London #17

Looking forward to seeing you for our next event, tickets are on sale already. We are still at the V&A but in a larger room, The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, with 270 capacity! Also the next few events will be on Saturday afternoons instead of the normal Friday night routine.

We will be focussing on exploration of new materials. So the challenges and innovation highlighted during the making process when using new materials and all the stories of disaster and learnings that come with it!

We have three brilliant speakers talking for a bit longer this time, 15 min speaking and 15 min Q&A.

Lauren Bowker – @_seetheunseen

Materials Alchemist and Founder of The Unseen

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T H E U N S E E N is an exploration house that blends biological and chemical matter into materials; focused on seeing the unseen by combining science with art, design and [performance]]( Aptly based in the Vaults below Somerset House; T H E U N S E E N consists of varied talent, from anatomists, engineers, chemists and cutters all with one synced vision – that knowledge creates Magick.

Having graduated from the Manchester School of Art with the award winning Carbon emission sensing ink PdCl2, went on to study printed textiles at the Royal College of Art London; where she developed further multi-sensory chromic colour-change inks. Portrayed to the world through provoking pieces, magic materials and extraordinary experiences.

Welcomed amongst the materials industry form aeronautics to couture under the name PHNX. Since then Lauren has exhibited world wide from Paris Fashion week to The Royal Academy of Engineering. With frequent acknowledgement spanning notable Wired Magazine to fashion focused Dazed and Confused. Receiving numerous awards for her imagination and innovation along the way. Lauren sits on the Board for the European Council for the Internet of Things.

Lauren will be speaking with her team on their current collection and showing us first hand the interactive nature of their materials live as well as the journey they came along to make them.

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Yair Neuman – @anythingby_

Designer and maker, Founder of Anythingby

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Yair Neuman found his way into design via years of model making, music making and an insatiable appetite for invention. After three years of running his own prototyping studio, he attended the Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands. He then studied at Ravensbourne College, a move which brought him to London where he is now based. Following an eight month work placement at Ron Arad Studio, Yair worked as a designer-researcher on a number of projects, amongst them a user experience think-tank for Samsung and visuals for a 360º interactive live show performed at Ron Arad’s Curtain Call, The Roundhouse.

Yair founded Anythingby studio in 2012 with the support of innovation agency Kwamecorp. The studio, based in Soho, focuses on the development of products and concepts that marry technology with surprising materials. The projects emphasise craft and humour, as well as partnering up with electronics and audio experts to help turn ideas into reality. The work has been exhibited in various fairs including the London Design Festival, Mobile World Congress Barcelona and Milan Design Week.

Yair will be talking about his Use by project, one piece in particular made of condensed bread bricks. Instead of aiming to create timeless pieces, the Use By objects are designed to have an expiry date. By using biodegradable materials and eliminating any toxic ingredients from the production process, the product’s lifetime follows nature’s life cycle and will one day return to being salt and flour.

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Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz – @cutecircuit

Founders of CuteCircuit

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Internationally-known fashion house, CuteCircuit, has been pushing the boundaries of wearable technology since its launch in 2004. In ten short years CuteCircuit has become the global leader in interactive fashion with iconic designs that have introduced many ground-breaking ideas to the fashion world by integrating beauty and functionality through the use of advanced technology within their designs.

CuteCircuit is the first fashion label to seamlessly integrate fashion design with interactive technologies creating magical garments that look spectacular. CuteCircuit come with a host of internationally fashionable and fabulous celebrity fans. Notably, Nicole Scherzinger debuted the world’s first haute couture Twitter Dress, designed and created by CuteCircuit.

The label launched its Prêt-á-Porter line in 2010, bringing the first-ever technologically infused ready to wear to major fashion retailers. CuteCircuit created some of the most iconic garments ever seen in the fashion landscape. From the HugShirt, honoured as one of the Best Inventions of the Year by Time Magazine, to the Galaxy Dress which is on permanent display at the Museum of Science and industry in Chicago. These garments are unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Francesca and Ryan are going to be talking about ‘The making of the Autumn Winter 2014/15 collection’ at New York Fashion Week. Looking forward to hearing about how these beautiful designs came to be and what they learnt along the way.

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