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Milan – Exhibition Next Habitat explored the untapped potential of everyday materials.
In the future, materials that exist as a surplus today might be rare. Exploring the temporality of materials as well as the inherent inefficiencies in our consumer culture, designers from the Master of Interior Architecture & Retail Design programme at the Piet Zwart Institute created a series of projects repurposing common materials and abundant energies into precious artefacts.
Two of our favourites were Current Alchemy, a project which turned piezo electricity into crystals, and Radio Killed The Electric Star, a wireless lamp that harnessed the electromagnetic fields around us. ‘We wanted to explore the concept of electricity as a handmade product,’ Current Alchemy’s creators Julia Schostak and Pawel Szubert told LS:N Global. ‘And in doing so we created a new precious material.’
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