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Knitting with Glass


This month #asloves the ‘Soft Silica‘ project by Sarah Roseman, a recent graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven, whose materiality lies somewhere in-between textile and glasswork …
Her process involves heating glass fibres until they are in a soft enough state to knit and weave, before creating complex patterns and shapes, experimenting with various knitting techniques.

 

The material is brought to life and appears to be frozen in time, capturing the way glass melts in a static object through with the tactility of a textile. The project currently consists of glass tapestries and sculptural vessels as well as an extensive and ever growing archive of samples. It is a continuing glass research that evolves and develops with each iteration, to find future possibilities and applications for this exciting new material.

Sarah Roseman, on her website

 

We couldn’t agree more! The final results are magical, strange and above all innovative.

Photos: all images © Sarah Roseman

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Jade Facade


This month #asloves the facade of Bulgari Shanghai conceived by MVRDV Architects, using recycled beer and champagne bottles, creating a new Jade-like material that frames the store.

 

For this, MVRDV’s third Bulgari store in their ongoing collaboration, they continue exploring the possibilities of sustainable recycled materials in luxury. Taking Art Deco and China’s most precious stone, Jade, as their inspirations, they imagined a stunning facade panelled in a custom sintered green translucent recycled glass material:

 

Our collaboration with Bulgari has yielded some fascinating material experiments. It’s a passion we share with them, albeit in different design disciplines. The Shanghai store encapsulates the value of these experiments: given the right treatment and detailing, leftover champagne and beer bottles, which would otherwise be thrown away, become a jewel for the city.” MVRDV founding partner Jacob van Rijs

Here at American Supply we love the visual transformation, and MVRDV’s sensitive use of recycled sustainable materials.

 

The project demonstrates the potential of sustainable recycled materials, even in luxury contexts, and takes one step towards MVRDV and Bulgari’s goal of store designs that are built using 100% circular economy materials. Meanwhile the backlight is engineered to minimise the façade’s energy footprint, using less than half the energy of a typical comparable installation.MVRDV website

Photos: all images © Bulgari, © Xia Zhi

All images are taken from the MVRDV website

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E-Waste Innovation


This month #asloves the Common Sands Project glass tiles conceived by Snøhetta and Studio Plastique, manufactured by Fornace Brioni, recycling the glass from microwaves, ovens, and post-consumer electronic goods.
Due to the imperfections developed during use, and the inherent differences in primary applications, post-consumer electronic glass is very rarely recycled as it cannot be transparent. Common Sands Project pushes this to the forefront to develop a terrazzo-like surface that celebrates these imperfections, producing a mottled semi-translucent material in tile format. The tiles can be used in architecture and interior design applications, and their unique proposal will mine an ever-increasing primary source:

 

“Glass has material properties excellent for recycling, but EU directives on effectively processing glass from electronic waste (E-waste) do not currently exist. Sand is a finite resource, and as the volume of E-waste is increasing rapidly worldwide, we need strategies and solutions.”

Snøhetta

 

The project is still in the ongoing prototype stages, but they have already developed two sizes for the tiles, and have the possibility of large scale production with their manufacturing partner Fornace Brioni, pending classification. 

Photo credit: all images courtesy of snøhetta

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The Memory
of Waste

This month #aslovesLink’ the latest recycling project by WE+ that deals with the problem of commercial building waste in Japan. Their research was born from a real problem – commercial buildings in Japan have an extremely short lifespan of only 5 to 10 years…
Using discarded building materials that come exclusively from the demolition of commercial buildings (including wood, brick, and metals), WE+ first crush the various elements into pellets before separating them into rough and fine grains. The rough grains will later become the surface patterns and the finer grains pigments, once the material is solidified.

 

These grains are then mixed, molded, compacted, and assembled into a new hybrid material that is used to create furniture objects and wall elements imbibed with the memories of their previous commercial applications. With beautiful surface textures, material ingenuity, and a timeless industrial aesthetic, ‘Link’ is one of our favourite creative eco-projects of the month!

 

WE+ is a contemporary design studio, based in Tokyo, that gives form to new perspectives and values through unique production methods and means of expression, developed on the basis of research and experimentation.

Photo Credit: Images by masayuki hayashi (excluding process images) courtesy we+

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Wood Grain Foam!


This month #asloves the wood grain effect foam furniture collection ‘seam of skin’ by Japanese designer, Chiaki Yoshihara. Using a unique artisanal handmade process, she transforms blocks of polystyrene insulating foam into one-off design objects! Enjoy the slideshow of screenshots from the video she made with @bashhhhy below to see the whole process, and discover her technique!

Photo Credit: All images courtesy Chiaki Yoshihara, screenshots from video by @bashhhhy