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Sydney Design 07

August 3, 2007 Leave a comment


+ stuff

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!


Neo-Ruins: lithographs of post- apocalyptic Tokyo

May 31, 2007 2 comments

Neo-Ruins --
Shibuya Center

Neo-Ruins --

Neo-Ruins --
Ginza Chuo Dori

Neo-Ruins --
Ginza 4-chrome intersection

The series of lithographs by Hisaharu Motada depicts the post-apocalyptic state of the city of Tokyo.

he says

“if you think of Japan, you may have a strong image of beautiful nature and oriental culture. However after experiencing the period of the high growth economy, Japan now suffers environmental disruption everywhere. When you come to the Japan, you might not even find it beautiful. It is a pity, but it is true.”

via Jeansnow and Japanator


Front Design

May 11, 2007 2 comments

Front design of sketch furniture fame……..if you don’t recall here is the video

Inspired by the joy of unwrapping chocolates,

Front have developed the ‘changing vase’


Curated by Naoto Fukasawa at 21_21 Design Sight (supported by the Issey Miyake foundation)

The members of Front, Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken, Anna Lindgren and Katja Sävström say

We in Front have been inspired by figuratively shaped chocolate wrapped in metal foil. The printed wrapping makes the chocolate into a decorative object and a toy. As a kid you were torn between wanting to tear off the wrapping to eat the chocolate or keeping it. We have made a series of vases in one: a Changing Vase. A chocolate brown glass vase is covered in five layers of foil. When you tear one layer off a new one will appear and change the expression of the vase.


designboom provides a little bit of background

&made: Great Brits in Milan

May 8, 2007 3 comments


Having followed design and design concerns over the years it is apparent there has been a dramatic shift to environmental and sociological concerns. From designing for pure aesthetics and ego to a now growing concern for the people who use design and helping to solve real problems rather than just adding more dross to landfills whilst helping celebrity designers fill their pockets in the process. Design is no longer just for those who can afford it.

Well of course there has been a changing climate, pardon the pun. With the advent of global disasters and the need for housing and disaster relief, more and more organizations, designers and architects have made their practices more ethically concerned with ‘real’ needs and ‘actual’ problems solved to deliver identified needs. Along with this stream of consciousness came the increasing realization that we are living in a time where our climate is changing (note …not warming as it would be misleading to think it’s just about temperatures rising). A shift that reminds me of the frog in the pot analogy – we ‘re all in a pot of cool water and unconcerned until one day we realize we’re reaching boiling point – too late!
Designers David Cameron and Toby Hadden of the &made beg to entertain design from this standpoint

Although we are all becoming more aware of climate change, we felt that it is still a subject that is often put aside. It is not pleasant to consider that we are gradually destroying our own environment, which has led to an increase in natural disasters and extreme weather. The effects of climate change can leave us facing dangerous situations in our own home, where we are affected by destructive elements such as flooding and earthquakes. Rather than shy away from these negative processes, our ideal was to offer functional solutions in these increasing times of crises. In the case of the earthquake series, these objects rely on the vibrations of an earthquake to then offer themselves as emergency aids.

Hence the birth of the ‘climatised object’ and ‘either oar’ in 2006 – a table that converts to a life raft with paddles.

Libby Sellers , curator at the Design Museum says

The Climatised Objects address the fact that in a crisis people generally improvise with whatever is to hand, not matter how ill-suited the object or material may be. In response, &made have embedded dual-functionality into this new range, offering practical and covetable domestic products that moonlight as life-saving devices.

By crafting a sturdy but buoyant dining table with removable legs which convert into oars, &made offer an ad hoc raft in the event of a flash flood. In earthquake scenarios, an unassuming vase switches to an emergency torch on impact if knocked from its ledge, while a series of picture frames convert to flashing navigational aids, much like floor-based emergency lighting on airplanes, at the first instance of a tremor.

Far from being alarmist – the Climatised Objects not only merge concept and solutions led design into a desirable range, but are a wry critique on the production of sensational but purposeless objects at a time of environmental crisis.

As a continuation on the theme

‘Standby’ instead looks at the responsibility of objects and how they can make a difference. Focusing on the consumption of electricity through standby appliances and adaptors, the objects in this collection consider the responsibility of the switch and how it can make itself more available. Rather than hiding industrial sockets and switches behind furniture and in corners, these furnishings bring the switch out into the room with an ability to adapt to any environment.




An interview with David and Toby can be found here

&made website

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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