Origami-inspired clothing line that grows with kids wins Dyson award

September 7, 2017 by  
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The cost of keeping a growing child clothed is oftentimes staggering, which is why this expanding origami-inspired range of children’s clothing was awarded this year’s UK  James Dyson award . Ryan Yasin, frustrated by the waste in the children’s clothing industry, used scientific principles he studied for his degree in aeronautical engineering to produce incredible clothing that grows with the child who wears it. The origami-inspired line is called Petit Pli, and the London-based postgraduate describes it as “the most advanced kids’ clothing in the world.” The clothing is made from distinctive pleated lightweight fabric which is machine washable, waterproof and recyclable . One article of clothing will fit a three-month-old until he or she is three years old. According to a recent survey by Aviva , parents spend an average £2,000 on clothing before their child reaches the age of three. This is because most children grow seven sizes in their first two years of life. Not only does mass production of garments put huge pressure on the environment through waste, water consumption, and carbon emissions , it takes a toll on parents’ wallets. The Guardian reports that the trousers and tops Yasin designed mimic version of sought-after clothing by legendary Japans designer Issey Miyake . However, Yasin’s version can be worn for years and are incredibly durable. The Petit Pli clothing line employs the negative Poisson’s ratio, which Yasin studied at London’s Imperial College. Materials that have this ratio (known as auxetics) become thicker and can expand in two directions at the same time.So far, the designer has created more than 500 prototypes for Petit Pli and intends to use his £2,000 ($2,615.63 USD) prize money from the Dyson award to partner with investors and expand the business. Reportedly, he is in talks with major retailers in the UK and hopes to sell the clothing in stores within a few months. Related: James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers Said Yasin, “It’s just great to have that backing and recognition of my solution. The prize money is an added bonus, but I know how I will use it. In addition to supporting my R&D, it will help me form an interdisciplinary team of experts to take Petit Pli to the next level: putting it in the hands of parents worldwide and making a tangible difference to the way we consume resources in the fashion industry .” The designer will keep the garments at an affordable price while ensuring everyone along the supply chain is paid ethically . The Petit Pli line will now be entered into the international competition of the James Dyson Award. Winners will be announced in October, and the top invention will receive £30,000 ($39,225.00 USD) in prize money. + Petit Pli Via The Guardian Images via Petit Pli 

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Colorful hut made of 2,500 LEGO-like bricks invites visitors to return to their childhood

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Montpellier’s summer  Festival des Architectures Vives is a fun annual event that sees various architectural installations from emerging designers tucked into various courtyards around the city. This year’s exhibitions are all unique, but one funky hut made of 2,500 plastic bricks brings some vibrant color to the event. Created by Atelier Micromega , La Madeleine is a large cube structure that invites adults and kids alike to explore its LEGO-inspired fun. The yearly event is aimed at fostering the relationship between historic urban environments and contemporary architecture . Every year, various teams of young architects and designers install their unique installations in the city’s many courtyards. The 2017 edition is showcasing ten emerging design firms whose work was designed to reflect this year’s theme of “emotion.” Related: These LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes for just $5,200 Atelier Micromega, whose team includes five young architects, installed La Madeleine in hopes of bringing visitors back to their childhood. Thousands of colorful plastic bricks were used to create the hut, complete with an open-air skylight in the ceiling. Some of the bricks on the interior are interchangeable so visitors can modify the bricks to change the hut’s interior during their visit. According to the team, their design was inspired by nostalgia, “The installation rests on architecture, space and matter to play with our nostalgia. It invites the visitor to be moved by traveling through it, interacting with it, echoing his childhood memories. The smooth, perfect cube refers to adulthood. The world that it contains: evolutionary, creative and malleable appeals to the child, making the space of the cave his cabin.” After the event, all of the plastic bricks will be donated to several child-care facilities around Montpellier as well as the national charity organization, Les Restos du Coeur . + Atelier Microméga Via v2com Photography via Paul Kozlowski  

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Clickity Launches Recyclable, Flat-Pack Fig Lamp at 100% Design During the 2012 London Design Festival

September 27, 2012 by  
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We spotted Klickity ‘s Fig lamp when it was launched at 100% Design during the London Design Festival last week, and we were struck by this modern take on a tradition lantern. The colorful design packs flat for efficient transportation, and it’s made up of 15 pieces that clip together to attach to any pendant light fitting. We don’t think that we would ever want to part with this stylish shade, but if it ever did find itself unwanted, the lamps are made from polypropylene making them 100% recyclable. Read the rest of Clickity Launches Recyclable, Flat-Pack Fig Lamp at 100% Design During the 2012 London Design Festival Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100% Design , 2012 , clickity , Dublin , fig , flat-packed , green lighting , Ireland , irish designers , lamp , lantern , London Design Festival , recylable

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We spotted Klickity ‘s Fig lamp when it was launched at 100% Design during the London Design Festival last week, and we were struck by this modern take on a tradition lantern. The colorful design packs flat for efficient transportation, and it’s made up of 15 pieces that clip together to attach to any pendant light fitting. We don’t think that we would ever want to part with this stylish shade, but if it ever did find itself unwanted, the lamps are made from polypropylene making them 100% recyclable. Read the rest of Clickity Launches Recyclable, Flat-Pack Fig Lamp at 100% Design During the 2012 London Design Festival Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100% Design , 2012 , clickity , Dublin , fig , flat-packed , green lighting , Ireland , irish designers , lamp , lantern , London Design Festival , recylable

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Jones Studios’ Sculptural Lacey Residence is a Rammed Earth Home in the Arizona Desert

September 27, 2012 by  
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Studio Weave’s Trumpet Installation Amplifies the Sounds of Nature

September 27, 2012 by  
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