According to the Tantric tradition there are fourteen great nerve centers in the physical body, with seven energy centers – chakras – serving as the nexus between the body and consciousness. Each chakra is connected to a specific color:
– Muladhara (red)
– Svadhisthana (orange)
– Manipura (yellow)
– Anahata (green)
– Vishuddha (blue)
– Ajna (indigo)
– Sahaswara (violet)

ZONAL – Extending the Body and Mind, an exhibition at WantedDesign 2014, and curated by Matthew Waldman of NOOKA and Marc Thorpe of Marc Thorpe Design, showcases a selection of wearable and portable technologies inspired by the ancient vedic connection between color and body,

Chakra-Chart

Designers from around the globe were invited to participate in the exhibition, each assigned a specific zone with correlated product categories to work within : Foundation, Locomotion, Creation, Core, Heart, Head and Dream.

Each of the seven concepts represent the designer’s vision of “optimistic technofuturism” through the prism of the Tantric tradition, including footwear inspired by highrise architecture, a timepiece with a 72 year cycle, and even a “message in a bottle” communication device designed to be shot out into outer space. More details about the exhibition at Nooka and WantedDesign.

Design Rem D. Koolhaas

Design by Rem D. Koolhaas

Design Marc Thorpe

Design by Marc Thorpe

Design by Joe Doucet

Design by Joe Doucet

Design by Nolen Niu

Design by Nolen Niu

Design by Paul Loebach

Design by Paul Loebach

Design by Todd Bracher

Design by Todd Bracher