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The incredible lightness of being

The incredible lightness of being

Lightweight materials, as the name suggests, simply refers to materials that are light in weight. However, whilst there are many materials that may be deemed light (tissue paper, for instance), the category of lightweight materials we will look at here refers to those that are of high strength for their weight (often referred to as the strength-to-weight ratio), or have another important property relative to their weight (such as toughness).

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Creative culture

Creative culture

Daniele Lago was only 33 when he took over his family furniture manufacturing company, Lago Arredamenti, in 2006.

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Gumboots from Kazakhstan

Gumboots from Kazakhstan

Traditionally, gumboot shopping probably hasn’t been at the top of most people’s lists for an exciting afternoon.

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East melds with west

East melds with west

People who are passionate about objects – designers above all, but also artists, artisans and general enthusiasts of material culture – know that the value of an artifact goes well beyond its function or appearance.

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