Toward Design Magazine

Toward Design Magazine featuring great design, architecture, fashion, graphics and innovation from across the globe.

 

MY DIARY AT FLORENCE

The work reflects the journey of the young Chinese artist searching for her true self at the most prestigious art school, Academia di Belle Arti di Firenze, where she’s absorbed the energy coming from the collision of Chinese and western culture, and turned it into these stunning pieces of art. By printing those amazing patterns on woolen materials, the most faithful reproduction of the traditional Chinese rice paper, the calligraphy delivers the power of writing and the charm of art.

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Jungle

Jungle is a mix of various elements that make sense as a whole. SOLO Jungle is a fusion of watercolor paintings on canvas and digital sketches depicted on reused fabrics. We love the idea of reused fabrics as a way to protect nature. The blend of basic watercolor and digital shapes renders a pattern that truly represents the lush, dense aspect of the jungle. Such an intense green effect was obtained through printing, that pantone used SOLO Jungle to sustain their Greenery concept.

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The Language of Flowers

Traditionally made Silk Screen print designs inspired by Victorian history with a mix of different flowers reimagined and symbolised to have a 60s and 70s colourful twist on a blue or black background which will be constructed and completed using modern techniques and applied to garments in a fashion collection

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Archi Folds

Archie Folds are inspired by the potential of Japanese origami techniques in architecture as a solution for flexible spatial usage. They enable spaces to stay functional for longer and fulfill their potential when owners and requirements change. Archi Folds is a strong spatial gesture at the same time easily transported or moved thanks to their compact fold. High performance structures can be unfolded into a myriad of different shapes due to their structural flexibility, allowing two identical products to be installed in completely unique manners, re-used in different shapes and sizes.

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Janus Fabric

Janus Fabric is a new conceptual material, whose surface can work as a heating or lighting system. The combination of the material diversity and incorporated functional system creates multi-dimensional designs, which are both functional and aesthetic. Janus Fabric originated from the idea to expand the definition of a simple surface material to a performing component. To add a function to a product, additional components and complex production systems are usually required. Since Janus itself can perform the function, this can help to solve these problems and allows to focus on the design.

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Architextiles

Architextiles is a series of sound absorbing textiles with a woven 3D structure. Designed by renowned textile designer Aleksandra Gaca and manufactured by Casalis, the Architextiles collection was developed through an innovative combination of both craft and high tech elements, in a seamless process to create the panels. The textile panels, produced using sustainable materials, deliver two core features: decoration and noise reduction; the 3D texture of the woven fabric enables the panels to absorb sound waves more efficiently than flat textiles. Thus contributing to a more muted environment.

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Design interview of the day

Read the latest interviews and conversations on design, creativity and innovation between design journalist and world-famous designers, artists and architects. See latest design projects and award-winning designs by famous designers, artists, architects and innovators. Discover new insights on creativity, innovation, arts, design and architecture. Learn about design processes of great designers.

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