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Future Memory

2013

Authorship

Miguel Rios with the collaboration of Telma Barrelas


Support

IMO - Inspired Memorable Objects


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MR¯D/prj.14


Cat.

Product

Gallery

Miguel Rios is represented by Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

Exhibition

Future Memory | 17.09 — 02.10.2013
at Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art



Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art presents an exhibition by Miguel Rios. Constituted by design objects, the show is an installation built around two object typologies: variations on a device not included in our lexicon of daily objects (but that we could describe as inhalers), and one table. If the first group does not possess a nomenclature, as its objects do not have any associated tradition of social or personal function, the table belongs to an age-old lexicon that makes it recognizable by a name, a function and a typological set.

Let’s start by the nameless objects.


They are ceramic and glass devices, being that one of them (made of glass) stands out due to its complexity. These pieces emanate from the memory of devices pertaining to a laboratorial universe, consecutively redesigned and refitted to fulfill the function of providing an olfactory experience to their future and hypothetical users. Composite pieces reminiscent of a thermal baths’ ambiance of inhalation, vapor, and odor; they are opaque in their feminine form and (hélas!) transparent in their masculine version. Their gender is determined by their names: Winnie and Willie, names taken from Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, a play written in 1961. This association with Beckett’s text permeates the ambiance produced for the presentation of these objects, specifically through the reference to Winnie’s feminine figure who, free from all causality and enigmatically half-buried in the ground, recalls her past while going through the contents of her purse. Within Beckett’s body of work the past does not exist as causality but as the production of an agent. Based in this universe, the object conceived by Miguel Rios is a memory producing device, one that shapes the way how we relate to the construction of a past.

In this sense, Miguel Rios’ inhalers are devices that possess a particular function – they can be used to sense odors from the past, such as the scent of rain on dry earth, or a scent reminiscent of childhood, somewhere in the countryside, a function signaled by a perfume pump sprayer and a respirator. Through its medical connotation, this function is associated with a tradition of inhaling devices, such as nebulizers and vaporizers, all belonging to the universe of thermal baths, or sanatoriums, which are by excellence the literary place for the production of memories – i.e., its construction for the future, as it happens in the work of Thomas Mann. Taking on another perspective; within the artistic context the phenomenology of odor and its application to breathing and sharing are intimately associated with Neo-Concrete Brazilian Art, as it was personified by Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. Namely, in Clark’s production of the devices we today call relational and in Oiticica’s scented Bólides (smelling of coffee, for example), works that function both as memory detonators and as games of recognition.

The same happens with these pieces: they are a game of recognition, allowing the exploration of olfactory universes that can themselves build memories, and refer to the future construction of a past. They are “hopeful futilitarian” objects, as Robert Brustein once described Winnie.

The three tables belong to a set of office furniture, currently in development and presented here as a concept, in their project version. The contrast between the mirror’s rigor and opulence, the precision of its finish, possess an almost theatrical – but certainly performative – connotation.

Developed in partnership with IMO as part of an office furniture line, they branch from an office furniture typology reminiscent of the 1950s modernist universe. Their current version, subtly asymmetrical (the in-line installation reinforces this asymmetry), corresponds to a limited edition of five copies and may one day be part of a corporate office furniture line. Their adaptation to an office system that will implement their functionalities is currently being developed (by a team that also includes Telma Barrelas, Miguel Rios’ collaborator).

Worthy of note, the mirror surface is produced in stainless steel, a material that unlike glass allows the production of a perfect mirror, one that does not duplicate the image on its surface. The tables’ chromaticity is nuanced by the MDF edges with their lacquered earth tones, tempering its cold universe with one more reference to the materials (wood, metal, and Formica) that were most common in the beginning of the modern age, the age of office furniture, something already belonging to our collective memory.

The exhibition ambiance is enveloped by the same scenic dimension, as a stage for an action – one which will only develop in the game of recognition we accept to play; producing, as a future memory, the reinvented scents from our past.

Delfim Sardo
September 2013

STORM SYSTEM

2010 — 2013

Site

stormsystem.eu


Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.13


Cat.

Technology | Textile

Conferences & Presentations

MODTÍSSIMO 2013 | Exhibition

ITechStyle Innovation Business Forum and Product Showcase: Showcase of R&DI projects and Innovative Concepts.

27-38 February 2013
Porto, Portugal

ICCMTD 2013 - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMMUNICATION, MEDIA,TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN | Conference

Conference theme: dimensions of communication, design, technology

27-38 February 2013
Famagusta, Cyprus

NORDES Experiments in Design Research: Expressions, Knowledge, Critique

June 2013
Copenhagen, DENMARK

TECHTEXTIL 2013 - 7TH INTERNATIONAL AVANTEX SYMPOSIUM | Conference

Conference theme: textile and clothing industry, technical textiles and nonwovens, design, engineering, research

11-13 June 2013
Frankfurt, GERMANY

SMART FABRICS | Conference

Conference theme: smart textiles, design, technology

29-31 October 2013
Barcelona, SPAIN

A + A – SAFETY, SECURITY AND HEALTH AT WORK | Exhibition

5-8 November 2013
Dusseldorf, Germany

FIBRENAMICS ALIVE | Exhibition

31 October 2013
Guimarães, Portugal

Description

STORM SYSTEM by MR¯D

In this environmentally and demographically complex start to a post-industrial millennium, it is urgent to reflect on the transformations that occur from the interaction between individuals, the city they inhabit, its surroundings and protection conditions. Today’s population growth forces a reorganisation of space, in a variety of contexts that individuals face on large urban surfaces, as well as an interiorization of the impacts resulting from behavioural changes. An unbearable logistic and environmental excess is therefore propagated (and vice versa), favouring unlikely scenarios of human coexistence. Pollution and adverse weather conditions hamper natural and urban ecosystems, resulting in a greater immediate instability of individuals per se and the collectives they form. Thus new logistic, habitation and protection needs arise, which require the evaluation of a new living context for Man. These needs catalyse crucial contextual design thinking regarding its ability to respond appropriately to the new global habitat. The territory and the context establish the parameters for the combined intervention of design and technology, encouraging a broader discussion on art and sociology.


The context of this project can be a post-civilisation era. Post-urban landscapes, ravaged by adverse weather conditions, are proof of technical achievements that at the height of their glory perished into oblivion, becoming ubiquitous and inanimate nature. Forests of steel, dense and sterile, doomed to witness intentionally absent men drifting, primates of the post-technology era. They are primates because of the unique civilisation forged at some point in time, which we call Alpha Time, confining them to a blind acceptance of reality. They are primates that inhabit a ubiquitous space, filled with memories and signs that lack significance. So, in this confrontation between our time and Alpha Time, there are mirrors that show Man a civilization reflection of himself. The new primates are introduced to the memory of the space they inhabit, with the memory of their own condition.

It is within this historic perspective that STORM SYSTEM emerges, as a design object. It accompanies the message and simultaneously is the message, consolidating within itself both the experience of a prior era (archaeology of the future) and a device for this new era. STORM SYSTEM, a piece of clothing with contextual and technological intelligence, appears to give continuity to my vision, specifically with regards to the relationship between design and technology as a response to the new challenges of contemporary urban living. It is a smart raincoat, which intended to exceed its immediate clothing function. It is a body protection device, whose physicality visually and formally reconfigures the shape of its user. STORM SYSTEM evolved from the human body and its performance needs in a new urban scenario. It is a solution that encompasses protection, mediation and visibility, as well as an integrated thermal component, all of which were formal stipulations of the project. To synthesise the underlying thought process, this project can be defined by four interrelated approaches:

MANIFESTO: STORM SYSTEM is a call for action, an awareness of behaviour concerning environmental issues, and the consequent modification of our identity through the use and implementation of technology. The new individual in an unknown adverse era becomes more primal.

DESIGN: Working from MR-D’s background (reasoned logic, project methodology, R&D resources, and design policy), STORM SYSTEM materialises a concept and communicates the metaphor through shape and by the integration of technology. It is a conceptual product for an urban environment, pioneering commercial apparel for the cities of today.

TECHNOLOGY: Working closely with our Portuguese and international partners, the materialisation of the concept brought added comfort and protection to the user on a wearable level (lighting, heating, and sensors | control | touch pad).

IDENTITY: This project focuses on understanding design and technology as extensions of Man on a number of levels. Of particular importance are the symbolic aspect and the way in which any accessory created for the human body can (re)build our identity. The visual result of STORM SYSTEM, supreme protection for an individual both in terms of mental, anthropological and social processes, and in terms of physical appearance, corresponds to the maximum modification of individual identity as we know it. While on the one hand there are significant gains, nonetheless, in an extreme scenario we will be at serious risk of a change of identity. Taking protection as a primordial objective, and emphasising this as a defensive behaviour, which is itself a prime need, then it is essential to protect the body and the main senses and condition them in an almost obligatory fashion. In this way the expression of identity is regulated, but rather than changing it there is a serious possibility of nullification.

The solution renders us anonymous.

MIGUELRIOS¯DESIGN
22nd February 2013

Pirson Chair

2010

Client

APPLETON SQUARE +

EMPTY CUBE Project


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.12


Cat.

Furniture

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Description

Pirson Chair

After the intervention of thirteen artists, João Silvério, curator of the Empty Cube, has instigated a new series of projects which is open to designers. The Miguel Rios Design office is inaugurating this new phase with the piece Pirson: “Je pourrais aussi regarder la chaise comme un object (parmi d’autres)...” , with this participation being part of its cycle of collaborations with the worlds of art and architecture.


Invited to intervene in one of its spaces of choice, the CUBE, and taking the relationship between Art and Design as its leitmotif, the theoretical/conceptual framework of this project in the study of mental schemes of impossibilities versus the function of the object can be synthesised.

For this, Miguel Rios and his team discussed the research and conclusions of Jean François Pirson, Donald Judd, and Louis Albert Necker in the dualities of art and design, minimalism and optical illusion, perception and impossibilities. The outcome is an object whose multiple dimensions are demonstrated at one and the same time. The intention with this work is to give form and substance to ideas and results, through the praise or disagreement with the authors mentioned, and going beyond originality, aesthetics and functionality.

Pirson: “Je pourrais aussi regarder la chaise comme un object (parmi d’autres)...” is taken more as a statement of the office’s reasoning process, imbued in its multiple influences and as a vehicle for interpreting the ideas and convictions of the head designer.

Photographic credits Pedro Cláudio

(SUM)one

2009

Client

ExperimentaDesign'09


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.11


Cat.

Mobiliário

Description

(SUM)one

(SUM)one is the final outcome of a collaboration between Miguel Rios Design and the artist Ângela Ferreira. Taking the building that houses the newly-inaugurated MUDE - Museu do Design e da Moda in Lisbon as a starting point, a whole series of exercises in appropriation have been generated. These have involved architecture, the plastic arts and design, the political, economic and social contexts and the historical relations between Lisbon/Portugal and Maputo/Mozambique.


(SUM)one is a piece that synthesises the various facets of a project that embraces the ‘all in one’ concept explored by Joe Colombo in his 1963 Mini Kitchen – one of the major references of Miguel Rios, head designer of the atelier.

Working closely with FABRI Cozinhas, which gave him all the assistance and technical advice necessary, (SUM)one may be described as a table plus storage and two seats in a functional unit that can be used by two people: as piece of kitchen furniture, a mini-office, or a place for meals. Its structural form and the materials used (Corian®, glossy and matt lacquered MDF, nappa and metal fixtures by Blum®) mean that it can be used indoors and outdoors.

System [re]Active

2009

Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.10


Cat.

Technology | Textile

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Fábrica Features (Lisbon)

MUUDA (Oporto)

Le QuoTibaU (Paris)

Awards

Description

System [re]Active

A Modular System | Assembly Kit composed of four components for the construction of two types of bags / containers, and of two additional pluggable pockets. System (re)Active is the result of the System 2k07 redesign process, upholding the use in the urban context, the ludic manipulation of components and multiple alternatives. System (re)Active is available in twelve colours and in two different prints.


Since its inception, the System project has been defined as an open design system, where, as a permanent work in progress, new features and solutions are developed, according to internally defined project-related premises, and emerging issues that may influence the better performance of the products. After the success achieved by the System 2k07 and eighteen months after the launch of the first articles in the line, based on the experience acquired, the market response and a set of tests carried out with users, the System (re)Active was born.

As the name itself suggests, we reactivated the System 2k07, solving a series of issues identified with the various actors: the general public, users, the media, traders, the manufacturing company, a specialised technological centre and competing companies and brands. Some of the topics were examined in more depth, details were developed, models were tested and new approaches were considered in order to respond to criticisms and the new market paradigms we face today. It is the philosophy of MR?D to have a very critical overview over their results, not closing their creations on themselves and not forgetting the contributions that new perspectives may have on their work. So, as the relationship that MR?D has with the created products is important, it is also considered very significant the relationship the public might have with them. Involving the public in the creative process of redesign, the System (re)Active is for us, as designers of the product, the result of a collective effort: in addition to our role as designers, the public is directly involved in problem solving and suggesting new approaches. Always focused on the product, it is from the conclusions of this exercise of double dialectic MR?D-Object and Public-Object, that we believe that the System line will attain conceptual, formal and functional maturity.

The System (re)Active is the result, perhaps not the final one, of a product that is defined as a transformation of its predecessor System 2k07, with a strong commercial component and formal / functional evolution. Different, no doubt, but also a real avatar, which aims to be a strategic motor for the development of the MR?D, and yet another example of the viability of the products designed and made in Portugal.

The launch of the system (re)Active took place on May 29th, 2009, in Space Oficina - Complementary space of Galeria Fernando Santos for alternative projects in Oporto, with the support of Appleton Square.

On the 7th November 2009, the System Project was awarded with the National Design Award - Sena da Silva, in the Fashion / Textile category . The National Design Awards, granted every two years, is an initiative of the Portuguese Design Centre, sponsored by Caixa Geral de Depósitos and with the High Sponsorship of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, Prof. Dr. Aníbal Cavaco Silva. The Sena da Silva Award distinguishes companies and designers in the areas of Equipment / Industrial, Communication / Graphic, Environments, Fashion / Textile and Jewellery, and for the 2009 edition had as jury designer Henrique Cayatte and designer Beatriz Vidal, respectively President and Vice President of the Portuguese Design Centre; Dr. Suzana Ferreira on behalf of Caixa Geral de Depósitos; Dr. Pedro Matias, Vice President of IAPMEI Institute for Support to Small and Medium Companies; Dr. Barbara Coutinho, President of MUDE - Museum of Design and Fashion, designer Nuno Sá Leal from the Portuguese Association of Designers, and the designers specialists in various areas: Eduardo Afonso Dias, Francisco Providência, Filipe Alarcão, Eduarda Abbondanza and Ana Campos.

Protect Urban Pro

2007 — 2010

Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.08


Cat.

Technology | Textile

Description

Protect Urban Pro

In July 2007, Miguel Rios Design office wins 1st prize in the Design Competition for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sponsored by the Technology Center CITEVE with the project Protect Urban Pro. This PPE is designed for urban waste removal professionals, having as design’s premise not only the physical protection of the individual, but also the transformation of the social image of the profession. Protect Urban Pro is in final testing and it is expected to be available to the public in 2010.


The aim of this project is to propose new solutions, and establish new foundations for future developments on this kind of uniforms, currently existing in Portugal. We propose to achieve these goals through design, and considering the human and technical objectives that we established and based on the specific study about the profession, which included an extensive survey of context, ergonomic studies and surveys with the professionals. This project includes the development of two outer parts - jacket and trousers, as well as a body protection device, in an attempt to meet the needs presented by these professionals.

Through the development of these three parts, we aim to change the image and the condition of trash removers, approaching the concept of Public Health Officials in order to elevate the activity, and to eradicate the current image that persists among the population in urban areas, that considers this job as " garbage men and women." This point, together with the protection of their physical and psychological integrity, which we deem to be fundamental and innovative in designing this type of PPE, will always be associated with the compliance of specific standards and CE marking.

On one hand, we focus on the parameters directly related to the activity of garbage collecting and cleaning - safety, security and comfort of the worker, which were solved with technical solutions for the manufacture and application of specially selected materials: anti-bacterial thermal, anti-perspiration, resistant to cutting and drilling, and anti-impact. On the other hand, by the analysis of responses to surveys, it appears that one of the factors that most concerns this class of professionals is the security issue. As a result, we took a lot of attention on this issue by proposing a vest for physical protection, in order to address a very relevant concern of these professionals.

System 2k07

2007

Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.09


Cat.

Technology | Textile

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Fábrica Features (Lisboa)

MUUDA (Porto)

Le QuoTibaU (Paris)

Awards

Description

System 2k07

A Modular System | Assembly Kit which includes seven components for building a set of bags / containers, for use in an urban context, based on the added value of being able to play with the various components which constitute it, providing a wide variety of alternatives. This system will be associated with other systems, through other modular products. System 2k07 is available in six different colours and in white (limited edition).
(Registered Community Design n.º 000809215 on 10/15/2007)


Apart from fostering individual expression, the modularity and guided construction are an added value of the System 2k07, given that each user can adapt it according to his/her needs and mobility, by manipulating an integrated product, from the perspective of a coordinated image. By being able to combine only seven components, which make up the System 2k07 assembly kit, five types of bags / containers can be assembled: BOX, LAPTOP, POCKET, PORTFOLIO and STREET, variations of the same kit, whose easy handling is a must for this type of product. Likewise, the Drizzle System, apart from the possibility of adding it to the System 2k07 and thus acting as its first extension, is the fastest optimal solution for individual protection. The possibility of adding / replacing other parts, when desired by any user, always under the concept of DIY – do it yourself – defines this system which is under constant expansion, work in progress design, in which new elements may eventually become part of and / or replace older elements. The System line is, and always will be at heart, an open design system.

The launch of the System 2k07, on October 13th 2007, was backed by Cristina Guerra – Contemporary Art, Vera Cortês- Agência de Arte and Appleton Square.

On the 7th November 2009, the System Project was awarded with the National Design Award - Sena da Silva, in the Fashion / Textile category . The National Design Awards, granted every two years, is an initiative of the Portuguese Design Centre, sponsored by Caixa Geral de Depósitos and with the High Sponsorship of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, Prof. Dr. Aníbal Cavaco Silva. The Sena da Silva Award distinguishes companies and designers in the areas of Equipment / Industrial, Communication / Graphic, Environments, Fashion / Textile and Jewellery, and for the 2009 edition had as jury designer Henrique Cayatte and designer Beatriz Vidal, respectively President and Vice President of the Portuguese Design Centre; Dr. Suzana Ferreira on behalf of Caixa Geral de Depósitos; Dr. Pedro Matias, Vice President of IAPMEI Institute for Support to Small and Medium Companies; Dr. Barbara Coutinho, President of MUDE - Museum of Design and Fashion, designer Nuno Sá Leal from the Portuguese Association of Designers, and the designers specialists in various areas: Eduardo Afonso Dias, Francisco Providência, Filipe Alarcão, Eduarda Abbondanza and Ana Campos.

I-Garment

2003 — 2006

Client

ESA (European Space Agency)


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.07


Cat.

Technology | Textile

Description

I-Garment

First intelligent uniform for fighting forest fires, made up of jacket and trousers which include sensors, inclinometers, electrodes for measuring heart rate and terrestrial and satellite telecommunications systems. Developed by the consortium consisting of the Miguel Rios Design office, the information technology company YDreams (coordinating body) and the Instituto de Telecomunicações (Aveiro Unit), for the European Space Agency (ESA). Reference Entity for the user: Sociedade Nacional de Bombeiros e Protecção Civil (National Firefighters and Civil Defence Service) (SNBPC)


In 2003, the consortium comprising Miguel Rios Design, the Instituto de Telecomunicações (Aveiro site), and with YDreams as coordinator, presented a project to the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop the first intelligent uniform to fight forest fires. The National Society of Fire-fighters and Civil Defence (SNBPC) is taking part in the project as the reference organization for the future uniform wearer, on a purely informal basis.

The development of a project like this arose from the preoccupation of a number of southern European countries with the fires that break out during the summer months. In Portugal, fires destroy thousands of hectares of forests each year, causing loss of human life and costing millions of euros of damage. The lack of adequate firefighting equipment is one of the main constraints on controlling them, and that is one of the reasons for developing this uniform.

This ‘intelligent’ uniform, called the I-GARMENT, has involved the design of items of clothing, the incorporation of sensors, land and satellite telecommunications systems, as well as the development of interfaces for mobile devices (PDA, PC, Laptops and SmartPhones).

Miguel Rios Design has been responsible for designing a new uniform for fighting forest fires, consisting of a jacket and trousers, and for researching and choosing the best materials for them. This firm studied how to incorporate the hardware devices (developed by YDreams), which meant planning the system for wiring and integrating the sensors, inclinometers and electrodes. The I-GARMENT has also been conceived, from the design viewpoint, so as to meet the wearer’s needs in terms of high security. It uses abrasion-resistant materials, with flame-proof properties, waterproof and highly visible, bearing in mind the European EN 469 -2005 standard for firefighting uniforms. Given the presence of “foreign bodies” next to the body, with the introduction of a hardware system into the uniform, the I-GARMENT has been studied and developed formally, so as to establish maximum levels of comfort. This studio was anxious to maximize the use of the I-GARMENT and facilitate its handling, within and without firefighting, in the light of the new features it incorporates. Any fire brigade can maintain its equipment (replacing damaged sensors, for instance) on its own premises, without need of outside help. This enhances the brigade’s autonomy and minimizes additional costs.

The I-GARMENT, prototypes of which were developed by LOUSAFIL, a Portuguese enterprise, partner of the consortium and specializing in image and technical uniforms, has more than location sensors and systems to detect motion and environmental conditions: it also has sign monitoring systems that permit management by nearby Civil Defence units, and integration with the databases of that organization.

IBERMOLDES is another firm involved in the project as a partner. It has carried out studies and developed the protective casing for the hardware, incorporated into the jacket, in a place specially designed for it.

The I-GARMENT was funded by the ARTES 5 programme, and after 3 years of study, development, trials and tests on the ground, it was formally presented to ESA at the end of 2006. This project is patented in the EC, USA and Australia.6.

UWMS Climatic

2003

Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.07


Cat.

Technology | Textile

Description

UWMS CLimatic

Integrated product, which envisaged a coordinated image for the urban citizen, which includes a windstopper® jacket and anti-bacterial incorporated mask for environmental protection. This design includes waterproof trousers with a removable pocket-belt, for carrying mobile communication systems.

Partner companies
LMA (fabrics), Confenor (manufacturer)

Design presented at the Pilot Action “Urban Warriors: Máxima Segurança” which took place at the design exhibition of the Use(r) Conference, which was held between the 27th and the 30th of March 2003, as part of the Operational Plan for the Economy.

Redesign in process.

UW3G

2003

Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.07


Cat.

Technology | Textile

Description

UW3G Climatic

UWMS Climatic Integrated product, which envisaged a coordinated image for the urban citizen, which includes a windstopper® jacket and anti-bacterial incorporated mask for environmental protection. This design includes waterproof trousers with a removable pocket-belt, for carrying mobile communication systems.

Partner companies
LMA (fabrics), Confenor (manufacturer)

Design presented at the Pilot Action “Urban Warriors: Máxima Segurança” which took place at the design exhibition of the Use(r) Conference, which was held between the 27th and the 30th of March 2003, as part of the Operational Plan for the Economy.

Redesign in process.

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