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Dutch Designers Bring Technology to Their Craft in a New Exhibition

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Anouk Wipprecht and Philip Wilck’s 3-D-printed Spider Dress 2.0 uses sensors attuned to biosignals to defend the wearer’s personal space. Should the sensors detect a body approaching, spindly arms will either extend in defense or retract to allow greeting (based on unconscious factors such as the approaching body’s speed and the wearer’s rate of breath).


Currently on view at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design is “Hands Off: New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology & Craft,” an exhibition dedicated to the amazing innovations being produced in the Netherlands. Pictured here is Studio Drift’s Shylights, a lighting system that blooms like flowers.*

Through September 13 at the Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street, San Francisco; sfmcdrg *


Fascinated by meteorology, Martijn Koomen created these enclosed pavilions, titled *Weather, Feathers & Frost,*that visually indicate wind and temperature. Feathers inside the sculptural structures are guided by air currents that match those outside the walls. Similarly, frost appears inside as the external temperature drops.


Daniël de Bruin has created his own 3-D printer, called *This New Technology (TNT),*which prints in clay.


Mahmud and Massoud Hassani’s Mine Kafon is a low-cost land mine detector composed of bamboo, suction cups, and a GPS chip. The device uses gravity and wind to operate.


Aoife Wullur’s Shades of Light fabrics feature repositionable LED lights.


Studio Eric Klarenbeek’s Mycelium Project: Mycelium Chair is 3-D printed out of fungus.