However, much of the current research into this still very young fields of research often neglects the importance of the „unnecessary“ and „irrelevant“ aspects of human relationships instead, they tend to prioritize physical efficiency and physical wellbeing. As a response to this, Nicole Pérez engineered a collection of misbehaving robots that mimic and emulate the often overlooked frustrating, annoying and not always entirely pleasurable aspects, of everyday human interactions. Their purpose is not to be efficient but unnecessary, fulfilling the non-practical, useless actions that we feel in a relationship. After all, being in an intimate relationship is not only about dealing with pleasure and fun - it is also about dealing with the rest.
Video: Nicole Pérez
Made in London
The aim of this project was to create a seasonal cookbook with meatless recipes for meat lovers and provide them an appealing alternative. Meatless meals for vegans and vegetarians are well known but might not fulfill the same purpose for meat lovers, which is texture and taste. We are confronted to an issue : we consume too much meat which has a huge impact on climate change. We need to change our diets. Meat lovers are introduced to an environmentally friendly solution that has a smaller greenhouse gas footprint. Moreover, we can reduce global warming by saving 15400 litres of water per kilogramme of beef and lowering greenhouse gas emissions up to 30%. We want to create more transparency and communicate to the people that with a small bite we can make a big difference for humankind. Therefore we are introducing meat the future.
Made in London in collaboration with
Tamara Hoogeweegen and Margaux Hendriksen.
Attached to the ceiling and adjustable in height, this hood offers a novel sense of space and yet a room-in-room solution. The inside swallows the noise caused by the person sitting under the hood by dint of its 3D surface and the porous material on the outside keeps disturbing noises away. S³ has an integrated light that invites to work, study or to have a conversation underneath it. The 3D patterns where inspired by Mexican folklore embroideries and the used material is the natural fibre sisal. Originating in Mexico, the fibres of the Agave sisalana in a new surrounding awake emotions.
The design project covers all aspects of the interaction between two cultures, resulting in a new and extraordinary product benefiting both sides equally. It generates work for the Mexican people and silence in co-working spaces. Sisal Hacienda Yucatan, Mexico 2014
The idea was to explore the “unknown” material to create new distinct and emotionally touching surfaces. Experiments with sisal yarn, sisal fibers and sisal textiles in combination with innovative manufacturing processes allowed Nicole to create various 3D bodies. That and the characteristic properties of the material led her to design an acoustic absorber. It is a creative and healthier solution to the former acoustic absorbers made out of glass fibers.
3D PRINTED HOOK
The task of this project was to create “joining elements” employing 3d printers. Radiators, floor lamps, table legs, plant stands or water taps have tubes or rods with additional space available for further use - it is for these that Nicole designed a joining element. The use of additional screws, pegs, glues and power drills to create extra storage space will no longer be needed.
Hook is a modular coat rack. It gives unused space a new function and individual design. It is easy to assemble and tightly arranged for transportation. Hook is made for low weight objects and accommodates the needs of every individual.
Made in Switzerland
CUSTOM MADE SHOES
When it comes to comfort, shoes really play an important part in our lives. Having the right shoes at the right time makes people happier. Nicole had the opportunity to learn the art of shoe making with a professional shoemaker. She used polyurethane foam to make the final form of her shoe. In order to make the shoes stronger, goat leather was used on the inside and cow leather on the outside of the shoe. After sewing the leather parts together the shoe shaft was sewn and glued to the shoe sole.
Not only was the design important, but the quality and comfort as well. The shoe also had to fulfill its task of giving the foot support. She created a pair of comfortable hiking shoes that she could also wear on other occasions.
Made in Switzerland
This modern business bag is characterised by its material, Hylite. Despite the material’s lightness, it is extremely flexible, resistant and protective. The vertically milled Alucobond grooves give the bag more flexibility. This makes the bag accessible and easy to handle. The foldable container is designed to hold an umbrella. It is characterised by the same vertically milled grooves, which make it very flexible in handling. The bottom of the container is vented to allow for water to run out. It is clipped with a bracket on the front of the bag, allowing the user to have a free hand.
Made in Switzerland in collaboration with Wogg
It was winter, minus 27 degrees centigrade. You would have to walk to stay warm. While Nicole was studying in Finland, she experienced really low temperatures for the first time. Sometimes she wished she had a hot water bottle of the kind normally used to keep warm in bed that she could take for a walk. To be able to stay outside longer, she decided to create an object in which she could carry hot tea under her coat. She used ceramic clay since it keeps contents hot for a long period of time. Straight lines, flat surfaces and round edges with a little cork lid on top give the flask the perfect shape.
Photos: Nicole Pérez & Rosie Ellis
Made in Finland
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