ONYX Sofa by Peugeot Design Lab

& Pierre Gimbergues



The ONYX sofa is the illustration of a series of unique pieces of furniture, made to measure, to suit the choice, origin and personality of the customer, but which always respects a common idea: the union, via a pronounced clear cut, between hyper-technological materials, carbon fibre, glass fibre, aluminium… and raw and natural materials rock, wood, stone.



superhydrophobic metal




Scientists Develop Hydrophobic Metal Water bounces like rubber off superhydrophobic metal Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics led by professor Chunlei Guo have developed a new type of hydrophobic surface that is so highly water repellant, it causes water droplets to bounce off like magic. Unlike earlier hydrophobic surfaces that rely on temporary (and slowly degrading) chemical coatings such as teflon, this new super-hydrophobic surface is created by etching microscopic structures into metal with the help of lasers. Potential applications include airplane wings that resist icing, a whole new type of rust proofing, or even a toilet that wouldn’t require water.


Techno Bio


An Astro-biological





Neri Oxman: Architect, Designer, Inventor.

Neri Oxman is the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs the Mediated Matter research group. Her team conducts research at the intersection of computational design, digital fabrication, materials science and synthetic biology, and applies that knowledge to design across disciplines, media and scales—from the micro scale to the building scale. Oxman’s goal is to augment the relationship between built, natural, and biological environments by employing design principles inspired and engineered by Nature, and implementing them in the invention of novel design technologies. Areas of application include architectural design, product design, fashion design, as well as the design of new technologies for digital fabrication and construction.




Art Sculpture






Acquiring nationality, moving, and migration.

The hermit crabs wearing the shelters I built for them, which imitate the architecture of various countries, appeared to be crossing various

national borders. Though the body of the hermit crab is the same, according to the shell it is wearing, its appearance changes completely. It’s

as if they were asking, “Who are you?”



Maiko Takeda



Maiko Takeda is a milliner and jewellery designer. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, she recently completed her MA in millinery at the Royal College of Art in London. With her expertise and prior knowledge of jewellery design gained from her BA Jewellery Design (Hons) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, her interest lies in creating ethereal adornments to the body. Environmental influences such as shadow, wind and gravity create an experience of wonder and bewilderment for the adorned. The form of her work itself can never be its sole feature as the extra element is always seeking to transcend the expectations of the wearer as part of the work. Her work experience includes Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, and Erickson Beamon. Maiko is currently working for Issey Miyake on the line of accessories.



Ernst Heinrich

Philipp August





The geometric shapes and natural forms, captured with exceptional precision in Ernst Haeckel's prints, still influence artists and designers to this day. This volume highlights the research and findings of this natural scientist. Powerful modern microscopes have confirmed the accuracy of Haeckel's prints, which even in their day, became world famous. Haeckel's portfolio, first published between 1899 and 1904 in separate installments, is described in the opening essays. The plates illustrate Haeckel's fundamental monistic notion of the -unity of all living things- and the wide variety of forms are executed with utmost delicacy. Incipient microscopic organisms are juxtaposed with highly developed plants and animals. The pages, ordered according to geometric and -constructive- aspects, document the oness of the world in its most diversified forms. This collection of plates was not only well-received by scientists, but by artists and architects as well. Rene Binet, a pioneer of glass and iron constructions, Emile Galle, a renowned Art Nouveau designer, and the photographer Karl Blossfeld all make explicit reference to Haeckel in their work.



Jaume Plensa




A very significant part of Plensa’s work is in the field of sculpture in the public space. Installed in several cities in Spain, France, Japan, England, Korea, Germany, Canada, USA, etc.,

Defender of the graphic artwork from the beginning, he did many exhibitions dedicated to graphic arts and editions.







The Dutch artist who magically makes clouds appear insiderooms. His latest work took him to the Green Room of the Veterans Building indowntown San Francisco where he let Julia Wilczok and Maria Judice of Avant/Garde Diaries shoot him and his latest creation. The beautifully shot film, called Making Clouds, takes us behind-the-scenes with the artist where he discusses what his fascination is about clouds







British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years. By this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science, and the world around him for reference, reflection, and subject matter. This tendency has been combined with a liking for components and an inventive urge for reuse, coupled with career training in manufacture of light. As a result Munro produces both monumental temporary experiential artworks as well as intimate story-pieces.







Ziya Azazi has been influenced by Sufism, an existential philosophy, while shaping his own individuality and dance. There lies mysticism in

the core of Sufism, which explores the reason for creation of man and the universe he lives in. According to this philosophy, which studies the

causality of existence, man is an entity that needs to mature and be enlightened. Dervish, at heart, harbors the journey of this entity.