Oscar nominee wears Naim Josefi dress to Academy Awards

And here’s some exciting news! Swedish designer and tech buff Naim Josefi gets to show off one of his designs in Hollywood on Sunday. Swedish Oscar Nominee Bahar Pars starring in ”A man called Ove”, will be wearing a dress by the Swedish designer on red carpet of the Academy Awards. The dress, covered in no less than 6 000 steel sequins, is paired with a 3D-printed necklace designed by Josefi. It remains unclear whether or not Lumitoro, the Swedish 3D-print jewelry brand that assisted on Josefi’s upcoming, likewise steel sequined collection, is involved in this project as well. But it certainly looks like it.
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Back in business again

There hasn’t been much reporting from this swamped in work-blogger the last couple of days, but now I’m back! So, let’s round up the past week so far: Fashion Week in Stockholm happened, and I was there to witness talented designer Naim Josefi showing his aw17 collection covered in high tech steel sequins made with able assistance from Swedish 3D print jewelry brand Lumitoro. Meanwhile, Magazine Bon and Studio Bon assembled a group of experts to talk about the future of virtual reality in fashion, while Swedish Fashion Council launched the book ”Sista skriket” by Emma Veronica Johansson och Philip Warkander. This is basically a letter exchange between the two authors about the complexity of fashion, for instance the role of fashion in a digital age.
As always, I was hoping for more tech influence during fashion week but, as we say in Swedish, let’s ”hurry slowly”. These things need to happen organically and can’t be forced. Designers and tech companies need to find each other based on a genuine interest in each other and the in the genuine wish to create solutions to actual problems, rather than just keeping up with the latest trend, for anything good and truly innovative to happen. Luckily, there seem to be a lot of exciting things happening in this field in Sweden right now, so I guess we’ll just wait and see.
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Photo credit: Stil & Teknik

Your future wardrobe: an experience rather than objects to own?

The fact that we need to reduce our consumption in order to save the environment is something most of us agree on. Especially when it comes to consumption of fashion. We need fast fashion to be replaced by slow fashion, right? But what if it could be the other way around? If quality could mean something else? If quantity could actually be quality?
Well, Swedish project Streamateria is attempting something quite unusual. The idea is to create an avatar of your body using 3D scanning, then download a design of your choice that the avatar can try on. Then just press print and collect the item in a pop-up store. When the item, made out of a biodegradable material, has expired, you just throw it in the compost and it’s goes right back into the system again. Thus, the clothes may have a limited life span, but since they’re part of a closed loop, the raw material can be reused unlimited times. The company compares this to a streaming process where you use, rather than have, thereby shifting the focus from owning clothes, to experiencing them.
Streamateria actually started as an art project in 2014, but since then several partners have expressed interest, and next year they’re planning to pilot the whole concept. I for one look forward to seeing what it might bring.

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Duo skapar rörlig 3D-printad ”textil”

Jakten på 3D-printade textilier fortsätter! Och nu verkar University of Hertfordshire i England ha hittat ett sätt att printa ett material som påminner om textilens vävda struktur. Shaun Borstrock, dekanus på universitetet, och Mark Bloomfield på Electrobloom som gör 3D-printade smycken, har genom en egenutvecklad teknik skapat en ”virkad” struktur som de sedan printat ut bitvis och färgat och satt ihop för hand till färdiga plagg som både är mjuka och rörliga. Till tidningen 3drs.org säger Borstrock att man redan planerar att tillverka sina plagg för bred marknad.
– Det är bara en tidsfråga innan vi ser 3D-printade kollektioner i de stora modebutikerna och 3D-printteknologin i butiker som en del av vardagen. Vi är glada att kunna vara med i utvecklingen som utforskar hur det kan bli verklighet, säger han.
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Duo creates 3D-printed ”textile” with movement
The quest for 3D-printed textiles continues! And now, the University of Hertfordshire in the UK seems to have found a way to print a material that is similar to the woven structure of textile. Shaun Borstrock, associate dean at the university, and Mark Bloomfield of Elektrobloom (maker of 3D-printed jewellery), have created a ”crocheted” structure that they printed bit by bit and then dyed and put together by hand to pieces of clothing that has both movement and softness. And they are already planning to produce these items for a wider market.
– It will only be a matter of time before we see 3D collections on the high street and 3D printing technology in stores as part of everyday life. We’re pleased to be part of the movement that is exploring how this might become a reality, Borstrock says to 3drs.org.

 

Kommer Apple att lansera hearables med nästa Iphone?

Nja, kanske inte i nästa version, som sannolikt ser dagens ljus på Apples lanseringsevent nu på måndag. I höst däremot, kan det vara dags, om man ska lyssna på proffsspekulanterna. Och då i form av ett par ”airbuds” som interagerar med Siri, bland annat. Hearables verkar hur som helst vara det nya svarta hos tech-företagen efter de smarta klockorna. Samsung jobbar visst just nu på en liten rackare som fått namnet Earcle (får mig osökt att tänka på Steve Urkel i ”Räkna med bråk”, men det är jag det) som kan spela musik, hantera meddelanden och lite annat smått och gott, medan Google ska ha en på gång som ska fungera som en fitnesstracker. Microsoft ska också vara på G med en liten device som ska fungera som en assistent till upptagna föräldrar som behöver hålla reda på sina barn. I vilket fall som helst hoppas jag att företagen tar tillfället i akt och lägger ner ordentligt med krut på designen och inte bara gör någon trist sportversion. Jag vill se åtminstone tre, fyra olika kollektioner från varje företag, gärna med utbytbara skal så att man kan anpassa devicen efter tillfälle. Jag vill ha guld,  jag vill ha 3D-printade skulpturala former, jag vill ha allt!

Will Apple launch hearables with the next Iphone?
Well, possibly not with the next version which is expected to launch at the event on Monday. This fall, on the other hand, it just might happen according the speculations. And then in the shape of a pair of ”airbuds” who can interact with Siri among other things. In any case, hearables seem to be the new black for tech companies, after a couple of years of smart watch-hype. Samsung is said to be working on a little number called Eracle (kinda makes me think of Steve Urkel on ”Family matters”, but you know that’s just me) that reportedly will be able to play music, handle hands free messages and such, while Google is working on a fitness tracker for the ear. Meanwhile Microsoft is working on a device that is said to work as a kind of an assistant for busy parents wanting to keep track of their children. In any case I hope that the companies will take this opportunity to really make an effort with the design and not just launch some boring sport version. I’d like to see at least three or four versions from every company, preferably with exchangeable shells. I want gold, I want 3D-printed sculptural shapes, I want it all!

New York Fashion Week visar 3D-printat mode

Wow, ändå. Måste ju säga att designtrion threeASFOUR fått till det rätt bra här, med sina 3D-printade alster som de just visade upp på New York Fashion Week. (Tipstack till 3dp.se!) Tillsammans med Stratasys har gruppen skapat två skulpturala klänningar, Pangolin och Harmonograph, som är rätt fantastiska i sin detaljrikedom. Uppbyggnaden bygger på en tanke om biomimetik, att formen ska spegla naturen. Trots sin skulpturala form är klänningarna ändå är rörliga och elastiska, som ett traditionellt tyg. Hemligheten är sannolikt ett nytt, mer elastiskt, material från Stratasys, som ska vara mer anpassat till modeskapande.
– Vi är besatta av att hitta vår egen textil. Med 3D-printing kan vi skapa en ny textil som inte redan finns, säger en av trions designers, Gabi Asfour.
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3D-printed fashion on the NYFW catwalk
Wow. You’ve got to admit that design trio threeASFOUR did pretty well with their 3D-printed creations they just showcased on New York Fashion Week. (Thanks for the tip, 3dp.se!) Along with Stratasys, the group has created two sculptural dresses, the Pangolin and the Harmonograph, both pretty amazing in its intricate detail. The designs both build on the idea of biomimetics, or shape imitating nature. In spite of their sculptural shape both dresses have movement and elasticity, much like a traditional fabric. The secret probably being a new, more elastic material from Stratasys, custom made for fashion.
– We are obsessed with creating our own textile. 3D-printing allows us to create a new textile that does not exist, says Gabi Asfour of threeASFOUR.