It was last Thursday, during the Materials&Light fair. Our monthly frühstück (Presentation of the latest matériO' novelties) took place exceptionally at « Le Carreau du Temple » : There was around hundred people, pretzels for each participant and above all forty extraordinary materials. You can see the pictures of this event on our Facebook page, and you will find all the materials we talked about by simply typing "frühstück21 » in the search bar of our website, and let’s go ! These wonderful materials are yours for your next projects.
Wastewater, sewage plant, sewage sludge, does that mean anything to you? I mean, are you okay to talk about it?
In general, we only meet these elements because of their smell that is mostly consider disgusting, at the random crossing of a station on our way, or because the school had the wonderful idea of making a class outing that makes all the children laugh, in the West at least.
Currently, much of the wastewater is discharged into the nature without being collected or treated, however we are discovering that it can be a wonderful source of raw materials, energy and simply clean water.
Nutrients such as phosphorus, biogas production, electricity... So many essential elements - or almost - that can be produced in wastewater treatment plants !
In the Netherlands the "Energie- en Grondstoffenfabriek", literally "Energy and raw materials factory network", was created by the water authorities to work collectively on this energy production and raw material extraction, And they can boast of being the first to succeed in extracting the cellulose contained in toilet paper to recycle it! AH, here we are, finally getting into the matter. To celebrate this small step forward, they invited the studio of the designer Nienke Hoogvliet to create a series of objects that show how this recycled material can be integrated into our homes: thus was born a collection named "Watterschatten", or "Water Treasures", including a table, lights and bowls, which you can see on the pictures.
This kind of things regain us a bit of prestige, all those taboo things coming from us we have to deal with every day, it finally look useful! Striking news that we are part of this ecosystem isn't it!
Big crush on this project by the Pneuhaus collective A « simple » inflatable structure, kind of Bibendum tent. The inflatable modules are double-walled, on the outside the plastic film used is opaque with a lens in the middle of the module, and on the inside, the lining is translucent so it becomes a projection screen of the image created by the fisheye lens. Then you can have a kaleidoscope movie of everything that happens outside the tent ! And I leave you to imagine if you smoke a joint… This principle could be applied to many applications, which makes it particularly exciting.
More details on Pneuhaus website, here
Five years ago, the Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán embarked on a crazy project, proposing to communities all over the world (craftmen from Colombia, Chile, Japan, Ethiopia, Australia...) to transform plastic waste into unique and functional pendant lights. The result is impressive : a mix of PET bottles and fibers generally locally woven. The highlight is probably the lamp made by an Australian community...
With concrete textiles, which were first developped by William Crawford and Peter Brewin for emergency situations et helpful applications (construction of temporary shelters on war fields and natural disaster areas), the artist designer Neal Aronowitz has created a furniture collection entitled "Concrete Canvas". In order to perfectly adjust the shapes of the textile impregnated with cement, Neal has built bespoke templates to mold and form the different parts. A fluid and light furniture line, far away from the conventional picture of concrete.
To have access to Neal Aronowitz website, click here
Some materials of the database figured in the last John Galliano's collection for Maison Margiela Artisanal, Spring/Summer 2018. Among these high-tech colorful silhouettes, one of our favorite look : the coat-dress transformed into a holographic gown using the rainbow reflective fabric (T-1507) that transform dark shades into colourful holographs at the flash of a camera or phone...
Link to Maison Margiela