Radiant Matter by Elissa Brunato

Elissa Brunato (London) found a game-changing way to approach colour and finishes within the Fashion and Textiles Industry that are conventionally dominated by plastics and toxic dyes. Re-imagining the landscape of available materials and employing bio-technologies that are capable of harnessing naturally abundant materials, she creates shimmering, structural colours. Her Bio Iridescent Sequin proofs that wood-originating matter can mimick the alluring visual aesthetics of beetle wings. Without added chemicals, the material remains lightweight and as strong as plastic, yet it is compostable.

Radiant Matter has just launched a new video on their work, which will be screened during the exhibition at gallery Zichy and online on

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The designers on show represent a long term and holistic, yet step by step approach on innovating bio-cycles. Their work renegotiates the relationship of man, technology and nature and highlights the role of transdisciplinary collaborations.

The designers work within the potentials and limitations of a new (bio)material landscape and take it upon themselves to test, develop and explore applications. Some of the studios struggle with the performance of their organic materials, while others still have a (long) way to go in the process of scaling up their promising findings.

In order to gradually shift from the petroleum based production and waste systems, and bring about systemic change, they intervene at different stages of a globalised value cha

① Zuzana Gombošová

② Elissa Brunato

③ Maurizio Montalti

④ Aurelia Noudelmann

⑥ Eugenia Morpurgo, Sophia Guggenberger

Youyang Song

⑧ Lukas Wegwerth
Verena Michels
①⓪ Vlasta Kubušová and Miro Kral

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