10% & More - A modern day sorcerer's apprentice

Eyewear lends itself perfectly to experimenting with alternative plastics, so there is no wonder Ivy Wang chose a pair of glasses to test the new material she has been developing on her course at Central Saint Martins College Textile Futures; a highly research driven MA course exploring the intersection of design, craft, science and technology.

Ivy put her scientific thinking hat on and spent time at Jurgen Denecke Research Lab in Leeds, engineering a bio-product made of biodegradable waste (from the humble potato's cellular wall!). The result is a solid material with similar characteristics to plastic, but with a concrete-like texture.

The texture of this new material reminds me a little about artist Daniel Singel's concrete statement shades...

Not surprisingly, Ivy's choice of objects comes directly from the 60s, the golden age of plastic! Here is the concept described by the designer herself:

"Elements from the 1960s inspire and inform the aesthetic of my selection of objects. The idea behind this is to use a future material to make old objects. 1960s were a popular time for plastics and large numbers of manufactured products are still in use today after half a century. I’m looking at this new eco material and wondering… can it be a future plastic?"

The thing I find most interesting about this project is the fact that the science and research work taken on by Ivy still maintained a design focus, an approach very rarely found in scientific research. This just shows that aesthetics and science can go hand-in-hand to produce inspiring results...

Of course all this talk about the 60s has naturally led to a 20 minute internet musing on 60's sunglasses:

vintage Oliver Goldsmith

vintage Pierre Cardin

vintage Paulette Guinet

vintage Paulette Guinet


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