Turning energy into beauty

Posted by on Mar 10, 2010 in Accessories, Aesthetics | 2 Comments

Student Mae Yokoyama from the Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design created this beautiful piece made almost entirely of solar panels. What I love about this work is that she ...

Daan Roosegaarde explores technology and intimacy

Posted by on Mar 7, 2010 in Aesthetics, Conceptual | No Comments

Daan Roosegaarde is currently an artist in residence at V2_labs in the Netherlands. He’s known for his incredibly beautiful electronic works such as (one of my favorites) Dune, which consists of ...

Swine flu mask reacts to your temperature

Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 in Accessories, Aesthetics | No Comments

“Tis the season for the flu, and if the regular strain wasn’t bad enough, we have a new, porcine terror to contend with. These brightly patterned medical face masks, however, ...

Rodarte lights up his collection

Posted by on Feb 28, 2010 in Aesthetics, Fashion | No Comments

During fashion week 2010, fashion designer Rodarte lit up the runway with gorgeous glowing heels that he incorporated into his showcase collection. I’ve seen a lot of “light up” clothing ...

Smart textiles integrated into your dashboard

Posted by on Dec 2, 2009 in Aesthetics, New technologies, Products | No Comments

This project, sent in from one of my colleagues, makes it clear that there are no boundaries to how technology can be integrated into textiles to create beautiful, useful and ...

Amy Thompson creates Plastic Analogue

Posted by on Nov 1, 2009 in Aesthetics, Conceptual, Fashion | No Comments

This collection was recently sent to me by my friends at n-ktr. This gorgeously functional, yet slightly unwearable collection called Plastic Analogue created by Amy Thompson instantly reminded me of an analog ...

Stretch sensing creates a new aesthetic

Posted by on Oct 11, 2009 in Aesthetics, New technologies | No Comments

I ran across this project while researching stretch sensing technology that is all the buzz right now. This gorgeous project, Aeolia, integrates stretch sensing directly into fabrics. “Each of the back ...

Low-resolution modeled footwear

Posted by on Oct 9, 2009 in Aesthetics, Fashion, Products | No Comments

I girl can never own enough footwear. So, in my never-ending quest for shoes that I can’t live without, I ran across these beauties created by United Nude founded by ...

Vital Jacket monitors heart rate

“All sorts of huge machines are used by hospitals to monitor a patient’s vitals, but with the pace in which technology is miniaturizing, there are no real doubts about fabrics becoming the ...

Voice pattern knitting

Posted by on Mar 6, 2009 in Aesthetics, Fashion | No Comments

Magdalena Kohler and Hanna Wiesener are exploring the intersection between communication and fashion through their voice knitting collection TRIKOTON. The garments visualize the human voice in a dot-matrix-type knitted pattern creating a new aesthetics ...

Light as texture

Posted by on Mar 4, 2009 in Aesthetics, Fashion | No Comments

Fashion designer Hamish Morrow is exploring light as pattern and texture. Video is projected onto an all-white dress that creates this gorgeous illuminating pattern that changes and animates. The dress is completely impractical, ...

Light as body ornamentation

Posted by on Mar 3, 2009 in Accessories, Aesthetics | 4 Comments

Designer Kyeok Kim’s is exploring new forms of generating body ornamentation including objects that leave decorative imprints on the skin, jewelry that prints decorative traces on the skin, and stringy ...

Pattern-changing swimsuits

Posted by on Feb 23, 2009 in Aesthetics, eTextiles, Fashion | 2 Comments

Textile designer Yun Ding has created Aqua Chameleon, a line of delicate-looking swimwear printed with smart pigments such as thermochromatic and photochromatic ink that change patterns based on certain conditions. The patterns gradually shift ...

Video dress aimed to hit the market

Posted by on Feb 20, 2009 in Aesthetics, Fashion | One Comment

Future-thinking fashion designer Hussein Chalayan and Swarovski have created a dress that is covered in leds. It’s one of the few attempts I’ve seen at creating an illuminating garment that ...

Diana Eng’s inflatable dress

Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in Aesthetics, Augmenting, Conceptual, Kinetic, Robotics | No Comments

This is an older project, but still worth a reminder. Diana Eng, in collaboration with Emily Albinski, created this gorgeous dress way back in 2003, which ended up making its way ...