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Happy Birthday Dear Acadamy

29 Nov

Happy Birthday Dear Acadamy

During a trip to Antwerp I visited the exposition ‘Happy Birthday Dear Acadamie’ in the Fashion Museum ‘MOMU’. In this exposition the museum shows the best work of 50 years of the fashion academy of Antwerp (Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen). They divided the space in different area’s with work from the students, sketches and a some history about the academy.

For me the sketches in particular where very inspiring. I really enjoy watching the process that goes behind the end product and all the sketches were little pieces of art by itself.

IMG_1893Especially since almost  everything is digital nowadays I miss the feeling that a ‘real’ tactical drawing can give you. It makes the product more personal and gives the maker a more human likabilty I think. I guess in times like this art and crafts like this will gain therefore more value, and that’s how it should be. I think it’s important that people can see what kind of work and effort designers put in designing a new collection and how many labour making the actual item costs. This wil make people more conscious about how fashion should be, instead of buying a cool dress for 10 euros at Primark. Because fashion is a hard business and creating beautiful pieces too, that’s the reason you pay a lot of money for it, but only than you know where it comes from and that no harm has done to little children or woman in a factory in Bangladesh for instance.

This exposition will be in MOMU till February 16th 2014.

 

The Invisible Helmet

1 Nov

ImageWhat it Is:

This is Hovding, the invisible bicycle helmet. Hovding is like a airbag that you wrap around your neck like a supersonical scarf. ImageImageHövding started out in 2005 as a master’s thesis by the two founders Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, who, at the time, were studying Industrial Design at the University of Lund.

The idea of developing a new type of cycle helmet was a response to the introduction of a law onmandatory helmet use for children up to the age of 15 in Sweden, which triggered a debate on whether cycle helmets should be mandatory for adults too.

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Why it is Cool:

The founders of Hovding saw their master’s thesis as an opportunity to find out whether it would be possible to develop a cycle helmet that people would be happy to wear – whether they had to or not. I think everybody knows that ‘problem’ that you really want to take the bike to work, but if you wear your helmet your whole hairdo will be a total disaster and most of the times a helmet is not comfortable either. That’s why I think this product is really awesome because it’s one of the safest methods to protect your head, while looking like yourself at the same time.

Why it has Future Growth Potential:

The invisible helmet really fits into the needs of the Urban Nomads of the future. Since cities are getting even more crowded and traveling by car is not sustainable and efficient enough I think more and more people will take the bike in the future. I can imagine that when there are more people riding the bike in the city it will be wise to protect yourself with a helmet. And it won’t surprise me if this helmet is just the beginning, maybe in a couple of years everything that protects us can be ‘invisible’.

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Grow Your Own Clothes

24 Sep

ORESUMODAMODA - Bio CoutureEver heard about growing your own clothes? It may sound a bit futuristic but it can be more realistic than you imagine.

A lot of designers nowadays are thinking about how they can make design more sustainable. We already have bio-cotton and some brands re-use the fabric of their old collection for new items, but BioDesign may be the a good alternative for sustainable fashion.

BioCouture, a design atelier in London, tries to find new innovative ways to use new biomaterials and use that for new consumers designs. They already made a “bioleather” jacket out of bacteria and are researching new developments in biomanufactering, so that maybe in the near future they can make helmets out of crab shells and transform carrots into skateboards. In this short TED movie you can see how that process with “bioleather” works. The biggest advantage of using this bio material is that when you don’t like your clothes anymore, you could just put it in the ground and it will disappear. There’s only one disadvantage and that’s that if it comes in contact with liquid it will start growing again and will suck all the liquid up, what will make it very heavy.

So this may not be a perfect solution for sustainable clothing yet, but it’s definitely a really interesting development. Imagine how different the whole meaning of fashion can be if you can grow your own clothes and throw it away without feeling guilty after you don’t like it anymore. Or the animals and raw materials we could save by using biomaterials?

If you’re as interested as I am in this topic, it’s probably very cool to visit the exposition about BioDesign in Rotterdam. 

World Wide Influencers

17 Sep

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This weeks assignment was about innovators, early adaptors and our personal influencers. It was pretty difficult to think about what my personal influencers are and most important why. But, after a week of thinking I came up with a little list which I’m going to share with you.

My Personal top 5 INFLUENCERS:

  1. Li Edelkoort // She is absolutely worlds biggest and most inspiring trend forecaster. I’m a huge fan of her because she can really explain a trend of big movement in society by using poetic words and beautiful styled photo’s. She is the ultimate trend guru and I can only hope that I’ll be half as good as she one time. I think every trend professional should learn to use images the way Li can do it…
  2. Banksy // I’m a huge fan of street art. Street art are the hieroglyphics of the 21st century, it’s not just about a beautiful picture, street art can also say a lot about the society. That’s why I love Banksy’s work, his art reflects on the society we live in and makes you think about all the strange things that happen around us, like politics or the way commercial companies behave. Banksy is always spot on.
  3. Iris van Herpen // Iris absolutely one of the greatest Dutch innovators in fashion. She combines fashion with new innovative materials and all het pieces are beautifully crafted art pieces with a story. Her collection with 3D printed pieces is just phenomenal, she always takes the risk and I love the way she brings fashion to the next level.
  4. Beyonce // She is from a really different kind of genre compared with my other influencers but she also deserves a spot in my top 5. The way she can entertain thousands of people is really inspiring. The kind of influence she has on me is just to have GIRL POWER. You really have to fight hard to accomplish your dreams and at moments when I need some extra motivation and confidence I just listen to her music and watch her perform.
  5. Daan Roosegaarde // I love the way he can translate social trends into innovative technological art pieces. He is just a really inspiring artist who comes up with interesting projects which make you think about topics as collaboration, intimacy and sustainability.

I also thought really hard about who could be the influencer of the future and I couldn’t come up with one name. I just thought about little peer-to-peer start up that are coming up everywhere. I think the need to start working bottom-up and collaborating with the people around you is getting bigger and bigger and companies as the Dutch Peerby and Thuisafgehaald are innovators in that field. I think they can be influencers when it gets to creating a sharing economy and making a more social environment and now it’s starting really small but the mindset of these start ups can really inspire a big crowd in the future.

I hope that I can inspire you by sharing my personal influencers and that somewhere in the future I can be as successful in my work as they are now. It would be really great to become an influencer myself for the next generation and I just wish that I can inspire them with my new and innovative fashion concepts that changed the way people experience their clothes or the way they shop.

DIY & Art

30 Oct

When you think about Do It Yourself you think about knitting your own scarf or making a new chair out of an old one. But it doesn’t have to be like that, this week I found this designer Philippe Malouin on the internet and he makes stuff that is a combination of both art and DIY.

Concrete Fruit-bowl

 

 

With this eye catcher you’ll always have fresh fruit and what is can be more fun than a bowl you can change every day? De bowls or ‘vide-de-poche’ are made of waxed concrete for Vera Chapter One.

Ballpoint Stool

 

This multifunctional stool would be perfect if you are too lazy to make a drawing by hand, just sit down and see what happens!

Smart Material, Palm Leather

2 Oct

The Resort Slipper

Today I went to the Transnatural festival at NEMO Amsterdam, an art, design and industry exhibition about balancing nature & technology.

There was one thing that really caught my attention, ‘The Resort Slipper’ from Dutch designer Tjeerd Veenhoven. He discovered that when the leaf of a palm is combined with a bio-organic solution is has the same characteristics as leather or rubber. The Resort Slipper is produced from this material, it’s an economic, fully bio-gradable sandal who can replace the disposable flip-flop.

Tjeerd Veenhoven - Palm Leather

A very sustainable way of producing and also a very cool and original product, the palm leafs also feel very nice and comfortable and it’s very flexible to0.

Designer Chair Auctions

13 Sep

This is a good example of what Craft means to me, finding a new way to raise money and beautiful handmade products.

BIG Chair Project Raises Funds for the Better Food Foundation

Published: Sep 7, 12 References: jamieoliver and design-milk

The BIG Chair Project is an admirable undertaking by none-other-than Jamie Oliver. Although known as a chef, it appears that he has a knack for industrial design as well. In reality, he has simply tried his hand at it for a good cause.

To celebrate 60th anniversary of Fritz Hansen’s ever-popular 3-legged Ant chair, which was designed by Arne Jacobsen, 25 were donated to Oliver’s Better Food Foundation. The BIG Chair Project was subsequently born. Oliver enlisted various artists and designers to decorate the chairs, which are to be auctioned off in October with all proceeds going to the charity.

Participating in the BIG Chair Project are Paul Smith, Burberry, Matthew Williamson and more. They will be on display during the London Design Festival.

via Designer Chair Auctions – The BIG Chair Project Raises Funds for the Better Food Foundation (GALLERY).

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