'Do Touch. Materials of the Future' is an interactive overview of the latest innovations
New Design University, located in St. Pölten, is Austria’s most progressive art education institution, and as such it takes an active role in informing, shaping, and enriching the country’s creative scene. For Vienna Design Week, they prepared two projects, one showcasing students’ work, and another presentation compiled by the institution that is targeted at students, professional designers, and a wider audience interested in innovations.
The exhibition entitled Do Touch. Materials of the Future is a thorough collection of the latest materials that are already in use or will probably be the building stones of our future world. Installed in the projektraum of Stilwerk, the furniture department store of the city, the presentation is a nice addition to the chains of shops selling top designer pieces, pointing towards their possible future direction.
The show was curated by NDU guest professor Chris Lefteri, who is an expert on material design and related innovative solutions. Elastic metal, paper-thin sheets of glass, thermo-sensitive rubber, injection-molded paper as just a few of the materials presented, revolutionary either in their mode of preparation, application, or inherent properties. They can be used in architecture, furniture design, lighting, package - and Lefteri’s intention was exactly to stimulate ideas and encourage people to use these materials in all imaginable contexts.
And not only that; in times when you’re not allowed to touch anything that’s on exhibit, Do Touch invites everyone not only to look, but take a grasp of sample pieces of each material, as this is the only sure way people can truly experience innovation. The materials are hanged on a wire in a simple square installation form, each accompanied by a short description on its nature and possible application. While targeted at designers, the show presents an educative and amusing play on the senses for anyone.
Open: 2015. September 25 - extended until Oktober 31!
Location: NDU Projektraum, stilwerk Wien (Praterstraße 1, 2. OG 1020 Wien)
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