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Playful Optimism: Materials

An optimistic and upbeat theme emerges, offering light relief and hope in troubled times. Expressive techniques, digital tools and found materials are embraced as creatives use design as a platform for positive change.

Playful Optimism focuses on handcrafted objects and immersive spaces that encourage collaboration, interaction and play, with an emphasis on reclaimed matter. Contrasting materials are juxtaposed in fun, modular compositions for customisable design that can be disassembled for future reuse. A nostalgic aesthetic informs physical and computer-generated objects that toy with our perception of what is real and what is digital.

For colour directions relating to this theme, see Playful Optimism: Colour from our Colour Spectrum A/W 19/20.

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