The world's oceans are full of beauty, but they're also full of pollution. Industrial, agricultural and residential waste all make their way into the oceans, not to mention oil spills and waste from deep-sea mining sites.
The Sponge Suit bikini, designed by architecture and design firm Eray Carbajo, based in New York and Istanbul, in collaboration with UC Riverside electrical engineering professor Mihri Ozkan, is designed to absorb pollutants from the ocean as its wearer swims around in the sea. It just won first prize in the Reshape15: Wearable Technology Competition.
The material, on which development began four years ago, is called Sponge. It is designed for cleaning up oil and chemical spills and desalinating water. It is a water-repelling and highly porous carbon material that is light and flexible. It absorbs everything except water, and can absorb up to 25 times its own weight, depending on the density of the material absorbed.
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Asian and Scandinavian minimalism intertwine to create beautifully fresh, clean garments at ODEUR Studios this season. The collection featured a quite obvious inspiration to Asian martial arts with a selection of karate trousers and a full Karategi look which added a strong sense of restraint to the collection. Although many of the looks carried a strong simplistic edge, there were a variety of unspoken messages being whispered down the catwalk. Besides a handful of garments the major part of the looks could easily be swapped between the sexes and the line between male and female faded to nothing more than a blurred shadow on the runway. Sharp asymmetrical cuts, kimono sleeves, graphic prints and clean lines sliced through each look creating an illusive, modern yet composed collection. The architectural structures and strong patterns made a loud graphic statement. The two Swedish designers were successful in their translation of the overall vibe and sentiment of society to date.
by Aniv Borche
A boring wardrobe is so not necessary! Twice a year for only 7 days Projekt Galerie organises their fantastic and very popular Sample Sale. More than 30 Berlin based and International Designers empty their storerooms and present amazing designs to unbeatable prices. Internationally renowned and successful Berlin names like Penelopes Sphere, Miroike, Reality Studio, Franzius, c.neeon, Boessert & Schorn or Lady Gagas favourite Dont shoot the Messengers French high-flyers Kokon to Zai, Tata Christiane Scandinavia at its best , Barbara i Gongini, Rene Gurskov, Chacca Vienna’s upcoming superstar Markt Baigent but also the Newcomers Phoebe Heess, Tom Herz & other upcoming Talents will all be participating.