February 12, 2013

Bonjour mes amies! I am back from Paris and it was fatastique. I won’t overload you with all the adventures at once, but instead split up some pictures in small bites.

On my first night in the Parisian metro, my eye caught a poster. Apparently the exhibition ‘Futuro Textile’ was in Paris temporarily. It is an exhibition on combining textile and technology in new applications, which I find quite interesting. I visited the exhibition a few years back in Belgium (at the time with different content). So when I saw it was here now, I decided to go and have a look. Although most concepts weren’t that innovative (after 5 years of industrial design a dress that communicates your mood is a stereotype first idea that will be used as a mocking example) I do always enjoy these type of exhibitions that combine technology with art. Here is a glimpse.

This handbag developed by DOGNIN has an illuminating strip on the inside that lights up when you open it: never again search for your keys in the dark!
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A light diffusing curtain developed by Brochier Technologies woven with silk and fibre optics that transfers the LED light on the side. Although the design was simple, I loved its aesthetical qualities.
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‘Clouds’ developed by EPFL + ECAL LAB. As an installation using augmented reality, this design was a bit of an outsider within the exhibition, but playful and interactive. It somehow seemed a bit like a dream world to me.

A fun and simple idea: In stead of projecting on the wall, you make wallpaper with linings in different colors. Then, if you shine a certain color light in the room, some lines disappear while others become visible. (can’t find the designer/credits anymore, if you know please tell me)

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Unusual use of materials: this dress by Lea Peckre and Elisa Strozyk is half wood, half fabric. I like the geometrical shapes.

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The exhibition was in the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. So it happened to be filled with intriguing exhibitions on everything from the galaxy to optical illusions, contemporary French Industrial Design, gen-technology and my personal favorite: a temporary exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci. Ever since I have read a biography on Leonardo, I am fascinated by his approach and his longing to understand and master every science and discipline. He was brilliant, and made everything from war-vehicles to music instruments, paintings, anatomic drawings, mathematical descriptions, flying machines, theatre costumes, underwater suits and almost anything you can think of. He was autodidact and controversial in how he came to his insights (the only reason why he was the first to make anatomically correct drawings was because he would go into the mortuary at night to cut open corpses and study them).

Anyway, it was a good afternoon filled with fascinating phenomena, new insights and inspiring designs. The sort that makes you feel amazed by the complexity and beauty of the universe and leaves you inspired to create and discover.
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    Anne Lien

    February 12, 2013 at 14:44

    Wow such a nice exhibition! The curtain looks beautiful and I might need to steal the light-inside-a-bag idea hehe
    Can’t wait to see your other adventures!

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      Magical Day Dream

      February 14, 2013 at 20:10

      Yeah would be cool to make a bag like that yourself. Shouldn’t be too hard ;)

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    February 13, 2013 at 22:38

    pretty interesting!! The multicolor wallpaper would definitely be welcome in my house… no really, it’s impressive!

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      Magical Day Dream

      February 14, 2013 at 20:11

      Haha I think I might go a bit mad over the monochromatic light, but still I love the concept. for example in bars or somethings I think it would be also great!

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    floating thru fields

    February 13, 2013 at 23:42

    woah cool! love the light up bag :)

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      Magical Day Dream

      February 14, 2013 at 20:12

      Yeah they also had a bag of which the fibres lit up like the curtain picture. That one was also really neat :)


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