Known as a „workshop for peace’, UN North Delegates’ lounge has been recently redesigned by Hella Jongerious in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas, Irma Boom, Gabriel Lester and Louise Schouwenberg. The lounge has been originally designed by a team of architects including Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer and Wallace K. Harrison 62 years ago.
Bocci „28.280“ light installation at V&A is surely one of the highlights of London Design Festival 2013, happenning this week. It features Bocci’s „28 collection“ of colourful blown glass spheres suspended on thin copper wire, randomly descending through the monumental central atrium.
The Design Museum is opening a major new exhibition about the sweeping changes in manufacturing that are transforming our world. The exhibition looks at what exactly drives innovation, how it can lead to increased productivity and economic growth, and how new manufacturing techniques will revolutionise the role of the consumer. It will also reveal how the new industrial revolution has the potential to affect everyone, radically altering our attitudes to the pace of change driven by new technology.
Sahabi’s new collection of felt lamps „Sherazade“ is inspired by nighttime silhouettes of Middle Eastern rooftops. It is comprised of three lamps made of coiled coloured felt strips coated with a layer of paint on both sides. The work has been launched at Bijbels Museum in Amsterdam.
First collection in solid wood by Rudjer Novak-Mikulic and Marija Ruzic for Artisan has exposed them as extremly sensible designers that brought new aesthetics to Croatian design. Through the liberation of the senses included in final design, the form of the chair and tables have developed an extra dimension of experience, rendered through a tactile experience made possible by a masterly treatment of the surface.
The exhibition “Solid Acts – Design from Croatia” will present the new design scene from Croatia at the Milan Design Week 2013. 30 Croatian designers will showcase 32 works in Superstudio Più – The Temporary Museum for New Design 2013 (Zona Tortona) from April 9 to April 14, 2013. The exhibition was devised by Tatjana Bartakovic and is organized by The Centre for Design of the Croatian Chamber of Economy.
The famous slogan by Thomas Watson, Jr., one the most successful and most influential businessman in the 20 century – “Good design is good business” – was pragmatically proved by the method of calculating design value that has been developed by Dr. Peter Zec and Burkhard Jacob at the Red Dot institute.
The Aalto vase was an international sensation already as the prototype during the Paris World Fair in 1937. This best known design object from Finland is at the same time one of the most famous glass objects in the world. In Finland, the majority of households keep a vase designed by Alvar Aalto, who deserves to be called a national architect and designer.
Siba Sahabi is a utterly unique and poetic designer, as her works are on the border of design and art. She is inspired by the European and Middle Eastern history of ceramics, showing how one culture can influence another, leading to renewal and cultural richness. Imperfection drives her process of work, as well as passion for crafts.
Lisbet Friis is among the best in Denmark when it comes to colours, colour schemes and weaving techniques. In the collection for Labula Living she has merged the old, craft traditions of the Oriental carpet with the Nordic rag rug – showcased for the first time last week during Stockholm Design Week.