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  • A discussion about Vulgarism

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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    I would like to continue the discussion that I started in my latest David Report bulletin. The issue is called Vulgarism and concerns the ongoing convergence between design and art. At the recent Milan Furniture Fair we saw teapots in super size, huge Pinocchio dolls in mosaic, porcelain horse heads and knitted dogs. Is design flirting with art, or is it art flirting with design? I have got lots of feedback which prove that it is important that the Vulgarism is discussed and that serious questions about it are brought onto the agenda.

    A new money-driven scene is created when the art galleries suddenly see a possibility to commercialize a current trend in the design world. Or is it the other way round; the trend is created by the galleries? As I mentioned in the Vulgarism bulletin Ambra Medda, the founder of Design Miami, sees a great demand of design-art from celebrities and young wealthy couples. It is maybe just natural that the designers would like to grab the money and consequently line up to take part in the rat-race?

    I would like to quote Philip Wood from Citizen-Citizen who responded to the bulletin: “Just because it’s expensive and limited edition doesn’t make it art”. That is very true. I think that most people involved in the art world would agree. But what about design? What do all people involved in the design world say? A somewhat pushing question could be; is it design at all? According to me design is closely associated with industrial production, so a certai...

  • 100% Design - LONDON 2007

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    About 100% Design

    All our exhibitors are vetted by a selection panel that contains the most important movers and shakers in the industry from the UK's foremost contemporary furniture retailers, to a clutch of heavyweight designers. It means that every stand at the show meets our own exacting criteria ensuring that the show is kept truly 100% Design.

    While we have always prided ourselves on creating an event where real business can take place, we also believe an exhibition should be fun. Over the years 100% Design has become renowned for the quality of its exhibition design, its food and arguably most important of all its bar. It's a place where visitors can catch up with old friends, be inspired by new ideas and catch a glimpse of the future.

  • Launch Pad

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    Launch Pad™ AUSTRALIA

    Launch Pad is the most extensive Australian initiative aimed at directly developing the careers of Australian product designers. Held in conjunction with Saturday in Design®, the Launch Pad events program includes an exhibition of finalists prototypes, mentoring and networking events, and critique from both judges and an International Review Panel.

  • Saturday Indesign

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    Saturday in Design Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July, Sydney, AUSTRALIA Over 90 participants, 60 locations and countless design launches made for a jam-packed schedule for Friday and Saturday. This year’s event saw companies across the city offering warm hospitality, design talks, a chance to meet designers and a glimpse into current design trends and future directions. Across the city and the suburbs, bright oranges flags decorated showrooms within each design precinct, with hordes of visitors popping in and out of showrooms at their leisure.

    With so much to see and do, the CarriageWorks space in Redfern and PYD building in Waterloo, which contained a number of design companies, made for a time-effective visit. There was high drama to be found around town, with an opera singer at James Richardson, a geisha and goth at Alternative Surfaces, and high culture in the art “installation” at Gelosa. Others preferred to take it down a notch in the simple farm atmosphere at Eco Concepts, listen to the jazz at Precision Flooring or take a breather at the oxygen bar at Work Arena.

    There was a distinctly international flavour this year with the “Danish with the Danish” at Interstudio and African food, music and dancing at Krost System Furniture. All in all, Saturday in Design was a celebration of design and creativity; spectators watched glass blowers at work at Diffuse, viewed the architects and designers version of the Archibald at Haworth, and were invited to contribute to...

  • The Watercone

    Poverty, Industrial Design

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    The Watercone is one of those brilliant "Why didn't anyone think of that before" devices. You fill it with salt water and wait while the heat from the sun causes the water to evaporate, catching it in a gutter on the side - distilling the water. When it's done, you flip it over and open the bottle top to release the water. A simple, low-cost way to distill fresh water from salt water.

    via The Seitch Blog

  • Promoting sustainable timber for WWF

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Contemporary design work by Frameworks:

    At the World Timber Federation addressed by Prince Charles, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) wanted to promote awareness of timber products produced by sustainable forestry. Frameworks created an installation of a forest of identical planks four metres high, making the point through economical messaging that there is no visible difference between sustainable and unsustainable timber.

    A clean design with a clear intention.

  • Going Eco-Friendly with Frodo

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    The Low Impact Woodland Home and it's accompanying village project has got to be one of the coolest things I've seen in a while. Ecologically friendly and built into the side of a hill, it's... well, it's hobbit hole.

    Built in 4 months and for around £3000, the designer claims that the skills required to build one of these homes are within the reach of anyone. And they're planning on building a village next year to prove it.

    Sort of reminds me of William McDonough 's city proposal for China. (click through to the last chapter of the video)

    via Core 77

  • Social Layers

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Looking beyond the spelling errors, I was happy to stumble on this Social Design' site today. Social Design' is an art project covering the creative arenas of art, design and architecture. With a mapping styled aesthetic and focused projects, the site illustrates the limitless opportunities awaiting visual designers to use their skills within the world-changing arena that is Social Design.

    Social Design' examines the character and possibilities of the physical space, and through this also what meanings this space holds in relation to social constructions in society. Space is a hybrid of both architectonic and social dimensions, and out behaviours are thus determind by the spaces we occupt and the values we ascribe to it. Jesper N. Joergensen

  • The 11th Hour

    Environment, Communication Design

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    Here is an exciting project I am awaiting; The 11th Hour is a documentary film produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio and distributed by Warner Brothers. It features an interview with Bruce Mau as well as over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the state of the world and the state of humanity.

    It premiered as a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, and is planned for public release this fall.

  • Ideas Imagining the Future

    Community, Communication Design

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    With thanks to Jim Shedden (Toronto, ON), who spoke of two fairly recent on-line essays from Bruce Mau. The first link took me very happily to Science plus Art to Change the World presented on CBC's Radio project This I Believe and the second to Ideas Imagining the Future from Walrus Magazine.

    Together, they neatly summarize Bruce's position on optimism, humanism and "design", in the sense that it's delineated in Massive Change. - Jim Shedden

    Do take a look at This I Believe, and spend some time reading the articles as there are some really interesting reads there for all of us. Other than Bruce's article, do read Maria Vamvalis' Children of Our Future.

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