Secondary Research

March 6, 2017 in uncategorised

Fear and Love Exhibition at The Design Museum

Vespers-Neri Oxman (3D printing)

Vespers revives an ancient cultural artefact-the death mask-as a speculative piece of wearable technology. Traditionally made of wax or plaster, these death masks have been created with state-of-the-art 3D printing. The ability to print at the resolution of nerve cells heralds a future of biological products that we can wear as external support systems-for instance, feeding us nutrients or rebalancing micro-organisms. In this body of work, Neri Oxman has created three seires of masks, each one representing a different phase at the end of five imaginary people’s lives.

Oxman confronts our most essential fear-death-and finds new ways to commemorate loss, as well as expressing wonderment at the potential for new life.

Series 1: 5 imaginary person’s character


Series 2: Their final breath before death.


Series 3: The bacteria that biodegrades the bodies after death.



Turning PM 2.5 into rings

Daan Roosegaarde was shocked when he saw the severity of China’s air pollution in Beijing. The main pollutant PM 2.5 are extremely tiny chemical particles that can penetrate our lungs.


He started to design a machine that would purify the air with his team and came up with this efficient and convenient machine, which is in use today (not enough use though…).


He then compressed the filtered particles to make something more pleasing-rings. One cube of this means 1000m3 of polluted air is filtered, and you can chose your preferred design.



Summary: I did these research as parallel reference to my topic, so it does not necessarily mean that I’m going to make industrial products or do 3d printing. Both of these designers have turned something feared and negative into something beautiful, making people feel less pessimistic. This is what I want to achieve for my project.

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