Friday, March 31, 2006

textile architecture

The textile brick designed by Erwan e Ronan Bouroullec for Kvadrat showroom in Stokholm is the latest step in their process of deconstructing space. Walls, doors and passageways regarded so far as closed and permanently fixed entities can instead be transformed into free configurations.

The soft brick is in fact self-organised in a continuous surface. This determines its growth in space according to the context.

The brick's basic module, mass-produce using industrial processes, has no clearly perceptible form as such. Once aggregated into a settled combination, the module tends to lose its separate identity and merge into a continuous flow. Each unit is a "fabric sandwich" containing a soft and deadening layer of cellular foam. In this way, areas enclosed by the flexible textile brick surfaces acquire a special sound quality that tends to create a muffledand warm sensation of that space. At any moment, doors, spare space, services, offices can be replanned differently, thus adapting to changing interiors.

More images.
Via dezain < Domus.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

tqs shoot

tqs shoot
Originally uploaded by Marcelo Coelho.
Before our live TV interview (TQS noon talk show), joey prepares the squirrlel models for a good demo. As usual, pointing her fingers and micro-managing things...

rickshaw crew

rickshaw crew
Originally uploaded by kinked.
joey, bruno (squirrel in training) and marguerite (master squirrel) made lots of funny faces during their week in ahmedabad.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

some research stuff

In less than 12 seconds the BodyScanner, which is installed in your boutique, scans and memorizes the customer body volume and then calculates his/measurements and postures. All measurements required for the relevant garments are extracted from the 3D scan. The virtual body shape is available after the customer leaves the boutique.

Techtextil North America will showcase the higher performance areas of technical textiles and continue to grow and attract an eclectic collection of researchers, manufacturers and product specifiers. It is the only trade show that assembles all vertical aspects of the technical textile industry. From research and development, through raw materials and production processes and finally ending in conversion, further treatment and recycling.