GlideWear solutions for children

October 1, 2018

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, …

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 …