Material Alchemy presents the most innovative, thought-provoking design approaches to material in the 21st century. Enlisting the help of luminaries from the world of science, technology, and design, this beautifully designed book showcases new responses to material innovation.
It provides key insights into how materials will be utilised to shape our future environments. Material Alchemy explores the use of materials in art, design, fashion and architecture, from the kitchen to the science laboratory.
Over the last ten years, there has been a huge development in materials for design. This has designers and scientist considering future trends that may emerge, and how we may design for a more sustainable future. This book not only provides new insights into how designers, scientists and artisans are exploring materiality, but it also presents opportunities to physically engage with materials through the following chapters: Low-Tech, High-Tech, Molecular Gastronomy and The Laboratory. The book is accompanied by an interactive app that gives access to hidden content as well as a series of creative workshops facilitating material exploration.
Jenny Lee received a first-class honours degree in Decorative Arts and went on to obtain her MA in Textile Futures at the Central Saint Martins, a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. She is now a researcher and lecturer at the University of Huddersfield in the UK and a Creative Director at Studio Aikieu.