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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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“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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The Future of Materiality PART II: Makers` Touch

 Posted on December 10, 2012 by Magdalena | Leave a comment | Edit

The second theme in our investigation of the Future of Materiality; MAKER’s TOUCH is a counter-trend to our current digitized lives and automated environments. It is driven by the return of craft, the makers, and the growing interest in apprenticeship.  We see a growing “how to” nostalgia, involving special interest in rich content and storytelling. Continue reading

Bio-adaptation of fungi to grow materials

Ecovative product - Fungi for wines

By harnessing the evolved efficiency of nature, Ecovative is literally growing some remarkable materials and products using  fungi and agricultural waste. This post dives in on the thinking behind these radical ecological innovations.

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