Wearing Water Collection by nacood Lab
nacood Lab is a new collaboration between Berlin-based material designer Shiori Aiba and London-based graphic designer Maasa Yamanashi. Like brsg Keramik, the Japanese design studio made their debut earlier this month at DMY Berlin, where they exhibited their first foray into transforming familiar materials into new designs.
The inaugural experiment is inspired by traditional washi paper. “Wearing Water” shows how this material can be used to make garments, such as a lightweight anorak, or commonplace products such as umbrellas. Washi paper lends itself to these applications because it is made from the inner bark of certain Japanese trees. These long, durable fibres offer a combination of strength, water resistance, and breathability.
While the pieces in the “Wearing Water” collection may not be quite as practical as synthetic materials, nacood Lab is looking to further develop the material for unexpected applications.