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Making | Breaking: New Arrivals

  • Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 2 East 91st Street New York, NY, 10128 United States (map)

Making | Breaking: New Arrivals

An exhibition featuring recently acquired contemporary works reflect breakthroughs in technologies and techniques, as well as an interest in reexamining and pushing conventional materials beyond our expectations.

Textiles as part of Making | Breaking include: 
Cushions and Pillows, Well Well Well, 2016, Designed by Shantell Martin and produced by Momentum Group

Shantell Martin and the Momentum Design Studio worked together to translate her drawings, musings, and thoughts into several textiles designs. The designs are unique yet unified by a connecting story: a series of conversations between the elements, places and internal questions of her life and our own.

Kinematics Dress #4, 2015, Designed by Jessica Rosenkrantz, Jesse Louis-Rosenberg and Nervous System and printed by Shapeways.

Fashionable clothing has generally been made from flat textiles, which are painstakingly cut and sewn into 3-dimensional garments. The creation of a Kinematics dress begins by importing one's body metrics into the Kinematics Cloth app. There, clothing designs can be adapted to any body shape using parametric body modelling technology.

Dress and Underdress, Temple Dress, Mer Ka Ba Collection, 2013, Designed by threeASFOUR

MER KA BA, threeASFOUR’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, was inspired by the “sacred geometries” of tile-work patterns found in synagogues, churches, and mosques around the world. The title MER KA BA embraces many spiritual concepts: Merkaba is a mystical form of Judaism; ka ba alludes to the Kaaba, the holy site of the Mecca pilgrimage; Muraqaba is a Sufi meditation practice.

Levi’s Google Jacquard jacket

Designed for the urban bike commuter, this new acquisition is a smart denim jacket woven with interactive thread that connects to a user’s mobile device.