Curtains for 3-D holograms at the Museum of Applied Art Cologne

October 1, 2018

The annual IMM Cologne International Interiors Show, held each January, offers a first peek at the trends in interior design for the coming year. More than 1,300 exhibitors from around the world display an exciting and diverse variety of furniture and designs. At the 2018 show, Stylepark AG, the Frankfurt-based online platform for architectural products, …

Going solar with Tommy Hilfiger

Most people have had this experience: You are out in public and suddenly realize your smart phone battery desperately needs recharging, but there is nowhere to plug it in. Pvilion, a Brooklyn-based designer and manufacturer of flexible PV solar structures, and designer Tommy Hilfiger have collaborated to develop a solar-powered tote and clutch that provides …

Transparent, self-adhesive textile shades windows

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention—or in this case, it’s the father. Specifically, Philippe Lampe, owner of Lampe Textiles in Tielt, Belgium, was looking for a way to provide his son some privacy in his college room. Lampe’s son wanted curtains for his window, but he wasn’t allowed to attach anything …

Fabrics create comfortable shelters

A group of designers at Bora Architects, a Portland, Ore., firm, had an interesting idea they wanted to explore. The group considered the way in which modern American life, with all its comforts, creates a barrier to the natural world. Increasingly, the buildings we inhabit no longer reflect the regional climates in which they exist, as …

Finland’s glare-free West Port terminal

The Port of Helsinki, located on the Baltic Sea, is a bustling gateway from Finland to the rest of Europe. In 2017, 12.3 million passengers traveled through the harbor, making it Europe’s busiest. It’s also Finland’s top port for foreign trade, with 14.3 million tons of goods transported through the harbor in the same year. …

GlideWear solutions for children

Imagine that your child’s skin was so delicate that a minor fall, a scratch or even a light touch could cause painful blisters, open sores or even a serious infection from a wound. This is the reality for children who suffer from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a rare genetic disorder that causes the skin to injure …

Triple Chill cooling denim

Denim is always in style—but it’s not always the first choice in the heat of the summer. A new line that keeps its cool could change all that. Developed by Atlanta, Ga.-based performance fabric innovator brrr°, the textile is designed to move heat and moisture away from the body, alleviating that hot and sweaty feel. …

From fashion waste to aerogel

Fashion waste continues to be a problem. It’s estimated that in the U.S. alone, nearly 13 million tons of unwanted garments end up in landfills each year. Researchers at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Engineering have one solution: They developed a method to convert cotton-based fabric waste into highly compressible and ultra-light cotton …

Art installation dances with the breeze

September 1, 2018

Downtown Phoenix’s Arizona Center is undergoing a major transformation. One of the objectives was to open up the inward-looking space to connect it to the surrounding neighborhood, creating a more interactive and spontaneous experience for the public. The one-million-square-foot multi-use project includes shopping, restaurants, entertainment, office space and residential units. Creating space within the center …

Spider silk builds strong bones

The process of mending broken bones can be long and difficult. Load-bearing bones sometimes require a metal plate for support, which can lead to other problems such as irritation and rigidity. Researchers at the University of Connecticut decided to turn to nature for a solution. Led by Professor Mei Wei, the team investigated silk fibroin, …