy and can be used as a hairy building façade.
Metablaze by Ellie Banwell
Scientist and designer Ellie Banwell created Metablaze, a machine for collecting and recovering precious resources through waste incineration. Designed for a circular economy guided by natural laws, the project looks at incineration for obtaining high-tech materials like composites from waste.
MonoFrame Glasses by Parsha Gerayesh
Parsha Gerayesh’s MonoFrame Glasses are made from one continuous piece of wire that allows for easy recycling at the end of its life. As opposed to traditional glasses made from multiple components and varied materials, these eco-friendly frames are crafted through a CNC wire bending technology used in spring manufacturing,
eArth transitions by Zarya Vrabcheva
Bulgarian designer Zarya Vrabcheva traveled to Japan for her project eArth to explore rammed earth as a building material. Low-energy, locally sourced and low-cost, the project embraces the beauty and fragility of the material through the making of a ceramic workshop model from an old excavated playground.
Fleet Vs Street by Henry Sykes
British designer Henry Sykes deals with London’s rise in property prices through his project called Fleet Vs Street. It consists of canal boat-homes that can be stacked in a highrise-like tower for living on London’s canal waters.
The Future Will Just Have to Wait by Alice Theodorou
Architecture graduate Alice Theodorou’s The Future Will Just Have to Wait is a critique to the over redevelopment abuse in London. It consists of a tower with human statues that support the floors of a building in a context where architectural style is considered the most important feature.
Fuzzy Logic by Adam Guy Blencowe
Adam Guy Blencowe blends digital technology with traditional felting techniques for his Fuzzy Logic concept. Using a hacked tool in combination with CNC, the British designer bonds textiles together with the resulting marks are incorporated as patterns and pockets.
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