Materials

More than wood

Many believe that when it comes to parquet floors, ceramics that look like wood are a little odd: what’s the point of imitating nature when nature can do the job itself?

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Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital

Edited by Ronald T Labaco and published by Black Dog Publishing, Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital examines the interdisciplinary trend in today’s postdigital world that artists are using to achieve levels of expression that were never before possible.

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Need for speed

Speedo’s Fastskin3 Racing System took more than four years and 55 000 hours of research and development.

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From the scrap heap

When Nike leapt into the world of recycling with its Reuse-A-Shoe program in the early 90s, the footwear leader committed to building talent and resources to constantly improve its design standards in line with environmentally preferred materials and an ethos they called Considered.

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Cold comfort

Rip Curl’s H-Bomb, the first power-heated wetsuit, was launched in Australia in 2009.

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Sleek suits

Designed in New Zealand, Orca wetsuits for triathletes and ocean swimmers are ultralight and flexible, made from the most technologically advanced neoprene-like materials.

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If the shoe fits

United Nude – founded in 2003 by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Galahad Clark, a seventh- generation shoemaker (Clark Shoes) – created the LoRes shoe.

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Domestic bliss

Philips Design launched Microbial Home – seven design concepts for the future that form part of a cyclical, sustainable, domestic ecosystem.

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Unleashing the domestic gourmet

Award-winning French designer Matali Crasset has gleaned her time and research spent observing the notorious French pasty chef Pierre Hermè to create the Essentiel de Pâtisserie collection for Alessi – touted as the ‘must have’ tools for all pastry chefs.

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