Textile strips create a stunning window display

August 1, 2018

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake’s Spring-Summer 2018 collection takes its inspiration from Iceland’s natural beauty. The collection is fresh, clean and bold with unique textures and shapes in bright blues, greens, whites and yellows. Miyake turned to We+, a Tokyo-based contemporary design studio, to create a window display for the collection at the Matsuya Ginza …

Pink pavilion floats in Belgium

The historic city of Bruges, Belgium, with its medieval architecture, network of canals and cobblestone streets, is also home to an excitingly modern architecture festival. The Triennale Brugge, which runs through September 2018, showcases designs by contemporary architects and artists from around the world. This year’s theme, Liquid City, challenged the designers to consider architecture …

A dome tent that breathes

Jotaro Yoshida, founder of the Japanese sporting goods company Locus Gear, found inspiration for his latest dome tent in a dream. While staying in a mountain hut, Yoshida dreamed that his grandfather visited him and told him to build a tent. That motivated him to develop the Djedi Dome tent—which took four years and included …

Adaptive cooling technology for clothing

We all have the ability to regulate our body temperatures by sweating through our skin. As the moisture we produce evaporates, the skin cools naturally. But our clothing hampers this process. Swiss Textile innovator HeiQ has solved this problem with cooling technology applied to textiles that complements the natural perspiration process. It works like a …

Hit the road with a canvas surfboard bag

So what is the best way to carry your surfboard on the go—especially when your car or motorcycle has limited space? The answer lies in the childhood memories of one of the artisans at No Excuse Co., who recalls seeing his father, a military man, carrying a huge duffle bag on his shoulder as he …

ETFE roof tops wooden zeppelin at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

July 30, 2018

Established in a former factory, Prague’s DOX Centre for Contemporary Art has a fresh, modern sensibility. Its square corners, austere white concrete walls and large windows create an ideal backdrop for the exciting and thought-provoking works of art on display. But there is a surprise on the roof. A giant zeppelin-like structure seems to have …

3-D knitting with custom flair

July 1, 2018

What if you could use a knitting machine much like a 3-D printer to produce a sweater for a customer tailored to fit her perfectly? Not only that, what if she could choose the color and pattern as well? That’s the idea behind technology developed by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, who have developed …

Fabric artwork targets gun violence

A medium that is soft, warm and welcoming might just be the ideal outlet to discuss the cold, hard facts about gun violence in America. This is the thinking behind the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles exhibitions, “Guns: Loaded Conversations,” created in conjunction with Studio Art Quilt Associates and “Generation of Change: A …

Siren Socks for foot health

A side effect of diabetes can be numbness in the feet, causing people with the disease to be at risk for serious foot conditions including ulcers that can get infected and even result in amputation. It’s important for diabetics to monitor their feet daily. Typical tracking methods include therapeutic footwear, education and regular foot exams. Now the …

Double Vision exhibition explores spaces with thread

Artist Jeongmoon Choi is known for creating dramatic installations that draw the viewer into a transformed environment. Born in Seoul and based in Berlin, Choi often explores the contrast between eastern and western culture in her art. She works with thread as her primary medium, creating otherworldly spaces with rooms and locations as her canvas. …