Truly adaptive, today's designers are increasingly resourceful and aware of their impact on the world. Paying close attention to product lifecycles, many have taken it upon themselves to redefine outdated industrial standards or to reappropriate forgotten crafts. Frame went back and selected 10 recently featured projects that best exemplify this phenomenon.

1 Refraction by Snedker Studio

Applying paper marbling to wood, Pernille Snedker Hansen developed a new type of parquet flooring. This project shows how designers mix established techniques to create new materials.

2. Micro Studio by Knauf and Brown

Demystifying the sometimes secret design process behind everyday objects, this Vancouver-based duo established a 24-hour open factory. Even if Knauf and Brown worked with limited materials, time and space, visitors were given rare insight into how products are produced.

3. Membrane by Benjamin Hubert

Utilizing CNC-milling, the British designer was able to develop a voluminous chair that weighs less than 3 kg. A mesh textile that fits over a conducive aluminium structure is only strong enough to hold human weight thanks to innovations in injection moulding.

4. Crossover Collective by Floor Nijdeken

Addressing current social problems with an empathic solution, Floor Nijdeken developed a machine in which embroidered textiles can only be created through collaboration. Not only bringing people together, He developed a process with added emotional value. 

5. Entfaltung by Jule Waible

Playing with paper folding techniques, recent RCA graduate Jule Waibel  created her own line of garments and accessories. Almost like origami, each piece is flexibly expandable.  

6. Strange Symphony by Philipp Weber

Inventing a new pipe that allows glass-blowers to create forms with multiple cavities, Philipp Weber equates this craft with musical performance. Filming the process and producing a line of vases, he approached this project from three subsequent angles.

7. Made to Measure by Glithero

London-based Glithero translated the technique of creating organ music punch cards into weavings. As ‘woven music,’ textile patterns literally reflect specific pieces of music.

8. Haptic Chair by Trine Kjaer

Danish designer Trine Kjaer’s goal was to create a chair that is best experienced by touch rather than sight. Using the coarse qualities of rope against softly sculpted wood, she was able to evoke tactility.

9. Mushroom® Packaging by Ecovative

Discovered as part of the New Institute’s Biodesign exhibition, this biodegradable alternative to foam packing is created using a rigid fungus-based polymer.

10. Folded Concrete Stool by Sam Jennings

Analyzing how fabric folds and moves, Falmouth University graduate Sam Jennings materialized the same characteristic with moulded concreted. Stronger than fabric, this form supports a wooden seat.