Spider silk builds strong bones

September 1, 2018

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, …

Smart wearable tracks sports performance

A new device puts a “coach” on the back of elite aspiring athletes, enabling them to track their performance and improve their game. PLAYR is a smart wearable vest designed by Benjamin Hubert of LAYER, an experience design agency, for Catapult, a sports analytics and tech company. Catapult works with more than 1,500 elite sports teams …

Tree stump sculptures made from fabric

The inspiration for artist Tamara Kostianovsky’s fabric sculptures comes from an unlikely place. As a young girl, she worked in a surgeon’s office where she encountered the human body in ways most of us never do, seeing the world beneath the skin—veins, ligaments, muscles and chunks of fat. The colors, texture and movement fascinated her. …

Breath/ng sculpture absorbs air pollution

Milan Design Week is the ultimate destination in the world of design. The city is transformed into a showcase for hundreds of artists, designers and brands to present their creative best. For this year’s show held in April, the organizers challenged the industry to incorporate innovation and sustainability into their offerings. Acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo …

Performance clothing for astronauts

Performance clothing made of fabrics with cooling technology is readily available today. But how would similar fabrics function in space? That’s what a team of researchers wants to know, and they are working to get answers on the International Space Station (ISS). There, German ESA astronaut Dr. Alexander Gerst conducted physiology experiments investigating the interaction …

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 …