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Materials Focus 2018/19

Exploring the latest material advancements across the creative and scientific spheres, we highlight the influential and inspirational projects reinventing material application and fabrication for 2018/19.

Home Ground: Materials
Home Ground: MaterialsHome Ground: MaterialsAs the revolution in robotic manufacturing gains momentum, the need for materials and products with meaning, tactility and even imperfection increases. Big brands recognise the value of fabrication facilities positioned closer to their markets, and small workshops are upgraded with scaled-down specialist equipment that speeds up the design and prototyping process.

This decentralisation of manufacture allows a more democratic engagement with the design process, which is now accessible to those living rurally as well as in cities. A rising awareness of material origins spurs designers to re-evaluate materials that are found to hand, including waste and off-cuts, to remake raw materials.

As at-home digital manufacturing enables the creation of precision products that are optimised and tailored to individuals' needs, conscious design takes on a new aesthetic, which is explored in our themes Industrial Heritage and Harvested Materials.
Colour & MaterialsMaterials Focus 2018/1901 Dec 2016
Enduring Luxe: Materials
Enduring Luxe: MaterialsEnduring Luxe: MaterialsOur perception of luxury is changing as designers re-evaluate high-end aesthetics and the definition of what is desirable and beautiful. Pressure on the world's resources is prompting a shift towards the use of long-lasting components instead of traditionally rich materials. We seek to produce objects that are considered luxurious because of their design excellence and craftsmanship rather than their rarity.

Projects that challenge material perceptions and devise new manufacturing techniques are addressed in our two key themes, Dual-Function Materials and Industrial Fluidity.
Colour & MaterialsMaterials Focus 2018/1901 Dec 2016
Tech-Spiritual: Materials
Tech-Spiritual: MaterialsTech-Spiritual: MaterialsAs the objects we surround ourselves with become embedded with artificial intelligence, they start to take on an awareness that directs a new aesthetic. The slick surfaces that have come to define personal electronics are replaced with more meaningful materials with tactility and character. The current state of political and economic flux is also fuelling this shift in aesthetics as we seek alternatives to convention and put our trust in earthy minerals, spiritual colour and mystical materials.

We highlight influential projects under two themes: Sacred Innovation and Enchanting Tech.
Colour & MaterialsMaterials Focus 2018/1901 Dec 2016
Sci-Bio: Materials
Sci-Bio: MaterialsSci-Bio: MaterialsA direction defined by radical material innovations, Sci-Bio explores the blending of technology and biology as man and machine become more closely entwined. Design takes cues from nature by adopting organic mechanisms and learning from its intelligent technologies. Generative design and biomimicry create new visual aesthetics that revise our perception of what is natural and what is manmade.

We explore themes around Merging Man & Machine and Capturing Energy & Toxicity.
Colour & MaterialsMaterials Focus 2018/1901 Dec 2016
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