Mission

Our mission. From left: Logarithmic scaling in a West African wind screen, boys replacing bobbins in machinery, Columbian denim ad, laser cutting technology,
computational textiles, textile systems simulation
“The beginning of building coincides with the beginning of textiles[…] It is certain that a kind of crude weaving began with the pen, as a means of dividing the ‘home’, the inner life from the outer life, as a formal construct of the spatial idea. It preceded the simple wall from stone or another material “(Semper).

Textiles have a long history of providing shelter and protection. Many cultures have recognized their utility and have valued their performative qualities in response to local needs and environments.

The onset of the industrial revolution brought this utility to the masses, allowing for the standardization of materials on a large scale, and at the expense of variability and adaptability. The result was that textiles took a back seat in material specification, with architectural classification systems privileging strength and permanence over other opportunities for performance.
Recent advances in digital design and fabrication have brought about a renewed interest in the relationship between material and fabrication. This increased proximity between design and production has encouraged a high level of specificity and has allowed designers to conceptualize materials in new and compelling ways.

If industrialization allowed for the standardisation of materials, and therefore a safe prediction of their structural performance, the era of digital fabrication allows a further detailing of this understanding, providing opportunities for the development of new materials that shift in their performance, becoming increasing varied and adaptive in response to their implementation.

At Aedes, we recognize that ingenuity in design hinges on the relationship between material development and emerging technologies. Our mission is to leverage new approaches in manufacturing to optimize how materials perform in our environments.



Profile

Aedes Technologies offers tailored designs in screening for residential and commercial environments. Inspired by a fascination with light and transparent materials, Aedes uses cutting edge technology from a variety of manufacturing disciplines to engineer subtle patterns in glass, steel, and textiles. The result is that one notices the screen while still enjoying the view.

Aedes Technologies is a design and development firm founded by RISD trained designer Jonathan Clarren. The Aedes group is a natural and complimentary union anchored in shared values of artistry, innovation, and technical detail.