The Cloth Car Seat is Getting an Upgrade

relates to The Seats in Your Next Luxury Car May Be Made From Soybeans and Eucalyptus

Animal-gran leather has permeated the car interior world for decades now. As cloth became a stereotypical cheaper option when buying a car, leather has become synonymous with luxury and money.

However, I’ve always had animus towards animal-grain anything for some time now. And I’ve actually been hearing quite a few people – in my design field and outside – state the same opinion. Leather is overrated.

The quality of materials, especially paired with the level of technology and application processes today, now have the ability to change the opinions of the general population too. I’m not saying leather doesn’t have its place inside of a car, but with special attention to detail, like the wool blend in the Range Rover Velar in the above photo, luxury can start to change.

Audi has started to create carbon-neutral materials for some concept interiors. And the projected price difference between the normal leather and these new innovative materials? There is none.

How cool is it that companies are starting to blend eucalyptus fibers and even mushroom compounds into their lineup?? I think it’s incredible. Check out this article if you want to read more!

NASA Reinvented the Wheel


It’s finals for me right now, so my posts will be shorter for the next week or two. But I’m going to be doing a short snippet of technology I find interesting each day.

For today’s technology, it is NASA’s mesh wheel. It is made of shape-memory alloy. Typically when something is deformed, it can’t go back to its original shape. But NASA invented this material that reverts back to the original form. Super interesting and cool.

If you want to know more, definitely check out this video below. Pretty detailed breakdown and explanation of the process.

Natural materials in unexpected places


I had done a project researching materials that we native to Hawaii a few years ago. One of the natural materials I had found quite interesting, was cork. We’ve seen product and automotive companies branch out with new wood and natural fiber applications, but rarely do you see extremely specific organic substances in the market.

Sprout, a home appliance line made by the Scandinavian design agency No Picnic, features a solid cork bottom on their products. It might sound weird to the average consumer. But I picked up a mug with a cork bottom a few years ago, and to this day, it’s one of my favorite cups. Completely microwave safe, spill proof, and germ-free, it’s a neat design that still captures my attention.

Cork has several attributes that make it so versatile. One of the most intriguing to me, is it’s ability to repel bacteria – effectively warding off insects and small vermin as well. The waxy substance called suberin, gives it this unique property. As one of the more physically soft, yet strong, organic materials, it’s a perfect choice – though definitely unexpected in the best way! – for kitchens.

Sprout products show us that natural materials are just as viable and pleasing as their overly-popular plastic counterparts today.