HBL Analysis: Dipped design

Friday, 25 March 2011

Liga collection by Elise Gabriel

Dip-dyeing may not be an innovative process, but it is definitely becoming more popular, as its usage spreads from fashion and beauty to furniture and home accessories. From handcrafted to mass-made, an interesting variety of materials are being used. WGSN-homebuildlife analyses how conceptual inspirations become commercial items.

Dipped serving utensils by Mori Kawa
Within tableware, the dipping process is used to obtain stunning contrasts: natural against synthetic, traditional to innovative, soft tone set against bright colours. With furniture, pieces are entirely plunged into the material to create an 'all-in' effect: 

Amber Chair - Preserving Immortal Memories by Jaeuk Jung

A dipped skin not only modifies the product's shape, but can also interfere with its functionality: dipped components can be used to add structure to designs. WGSN-homebuildlife subscribers can read more on the subject.