Wednesday, October 26

Project Review with WdKA


Around Rotterdam



Saturday, October 22


Dutch Design Week: Strijp Area

My first stop was the Baars & Bloemhoof materials library. The exhibition featured several designers who worked and experimented with the materials from the library. Projects included spatial interior, acrylic and neon lights, and folded-fabric lamps and chairs. A separate room held material experiments and design ideation for the projects. Seeing the process was informative of how many iterations a good design requires as well as the fact that a pure experimentation in materials can also lead to a realized result.

I stumbled across interesting fabric origami. Pictured are a woven one (left) and a knitted one (right). The knitted fabric is created by alternating knitting stitches. The woven one seems to be constructed by exposing more of the warp along the lines of the folds. I am very curious about trying to create some origami fabric in these ways and to see where the process can lead.

I noticed a lot of interest in 3D printing with alternate materials such as clay. There is an interesting comparison between these two projects. The designer on the left enjoys celebrating the imperfections and drooping geometries that can be created with a machine. The designer on the right developed a special 3D printer to print clay and creates pottery that perhaps uses parametric design to push the traditional craft of pottery in a new direction.


At the Design Academy exhibition, this designer experimented with heat application to transform a 3D printed object to give it the appearance of inflation. In this way, craft and chance-dependent creation is reintroduced to the digitally produced object. The transformation process shown here is very exciting to me.

At Klokgebouw, I saw this interesting concept for organically shaped architecture to be produced efficiently and quickly. The architect demonstrated how the pieces can be stacked dimensionally as well as flat.

This garment reacts to the wearers sense of awe. Biosensors record indicators such as body heat and heart rate which prompts the structures inside to inflate and change color, creating a sense of awe in others as well. This sharing of experience and emotion is what I am interested in pursuing in my own research project and hearing the designer talk about the details of construction and mechanics was very informative.


This is a 3D knitted upholstery for a chair. Recently, 3D knitting is being incorporated in many garment constructions to reduce the textile waste. This designer is applying it to upholstery, which is really smart because not only does upholstery have a lot of waste that can be minimized, it offers a seamless cladding solution for more organically shaped furniture.

This company is producing a concrete that pierces the insulation with fiber optics and then pours the concrete. The concrete has the similar thermal and structural properties, giving concrete the possibility to be more light transparent. However, I’m curious about the practical application of the material, as the slabs have to be poured off site and transported. However, there are no steel reinforcements, so in tension, I doubt the the integrity of the material, especially in transport. Despite this, it is a big leap in building material technology, which offers a new quality to an amazing building material.

I watched the De-Formance dance performance where dancers danced with a sensor that interpreted their movements into a pattern based on the intensity of their movements. These patterns are translated to the fabrics for the costumes. Watching the screen in combination with the performance was an interesting was of interpreting motion. Perhaps there is a way to incorporate the live feed with the garment the dancer is wearing in real time? However, I also enjoyed the natural, and earthly feel of the garments, which matched the rhythmic dancing.


Friday, October 21

I started my journey to Eindhoven at the midnight of Wednesday, October 19 by getting on a bus to New York Port Authority. I went from the Baltimore Greyhound Bus Terminal, to New York Port Authority, to JFK airport, had a layover in Instanbul, arrived at Amsterdam this morning past 10, got on a train to Eindhoven around 11, and finally walked from the station to the hotel. On this journey, I experienced several varieties of transitional spaces, which although tiring, were also full of activity- sounds, motion, light, vibrations, making each of the spaces uniquely exciting.

I walked around a few shops and I was struck by the beauty of the public spaces here in Eindhoven. Because of the non-linear grid system, the streets open up and fold into pockets again, giving one the feeling of flowing through an organic system when navigating through the streets.


Highlights of the day:

Here are interesting pendant lights that are cut and assembled from a flat sheet of material.



Here are 3D printed glasses. The customer is able to select a basic style, have their face 3D scanned and then have their selected style custom mapped to their faces.



Glass fins with LED edge lighting. At night it probably looks like the lit up streets of a micro city, especially with the grid of individual bulbs to the left.

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Tangible Media Group explores the use of layer jamming technology to allow thin sheets to shift between rigid and flexible states seamlessly. The video explains various materials that can work with the layer jamming technology as well as three applications: for interactive display, instant furniture, and jamming sneaker.



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