La selección de materiales en el proceso de diseño no sólo afecta a cómo se materializan forma y función, sino que es un factor determinante para definir la experiencia del usuario ante un producto o un espacio. Design Beats inaugura sus ediciones especiales con el número “Materials for Smart Design”, una selección de notícias realizada […]
There is an exciting development in the works regarding materials science, one that will have a huge impact on product design. Developing new materials has traditionally taken an extremely long time. For example, in 1991, SONY and Asahi Kasei launched the first commercial lithium-ion battery, which is now the most popular battery powering our portable electronics […]
By now, it’s common knowledge that times have been tough for Santiago Calatrava—see here, here, andhere. But perhaps most embarrassing for the architect is the lawsuit filed by his native hometown of Valencia, Spain. During high winds in December, pieces of the Calatrava’s grand Palau de les Arts, which cost €1 billion to build, began […]
‘biomimicry’ by lilian van daal is designed as an alternative to conventional soft seating, which requires several different materials and processes to create the frame, padding, and covers. this sequence of events is labor-intensive and involves extensive transport, cutting waste and environmentally-unfriendly techniques such as gluing.
Just over a decade ago came a great innovation in a staple design material. The kind you’ll come into contact with during your first year at design school. And that is an air-cured, hand-formed rubber also known as Sugru – which is the Gaellic name for “play.” It feels like modeling clay and you can […]
Phil Ross may have discovered the building material of the future. It’s sturdy, resilient, and environmentally sustainable—practically inexhaustible, in fact. It can withstand everything from extreme temperature to a hail of bullets, and once it’s no longer useful, it can be easily composted.
By successfully blending old with new, Danish Designer Mads Jeppe Hansen, has found great inspiration in the art of traditional Japanese paper origami when developing and creating a new class of elastomer based material named OriMetric.
In a project called “Translated Geometries,” three students from Barcelona’s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia are now exploring the possibilities of a new flexible form of architecture that would actively respond to environmental cues, namely changes in heat, humidity, and light, according to a report from Wired.
A prototype garment that purifies polluted air around the wearer was unveiled at Beijing Design Week earlier this month. The BB.Suit 0.2 is a collaboration between Dutch designers Borre Akkersdijk, Eva de Laat, Daan Spangenberg and Friso Dijkstra. It uses patented ‘cold plasma’ technology developed by Beijing-based tech firm Squair, which creates reactive oxygen particles […]
Paris Fashion Week is known for displaying a wide range of artistic visions — from the twisted to the mundane — realized in semi-functional form. A stand-out line in this year’s series, however, added new dimensions to the idea of high-tech wearables by featuring 3D-printed garments.
Leading experts from around the world share their knowledge on the ‘Hello Materials Blog’. They write about developments in the field of materials and design, and share some of the many fascinating stories about contemporary and future materials. The purpose of the blog is to offer a small insight into the vast amount of knowledge […]
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