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Young Blood Markets 2007

August 17, 2007 Leave a comment


Held tonight at the Powerhouse Museum for possibly the third year (correct me if I’m wrong) Young Blood Market is possibly one of the most exciting consumer opportunities of the entire SDO7 event. It’s fun, usually with a DJ or performer (Tina Harrod on one occasion), allows the opportunity to network, meet designers and discover how they have developed their product, exchange ideas and a myriad of other things that I possibly couldn’t even imagine, and it all happens here. Of course designers sell their products directly to the public and may potentially pick up a few retailers in the processes giving them further commercial success.

It’s the place to be seen, and to see (products of the future), meet friends, have a casual drink and a gathering. See you there tonight!

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Sydney Design 07

August 3, 2007 Leave a comment


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July 26, 2007 4 comments

Today I confess to neglecting my blog for a period of time for a number of excuses of which the Tour de France can take precedence, followed by a much needed rest and an overseas from a family member, my niece who I have not seen in three years. So here are a few tit bits I can offer until I can make a more concerted effort as we ramp up towards Sydney Design Week 07

+ Tour de France. Well here are a few things to distract you – my partner Phil is doing daily posts on SBS, Tour de Lounge but for those who are more visually oriented or graphic designers try this on 1+1=3 for a look at interesting logos and tour related designs

+ For the fashion conscious; Prada has developed an online auction of exclusive collectible pieces. You can track the history and people who make the bids as the site allows you to personalize your bid with information, including website links and images of yourself. The pieces are more affordable but still expensive – good luck!

+ Supertouch beautifully sums-up the processes behind the making of Damien Hirst’s “For the Love of God” diamond encrusted platinum skull recently on display at the White Cube Gallery, London. The step by step expose reveals not only the underlying structure but also the craftsmanship that went into the making. The skull is shockingly kitsch and controversial (is this a desecration?) and repulses and attracts us at the same time. How does he continually get away with this? Hirst is a master of promotion and great ideas that fit in with contemporary culture and on this ocassion allows for element of the macabre to enter the work by using the real teeth in the final setting. A stroke of genius? You be the judge



+ Wallpaper has nominated 101 of the world’s most interesting architectural practices in the world including Australia

+ treehugger reveals Bulbs Unlimited interesting system of recycling the average household light bulb


+ Sydney design 07 is about to launch with an array of exhibitions, events, walks and talks. The entire program can be found here. There is sure to be something for everyone. I’m looking forward to Schmuck Quickies with Yuka Oyama as well as many other exhibitions and events

+ dfactory death date explores life and durability of products and explores ways in which designers may be able to make their products more friendly to the environment as well as to the user


+ Stuff: very very important stuff to do this weekend!

+ the 2nd Australian international green and renewable energy exhibition and conference is on this weekend. Highlight is Randall Pearce ACF representative and Al Gore’s climate messenger presenting “an inconvenient truth about Australia” at 4pm on Saturday 2nd of June in the main cinema of the venue. Other highlights include Green living zone, GREX innovation awards, house of the future competition, G-film world environment day short film festival and SRD Changex graduate design exhibits and an extensive seminar program covering topics such as the renewable city, water and energy conservation, renewable energy research, stawbale building technology, politics and climate change in Austrlaia along with many other topical disscusssions.

Entry is free on Friday (today for those with business and student cards) and only $15 over the weekend. For the where and what of it all go here and  here

+ and whilst you’re at the event (at the GREX technology Park, Eveleigh) also check out the changex exhibition

just in summary

SRD ChangeX is an annual exhibition of new graduate design and ideas that address issues of sustainability, environmental change and responsibility, social equity and community, often directly challenging conventional expectations. Exhibits are selected from a diverse range of areas, including industrial design, graphics, architecture, textiles, planning, landscape design and more. Featuring 2D / 3D works, audio/visual content and even high fashion models

so don’t miss it!




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+ it’s all over the web – Isabella Blow died yesterday

New York Times

in the Herald Tribune she was described as

one of the most imaginative, inventive and intelligent forces in fashion – and in her iconic self a work of art – has died in England.

Philip Treacy had made Isabella his muse throughout his designing career, in a tribute said of her

She was a great champion of young people. She came from the establishment but she was a punk at heart. Her love was talent, rather than money. Her ethos was beauty and elegance. And her encouragement was rare.

Thank you for ‘bettering our lives by exposing us to creativity’

+ this week coolhunter launched it’s Australian edition of the site, the first international edition of many to come

+ Scotland is about to launch it’s first design festival – The Six Cities Design Festival. More information here

+ nice design but perhaps a bit too close to the fruit loop by Australia’s own Lisa Vincitorio – the first designer to be picked up by Alessi whilst still a student!

See article about her success here

via Boingboing

Best of Milan Fair according to 3LC

April 27, 2007 Leave a comment

…………………predominant themes,…………… Moving East, orange, rope, oversized, white, fish, mesh, paper, assymetry, fur/hair, femininity, spoons, crochet/weaving……..



The Doshi Levien pieces for Moroso

via 3LC

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