It's Science! Nasa's Programmed Fabric

Nasa is developing 3-D printed fabrics that combine not only the functionality of the materials they are made of, but also their structural function.


Fabrics could be made in space to fit jobs managing heat absorption or deflection, tensile strength, meteorite deflection.  They could be made of new material or even recycle material that is at hand.

Maybe this technology can realize this vision of the future:

Thank you BoingBoing where I get about 35% of my information.

It's Science! Origamizer

Nova, the PBS show, has just made a show on folding that I can't stop talking about. 

Their decription: The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm—a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds “The Origami Revolution.”

Here is the episode link.  I really like paper folding.



Trouble in River City

We are facing difficult times.  We are all trying to figure out how to be a nation again.

Image: Rago Arts

Nostalgia has the problem of letting us choose the slant we look at history with.  I think Americans had a stronger national spirit even just a few years ago.  Maybe we can get that back with more can-do and less derisive anger.  I’m looking at these as a kind of Valentine for that nation.

As we regain that spirit - let’s use this time of chaos as a kind of hot house and move culture forward. 

Glenn Adamson has made a succinct and great show called Static at Friedman Benda that talks about the late 70s and 80s and shows inspired responses.

Or we can just let it all slide.

Hubby Watch: Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Centerstage

Fabio designed the costumes for Les Liaisons Dangereuses directed by Hana Sharif. 

The fabrics are lush and there are many very special touches

photo Richard Anderson

photo Richard Anderson

photo Richard Anderson

photo Richard Anderson

photo Richard Anderson


One review said:  Costume Designer Fabio Toblini excels with his elaborate designs that spare no excess or detail. From Cécile’s youthful debutante gowns and Madame de Tourvel’s just demure enough day dresses to Valmont’s velvet waistcoats and brocade dandy vests, he uses fine fabric, texture, and color to perfectly define his characters. But his sumptuous designs reserved for Merteuil, flowing visions in electric jewel tones, trump even the best of his plot. Miss Douglas’ talent and persona draped in Toblini’s extravagant creations espousing Hampton’s sublime words combine into the mesmerizing force of nature she creates in Merteuil. Toblini provides her with every tool she needs to commandeer the stage with minimal effort.

We were ready for our close up with a rare inclusion of our favorites.

photo Richard Anderson

Hotly Contested!

Our linen and glow in the dark sheer Moonlight is in Interior Design magazine's Best of the Year contest.  There are 2 days left to vote.  If you would vote, I'd be thrilled.  The contest is great and the award is really pretty.  No registration necessary and you can vote once from any screen.

Friends and Heroes

Two dear and formative friends just had shows open in New York.  Luisa Cevese is part of a three woman show at the Cooper Hewitt called Scraps and Roy McMakin's A Table at Garth Greenan gallery.

Roy tells me the four green tables are meant to be bought by a collector who would get and use one table, Roy would get and use a second table, a museum would receive and keep pristine the third while the fourth would be anonymously donated to a thrift store.  God I love that guy. 

The work in his show is gorgeous- often pairing found furniture with large constructions.  While I don't fully understand the relationship, I do respond.  The drop leave table in a white monolith made me tear up a little.

Luisa's show has her paired with Christina Kim of dosa, inc., and Reiko Sudo of NUNO.  All three use industrial waste with originality and surprise.

Luisa and her recycling are, of course, very dear to my heart.