TRYING SOMETHING NEW, I am trying to share my research for my new project, here you will find things that have caught my eye while exploring the world of “future craft” this is in no way exhaustive, if anything this is all the research that related the LEAST to future craft, however I found a few nuggets that are worth checking out. The way to use this is to look at the KEY and match up the text with the image gallery, design directions coming soon 🙂


TEXT=title KEY!


002 is a photo number (refer back to gallery)

underlined text is a subtext


FLOOD + geography

~~how else can we relate to floods or talk about them? can we be optimistic? (thinking of Tohoko’s future)~~


001 – flowing city: a drop of water can turn into a flood on this micro-city coaster. here, the city of taipei, taiwan is re-sized into a coaster.

002 -« Flood », by David Raffoul

Two houses were flooded and heavily damaged by the storm. A flower grew from the heart of each house and through its chimney. The final result was a beautiful landscape of many flowers, each one hinting the presence of a house.

003 – Duncan Zuur of the Netherlands rides a wakeboard across flooded Piazza San Marco in Venice, December 2, 2008. (REUTERS/Handout/Euro-Newsroom.com/Joerg Mitter)

004- venice (flood is only bad for a city)

other countries with similar situation now or in the past? (italy?)

~~craftsmen of the world~~


005-tulip form, beautiful, understand time, new perspective!


toys for contemplation… beauty can captivate? 027!

~~toys based on seasons?~~

~~compare CRAFT season to SPORTS season~~

In an organized sports league, a season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session. This is an aerial view of the northern Netherlands in the middle of the tulip season. Wow!

Most team sports have a period of training to recover fitness levels, followed by exhibition games or friendly matches prior to the start of their regular seasons

The off-season, vacation time, or close season is the time of year when there is no official competition. Although upper management continues to work, the athletes will take much vacation time off. Also, various events such as drafts, transfers and important off-season free agent signings occur. Generally, most athletes stay in shape during the off-season in preparation for the next season. Certain new rules in the league may be made during this time, and will become enforced during the next regular season.

~~look at MCDonalds’ mc rib and seasonal products~~

The Mcrib is a barbecue pork sandwich periodically sold by the international fast-food restaurant chain McDonald’s.

Aside from weak sales, other theories for the limited availability of the McRib include the higher prices and unreliable supply of pork, the limited-time allure making it a better loss leader for McDonald’s, and the scarcity adding to the hype of the sandwich.[19] An informal 2011 study into the “Existence of the McRib” draws a correlation between the price of pork and the timing of McDonalds offering the sandwich, as all five of the US McRib offerings beteween 2005 and 2011 have occurred during low points in the price for pork.



Konbit Shelter is a sustainable building project with the objective of sharing knowledge and resources through the creation of homes and community spaces in post earthquake Haiti. We are a group of artists, builders, architects, and engineers, who, after the January 2010 earthquake, asked ourselves how we could use our skills and resources to directly assist another community in a time of crisis.

Our focus is primarily on the super-adobe technique of earth bag architecture, which is an extraordinary building design for its ability to create earthquake, hurricane, flood, and fire resistant structures, using inexpensive and locally available resources. Originally designed by Nader Khalili and continued by Cal-Earth, the approach specifically addresses the world wide need for adequate housing. This system of building provides an easily replicable model, which can be built without using specialized construction machinery and can be participated in by the men and women of any community. Utilizing 90% earth, and only 10% cement, these structures are stronger than the now common cinder block and concrete slab construction. The technique also uses little to no wood, an invaluable asset in timber depleted Haiti.

swoon is part of the Konbit team 014-016

From her street art portraits to her floating bits of the city, to the shelters in Haiti, Swoon addresses the question of how we can all live together. Her work is a learning process; it defies being distilled into a lasting object or an abstract idea. It seeks to better understand how cities, architecture and other systems will help us live together in an environment that is clearly losing its ability to support us. And like those demure cut-paper portraits that come and go on the city streets, Swoon has seen many sights, and she continues to glow with hope for the future.

redball-Kurt Perschke

That first site was really the start of it all, one experience with a hunk of concrete in a lonely drive by place that led me to realize the way I see. The ball is in some ways a surrogate or point of access. I have become interested in the notion of advocacy, as a sculptor in urban environments the question is not always building new objects but seeing what is already there, and finding the means to transmit that visualization.

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It’s true, most people suffer from mundanity in their everyday lives. Go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed. Going about your day running on autopilot. Sound familiar? What if there was a way to reach people simply by catching them off guard with a unique sign?

BORED – monopoly // known as Bored. The person (or group) chooses to remain anonymous but expressed via email their dissatisfaction at the lack of quality street art around Chicago. Saying specifically that “the goal of this entire project has been to present something different than a stencil painted on the ground or a poster pasted to a wall. Something 3-dimensional that can be picked up, beaten down, kicked, yanked, grabbed, and broken. And if someone ever put forth the effort to remove it, like a weed it will always grow back. And if left alone it will evolve into something different.”



Art Breaks builds on MTV’s rich legacy of introducing its audience to vanguard video art, including early work from Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Spike Jonze, Kenny Scharf and Doug Aitken, as well as Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes.

modern tech

With Local Report 2012, Robert Whitman extracts the video cellphone’s extraordinary potential for capturing and communicating our individual and communal daily experiences. Whitman invites people in their communities to choose, record, and transmit moments in time and place. The resulting work forms non-traditional image narratives that highlight the everyday. Images shot by the local reporters succeed one another on five successive screens, accompanied by a variety of voices describing other objects, scenes, and activities the reporters are witnessing at the time. Thus, Whitman composes in real time what he calls “a cultural map of the world” and an evocative tribute to the varied beauty of everyday experiences across the globe.

bocce: http://bencollette.com/productbyprocess/?p=609

006 hermes +moebius

~~ storytelling through play ~~

hermes presents itself as a multi-faceted but also a house with a multitude of sensibilities. in their presentation they overlap: craft video+comics+store+newsletters  007 008

~~selling/showing off ARTIFACTS OF THE PROCESS~~

A cotton sack was a very important tool in the making of Japanese sake. Used to filter sake in the purification process, the sack was dyed by persimmon tannin every summer  for decades. This was done as a form of waterproofing and sanitation.

It’s called SAKABUKURO or SAKE SACK. No two sakabukuro are alike. Each changes color to the light. Each has its own sign of long use, in where its stitches lie. HITOMONOKOTO has launched its SAKABUKURO tote bag. We’ve nicknamed it the “SHIB”.

Please take a look at it.


~~sake/tea/play/new tradition! ~~

009Want to give your guest an unforgettable tea drinking experience? Forget about the fancy and expensive tea leaves. This porcelain pig’s skull designed by Wieki Somers is a teapot, the tea-cozy is made of rat’s fur. Where tasty and unsavory, harm and delight aren’t discerned any longer, you get curious how the tea actually taste. This surreal hunting trophy can pour tea as well.

A compact new entertaining tool is now available to sake lovers and epicurean enthusiasts everywhere in the form of the Sake Bomb: a cleverly designed ceramic pouring vessel with four matching cups, designed by designer Alexander Purcell Rodrigues. CERAMICS


“conventions and assumptions about design today. Some have built their practice around the collaborative ideology of the open source movement; others are exploring the countless opportunities opened up by low-cost, miniaturised electronics; others still are embracing the maker movement as a transformative force within established design practices, or tapping into the power of crowdfunding to make previously impossible ideas a reality. All, in one way or another, are fundamentally questioning the accepted established modes of practice within design, either by rethinking the economic models upon which it is founded, pushing the technological boundaries within which it operates or questioning the traditional top-down attitude of designers and manufacturers towards end-users.”


glass from sun and sand Solar-powered motors move the box on an x and y axis along a computer-controlled path and a new layer of sand is sprinkled on top after each pass of the light beam. 022 – 025


Dirk Vander Kooij – Endless Robot

Using a repurposed industrial robot that melts plastic obtained from recycled fridge components and deposits it in layers, Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij developed a new manufacturing technique inspired by 3D printing. Several years of experimentation led to the Endless series of chairs, tables and lamps, all of which are manufactured in his Eindhoven studio. 026


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