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My name is Eduardo Simoes, I was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and grew up in Ericeira, a small surf town nearby. I am a graduate student of Industrial Design at NABA Milano, Italy. I am a thinker, doer, and outdoors enthusiast. My goal is to get a better understanding of the world in order to help the shift towards a sustainable planet through design and everyday action.
EDUCATION & WORK
Editor & Manager
DesignWanted, Milano, Italy
Graduated bachelor in product design
Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano, Italy
Erasmus program in 3D design
Plymouth University, Plymouth, England
International exchange in industrial design San Francisco State University, San Francisco, USA
Began bachelor in product and interior design
Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano, Italy
Graduated in science & technology
Maine South High School, Chicago, USA
COLLABORATIONS & PARTICIPATIONS
Junior Editor Internship at Design Wanted, Milan
DE-SIGNO. The art of italian design before and after Leonardo
at Salone del Mobile, Milan
NABA Design Awards
Cristalplant Design Contest by Kristalia
Jump the Gap Design Contest by Roca
Benchmark Furniture in Berkshire
Exhibition of Products and Makers Work
at Plymouth University
Conference “The future of cities: a new urban paradigm”
Representative of IEEC Academic Comitee
at SF State University
Park”ing” Day in San Francisco
KID Group in San Francisco
Polimark “Around Materials” in Milan
Qeeboo in Milan
Portuguese - Fluent
English - Fluent
Italian - Intermediate
Spanish - Basic Knowledge
German - Basic Knowledge
French - Basic Knowledge
Alga is a material project that explores the potential of algae in the fashion design industry and introduces the concept of Fashion Symbiosis.
Algae first oxygenated Earth’s atmosphere and are responsible for half the oxygen we breathe. Algae are the basis of life on the planet, being one of its first life forms and continuing to be the base of the marine food chain.
We owe our existence to this organism and so this project aims at rethinking our relationship with algae.
I envisioned a concept of living fashion where our clothes not only provide shelter but also even more basic needs such as clean air.
The algae puffer is a transparent bioplastic jacket filled with living algae that will produce oxygen during the day, becoming an aid for those living in places with a lack of clean air.
The fact that the jacket needs care and maintenance to keep the organism alive creates a deeper connection with clothing.
The Boreas project consisted on a brand identity project in which I developed an outdoor company focused on high quality, modular camping gear.
The name comes from the ancient Greek god of the north wind and like so, the brand swirls around the theme of wind since is a natural force only felt by exposure to the outside.
The Boreas logo is a simplified and minimalistic version of a waving flag for not only representing wind visually but also because the flag is a simbol of exploration, achievement and respect for nature as represented in the himalaian payer flags.
The color palette consists of shades of grey, being inspired by the colors of the winter cloudy skies.
All boreas series get their names from wind across the globe.
THE BORAN SERIES
The boran series is a collection of aluminium hydro flasks that can be screwed into one another, making them able to be costumizable to the desired volume, color and number of cups wich can be used as storage for small items such as money, keys, etc.
THE MISTRAL SERIES
The mistral series is an inflatable bivy tent for one with the possibility of being attached to another mistral series model in order to create a two-person tent. The tent floor is also inflated, eliminating the necessity of sleeping mats.
ABOVE THE CREATION
Above the Creation is a progressive metal project born in 2015, in Lisbon. It’s a formation of only 3 elements that comprise Emanuel Carmo (bass and vocals), Gabriel Domingues (drums) and Rafael Domingues (guitars).
The history of the 3 musicians began in 2011, when they started playing covers together. It is possible to notice some influences of Gojira, Metallica, Behemoth, Opeth, among others, in the DNA of this power trio.
For the design the band emblem, my guidelines were to use ocult simbology and roots. Based on those themes I came up with the idea of emergent human force originating from the name and reaching for a higher realm, as a tree growing from dirt to air.
The Idea for the EOS Desk, meaning “enhanced organization system” came from the realization that minimalistic desks dont necessarely create minimal work or study environments. This phenomena happens due to poor organization that results in cluttered spaces no matter the simplicity of the space.
To tackle this problem I used restrictive design in order to guide the user to an organized study space by providing vertical drawers that can only be used when the desk isnt cluttered. The EOS can hold up to 40L and has 2 supports for backpacks on each leg structure giving extra organization and space to the desk.
The Desk top is made of linolium, a material wich is both flexible and durable, making the desk easy to clean and waterproof
The project was done with the colaboration of plymouth univeristy and Benchmark furniture. which provided manufacturing and professional advices during its development.
Prototype of the EOS shown in the Products and Makers Work exhibition at Plymouth University.
The Terra d'Acqua system is a modular tile system with the purpose of creating a personalized and unobstroctive bathroom that incorporates a water recycling network within the bathroom itself, maximizing the value of water.
Through this system it becomes easier to personalize, assemble, repair, upgrade and use the bathroom. Also by creating a system that saves large amount of water it reduces the environmental impact and the user's water expenses.
This project was done together with undergraduate design student Gaia D'arrigo for the Jump the Gap Competition by Roca.
The Terra d'Acqua tiles are applied into an aluminum structure and can be assembled by everyone. The Tiles lock into the structure by means of a clip-on design and weight support for heavier tiles.
The water appliances are connected to a water tank that fits in between the aluminum structures. The water used follows a set of phases of filtration until being ready for reuse. The tank automatically dispenses water when the same is fully purified.
The system can be monitored through a smart mirror which tells the efficiency of the filtration system, amount of water saved as well as other significant information.
The Anthropocean project is a manifesto on the Anthropocene. Its collections compose series of causes and consequences of planetary changes, as well as other related topics in the form of surf fins.
Climate changes are real and pose a serious threat to the biosphere as well as to the human geopolitical structure.
These changes have an origin in human activity, most significantly the burning of fossil fuels. It is safe to say that the last 200 years will go down in history as the fossil fuel era. The anthropocean collection becomes a metaphor and contemporary fossil of this time period. Fossilized in plastic, seeds, trash, burned and chopped wood representing our industrial agriculture, pollution, and deforestation respectively.
The climate change crisis is the most challenging problem humanity has ever faced and in the optimistic scenario, we can manage to solve it and view this period as of very historical significance in the journey of the human species. The Anthropocean mission is to frame this era in all its facets through outdoor design equipment since it is a powerful link between human activity, design, and the natural world we are currently destroying.
Each year, humans burn rainforests to clear the land for farming and pasture. These practices make the forest even more vulnerable to future blazes, heavily contributing to climate change and increased rates of extinction. An astounding 80% of the world’s species live in tropical rainforests. 50% of the planet’s forests have already disappeared due to human activity, bringing species to extinction at 10.000 times the natural rate. This phenomenon is our planet’s sixth mass extinction and humans are responsible.
Forests cover around 30% of Earth's landmass. Forests are the main source of ecological balance and biodiversity on earth and still, Humanity cuts down almost 2 acres of forest every second. It is expected that all rainforests will disappear in the next 100 years alongside thousands of species. This deforestation will further intensify climate change and life on earth. Agriculture activity accounts for 80% of forest loss, followed by mining, logging, fires, and urbanization.
Since the agricultural revolution around 12.000 years ago, humans have morphed the surface of the planet from forest to grain crop fields. The agricultural revolution gave rise to the first cities and still is on the basis of our entire global civilization. Nonetheless, the impact of agriculture has never been greater and unfortunately not so positive. Our current farming practices are the cause of deforestation, soil degradation, and various forms of land, air, and water pollution. More than 30% of global grain production is directly used to feed livestock.
The last 200 years will be written in history as the fossil fuel era. The fuel for the Anthropocene comes initially for the rising human population and secondly for its demand for fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum, and natural gases. Since the first industrial revolution, we have increased our rate of fossil fuel extraction at an exponential rate. These sources of energy create natural pollutants that fill our water, soil, and air, consequently contaminating everything in it, including our incredible biosphere, biodiversity and ultimately us.
Polar ice caps are a major contributor to sustain a moderate climate that provides suitable habitats for most life forms, including humans. The arctic summer ice has seen a 40% decrease over the last 20 years. The melting ice creates raised sea levels and a warmer atmosphere, causing severe consequences to the world’s biosphere as well as to the human geopolitical system.
Every year thousands of tonnes of plastic are abandoned and left to roam the oceans. This plastic pollution is killing and torturing marine life by being eaten or tangled around their bodies. It is expected that within this century there will be more tonnes of plastic in the oceans than fish. Millions of species and individuals rely on marine life for alimentation and survival, including most of the human population. The breakaway of plastic into microplastics has entered the food chain and most humans already contain plastic particles in their system.
Electronic waste is the toxic legacy of our digital age. More than 48 million tonnes of e-waste are produced every year. 80% of this waste ends up in landfills, representing the majority of all toxic waste in landfills across the globe. From electronic waste, CO2 emissions to harsh working conditions and devastating sourcing practices, the electronics industry is a major contributor to some of the world’s most serious environmental and human rights issues. Electronics-related waste can even be found orbiting the planet among other 8.000 metric tones of space waste.
Find out more on the Anthropocean Instagram page