The Creative Round-up : August
As we spend a lot of time keeping ourselves up to date with the design industry, through mediums such as magazines, blogs and the news, we tend to come across a lot of projects that catch our eye and really draw us in. The Creative Roundup is a new series where we share projects we’ve discovered and feel are worth shouting about, focusing on all areas of the design industry from architecture to graphic design, fashion to fine art.
Warrior One Yoga Studio
The first project we have discovered this month is Warrior One’s new yoga studio, designed by Golden. It’s based in Melbourne and takes inspiration from the surrounding ocean and coastline throughout the space, adding a sense of connection to nature.
We love the tranquillity the design offers; with a muted colour palette and natural materials, it’s perfectly suited to the purpose of the space. The details such as the minimal typography choice for the room signage and unique furniture made by local designers, really bring the look together.
AV-1 by Norwegian start-up No Isolation is a project we’ve really been loving this month.
It’s a small white robot fitted with a camera, speaker and microphone which sits within a classroom environment and feeds the lessons back to children who are too unwell to attend school. With two motors allowing the head to raise and lower, along with a 360 degree swivel function, they are able to gain a good view of everything going on both within lessons and outside with friends during break times. As students with long-term illnesses often miss out on important parts of their education whilst staying at hospitals, they can be left feeling isolated and separated from their peers, therefore projects like AV-1 gives them a sense of normality.
It’s really important to focus and develop inclusive design, especially in a society where we focus far too much on want rather than need. We should be putting our efforts into projects that help those who may be less fortunate than others and for whom day-to-day efforts aren’t as accessible or easy.
Another project we love this month is Mosskin by graduate designer Tye Tze Yu. Mosskin is a living sphagnum moss integrated into a textile material which can be worn like an ordinary garment by burn victims, to heal and soothe wounds. Once wet, the waters and minerals within the moss keep the skin hydrated, easing discomfort caused by damaged sweat glands.
We find projects with a purpose to help others inspiring. The idea of using Moss in this way is ingenious, allowing burn victims to wear the garments to cover their scarring if they would rather hide it, yet also healing their wounds too.