Mutant matter: design in the Anthropocene era

Designers Daphna Isaacs Burggraaf and Laurens Manders (Eindhoven-based studio Daphna Laurens) have imagined the scenography of the most recent Dutch Invertuals collective exhibition. First introduced during the Milan Salone, "Mutant Matter" explores the new era we have entered, the "Anthropocene era – a new geological age where human making has realigned the processes of nature, forever blurring the boundaries between the natural and the man-made." "Designers are beginning to consider not only the complications caused by these vast ecological changes, but also the potential," explain Dutch Invertuals members Caroline & FranklinTill "Humankind used to take the materials of nature offered and make them into something new. Now, there’s a new stage in the cycle, as nature takes human materials and transforms them once more. The making materials of today become the mined resources of tomorrow. Plastics are written into the fossil record. Industrial waste streams decay into intriguing new substances."

Fredrik Paulsen plays Mikado -and it’s a serious affair

Swedish-Serbian designer Fredrik Paulsen recently presented his last series of furniture, titled "Mikado", at the Torri gallery in Paris. Paulsen has deconstructed the function of a chair, reducing its form to a series of horizontal and vertical plane lines rising from the ground. 

The stained pine-wood armchairs, chairs and bench sometimes echoes famous ancestors, such as the Thonet armchair,  their rigid lines revealing of Paulsen's fondness for contemporary architecture. 


Cars made of tomatoes, courtesy Heinz & Ford

Could the car industry benefit from the Heinz ketchup production? Heinz uses two million tons of tomatoes, which stems, seeds, and peelings the company R&D team are constantly looking to repurpose and recycle in an innovative way. Ford Motor Company and H.J. Heinz Company have teamed up to explore the use of tomato fibers in developing a sustainable bioplastic material that could be used in vehicle manufacturing. Yes indeed, the researchers are thinking of using dried tomato skins to make wiring brackets or storage bins!

Rising Moon: an upcycling lesson from Hong Kong

The "Rising Moon" dome is a temporary pavilion set in Hong Kong. This steel dome-shaped is framed with plastic water bottles, lit up with internal LED fixings. Amazingly, this structure is entirely covered in plastic water bottles, the kind of containers used in offices all over the world. Almost 7000 PET water coolers were used for the Rising Moon dome, which hardly represent 15 minutes’ worth of bottled water consumption in Hong Kong! (via Materia, photos John Pilas).

Az&Mut, new collection

Az&Mut (marque créée par les designers Rafaële David et Géraldine Hetzel) décline depuis 2006 les matières naturelles avec brio et gaieté. Le studio présente ses nouvelles créations à l'occasion du salon Maison&Objet (jusqu'au 22 janvier), dont le tapis 100% lin tuffté "Moss Moss", la table en bouleau "Trappeur" et des objets d'arts de la table en marbre bleu de Savoie. (images ci-après) Az&Mut (Rafaële David and Géraldine Hetzel founded the design studio in 2006) turns natural fibers and raw materials into well-thought and attractive objects. The designers will introduce their new collection at Maison&Objet (until Jan. 22), including the 100% linen "Moss Moss" carpet, the "Trappeur" birch dining table and benches, or a series of table items made of a beautiful blue marble from Savoie. (pictures after the jump)

Postfossil, First Light: lampe mécanique

Edité par le collect if de design suisse Postfossil, "First light" est une lampe qui génère sa propre électricité, grâce au poids et aux roues dentées qui l'équipent, à la manière d'une horloge traditionnelle. Edited by Swiss design collective Postfossil, "First light" is a lamp that generates its own power, thanks to its weight and cog wheels - the same kind a traditional clock is equipped with.

Jonas Lyndby Jensen, Megingjord sofa

Mêler une dose de mythologie, de tradition et de modernisme, en insufflant à l'ensemble une fraîcheur contemporaine : le défi relevé par le designer et ébéniste danois Jonas Lyndby Jensen se matérialise sous les lignes de la banquette-canapé “Megingjörd” - ainsi nommée en hommage à la ceinture magique qui confère au dieu nordique du tonnerre, Thor, son incomparable puissance. A lesson in how giving mythology, tradition and modernism, bundled together, a fresh and contemporary twist: Danish designer and cabinet-maker Jonas Lyndby Jensen baptised his sofa “Megingjörd”, paying tribute to the power belt wore by Thor (the god of Thunder in the Norse mythology), secret source of his unrivalled strength.

A+B designers: ALT, l’ordinateur eco-friendly

An environment-friendly computer: Designers Hanika Perez and Brice Genre (studio A+B), who were awarded the Design Parade Public prize in 2010, have teamed up with META IT to imagine ALT, an eco-designed, recyclable and biodegradable computer. Un ordinateur respectueux de l'environnement : les designers Hanika Perez et Brice Genre (studio A+B), qui ont reçu en 2010 le prix du public de la Design Parade (Hyères, villa Noailles), ont imaginé avec la société META IT un ordinateur éco-conçu. ALT est recyclable et biodégradable.