Fashion & Design (176)
Cork makes a buoyant return
We often associate cork with wine. But the Portuguese company AHUA is using the material for what was one of its original purposes: buoyancy. The company makes and sells thin surfboards and handplanes (surfboards for hands) made of light and eco-friendly cork. The project was funded thanks to an entrepreneurship prize and crowd funding website Massivemov.
Why it matters
Being one of Portugal’s most exported products – it accounts for 55% of the world’s cork production – it’s nice to see a variation of its use. The project in itself is an example of creating new with what you already have. What can big brands learn from the modus operandi of startups backed through crowd funding platforms like Massivemov or Kickstarter?
17. May 2012
The Hug Shirt allows people to exchange the physical sensation of a hug when real contact is not possible. Sensors built into the shirt register the ‘DNA’ of your hug (strength of touch, skin warmth and heartbeat) and transmit to the recipient whose own shirt will recreate the embrace.
The fashion brand Pimkie has launched a website called the Pimkie Color Forecast. They have set-up webcams in some of the most fashionable areas of Paris, Milan and Antwerp, and analyse the footage to provide infographics detailing current colour trends.