Endlessly Creative at the End of Year

At this years end of year student shows, repurposed vernacular materials were of great fascination. A new era of waste appropriation was at the forefront of collection, investigation and product development, with students eager to find new ways with the materials that lay scattered around our contemporary age.

 

At Brighton University Clare Evans studies into the reuse of the local vernacular refuse stream - sea waste plastics . Her Extraordinary from the Ordinary project looks to combine a variety of waste plastics that litter the ocean from micro beads (found in exfoliating skin products) to waste sea rope and plastic bottles washed up on the sea shore; shredding, heating and reforming them into a variety of uniquely patterned products. 

Tom Harris from Leeds Met Design course, on the other hand developed a new material made of highly sustainable waste cork granules and beeswax to produce his new luminaire called Cortica. The beauty of the material is that it can be endlessly melted down and reformed ensuring little or no waste in production of the lamp. The lamp itself takes inspiration from the honey dipper -its 5 discs allowing light to gently seep out. It’s a beautiful sensual material, just down go using searing hot tungsten bulbs in it …..!

Inspired by the natural world Marcin Rusak’s Flowering Transition range of products, focus on recreating the beauty of perishable objects in the products that we use everyday – so that once we’ve lost interest in, and discarded them they degrade naturally leaving those objects most precious to us to remain. Poetically his products have been made from discarded, shredded flower waste.

Another stunning material and product out of the Royal College of Art was Yasuhiro Suzuki’s ReCocoon Project. By boiling down silk cocoons he has been able to re-spin the silk thread to create a range of translucent lampshades, using the silks natural glue like protein Sericin to hold the lamp shape. Amazingly he can spin approximately 1.5 kilometres of thread from a single cocoon; the threads heat resistance and lightness adding to the strength and contrasting delicacy of each finished piece.

And lastly I was mesmerised by the surreal but visually delicious investigations of Johanna Schmeer from the RCA. Her work called BioPlastic Fantastic investigates new types of materials, products, and interactions which might emerge from  innovations in bio and nanotechnology.

These 7 organically inspired design products are intended to feed all aspects of human needs to survive  –encompassing water, vitamins, fibre, sugar, fat protein and minerals. If you have a moment do take a look at her sensual film -  http://www.johannaschmeer.com/film/ . 

The excitement for me of visiting student end of year shows is in the creativity, investigations and vision of material development unencumbered by financial constraints or consumer needs. Its raw passion for better materials for a better world fascinating. 

SCIN Gallery and Carefully Curated are delighted to announce a new collaboration to bring you a fresh perspective and surprising materials.

The SCIN Gallery is housed in a wonderful old warehouse style building in the heart of Clerkenwell, EC1 in the densest architectural community in the UK. Arranged over four floors with over 1,000 sq. ft. per floor we showcase products and architectural materials from all over the globe. We are an independent showroom, both informal and informed, which is invaluable to architects and designers. Materials experts are on hand in the basement library to advise and explain, Monday to Friday, and we encourage our visitors to rummage and explore our incredible collection of over 4,000 fascinating materials samples housed in orange boxes. We are an inspirational resource for architects and designers looking for uniquely designed and sustainable solutions for their projects. SCIN also acts as a hub for networking and meet up opportunities, the perfect venue for anything from a board meeting or think tank to a product launch or trend-forecasting day.

 

Opening in the first quarter of 2015, the Green Room will be located in the existing ground floor of the SCIN gallery in London’s design hub of Clerkenwell. This open access storefront location will welcome visitors (architects, designers, specifiers and students and the public) to investigate and research cutting edge materials in the resource centre; inviting them back to take part in a stimulating agenda of seminars, creative workshops, product launches and parties throughout each month of the year. It will be a lively, engaging and thought- provoking programme, uniquely focused on promoting sustainable design and construction.

 

Carefully Curated seeks and shares joyful things for everyday living for places and spaces for one or many people to eat, work, sleep, refresh and play.  

 

Carefully because I care about where things come from, how they were made and by whom. Curated because our space is a collection we each arrange.  Our spaces are a powerful reflection of who we are and our values.  Carefully Curated celebrates products with provenance from designers and makers, whether small or large scale, who have made things with honest form and function for us to enjoy for many years.  

 

Together, SCIN Gallery and Carefully Curated want to share stories of new materials, new manufacturing processes and new technologies that are innovative, engaging and better alternatives.  We want to bring you a wow factor, but perhaps not as you know it!

How to open a city? How do we create a vibrant city? Where do we source new ideas and new resources?

Henniger from EXYZT discusses how do we open a city and keep it open, how do we create a vision to live together in a vibrant city, and how do we get existings ideas that are out there and bring them together in urban environments. 

 

Born in 2003 at the initiative of five architects, EXYZT today is a platform for multidisciplinary creation involving twenty people: architects, graphic designers, videographers, photographers, dj, botanists manufacturers.

 

From 28 April - 2 May Open City hosted their annual Green Sky Thinking Week. 

The SCIN Gallery hosted the quick-fire PechaKucha 20 seconds 20 slides event. The talks were from seven of Londons most interesting, provocative thinkers and designers, bringing the sustainable debate into the spotlight. The event was focused on championing real innovation and creativity in devising sustainable solutions for the city. From sweeping strategy to gorilla tactics.

 

See more videos here. 

Accommodating change in urban environments - how London is a fluctuate entity.

Jan Kattein Architects talk about about accommodating change and the processes of their projects working with local communities in London. 

From 28 April - 2 May Open City hosted their annual Green Sky Thinking Week. 

The SCIN Gallery hosted the quick-fire PechaKucha 20 seconds 20 slides event. The talks were from seven of Londons most interesting, provocative thinkers and designers, bringing the sustainable debate into the spotlight. The event was focused on championing real innovation and creativity in devising sustainable solutions for the city. From sweeping strategy to gorilla tactics.

See more videos here. 

A bottom-up strategy of local resilience which promotes alternative models of living, producing and consuming in the city.

The R-URBAN network will grow gradually, involving a diversity of local residents and evolving in time into a large-scale civic movement. 

From 28 April - 2 May Open City hosted their annual Green Sky Thinking Week. 

The SCIN Gallery hosted the quick-fire PechaKucha 20 seconds 20 slides event. The talks were from seven of Londons most interesting, provocative thinkers and designers, bringing the sustainable debate into the spotlight. The event was focused on championing real innovation and creativity in devising sustainable solutions for the city. From sweeping strategy to gorilla tactics.

See more videos.