Danielle Elsener (b, 1991) designs zero-waste fashion. She engineers her sewing pattern layouts to eliminate textile waste. Elsener designed her Zero-Waste Scrubs in the UK in the spring of 2020. Continue reading Eye On Design: Zero-Waste Scrub Set By Danielle Elsener
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Eye On Design: Model No. 41 Lounge Chair By Alvar Alto
Alvar Aalto’s bentwood furniture designs were among the many ground breaking utilitarian items to emerge from the Bauhaus school designers. The Model 41 Bentwood Lounge Chair (1931 – 32), designed for Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium, demonstrates the radical possibilities of bentwood in its graceful, scrolling form, devoid of right angles and sharp geometry.
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Pink Thing Of The Day: Fernando Laposse’ Cochineal-Dyed Sisal Shade Lamp
American cochineal, a small parasitic insect that feeds on the prickly pear cactus, was for centuries the source of the most coveted red pigment in the world. Imbued with profound artistic, cultural, and economic significance for indigenous peoples of Mexico and the Andean Highlands of South America, cochineal was transformed into a widely-traded global commodity upon European contact in the 16th century. While historically it was favored for its ability to produce a highly desirable crimson red, the insect’s red carminic acid can yield shades ranging from soft pink to deep purple.
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Eye On Design: Scented 3D Printed Cotton Candy Dishes
Inside this glass dome are vessels printed from sugar. The dome has an indented opening, inviting museum visitors to take a whiff of the objects inside; and yes, they smelled like Cotton Candy. Continue reading Eye On Design: Scented 3D Printed Cotton Candy Dishes
Eye On Design: Eatwell Assistive Tableware By Shao Yao
Color plays a powerful role in Eatwell Assistive Tableware (2015). Designer She Yao’s grandmother lived with Alzheimer’s disease. Her cognitive and sensory impairments caused her to eat less that she should. The Eatwell bowl uses the color blue, which does not appear in food, helping people with Alzheimer’s to distinguish food from the dish.
On the exteriors of the bowls, the colors red and yellow stimulate appetite. All pieces stand out from the table setting to enhance cognition.
Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in Manhattan.