Author Archives: Maria Hørmann

OriMetric – new rubber origami driven material exploration // by Mads Hansen

 

tilpasset_JNY6539By 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. Continue reading

The Cloth of Kings – the most ancient textile in the history of humanity wins ‘LAUNCH: Systems Challenge 2013’

Ugandan man beating the bark

Tree bark fleece from Uganda is said to be the most ancient textile in the history of humanity, the direct ancestor of nowadays non-woven textiles. When researching for the Hello Materials Exhibition at Danish Design Centre back in 2011 I stumbled upon this fascinating bark material also called ’The Cloth og Kings’ and got in contact with the Ugandan-German family run venture BARK CLOTH® – the pioneer of systematic bark cloth development and production, cooperated with small-scale organic farmers from Uganda since 1999. Continue reading

LAUNCH NORDIC CHALLENGE 2014 – in search of disruptive innovations that will transform the system of textiles, fabrics and fibers to the better

LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2014 -  kick off ©LeaderlabIn the end all design objects, buildings, cities and stuff that surround us boils down to materials. Everything is made of this ‘something’ and as it unfortunately is now, sustainability is far from always present in the making. LAUNCH – an initiative started by NASA, USAID, Department of State, and NIKE in 2010 – is a global innovation platform tackling sustainability challenges within the system of making and materials. Now LAUNCH calls upon the LAUNCH Nordic Challenge in search of disruptive innovations that will transform the system of textiles, fabrics and fibers to the better…

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IMPASTO – a self-invented biodegradable natural fibre composite // by Nikolaj Steenfatt

IMPASTO Pendel. Credits SteenfattPreviously here on Hello Materials Blog we presented Master Graduate Jonas Edvard Nielsen and his final project at the Royal Academy of Art – School of design in Denmark in 2013: MYX material – Creating food and design from waste using oyster mushroom. Graduating the same year and presenting a likewise amazing and super interesting final project is Nikolaj Steenfatt and his project “IMPASTO”. Continue reading

“My Darling Materials” Experts sharing their secrets! (part TWO)

My Materials Dansk Design CenterOf all the exciting new materials developed and introduced today, which are the leading experts’ favourites? The Danish Design Centre has asked its extensive network of materials experts from all over the world to contribute to a collection of their favourite materials. Continue reading

International DAMADEI project on advanced materials is now completed – a comprehensive report has been issued

DAMADEI Report 103113On October 31st in Copenhagen, a high profiled event marked the conclusion of the international EU Culture-funded DAMADEI project. Continue reading

“Sand made” – packaging made of sand…

Sand packagingSand packaging © Alien & Monkey

When Sigmund Freud wrote, “when objects are lost, subjects are found,” he was describing the essence of melancholia, comparing it directly to the emotion of mourning. It was this concept that first sparked the idea of products made of sand in Marc Nicolau and Daishu Ma, from design firm Alien & Monkey. Continue reading

“My Darling Materials” Experts sharing their secrets! (part one)

LOGOOf all the exciting new materials developed and introduced today, which are the leading experts’ favorites? The Danish Design Center has asked its extensive network of materials experts from all over the world to contribute to a collection of their favorite materials.
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MYX material – Creating food and design from waste using oyster mushroom

Production setup. It takes 2 weeks to grow the lamp in shape. © image: courtesy of Jonas EdvardAs a part of a final project at the Royal Academy of Art – School of design in Denmark in 2013, Master Graduate Jonas Edvard Nielsen focused on the natural function of the mycelium mushroom to develope a new food production method based on waste. MYX textile material and The MYX lamp was created.

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This is alive…

’Techno Naturology’ - an interactive textile collection by Elaine Ng Yan Ling
An increased focus on sustainability in combination with current research in biotechnology and biomimicry are influencing our design landscape and new directions are emerging. Continue reading

MATERIAL COOKING – new book by Laurence Humier

Photo: Michele SilvestroDiscovering new materials and boosting design creativity by exploring
non-culinary materials from a chef’s perspective.  “Cooking Material: Could molecular gastronomy help discover new matter?”  is an exciting new e-book written by Belgian designer Laurence Humier, in collaboration with Audrey Tardieu, a chemical engineer.  Continue reading

DAMADEI – “Design and Advanced Materials As a Driver of European Innovation”

Thermally activated 3D textile with shape memoryIn recent years advanced materials have emerged and are having a major impact on the products around us. Coming from science and technology advanced materials can outperform traditional materials as they for instance can be tougher, can withstand higher temperatures, and can be tailored into new shapes. When combining these materials with design the door to future products and solutions opens. Continue reading

Materials, Art and Science – It’s In The Details

'Xylem Series - Terfesia 6’ (surface detail). Resin, ink, enamel, thorium on aluminium, 185 x 185cm, 2012. Image: Ben Phillips
Visual artists Miik Green & Ioannis Michaloudis experiment with materials to create unique and aesthetically beautiful artworks. Normally we don’t see much art at Hello Materials Blog, but here at Danish Design Centre we think their work is very interesting in a material point of view. Therefore we’d like to share some of their work with you. Enjoy.

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RIGHT NOW on materials: “20 Magical Materials” – a pop-up exhibition.

Ferro FluidDanish Society for Materials Technology; DSM, Futation and the Danish Design Centre present an exhibition with 20 fascinating materials, all with ‘special features’.

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INTERVIEW: Anthony Brennan, Sharklet Technologies on shark skin surfaces

Sharklet

Learning from nature has become a main driver for Sharklet Technologies.
The company develops bacteria resistant surfaces based on the texture of shark skin. Danish Design Centre has interviewed the founder of the company, Anthony Brennan.

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INTERVIEW: Megan Schuknecht, Biomimicry 3.8 Institute – on the potential of Biomimicry

Drops on bambooMore and more we tend look towards Nature when designing. Not a bad idea at all as Nature’s potential is enormous. In an interview with Danish Design Centre, Megan Schuknecht from the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute gives some examples of how companies can use Biomimicry in product development.

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RIGHT NOW on materials: “Materials for New Energies”, Conference in Hessen, DE

little-wings. Felix Kraemer
Conference: “Materials for New Energies”, September 13, 2012,
Instituto Cervantes,  Frankfurt/Main, Germany
With the conference “Materials for New Energies”, the action line Hessen-Nanotech of the Hessian Ministry for Economics, Transport and Regional Development, speeds up the transfer of technology into marketable products for the energy and information technology users, product developers, designers and architects about the latest developments.
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RIGHT NOW on materials: Design by Nature – Biomimicry mini-conference, Copenhagen

Biomimicry – ‘Design inspired by Nature’ – is getting more and more attention as a tool to solve human problems by looking at natures own design, systems and processes.
On Thursday August 23rd. Danish Design Centre organises a mini-konference about the subject. The event will take place at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) from 12.00-17.30 and will have a line-up of Biomimicry experts from both Denmark and abroad.
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RIGHT NOW on materials: “Materials for Winners” – international conference at Danish Design Centre

Materials for Winners
Innovation in materials and technology creates sports stars. Join this international conference on materials and technology in sports equipment.
Danish Design Centre 06.21.12 / 09:00 – 16:00

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RIGHT NOW on materials: ‘Build it Green’

Build it Green - (PLA524 - Recycled plastic sheets)
On may 23rd an interesting material event takes place at the Materia Inspiration Centre in Amsterdam: Materia Xpert Series – Build it Green

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