Aivan grows headphones from fungus and yeast

Fungus, yeast-based bioplastic and other materials grown by microbes have been used to make the Korvaa headphones, designed by Finnish studio Aivan in collaboration with scientists. All up, the Korvaa headphones feature six different microbially grown substances. They were designed to showcase the potential of the technology known as synthetic biology, or “synbio” for short. This discipline […]

Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai use magnesium to create extremely light Vela chair

Tel Aviv designers Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai have used magnesium, one of the lightest metals, to create a stacking chair that weighs just 2.5 kilograms. Unveiled by Italian furniture brand Magis during Milan design week, the Vela chair plays to the strengths of its low-density material. Whilst structurally strong and easy to work with, magnesium weighs 30 per cent less […]

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