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Jelly palaces and cow dung vases: Cool designs from bizarre materials
Updated 29th November 2016
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Jelly palaces and cow dung vases: Cool designs from bizarre materials
Design is a discipline that tends to take itself rather seriously. Perhaps this is why so many designers return time and again to dependable, tried-and-tested materials like hardwoods, aluminum and steel, all of which confer a sense of solidity, modernity and sophistication.
At this year's Design Miami, however, a small group of adventurous designers has cast off convention, trading in more traditional materials in favor of flowers, beehives, car parts and garbage, to name just a few of the unusual materials on display.
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In celebration of the opening of Design Miami, CNN Style has highlighted studios from across the globe that are experimenting with materiality, from flowerpots made of cow dung to a replica of Buckingham Palace rendered in jelly.
Though their products are wildly different in form, what unites these designers is a sense of curiosity and play -- evidence that design works best when it doesn't conform.
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