Keynotes

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Carole Collet
Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures
Director Design & Living Systems Lab, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts

Prof. Carole Collet has dedicated her career to developing a new vision for design, and pioneered the discipline of Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins fifteen years ago. She is now a full time researcher, and has recently set up the Design & Living Systems Lab, a research initiative dedicated to explore the intersection of biology and design to develop new protocols for sustainable design.

Collet operates within a long-term framework and her research targets the year 2050 and beyond. By anticipating future key socio-economic factors and technological timelines, she aims at impacting today’s design directions so as to enable a more resilient and sustainable future. Her design vision fosters an integration of the design process in scientific arenas so as to develop meaningful sustainable future products and services. Collet’s ambition is to elevate the status of design to become a powerful tool that contributes to developing innovative paths to achieve the ‘one planet lifestyle’.

Her recent curation of ‘Alive, New Design Frontiers’( www.thisisalive.com) questions the emerging role of the designer when working with living materials and technologies such as synthetic biology and clearly establishes a new original framework for designing with the living. It is in this key area that her contribution to new knowledge is recognised at international level. One of Collet’s characteristics is that she straddles different research roles, from designer, to curator and educator.  This enables her to develop an informed critique of both the design outputs and the design contexts, from making knowledge to framing knowledge.

Her work has been featured in international exhibitions and she regularly contributes to conferences on the subject of textile futures, biodesign, biomimicry, synthetic biology, future manufacturing, sustainable design and climate change. Collet is a prolific design researcher and works at local, national and international levels.

 

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Noa Raviv
Creative Director NOA RAVIV

Noa Raviv is a fashion designer and artist. She was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel – one of the most culturally complex cities in the world, saturated with a vivacious passion for life.

She graduated from the fashion design department of Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art in July 2014. With her final collection entitled Hard Copy, Noa won both the Fini Leitersdorf excellence award and 3D Printshow “Fashion designer of the year” award.

For her Hard Copy collection Noa created garments that were inspired by computer glitches and digital errors. The collection combined traditional handcrafted tailoring and 3D printed elements that were created using Stratasys’ Objet500 Connex3 Multi-Material 3D printing technology.

Later on the Hard Copy collection was presented in exhibitions around the world, including Old Billingsgate in London, Carousel de Louvre Paris and Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York City. Noa has been invited to talk about her work in museums and galleries in Israel and the United States (including Anchorage Museum Alaska and Design Museum Holon). Noa’s work has been featured internationally in websites and magazines such as Vogue Japan, Vogue Italy, Marie Claire Belgium, BBC, Wired and many more.

In early 2015 Noa founded her eponymous label, creating high-end garments that address her unique vision and artistic approach to fashion. Extensive research, local production and exclusive fabric developments are some of Noa Raviv’s principles. Construction, logic and geometry form her world of creation. Noa is fascinated by the tension between beauty and ugliness, harmony and chaos, tradition and innovation – constantly seeking for the perfect balance.

(Noa Raviv photo by Nina Mendelsohn, Work photos by Ron Kedmi)

 

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Paul Simmons
Co-Founder and Designer, Timorous Beasties

Timorous Beasties was established in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Today, the studio is a diverse operation and has emerged as a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed icon.

Approach

Timorous Beasties’ work embodies a unique diversity of pattern, ranging from design that echoes a golden age of copperplate engraving (a time-honoured classic is the Thistle range; or Merian Palm superwide wallpaper) to example of a distinctly edgy nature, an elegant transgression, a display of chic irreverence. Yet, the studio fully engages a design discourse with textiles history by lending an aesthetic evolution to time-honoured motifs.

In 2004 Timorous Beasties unveiled their critically acclaimed Glasgow Toile: by reversing the pastoral context of toiles de Jouy, they transformed the traditional toile device to create an exclusively modern urban genre. The Hotch Blotch fabric series challenges a 1000-year old aesthetic mode by placing disorder within the structure of damask pattern to reveal the inherent beauty of splatters, drips and blotches. Hunting Toile and Urban wallpapers mark a synthesis of 18th-century chinoiserie groupings, Rococo swirls, and Victorian silhouette paper cuts to create a uniquely contemporary ornamental textiles pattern repeat.

The art critic John Ruskin related a universal connection between nature, art and society. Timorous Beasties share a similar world view, where plants, animals and society are visually inextricable. They are devoted to how that impacts as pattern design in our daily experience of furnished spaces, from one-bedroom flats to country villas, to the halls of civic and government buildings, departure lounge backdrops, boutique enclaves, restaurants, and hotels.

COMMISSIONS & COLLABORATIONS

Some Timorous Beasties brand clients include Netjets, Famous Grouse, Nike, Kate Bush, Fortnum & Mason, and Philip Treacy. The Studio’s gallery of cultural design commissions includes the Edinburgh International Festival 2009 graphics and book covers for Penguin, Magna and Granta Books.

Home accessories include exclusive lines for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Brintons carpets, Liberty of London and John Lewis Department Stores.

Ranking among the Studio’s strong record for bespoke furnishing and installation commissions are the V&A boardroom, VIP rooms for Milan Expo 2015, UK Supreme Court, Wellcome Trust, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Robert Burns Museum. Exteriors range from engraved stone cladding for Bristol’s Cabot Circus to the extravagant aluminium decorative façade for Princes Square, Glasgow. Christies, Claridges, the Inter-Continental Hotel Group, and Hilton-Waldorf Astoria rank among a heady list of their commercial clients.

Timorous Beasties have collaborated with furniture elites Russell Pinch, Ercol, S.C.P. and the design cult classic duo, .Nobody&co.

SHOWROOMS

Timorous Beasties opened their first retail shop in 2004 on the Great Western Road in Glasgow. Their central London showroom opened in 2007.

www.timorousbeasties.com

 

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Reiko Sudo
Professor Tokyo Zokei University, Design Director & Owner, Nuno Corporation

Born in Ibaragi, central Honshu, Japan, Reiko completed a postgraduate course in Textile Design at Musashino Art College. She worked as a research assistant in textiles at Musashino Art University, Department of Industrial, Interior and Craft Design. Then helped form Nuno Corporation in 1984, where she currently holds the positions of CEO and Design Director, and established the Nuno Works brand in 2002.

Reiko is currently design consultant for MUJI (2008~present),Tsuruoka Textile Industry (2008~present) and steteco.com (2009~present). In addition, she is Professor of Textile Design at Tokyo Zokei University. Works have been selected for the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery and many other institutions.

www.nuno.com

(Reiko Sudo photo by Shigeki Nakajima)