7 February – Guest 28: Vlasta Kubusova – crafting plastics


Object: Bring an object that connects (in the broadest sense)

There is always the one starting moment when excitement, opposite or aligned perspectives, the energy of two or more suddenly intersect, and the magic start towards collaboration happens.

I would like to talk about the situations and moments when we start to think and work together.
How can we start initiating cross-disciplinary collaboration? Are there objects that help the collaboration enhance and sustain? Is it even possible to work towards responsible design systems without working together? 




ON VLasta Kubusova

Vlasta Kubušová is a material designer and researcher. She holds an M.A. degree in Media Arts from Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (2013) and M.A. in Design from the UDK (2015). Following her collaborative master thesis, together with Miroslav Král she founded crafting plastics! studio (cp!s), an award-winning multidisciplinary material design studio. By combining science and design, cp!s revolutionizes properties, the aesthetic and values of biobased materials, and offers solutions for consumer goods and closed-loop systems in various fields. In 2018, together with material scientists, they co-created NUATAN, a material brand for bioplastic solutions for value-added products.

The studio’s projects have been presented at some of the most renowned institutions, including V&A, London Design Museum, Salone del Mobile, Rossana Orlandi Milan, Schloss Hollenegg for Design, MAK Vienna, Expo Dubai etc. Cp!s won several international prizes, including Diploma Selection (2016), Slovak National Design Award, and was nominated for German Design Award (2018 and 2021), Green Product Award (2017, 2021) Beazley Designs of the Years 2019, Dezeen Award (best-emerging studios, 2019). In 2018, Vlasta was appointed a member of the Slovak Forbes’ 30under30.

Vlasta currently continues to research biomaterial systems within her PhD studies at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. She is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and will conduct research in Interactive Biomaterials in collaboration with scientists and architects from UPenn, RISD and MIT. Apart from her design practice, she is also the founder and initiator of various cross-disciplinary projects, symposiums, and forums such as In the Midl Design Forum, De/posium, or Biomaterials in Practice (together with Verena Michels).


KAIROS 28 – A Talk with Vlasta KUbusova












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