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Future of Fabric

The fabric that gives you invisibility

Once regarded as a mere fantasy in the fictional wizarding world of Harry Potter, the cloak of invisibility will soon become a reality. The principle behind the invisibility is to manipulate light waves by forcing them around the concealed object. The potential uses of such an invention is limitless – from camouflage in warfare to delicate surgery, allowing surgeons to see through their hands to provide a better visual field.

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The fabric that requires no cleaning

Imagine the amount of time saved if we didn’t have to do any laundry! With the advances in nanotechnology, a nanoparticle alcohol-based compound has been created, which when sprayed onto fabric and heated, renders the cloth repellant to stains. Through Kickstarter, Aamir Patel has been garnering support for his pet project – Silic: A shirt that cleans itself. See it for yourself in the video below!

The fabric that can be printed

Electroloom, a company that has come up with a 3D printer for fabric, makes use of a process called electrospinning to design and manufacture a seamless fabric. Their vision is to build a community and open the world of fashion design and manufacturing to everyone.

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Credits
discovery.com
dailymail.co.uk
bbc.com
silicshirts.com
electroloom.com
wired.com

 

August 10, 2015

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Fascinating Fabric Facts

Vicuña wool

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Let’s kick this post off with the most expensive fabric in the world – Vicuña wool. Vicuña is a relative of the llama, and its wool can only be shorn once every 2-3 years, demanding a whopping $6000 per meter. Kiton, an Italian tailor and vicuña specialist, makes only about 100 pieces from vicunña wool every year. Sports coats made of this fabric can fetch a hefty sum of $21,000 and upwards, while a made-to-measure suit has an entry-level price of $40,000.

 

US$

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If money makes the world go round, fabric can claim part of the honour. According to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the U.S. currency paper is made of 25% linen and 75% cotton, so I guess it turns out the so-called “paper currency” isn’t actually paper at all! It’s probably a wise choice of material because if the bills were made of paper, if you accidentally left them in your pants pocket and sent it for a whirl in your washing machine, (and let’s face it, we’ve all done that at several points in our lives), dirt won’t be the only thing you’d be washing away.

 

Past current-cy

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In olden Japan, money was literally the fabric of the nation. During the Heian Period (795-1192), silk fabrics were sometimes used as currency instead of copper coins. Linen was also sometimes used as currency in ancient Egypt. Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen as a symbol of light and purity, and as a display of wealth.

 

Private linens

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Speaking of linen, the term ‘lingerie’ is actually derived from the French word ‘linge’, meaning linen. Nowadays, lingerie undergarments no longer use linen, and instead use flexible, stretchy material such as nylon, polyester, satin, lace, silk and sheer fabric.

 

Cuben strong

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We’ve talked about the most expensive fabric, now let’s bring in the strongest. Cuben is among the strongest and lightest fibers, and is used in making yacht sails, airship hulls and kites. Cuben fiber is a plastic laminate fabric embedded with strongest man-made polyethylene fibers.  It is about 50% lighter and 4 times stronger than Kevlar.

 

Credits

The Wall Street Journal
Bichos Argentinos
Refinery29
Daily Finance
BullionStar
Egypt Trade
New World Encyclopedia
Sanat
Paris Attitude
Cubic Tech
Boats.com

May 18, 2015

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Turning polYESter into art

MEET DO-HO SUH

In this latest installment of the blog, we cast the spotlight on this well-deserving artist with an eye for detail and a mind for innovation.

Do-Ho Suh, a Korean sculptor and installation artist based both in Seoul and New York City, is renowned for his ghostly architectural installations and polyester sculptures. His work centers on how we perceive the things around us, and how we manufacture moments from a space.

Suh’s work has been represented in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. His pieces have also been displayed in Tate Modern in London and Mori Art Museum in Japan amongst many others. His international recognition comes as no surprise, with his signature translucent polyester sculptures recreating anything from a replica of his own personal bathtub to ornate oriental arches.

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Photo Credits

http://www.designboom.com
http://www.pbs.org
http://www.thisiscolossal.com

http://www.lehmannmaupin.com
http://www.wallpaper.com
http://www.dezeen.com

March 28, 2015

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Fabric Magic: Unusual Items Made Into Fabric

1. Fermented fashion? Wine not! : Micro‘be’

Who would have imagined a fabric that could grow itself? And what more, from a bottle of wine? Micro’be’, invented by textile artist Donna Franklin and scientist Gary Cass, is essentially a bacterial fermented seamless garment created by living microbes that ferment wine. The colour of the resultant fabric can be varied depending on the type of wine used.

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2. FaSoynating fabric: Soy Silk

Soy Silk is an environmentally-friendly fibre made from tofu manufacturing waste. Soy protein is liquefied and then extruded into fibers that are then spun into threads. It is also referred to as “vegetable cashmere”.

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3. Go loco for coco(nuts)! : Coconut Fibre

 The fibre in the coconut shell (also known as coir) is natural and renewable, making it an excellent eco-friendly fabric. Boasting advantages such as odour adsorption, UV protection and effective evaporative cooling, it is no wonder that Cocona Inc. has recently developed a line of clothing made of this fibre.

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4. Coffee breaks new grounds : S.Café

With the gaining popularity of turning waste into eco fabric, there is now fabric, patented as S.Café, made out of old coffee grounds. The resultant fabric is soft, light, flexible and breathable, making it a great choice for sportswear textile. To top it off, it only takes the grounds from one medium cup of coffee to make enough material for two T-shirts!

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5. Under the sea(weed) : SeaCell

SeaCell is a cellulose-based fiber made from a mixture of seaweed, wood pulp and algae. The fabric is softer and more breathable than cotton. Research also suggests that SeaCell improves blood flow to the skin and skin cell regeneration, as well as transfers some of nutrients from the seaweed to the skin. Most of the items made from SeaCell are bras, underwear or bedding.

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6. A-maize-ing fabric : Ingeo Fiber

We’re all familiar with corn as a staple in our meals, but what about in our clothing? The corn fabric is produced by taking the sugar from corn and putting it through a process called polymerization, turning sugar into plastic. These plastic strands are then used in clothing and bedding and apparently requires 68% less energy than polyester or nylon.

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7. IntereSting invention : STINGplus

Scientists at De Montfort University, UK developed a fabric using stinging nettle plant. Known as STINGplus, it has been heralded as “the most sustainable fabric ever” as its strength is greater than cotton, has great fire retardant properties and has extreme growth without pesticides without requiring much water. It has earned an award for being 100% renewable.

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Photo Credits
http://www.pretavivre.com
http://alfalfastudio.com
http://killerwineclub.com
http://blackwatertreasures.com
https://knoji.com
http://www.footprintbamboo.com
http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com
http://www.ecouterre.com
http://www.bioflora.com
http://vegenista.com

January 9, 2015

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Flower Power

There has been much buzz in the interior fabrics world that come 2015, the retro fabrics reminiscent of the 60s and 70s will be making a strong comeback and taking the industry by storm. And nothing screams retro more than the Flower Power Era. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and relive the times by looking at seven incredibly exquisite flower-inspired chairs.

 

1. The Bloom Lounge Chair by Kenneth Cobonpue

 

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Function, beauty, elegance, nature – this chair has it all! Here, we have The Bloom Lounge Chair, a beautiful new flower unfurling in the sunlight, exuding delicate grace and vibrancy. The seats are made of thousands of handmade stitches that are like veinlets of plants stretching outwards from the center.

 

2. Masanori Umeda Getsuen Lily Chair

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Here’s another chair that reminds us of nature’s beauty, while being funky and fun at the same time. The Getsuen Lily Chair is truly a fine piece of creation, and it is especially beautiful when viewed from the side profile of the petals. Breathtakingly gorgeous with spreading crimson petals, it comes complete with roller-skate feets, making it easy to pivot and move around the room. The retro-gold upholstery makes the Lily Chair all the more sophisticated and vivacious.

 

3. Marco Maran My Flower Chair by Parri

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This whimsical, playful chair is full of character – it’s cheerful yet insanely comfortable. Just like beautiful little flowers in springtime, these trendy pieces bring freshness and liveliness into any space.

 

4. Masanori Umeda Rose Chair by Edra

Untitled9This chair of rose petals made of soft velvety pillows is definitely an haute couture item, symbolising both romance and tenderness. Sink into the plush comforts of the Rose Chair and you will forget about your hectic days.

 

5. Sandro Santantonio Flower Chair

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This chair not only boasts creative design, taking the organic form of a flower petal, but also serves as a constant reminder of nature’s beauty and the importance of social design. Colourful, comfortable, solid and a great conversation piece.

6. Hush Chair by Freja Sewell

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Check out this unique soft chair in the shape of a flower bud. This chair creates an enclosed space, giving a personal retreat into a dark, quiet, natural space or state of mind. A great design addressing our need to be alone sometimes in an increasingly interconnected world.

 

7. Aston Deco Design Chair Flower

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Now here’s a unique and funky chair mimicking a blossoming flower. The simplicity of the design reminds us that sometimes, less is more.

 

Photo Credits
http://hdw.eweb4.com
http://www.designtopnews.com
http://www.bonluxat.com
http://www.architonic.com
http://www.umodern.com
http://www.switchmodern.com
http://www.giovannetticollezioni.it
https://snddesigninc.files.wordpress.com
http://www.astondeco.com

 

 

October 30, 2014

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