I Saw The Future at Designersblock London 2014

September 1, 2014

A collective show of textiles and materials by MA graduates from Central Saint Martins.

Laura Daza

Colour Provenance

Research Question

Can the revival of ancient pigments provoke a greater appreciation of colour provenance?

The different shades, colours and hues have the power to overwhelm, but it seems that the origins and journeys of these pigments are obscure and forgotten. Today, colour is a commodity mechanically made and claimed for mass consumption, once colour had a unique aura, power and magic that brought stories alive.

Through developing a thorough understanding and knowledge of how colour was sourced, crafted and utilised in the past, Daza hopes to both celebrate the ancient rituals and alchemic techniques that were once used but also make people re-appreciate colour through the process of experimenting and re-manufacturing authentic ancient pigments that are increasingly being lost, as we move away from natural materials and traditional methods.

Laura Daza

Hyun Kyung Lee

Textiles For Strength In Later Life

Research Question

Could textiles provide future resilience for an increasingly ageing population?

It is predicted that by 2040 more than 20 million people in the UK will be over age 65. The loss of independence caused by deterioration in physical mobility in the elderly is a huge burden, both on the individual, and on an increasingly ageing society.

Hyun Kyung Lee is interested in the potential of textiles to help increase the physical resilience of older adults. From her research into specific age-related conditions and exercises, she has developed a series of fashion garments that could help to increase muscle strength and dexterity in everyday situations. By incorporating gentle resistance functions directly into the garments, the wearer is encouraged to perform exercises throughout the day.

Hyun Kyung Lee

Yangzi Wang

Materiality Of Fear

Research Question

How can we materialise the attraction of fear through materials?

Fear is a natural survival mechanism, an instinctive response to a potential danger, which is important for the survival of all species. Yangzi Wang is fascinated by our interest in, and attraction towards, fearful situations. Why do some people love to watch horror movies or view freak shows, and why are some people more prone than others to inducing a sense of fear?

In this project she has tried to engineer a fearful attraction, embedding fear within physical materials. Incorporating textures, forms and patterns commonly associated with phobias and instinctive human fear, she aims to explore the fine line between fear and attraction. Her designs are aimed at the celebrity or performer who wants to attract people’s attention.

Yangzi Wang

Felicity Taylor

Project Nox

Research Question

Can the concept of ‘darkness’ be communicated materially and experientially in order to increase its value?

Urban light pollution is a growing problem with well-documented negative effects on human physical and psychological health. Less acknowledged however is the impact this loss of natural night time darkness – and with it any view of the stars, planets and the milky way – has upon our general psyche and the resulting wonder, curiosity, creativity and sense of perspective that this sight can bring.

Nox is a project that takes a multisensory approach to evoking the emotions and sensations of a dark night through a series of designed interactions. Elements of tactility, sound, taste and hearing are all constituent parts of the installation. The participant is invited to share the designer’s understanding and re-telling of the dark, and is provoked to consider and reconsider their own preconceptions of darkness.

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Dawn B. Haleta

Internal Time In An Age Of Artificiality: Biomimicry Of The Sun

Research Question

How can recent discoveries in Chronobiology inform a future system of time keeping?

‘Biomimcry of the Sun’ is a clock that replicates the physical effects of the sun. It uses new techniques in LED technology and software to mimic the time of the sunrise and sunset at Greenwich Observatory, UK. Each day, the LEDs illuminate and change color temperature in sync with chronological color spectrum of the sun. After moving through blues and yellows, the lights gradually fade through to sundown.

The clock is inspired by the field of Chronobiology, the study of internal clocks in all living organisms. This field demonstrates the importance of the sun’s changing color temperature on our internal clocks. Our internal clocks are imperative to executing tasks that sustain our health, but their needs are offset by our increasingly artificial world.


Daniela Toledo 

Imminent Body

Research Question

How we deal with embodied intelligence in the materials and tools of the future?

Daniela Toledo examines the notion of artificial intelligence within the context of future materials. If materials are changing and moving towards a state of intelligence, then there is the potential to discover new and unexplored ways of harnessing consciousness in materials and exploring this idea in the context of the future of materiality.

This is a speculative design project that critically seeks to question the ability to accept a new form of intelligence and consider the possibility that textile workers of the future will be able to ‘program’ fabric for manufacture. Different materials will require different considerations and this opens a series of ethical implications in prospective scenarios linked to dealing with the future behaviour of materials.

Daniela Toledo

Ella Bulley


Research Question

Can craft increase our appreciation of sugarcane?

Refined sucrose, also known as sugar, was historically introduced to the West as an expensive commodity that influenced socio-cultural movements. However, over time sugar has become under-appreciated and devalued and is now regarded as a cheap commodity.

Ella aims to elevate sugarcane by transforming it from a humble crop into a crafted artifact. Emphasising artisanal processes, she also hopes to challenge our perceptions surrounding this forgotten material and propose alternative uses for natural resources that are currently in abundance yet under appreciated.



Shubhi Sachan

Traditional Futures

Research Question

Can the revival of traditional practices, redefine the notion of environmental threats?

Rice husk ash is an agricultural by-product and is widely found in India and other Asian regions. The majority of research undertaken in the last 10 to 20 years has concluded that this ash is a threat to the environment, especially when disposed of in high concentrations. Historically this material was used extensively in Asia for cleaning, most notably for teeth, utensils, pots, and for the purification of water.

Sachan is interested in revisiting some of these historic cleansing applications and exploring the potential that rice husk ash could play in our future daily lives.

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