MATERIAL
Pliez-moi, transformez-moi, comme vous voulez

Les Luminiums sont une gamme de nos matériaux contrecollés à un support aluminium, développée au sein du studio American Supply. En transformant ainsi nos matériaux, nous leur donnons de nouvelles propriétés et proposons de nouvelles possibilités. L’aluminium, léger et souple, nous permet de les maintenir dans une forme après manipulation, et de la changer à volonté. Il est alors possible d’imaginer tous types de paysages comme des montagnes, des rampes de ski, des icebergs, des surfaces planétaires extraterrestres ou les merveilles de votre imagination la plus folle prennent vie!

Pour illustrer leur étrangeté, nous avons créé une petite vidéo pour chaque variation manipulée.

Voici la liste de leur caractère individuel :

SKI-LUMINIUM

Notre Glitter Hexa Ski sur aluminium, un classique intemporel et le premier matériau de la famille luminium, parfait pour créer des montagnes et des scènes de fin d’année hivernale.

MOON-LUMINIUM

Notre Microbille Reflective sur aluminium, une matière reflective qui devient blanche éclatante à la lumière du flash.

FLASH-LUMINIUM

Notre Rainbow Flash sur aluminium, l’homologue sombre du Moon luminium qui devient arc-en-ciel à la lumière du flash.

MAGIC-LUMINIUM

Notre iconique Magic Mirror adhésif sur aluminium, un film dichroïque aux reflets magiques disponible en bleu ou rose.

BRAISE-LUMINIUM

Un papier pailleté sur aluminium, pour une touche glamour & luxe, ou dans un autre registre pour imiter les braises d’un feu de cheminée.

MOUSSE-LUMINIUM

Notre feutrine polyester Mousse sur aluminium, douce au toucher imite parfaitement les landes et vallées vertes.

FASHION
Torsades Textiles
A/H 19

Alors que la Fashion Week arrive à Paris, revenons sur le dernier mois des défilés à New York, Londres et Milan. Ce qu’il faut retenir côté innovation textile : les créateurs ont fait preuve d’originalité avec d’innombrables et surprenantes applications textiles. En espérant que cela sera d’autant plus incroyable à Paris! Profitez du diaporama ci-dessus et découvrez certains de nos favoris.

Credit Photo: All images courtesy Vogue.com & Nowfashion.com

MATERIAL
Bend Me, Shape Me, Any Way You Want Me

The Luminiums are a range of our materials on lightweight aluminium support that we have developed. This opens up the different materials to a new world of sculptural possibilities, as the aluminium holds its shape, yet is soft and light enough to be manipulated by hand. You can easily imagine mountain ranges, ski slopes, icebergs, extraterrestrial planetary surfaces, or the wonderlands of your wildest imagination come to life!

To illustrate their individual quirks and character traits, we have made a small video for each variation being manipulated.

Here we list their individual traits:

SKI-LUMINIUM

Our Glitter Hexa Ski on aluminum, a timeless classic and the first in the aluminum family, perfect for recreating snow-capped mountains and festive scenes.

MOON-LUMINIUM

Our Microbilles Reflective on aluminum, a space-age reflective material that turns a dazzling white when activated with a camera flash.

FLASH-LUMINIUM

Our Rainbow Flash on aluminium, a dark counterpart to our Moon-Luminium that becomes rainbow coloured when activated with a camera flash.

MAGIC-LUMINIUM

Our iconic Magic Mirror adhesive on aluminium, a spectacular reflective dichroic surface available in blue or pink.

BRAISE-LUMINIUM

A glitter paper on aluminium, perfect for a touch of luxury or to mimic a hearth of smouldering embers.

MOUSSE-LUMINIUM

Our felted polyester Mousse on aluminium, soft to the touch and perfect for imagining mountain ranges and rolling fields.

FASHION
Textile Twists & Turns
F/W 19

As the fashion week train arrives in our hometown Paris, we take a material journey through the last month of fashion shows in New York, London and Milan. With countless unexpected applications, and fabric innovations, the designers showed little restraint when it came to materials, and we’re sure they won’t hold back in Paris! Enjoy the slideshow above and discover some of our favorites.

Credit Photo: All images courtesy Vogue.com & Nowfashion.com

Technology
Experiments on 3D-surface

This month we experiment with a new 3D support in our material library – Bamboo Pulp. The base support is created using bamboo fibers, that are pressed between two molded metal forms, in an iron. The result is a lightweight and easily reproduced 3D panel, which comes in many different declinations. We experimented with digital printing, glitter projection, flocking, and hand-painting & stripping wrapped around in a bondage fashion. The results were startling, as the panel’s original forms changed with each application… The science of experimentation is truly magical!

STORY OF THE MONTH
Home is Where the Art is!

Maison & Objet, the self-confessed international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture, and lifestyle culture and trends breezed through Paris again for it’s January edition. With over 3000 exhibitors, it was a fascinating whirlwind of creativity and inspiration!

We focus above on three main trends that struck us in the salon, Recycling, Cardboard & Paper, and Textured Walls, and highlight below some technological developments that caught our eye.

In the Recycling field, LLOT LLOV from Germany created a material they called Glacier, in collaboration with cosmetics group Cosnova – a Nail Polish Terrazzo made from discarded nail polish bottles in concrete support. ecoBIRDY, based in Antwerp, collected old children’s toys and recycled them into new design furniture, in an innovative material they call ecothylene® which they have managed to develop to the high safety standards for children – making it both eco-friendly and child-friendly!

In the Cardboard & Paper trend, the work of French artist Marie-Anne Thieffry was an astonishing use of layered cardboard, carved into beautiful spherical lights and figurative busts. Molo Designs from Canada showcased their unique structures in folded paper and cardboard, flexible wall partitions, seating and lights that can be adapted to any space, and reconfigured with ease. A perfect product for the modern city apartment.

Textured Walls were everywhere, giving a new dimension to any interior: we particularly liked Portugal’s Burel Factory, a historical wool manufacturer, who create intricate hand finished wall coverings in finest wool. They are used in hospitality for their acoustic and thermal properties, and they add a touch of luxury to the space. Who could resist couture walls?

We can’t wait for the September edition of Maison et Objet, it is sure to continue to inspire us in ways we can’t even imagine.


Tsunoda Seibee Shoten from Japan creates Bento boxes carved from single blocks of Japanese Cypress wood, that are completely joint free, highlighting the wood’s natural grain. They are unique in their use of glass Nano-Coating which provides stain resistance and durability, whilst meeting the exacting standards of health and safety food regulations, and maintaining the natural beauty of the wood grain.
LPJ Studios from Germany work with the leftover yarns and garments from prestigious fashion companies to develop new products. The LPJ Studios Punch Rug caught our eye, using a needle-punch felting technique they take wool based garments and integrate them seamlessly into rug forms that can be wall or flor based. A unique solution for your favorite old sweater!

Fashion
Couture Highlights

The Spring 2019 couture collections hit Paris this month, just after the Menswear’s winter 2019 ready-to-wear presentations. Throughout the menswear presentations, gender fluidity continued to be explored, with many brands merging their men’s and women’s collections, and further acceptance of the flipping of sartorial codes. This has also been filtering into the couture collections, that are traditionally more feminine, with brands like Givenchy and Margiela showing men’s couture on the runway.

Always urgent, as they are shown on-season, the Summer 2019 couture collections provide an overview of the materials that are in the forefront of the designer’s minds right now. With an exceptional eye for detail and a focus on the finest of techniques, they were, as always, breathtaking and inspirational: artistry in it’s purest form.

Credit Photo: All images courtesy Vogue.com & Nowfashion.com

MATERIALS
Mystique
& Lumineux

Le phénomène naturel des aurores boréales des côtes norvégiennes est encré dans une mysticité certaine et une poésie supernaturelle, sensiblement compréhensible si l’on a jour rêvé d’observer cette vague colorée flottante dans la noirceur crépusculaire. C’est précisément à cette jonction que se passe la rencontre de la magie et des fleurs, des contes de fées et du réel, ainsi que l’exaltation déroutante de la contemplation de la brume écossaise, ce qui a inspiré nos recherches primaires pour la nouvelle saison 2019.

Si vous êtes intéressés par des échantillons de matières ou être tenu informé des nouveaux développements pour l’année 2019, contactez-nous ICI.