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2011–2014
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Marking a new direction in their work, the Obsedian Project, a highly polished and reflective black, organically formed mirror made from synthetic obsidian will be exhibited in Milan.Since 2007, Studio Drift’s focus has been to create a dialogue between nature and technology, creating awareness of how these two apparent opposites can work together. As a direct result of their research process for the production of this mirror, Studio Drift is keen to emphasize this almost alchemical, ‘something from nothing’ characteristic of synthetic obsidian and to highlight a dialogue about the ethical responsibility of creating solutions for worldwide problems. The mirror is symbolic of the potential of the meeting between technology and creative thinking to produce a solution to the world’s problems: as we look into its sensuous curves, the face of our own chemical responsibility reflects back to us.Synthetic Obsidian comes from an ingenious process of waste management in which the conditions of a volcano are imitated in an industrial oven, recycling difficult chemical waste. This process was invented in, and has been operational since, 1972. In stages, the oven temperatures rise and match those of the melting points of different raw materials such as gold, mercury and silver, which are then extracted in liquid form. All gasses released are kept, purified, cooled and recycled. With an emission of just 0.1 percent, this method is the most safe and clean way of recycling raw chemical materials in the world.The ash and residue that remain from this process are then reheated and subjected to a process of vitrification, restructuring the molecules into the homogenous, stable and beautiful black glass that is synthetic obsidian. Much of Studio Drift’s long process of researching the production of these sensual, black mirrors has been groundbreaking. Studio Drift has been making initial research into the properties of moulding and working with this substance: the first mirror is the starting point in an ongoing process of research.
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Cork jacket

by Todd Bracher and AmorimUsing cork’s natural pattern and texture as his starting point, acclaimed US designer Todd Bracher offers a new twist to the classic material’s applications. Teaming up with Portuguese cork manufacturing giant Amorim and using the international company’s high-quality product, sourced straight from the country’s cork forests, Bracher created a minimalist two-tone jacket out of different cork composites.
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Wet Sculptures by Visual Artist Tom Hancock
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Drummond Body Care by Anna Mackenzie
MacKenzie is a stylist and photographer working in collaboration with Drummond Body Care, she styles and shoots their new soap range in a architectural composition to celebrate the acidic limes and pastel hues of the textural soap compositions.

http://www.annamackenzie.net/
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Invisible Resources by Zuzana Gombosova

Invisible Resources Project seeks to explore the potential of microorganisms as a means to produce biological materials. Gombosova created a biological printer that enabled her to print new organic matter, which could be utilised in the future.
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Traditional Futures by Shubhi Sachan
 

Sachan’s project is focussed on the traditional side of materiality, looking at the functionality of a material, particularly risk hush ask, which historically was utilised for cleaning. She explores these rituals and creates a series of tools that celebrates the material and the processes undertaken.
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Material Pharmacy Sarah Da Costa
Sarah De Costa’s work is focused on exploring current bio-technology of microencapsulation. She is interested in how textiles could be a method of transferring drugs into the body.
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Dust Matters by Lucile Libotte
Another project exploring and celebrating the mundane/overlooked. Libotte’s project aims to re-evaluate the value of dust and poetically demonstrate how dust is a representation of our daily life and our journey through the world. Utilising the dust as a means to tell a story of the individual.
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The Extended Human by Song Chenyu
We cannot live without technology but all too often technology frustrates us. We are often required to adapt to the technology rather than the technology being adapted to us. Conventional technology often creates new problems even as it solves old ones. Some technologies aim to overcome our hominid instincts, bodies, and physiological process. The development of technologies have replaced original sensorial activities with mechanical actions.

This project explores how we might use and enhance our original skills and perceptive abilities. The objects used to purify human perspiration conditioning smells which have a special effects on the opposite sex, impact human excretion, blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and nerve activity, and let us stay in the best condition physiology.
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From Insects by Marlene Huissoud
From Insects is a project that seeks to utilise insects waste streams to create future craft artifacts.
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Landscape of Gravity by Kirsi Enkovaara

Landscape of Gravity is a pattern printing technique that visualizes the movement of water.  By effecting the movement of water with gravity this technique creates unique 3 dimensional organic prints to a surface of manmade objects. This way emphasizing unseen natural phenomenons in our surroundings and meeting points between man made shapes and natural elements. 
 
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Electro Colour by Cindy Strobach
A fascinating project whereby Strobach seeks to explore printing with electricity.
http://cindystrobach.com/
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PE by Joe Bradford
PE is a project that explores the unexpected but beautiful outcomes of the mundane plastic bag.
Bradford shreds discarded plastic bags using a rotary cutting tool which creates perfectly regular cross section curls. He then applies heat to a mould which helps to fuse and form the plastic.
Creating colourful, tactile surfaces that are aesthetically pleasing yet functional.
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BioPlastic Fantastic by Joanna Schmeer

BIOPLASTIC FANTASTIC
Bioplastic Fantastic investigates new types of products and interactions which might emerge from material innovations in the fields of bio- and nanotechnology. It speculates about the future design and use of domestic products made from enzyme-enhanced bioplastics. The concept is based on a recent scientific breakthrough in the synthesis of functioning biological cells made from plastics. [1] 
Seven products replace or complement the current food system by providing all nutrients and energy needed for a human to survive. They produce water, vitamins, fibre, sugar, fat, protein and minerals through biological processes, and are powered by artificial photosynthesis. The UN estimates that the world must produce 70 percent more food (measured in calories) by 2050. So instead of discussing how to grow more food, maybe we need to rethink food entirely. The loss of the natural sensuality of traditional food is substituted by a designed, artificial sensuality. 
The project focusses less on communicating the exact functionality of these products, and more on the interactions, aesthetics, atmosphere, and the feeling involved in interacting with them. They are designed to be part of a new type of biologically influenced domestic space, and their aesthetics are not machine-like or lab-like, to emphasise their domesticity and the design opportunities that might arise with these new types of materials: to make design more sensual, and less technical, less industrial. 
All of the product designs are based on model organisms which have similar functions in nature. They use the functional part of the biological circuit (enzymes), and combine this with non-living matter (bioplastic). As interactive products are growing closer and closer to the body, and scientists are making advances in the use of living matter in materials suitable for product design, it feasible that soon biochemical processes will be taking place in and on our technological devices. 
[1] Johnson, Russell (2014). Nanoreactors: Catalysis in Compartments, Nature Chemistry, 2014/01
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Iron Leather by Yukyung Lee
Another project that is exploring materiality and celebrating the mundane or overlooked materials. Yukyung Lee utilises iron filings to create organic surface patterns on leather.