‘Eco Victoriana‘ jewellery collection by Ka/POW/WOW
Central St Martins graduate Mia Morikawa used her personal collection of vintage, discarded and scrapped pieces of fabric to created her KA/POW/WOW jewellery collection. The dramatic, up scaled statement necklaces are an original melding of recycled unique elemets and references to period costume pieces! A form of organic Victoriana hybrid as jewellery.
Inspired by natural structures and emotional landscapes Mia Morikawa learned the language of organic form while climbing mountains and crossing canyons. a self professed warrior of beauty. She is as she describes “currently living loving & laughing in india.” While continuing to produce constructed and deconstructed textile pieces which are equisitely organic in both form and essence.
Her collection includes statement pieces made from thick white rope as well as more knitted designs. The looks are boldly designed to make a confident eco-statement, . Eco-poetry in motion….
“Tea Ceremony Chair” by Hiroki Takada
Hiroki takada was born in Suzuka Mie in Japan.He studies at the Okinawa Art University and went on to launch his own design practice Takada Design in 1996. His products spanned lighting, decoration and furniture all inspired by natural organic forms.
This latest addition to his collection is new chair called “tea ceremony chair 2010”. The chair was launched to much acclaim at the Tokyo Designers Week in 2010.
Made from bamboo the chair’s design is inspired by the form of a traditional tea whisk
used in japanese tea ceremonies. The base is split into thinner slats which forms
the elastic backrest, being made of Bamboo it has strength and elegance of form and yet is flexible enough to have some maliability to provide comfort and design..
Takada’s design philosophy resembles a beautiful Haiku poem rather than a mission statement:-
|“I want to make people impressed.
And, I want also to impress me.
I want to do a new thing.
I want to see a beautiful thing.
I want to make the thing that time can be exceeded.”
The ‘less is more’ philosophy is working for Takada…no wastage in production or description….just the perfect marrying of form and function.
Future forward fashion by ‘Le sang des Betes‘
L.A based Trang Chau’s designs makes seem to have transported us on fast forward to a future planet of iconic sustainable fashion.. Her label, called Le Sang des Betes ( Blood of the Beasts) was inspired at least in part by the film of the same name(Le Sang des bêtes) a short french documentary film made in 1949 written and directed by Georges Franju.
The cinematic theme features strongly in her debut collection called Aborigine. Chau draws inspiration from a multitude of multi media and creative arenas such as sculpture, film, architecture, and costume design, creating an intriguing collection of darkly modern statement pieces.Chau cites film directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder and David Cronenberg. She also draws inspiration from both gothic and modern architecture….self evident by the starkly architectonic elements of her collection.
Committed to using only sustainable materials in her work , her debut collection has a confidence and strength of vision that is unusually found in a first collection. Chau’s unique vision has created an iconic collection of collectable and very covetable experimental pieces that are instantly recognisable. Already a firm favourite with Finding Eco.