Despite skin being our largest and most sensitive organ, with touch often referred to as the ‘mother of the senses’, sight has been regarded as our predominant sense since the ancient Greeks. ‘The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears,’ wrote Heraclitus; Plato thought vision was ‘humanity’s greatest gift’; while Aristotle claimed that sight ‘approximates the intellect most closely’.
As city living takes its toll on the mental wellbeing of young urbanites, and more people seek escape from their smartphones, a new wave of craft making experiences offers these consumers the ideal means of moderation.
With so many egregious offences against women coming to light across the film, art and publishing industries, one thing is for certain: women creators are no longer playing nice or staying quiet. In fact, they are rushing to fill the cultural vacuum left by their disgraced male predecessors with powerful work. More than ever, women are taking back their own images, stories and narratives in order to create impactful and nuanced work about women, by women. From top-grossing actresses publicly demanding equal pay to underground digital platforms that let women’s imaginations run wild, women are demanding to be heard and they are using the vehicles of art, design, film and media to do so.
Over-consumption of scarce resources is driving designers to reclaim materials from waste. As well as offering environmental benefits, these innovations signal a shift in our relationship with materials, away from a linear take-make-discard model to a more cyclical approach in which designers harvest alternative raw goods from industrial and domestic waste streams and landfill.
In our new book Radical Matter, we present a snapshot of projects and material innovations by the designers at the forefront of the making revolution. All over the world, an emerging generation of designers and makers are rethinking raw materials, repurposing waste, and presenting radical solutions to the challenges of making and surviving in the modern world. In this post we explore how designers are beginning to use the by-products of living systems as materials for design.
We are looking at the importance of tactility in our increasingly digital world. We are exploring why the sense of touch is so important and how designers are preserving our intimate and tangible connection to the world around us. In this Talent section, we showcase the creatives working in new ways to encourage touch and preserve the human sensation of tactile interaction.
From a distinctive footwear designer to a contemporary glass-blower and an unconventional make-up artist, we continue to identify the idea-makers of today – and tomorrow
With the global wellness industry estimated to be worth over $3.7 trillion, health is increasingly being placed front and centre of our lifestyles. No wonder, then, that innovative leisure brands are creating new spaces where urbanites can dwell, work and socialise, as well as get fit.
Colours have historically carried certain connotations. Within art and design, specific pigments have been attributed rich or poor status, defined as luxury or commonplace, intended for the elite or for the masses. But today, when any hue can be synthesised digitally or chemically, how do we attribute meaning and value to colour?
Touch is the great universal connector. A hug, a caress, a kiss, even a handshake, express our common humanity. Touch is the first sense to develop in the womb – from eight weeks, an unborn baby’s sense of touch is already forming – and from then on, positive touch is essential to our wellbeing, both physical and emotional.
The colour pink has a rich history. Few colours have the same loaded connotations of femininity, rebellion and economic prosperity.
Pedro da Costa is on a mission to raise awareness and appreciation of historic pigments and painstaking lacquer and paint application techniques.
It’s time to take play seriously. In an era of uncertainty, political instability and environmental concern, our need for optimism, escape and invention is being realised through play. Learning through playful processes and thinking has become a positive preoccupation for all – not just the young.
Impactful colour dominates on social media and its influence is spreading beyond the screen...
Artists, designers and brands are turning to digital realism to create compelling experiences both online and offline