SOUR team (formerly known as Eray/Carbajo) – Inanc Eray, Pinar Guvenc, Gonzalo Carbajo and Marco Mattia Cristofori – is awarded first place at RESHAPE15 | wearable technology competition 2015. This competition has been established to promote research, education and production of digital ideas. The goal is to activate a prolific exchange of knowledge and information for the growth of an entire community joined by the love for innovation.
According to selection criteria, the Jury, formed by experts of fashion design, digital fabrication and computation design fields selected 3 winners and 2 honorable mentions. RESHAPE15 received 70 applications from 25 different countries from all continents. The winners were selected for their conceptual idea, understanding of design to production strategies, and market viability.
SOUR’s winning design, Sponge Suit, is a swimwear that is environmentally proactive, economically sustainable and intelligently manufactured combining cutting edge 3D printing and nano-scale clean-tech material (super-hydrophobic carbon based material called the Sponge) research. Developed in collaboration with University of California, Riverside labs, the Sponge technology is a super-hydrophobic carbon based material with multi-model porosity which allows it to be a light-weight yet strong absorber. The cage designed with various iterations of the same undulating form, to mimic the Sponge’s nano-scale pattern and is printed in elastic plastic via 3D printing.