MIT Media Lab graduate Lining Yao has created an innovative piece of clothing embedded with living bacteria, which reacts to humidity. Designed in collaboration with New Balance and designers from the Royal College of Art, Second Skin reacts to body heat, with the piece opening up vents as the body gets hot, and closing them when it cools. See more about it here.
Japanese brand MUJI has teamed up with three designers – Jasper Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa and Konstantin Grcic – to develop a series of spaces where “quality time can be enjoyed in the most, simple, minimal way.” These ‘huts’ are not only a physical manifestation of the brand’s values, but also show how urban inhabitants are preferring to live with less, simplifying their lives to reduce stress.
This botanical blend is both a non-alcoholic spirit and a refined soft drink, to be served with a simple tonic, although it can be used as a mixer. Tapping into growing consumer demand for non-alcoholic offerings that are more refined and crafted, Seedlip won’t look out of place next to high end gins and vodkas. Our next Mapº trend report will be looking at the drinks category in more detail – sign up to get a copy.
Leafs by Snoop
With cannabis now legalised in a number of American states, it was only a matter of time before we started to see well-branded offerings. Music artist Snoop Dog collaborated with design studio Pentagram to launch his own brand of cannabis – ‘Leafs by Snoop’. The packaging has connotations of perfume, tea and fine chocolate, in order to appeal to a wider audience and reassure them of the product quality.