2018/6 design magazine

Get inspired by the latest innovations, like Arte Povera, artificial blubber voor longer diving, translucent leather, GoPro on Hot Wheels.

Arte Povera, a creative revolution

Arte povera, poor or impoverished art, is a tendency that appeared in Italy around the 1970s. The distinctive feature of the movement became the striving to move away from all-consuming technical progress towards artisanal creativity.

Rejecting industrial and hi-tech materials in favour of “poor” and unaesthetic ones such as rags, newspapers or tree branches, the exponents of Arte Povera were intent on liberating art from the fetters of traditionalism.

Over the course of the 20th century Italian art repeatedly attempted to offer the established artistic system a fundamentally new vision of the creative process. Through the efforts of the Futurists, the Italian avant-garde sought to emphasise the connection between art and technological processes, the scope of which in the first half of the 1910s was capable of overturning people’s whole customary perception of the world.

The industrial upsurge of that period prompted artists to seek new principles for the presentation of reality appropriate to the increasing pace of urban life. Almost at the same time, Giorgio de Chirico with his “metaphysical painting” adopted an anti-modernist position, accentuating the importance of craft principles of working as fundamental to art.

Equally anti-technological were the contextual premises of post-war artists in Italy – Alberto Burri, Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana – which found reflection in the creations of the Arte Povera movement.

The strong economic boom in 1950s and ’60s Italy caused by the development of industry led to the establishment of a pronounced consumer culture. The fact that the exponents of Arte Povera strove to resist a capitalist system that restricted creative freedom invested their art with political overtones.

The distinctive feature of those works is their poverty, that is to say, the emphatic simplicity of the materials chosen. The artists use ordinary objects that in everyday life evoke no associations with art. One more characteristic feature of Arte Povera is the fundamentally new concept of the “product” of art.

The materials used by the artist, whether concrete (Anselmo, Zorio), factory products (Kounellis, Mario Merz) or mirrors (Pistoletto, Fabro) at the same time allude to both industrial manufacturing and to artisanal methods of working.

Precisely 50 years ago the exponents of Arte Povera brought about an incredible creative revolution, asserting the freedom of art. And they laid the foundations for a new aesthetic whose significance remains extremely high still today in art and design.

Till 16th of August 2018 the exhibition “Arte Povera. A Creative Revolution” can be seen in the State Hermitage, Saint-Petersburg.

Artificial blubber voor longer diving

When rescue teams are diving under ice-covered rivers or ponds, the survival time even in the best wetsuits is very limited, as little as tens of minutes. A pair of MIT professors have discovered a simple treatment that can improve the survival time for a conventional wetsuit by a factor of three.

They looked at the strategies that various animals use to survive in these frigid waters, and found three types: air pockets trapped in fur or feathers, as with otters and penguins; internally generated heat, as with some animals and fish (including great white sharks, which, surprisingly, are warm-blooded); or a layer of insulating material that greatly slows heat loss from the body, as with seals’ and whales’ blubber.

In the end, after simulations and lab tests, they ended up with a combination of two of these — a blubber-like insulating material that also makes use of trapped pockets of gas, although in this case the gas is not air but a heavy inert gas, namely xenon or krypton.


With Fastbutton you can sew a button in less than a minute, even if you never touched a needle before.

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NOBE 100

Technically classified as a trike (a contraction of the word tricycle), the electric Nobe 100 looks retro and feels futuristic. The Nobe 100 is made from 100% reusable or recyclable parts, produces no air pollution himself, houses upgradable technology to enhance vehicle longevity, decentralises the production process and accommodates three people but takes us far less road space than a regular automobile.

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This is not a shirt

German architect Anna Heringer has created an installation that brings attention to the plight of female textile workers in Bangladesh. Titled ‘this is not a shirt’, the exhibition comprises a series of fabric pieces, made in the south asian country and hung from bamboo poles. Anna Heringer has developed a concept that allows the country’s women to earn a living in their villages instead of working under inhumane conditions in a big factory.

Translucent leather

Sruli Recht’s translucent leather is made from cow skin. Available in grey, white, green, red, and burgundy, the leather looks almost like parchment paper, with its translucent, crinkled quality, but feels like leather fabric.

The Ultratime

The Ultratime is a collage of colors that indicate the time of the day. The watch splits the dial in half, showing one all the markings on a half circle, rather than a full one. Keeping one half of the watch dark, the watch’s face plays with colors and hues in the other half, creating color palettes and collages that shift throughout the day.

Red shark trimaran

This trimaran allows you to discover new places and practice sport during the whole year in all aquatic surfaces like rivers, lakes or in the sea. It gives you the possibility of new horizons to explore, to enjoy the nature in a relaxed way with the feeling of freedom and to practice sport at a professional level. watch the video

GoPro on Hot Wheels

GoPro’s and Hot Wheels’s new collaboration. The camera can be mounted onto the classic toy which has been redesigned for the purpose. combining the two allows users to capture a point of view of what it’s actually like to ride on a toy track.

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Easy docking

“Docking is one of the most challenging boat handling maneuvers – getting it wrong can be embarrassing, expensive and precarious,” said Björn Ingemanson. “Our IPS system has already taken great strides in making docking easier, and this new self-docking feature takes that process one important stage further.”

Thanks to Volvo Penta’s self-docking yacht technology, the yacht docks with ease in a very tight space.

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