Here is the collaboration that we did with the talented London based architect Vlad Tenu for our CLON8 2815 collection.
"The desire for space exploration, the enchanting allure of science fiction, and Jodorowsky’s ‘Dune’ illustrations" have inspired ‘2815’ the Autumn/Winter 2015 collection.
As a response to the collection’s inspiration, we collaborated with Vlad Tenu to create the Cosmic Bubble; the piece addresses the utopian scenario of space colonisation and the idea of a ‘wearable micro-climate’, alluding to the evolution of a space suit to a plasmatic micro-atmospheric bubble. It is imagined to be an adaptive layer that is detached from the body but gravitates around the human silhouette and changes shape in a similar manner a meta-blobby soap film, maintaining an enclosed volume of air.
The design is influenced by early science-fiction or space artists such as Don Davis or Syd Mead, exploring a process of form-finding around the human body as a synthesis of the symmetrical, the centrifugal and the gravitational. The prototype is conceived in line with the constraints of budget and transportability, being designed as a flat pack component assembly system, with a minimum weight and dimensions needed to achieve the 2.1m tall transparent bubble. The transparency is a key element of the installation which has dictated the need for designing a fastener-free bespoke connection system between the pieces of the assembly, maintaining the pristine clear, volatile appearance of the piece.