Japan-born London-based young womenswear designer Natsumi Zama holds a BA Honours in Fashion Design and Technology from London College of Fashion. Since graduating in 2009 Zama has launched her own fashion label while working as a freelancer machinist. Her most recent collection entitled “2→3” (two to three) is a series of garments that explore how material can be transformed from it’s two dimensional form to a three dimensional object. Each garment, when laid flat, looks as though it is mounted on a large expanse of square fabric, but when worn on the body this backdrop transforms into sweeping folds that dress the figure in pleats and fluted shapes.
I’ll preface this post by saying that this was one of my Top 5 favourite products from Milan Design Week. Yep, 100% – these are that good. Designed by Doshi Levien for Spanish rug maker Nanimarquina, Rabari rug collection evokes “the sensual and shiny world of tribal folk embroidery of India.” I am a real sucker for projects which clearly reference designers’ past experiences, memories, ethnic origins and iconography, particularly when brought into a contemporary context such as this. For me, this is an example of design authenticity at it’s best.
Be careful – don’t trip over Faig Ahmed’s three-dimensional rugs as they unravel before your very eyes! This Azerbaijani artist is no stranger to fibre arts – most of his work revolves around the construction and deconstruction of intricately patterned rugs and carpets.
SKINNED is a collection of mould-casts of abandoned buildings in Amsterdam by design studio KNOL Ontwerp. The skin-like casts are as delicate as fabric.
Damien Hirst’s highly anticipated collaboration with Alexander McQueen of 30 limited edition scarves is celebrated in a short film by Sølve Sundsbø.
Hello and welcome to the November 2013 edition of Yellowtrace Spotlight. In this month’s design news you can read about three Melbourne projects by Mim Design, Piccolo Architecture and Studio Equator; beautiful new products from Henry Wilson, Space Furniture, Adam Cornish, Yellow Diva and Designer Rugs; first ever collaboration between Dinosaur Designs and Jac+ Jack; new tech from DesignDaly and Stylecraft; new book by HASSELL; and finally a not-to-be-missed pop-up bar in Sydney designed by yours truly, also known as The Gumtree Garden – woohoo!