The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) just won an ICFF Award for their stand in the Javits Centre. The project presented is called also MICA, standing for Material Inspired Concepts and Artifacts. The brief was to get inspiration from traditional natural materials that have been around since centuries and are therefore "proofed by history".
Dig, Shift, Make... Earthen Play is a natural toy kit designed by Leslie Giron and Heiji Jun, including digging tools, a storage box with a sifting screen bottom and bamboo molds, to introduce kids to play with dirt.
Twist, Push, Pull... by Stephanie Sevich and Pati Pogodzinski is an interactive multipurpose object, inspired by a clarinet which uses cork as a fastener.
With his project Making non-woven objects by Sitting, Sunny Chong created a felted bag by attaching a plastic bag filled with felting wool and soap to his car seat By sitting on this plastic bag during long car journeys, i.e. applying pressure to the wool fibre-soap mix by sitting on it, a felt bag was created.
The Natural Hemp Body Pillow (summer and winter version) is designed by Christi Chung. The Jute Spool Seat was created by Karine Sarkissian, using a traditional technique from Scandinavia.
The Green Wood Rocking Stool by Antoine Heath is a simple yet very sweet rocking chair made from green wood (as the name suggests).
Brit Leissler lives and acts between London and Berlin. After receiving a Master degree in product design from the Royal College of Art in London she started her own Shoot the Stylist! design studio. She also works as a design educator for various institutions and founded Punch'n'Cuddle Ltd., producing and distributing her own products.
When taking a break from the design world she writes, sings and composes quirky electronic pop or travels the planet. Brit loves all forms of eccentricity, joins up the dots and aims to get into interesting conversations with all kinds of weird and wonderful people. As a hardcore digital camera gunslinger she shoots everything that moves and grooves. She doesn't eat animals, is hot for cheese, loves the Kensington Squirrels, robotic dance moves and life enhancing ideas.