flexibility renewable clothing by fernando brízio
flexibility   renewable clothing by fernando brízio flexibility   renewable clothing by fernando brízio
jun 29, 2008

flexibility renewable clothing by fernando brízio

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flexibility – design in a fast changing society

ex carceri ‘le nuove’, turin
june 29 – october12

‘flexibility – design in a fast-changing society’ is one of the many events taking place in turin this year in
conjunction with the city being named the ‘design world capital for 2008’. the show consists of nine
projects by international designers installed at a former prison ex carceri ‘le nuove’.

renewable clothing by fernando brízio

by placing colored felt-tip pens in the pockets of the dress its appearance changes over time.
within an hour – to one and a half hours the colored ink bleeds into the fabric and creates a one-off design
for each occasion. the owner can then clean the dress and color it in a different way for each time they wear it.

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fernando brízio – portrait © designboom


‘the topic of the exhibition – flexibility – gave me the chance to find again one of these ideas that were
still unsolved. this enabled me to create open objects that, like a programme, can be modified,
erased and restarted multiple times.
‘ FB


fernando brízio

born in angola, 1968. he obtained his college degree in equipment design in 1996, at the fine arts
faculty of lisbon where he is based. since 1999 he has been developing several product design
projects, as well as setting design and exhibition works for details, protodesign, m glass, droog
design, the choreographer rui horta, modalisboa, ccb, intramuros, fabrica, lux/atalaia, experimenta
design, cor unum and gallery kreo, among others. he is professor and head of design at esad.cr
(caldas da rainha, school of art and design) and visiting lecturer at ecal (lausanne). in 2005, he
was a curator for the s*cool ibérica project. he has participated in several conferences and juries,
and his work has been exhibited and published internationally.

fernando – brizio

see the nine installations:

renewable clothing
by fernando brízio

instant rooms
by matali crasset

liquid memory
by ross lovegrove


by patricia urquiola

by bertjan pot

flexible bench
by giulio iacchetti


domestic sandbags
by antenna design

jailbreak (vendôme series)
by kram/weisshaar

my treasures trash
by emiliana design studio

‘flexibility’ introduction

flexibility – introduction

  • cool concept.. but for me the problem is calling this “renewable” which today really means eco friendly.. how many pens do you throw away per year dyeing your dress? It seems like he could have found a better solution than using plastic pens.

    van says:
  • Yeah, renewable means “eco friendly” and the dress doesn’t seem super green!

    Tabitha Smith says:
  • this is beautiful.

    Lace says:
  • i think you can take the ends off of these markers and fill them with more ink so you wouldn’t have to throw away the marker itself.

    paris says:
  • Boring stuff. This guy picked up old concepts (like the vase he made some years ago) and presented now again like if they were new.

    Boring! Next please!

    zenza says:
  • ever tried to wash felt tip ink out of a white fabric? it definitely doesn’t come out of the wash looking like the piece in the video. there’s no fixing of the dye so it’s going to look lovely when you wear it out in the rain! as will your legs with ink dripping down them in the street. could be a nice concept but very obviously designed by someone who knows absolutely nothing about textiles

    leaf says:
  • I embedded the video in an opinion post in Trazas. I obviously quoted Design Boom as the source and copyright holder.

    Please let me know if If I should remove it.

    Link to the post: [url=http://arquitextonica.net/trazas/2008/07/01/fernando-brizio-la-hipoarquitectura-se-piensa-asi/] Trazas [/url]

    Thanks for the great information.

    Miguel Villegas says:
  • i think they are absolutely beautiful.!!!!!!!

    lady j says:
  • looks nice, but you are going to have a lot of extra trash from pens. why not design an refillable applicator to go with the dress? something like a turkey baster would do. suction on one end and a sponge at the other, then it would actually be “renewable.” as is this makes a lot more waste than a regular dress.

    avantsweater says:
  • absolutely fantastic & magically beautiful.

    david at Base One says:
  • What a wonderful idea! It seems to be fun!
    Muy buenooo!! Debe ser divertido utilizar esos vestidos

    Giselle Diaz says:
  • you all complain too much, it’s not like millions of these are gonna sell. Just enjoy the concept.

    kelsey says:
  • it’s a nice concept, i would wear one of these, just one thing, doesnt the ink get on the body? what’s the use it it’s so messy?

    vivi says:
  • If you would do a little bit of research about this author, you would see that his work is mostly conceptual. He’s a teacher in the product design masters degree (I’m sure this is poorly written), so these pieces he develops are always conceptual in nature. It’s a study about the consumer as a creator, so face it like it is. And FYI, this was made in partnership with Giotto, an italian manufacturer of water washable felt pens for kids, as well as the vases.

    Joao says:

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