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Efecem Kutuk answers Despoke’s Questions

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What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
I like good looking stuff and also the passion of creating , interpreting something out of nothing.
Where did you study design?
Undergraduate: Ankara, Turkey /  Graduate: Milan, Italy

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New clock mirror lamp by Diamantini and Domeniconi

this clock mirror lamp is made of wood and methacrylate

this clock mirror lamp is made of wood and methacrylate

Gaze at your visage and tell the time simultaneously? Surely the Solo Ora clock mirror lamp by Italian manufacturer Diamantini and Domeniconi offers the ultimate in multitasking, or at least makes time pass in a more fun way.
Designed by architect Enrico Azzimonti, it is available in two sizes, and has a white lacquered wood frame with plus mirror and neon lamp inside. Its methacrylate dial is available in a range of colours, including red, green and orange. For a touch of luxury, the amber version has the number silk-screen printed in gold.

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Exploring Emerging Trends in The Design World, Opens October 27th at MADprojects Gallery New York

Japanese Design Team Nendo Unveils Four New Designs and Prototypes at Museum of Arts and Design
Latest Installment in MADProjects Gallery, Exploring Emerging Trends in Design World, Opens October 27, 2009
New York, NY (September 16, 2009)?The newest projects and prototypes from the renowned Tokyo-based design studio Nendo will be seen for the first time at the Museum of Arts and Design this October. From October 27 through January 10, 2010, Ghost Stories, New Designs from Nendo will transform the MADProjects Gallery on the Museum’s second floor into a magical landscape of new designs that imbue chairs, vases, and lamps with whimsy and optical illusion. Founded and led by Oki Sato, Nendo has garnered international attention and more than 45 design awards for its beautifully simple yet surprisingly humorous work in interiors, furniture, product design, graphics and architecture.
Ghost Stories, New Designs from Nendo, is the second exhibition in the MADProjects Gallery, which was launched in February 2009 with Totally Rad, a focused survey of the latest radiator designs, curated by Karim Rashid. Both timely and provocative, this ongoing program invites MAD curators, collaborators and leading voices in the field to explore emerging trends and innovations in design.
“Nendo’s breathtaking installation is an ideal fit for our MADProjects Gallery, which has become a spectacular space for us to showcase the newest, most original creations in design,” states Holly Hotchner, the Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design. “In debuting Nendo’s latest projects and showing their prototypes, we are giving visitors a chance to see into the design process behind some of the most original, cutting-edge works.”
The exhibition will include four new designs, accompanied by prototypes and videos that make imaginative use of new and traditional materials to surprise expectations:
The “Fade-Out” chair, a simple rectangular chair made from clear acrylic and painted with trompe l’oeil wood grain over most of the structure. The pattern fades away on the lower part of the chair legs to create the impression that the chairs are floating in space.
“Blown-Color” is an assembly of one-of-a-kind lamps made from Smash, a special polyester fabric that can be manipulated into different forms when heated and that retains its shape when cooled. The group created a series of lights in the style of vernacular Japanese chochin paper lanterns, but, rather than the traditional bamboo frame, the properties of Smash allowed Nendo to shape it like blown glass in one seamless piece.
“Cord-Chair” is a super thin wooden side chair that appears flimsy and breakable, yet is sturdy and indefinitely strong thanks to its hidden aluminum skeleton.
“Phantom-Waves” are a series of prototypes for a new vase. Each rectangular or cylindrical vase is constructed with polarized Mylar that creates the impression of solid horizontal discs that divide the vase into segments. The discs are, however, only an illusion caused by the polarized light-a flower stem or branch can be inserted “through” the seemingly solid disc, creating an intriguing illusion.
“So many products have been designed with only function in mind, it’s time to think more about the emotional response something evokes,” says Oki Sato, who named Nendo after a Japanese word for clay. “My inspiration is everyday life. I really enjoy those ‘Aha!’ moments-moments when something new or different gives you a pleasant surprise-and I want to share those moments with people.”
ABOUT THE MADPROJECTS GALLERY
The MADProjects Gallery, located on the 2nd floor, showcases emerging trends in contemporary design through a program of short-term exhibitions. Responding nimbly to new developments in design, the Museum invites guest curators to explore current themes, issues, and innovations in the field. Exhibitions introduce the work of young, up-and-coming designers as well as design pioneers, and explore advances in sustainable design.
MADProjects was launched in February 2009 with the exhibition Totally Rad, a focused survey on the newest radiator designs, curated by Karim Rashid.

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Japanese Design Team Nendo Unveils Four New Designs and Prototypes at Museum of Arts and Design.

The newest projects and prototypes from the renowned Tokyo-based design studio Nendo will be seen for the first time at the Museum of Arts and Design this October.

From October 27 through January 10, 2010, Ghost Stories, New Designs from Nendo will transform the MADProjects Gallery on the Museum’s second floor into a magical landscape of new designs that imbue chairs, vases, and lamps with whimsy and optical illusion. Founded and led by Oki Sato, Nendo has garnered international attention and more than 45 design awards for its beautifully simple yet surprisingly humorous work in interiors, furniture, product design, graphics and architecture.

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karimoku furniture and isolation unit at 100% Tokyo

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Karimoku Jjapanese furniture manufacturer have teamed up with design studio isolation unit  to produce a collection of products.

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DAVE KEUNE answers Despoke’s Questions

What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
I think it just grew on me, as a boy I was always creating boats and planes with lego and I was always drawing. You just had to put me in a corner with pen and paper and I could amuse myself for ours.
Where did you study design?
The Design Academy in Eindhoven
What was the first thing you designed?
The first redesigns I did on my bikes but my first real design was my bed in shape of an abstract coffin (sorry, I was young and foolish).
my first serious design ( maybe better to be quoted ) was a small wall fixture consisting out of a small base and 5 flame-like shades.
How do you define good design?
Good design serves a purpose for humanity.
Good design is one in concept to final design and material.
What would you be if not a designer?
I have been a bike messenger, which I would like to do again if I wasn’t a designer.
My other option is to be an architect, currently I am already focusing on interior design. I think it gives me more opportunities to create an experience.
Which design of yours are you most proud of and why?
the winge cupboard : it shows a new perspective on using a cupboard while maintaining its function and, more important its stately identity.
The structure is fully self-supportive, the shelves, doors, top, bottom and back are all dependent on each other.
Anything in your career you wish you’d done differently?
no, I think everything is a result of what you have done, I am happy were I am right now so I am happy with what I have done so far.
Which designers do you most admire?
Charles and Ray Eames, the Bouroullec bros. and Constantin Gcric
Which product do you wish you’d designed/do you think is an example of good design?
the Valentine Typewriter from Olivetti, it shows function fully integrated in the design resulting in a timeless design.
Tell me about your design style at home?
At home I have some design classics ( i.e. LCW ) combined with vintage, ikea and some of my own designs.

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What made you want to become a designer in the first place?

I think it just grew on me, as a boy I was always creating boats and planes with lego and I was always drawing. You just had to put me in a corner with pen and paper and I could amuse myself for ours.

Where did you study design?

The Design Academy in Eindhoven

What was the first thing you designed?

The first redesigns I did on my bikes but my first real design was my bed in shape of an abstract coffin (sorry, I was young and foolish).

my first serious design ( maybe better to be quoted ) was a small wall fixture consisting out of a small base and 5 flame-like shades.

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burgbad cabinets add a pop of colour

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Collectively adding a Memphis Group design aesthetic to your bedroom, bathroom or living room, the bel furniture system from burgbad also shows you can add colour without a dramatic interior renovation.
Available in cream or shades of green and red, the sideboards, shelves and hanging cabinets are available in varied heights and depths and the gloss varnished fronts can either be doors, pull-outs, flaps or doors for maximum flexibility. “The system lives and grows with loads of fun,” reckon designers Ulli Findeldey and Kai Uetrecht. We say it makes a change from lotions and potions balanced around the bath or boring beige shelving any day.

the ‘plug’ bucket from andy martin workshop

andy martin workshop have just completed the
new design for the ‘plug’ bucket, a champagne
and wine cooler. The piece was recently exhibited
at Tom Dixon’s ‘The Dock’ during London Design
Festival 09. The design of the ‘plug’ bucket is a
play on the form of a bottle, the base is hand spun
in pewter and polished off to a mirror finish. The
bucket itself is crafted from mould blown glass or
can be produced in pewter to match the base. It’s
statuesque presence creates a sculptural quality
to the bucket. This elegantly designed piece is
available directly from amw from £975

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andy martin workshop have just completed the new design for the ‘plug’ bucket, a champagne and wine cooler.

The piece was recently exhibited at Tom Dixon’s ‘The Dock’ during London Design Festival 09. The design of the ‘plug’ bucket is a play on the form of a bottle, the base is hand spun in pewter and polished off to a mirror finish.

The bucket itself is crafted from mould blown glass or can be produced in pewter to match the base. It’s statuesque presence creates a sculptural quality to the bucket. This elegantly designed piece is available directly from amw from £975 www.andymartinassociates.com

Rochus Jacob’s Murakami Chair

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Using nano-dynamo technology built into the skids of the chair and efficient OLED lighting, Rochus Jacob’s Murakami Chair powers an attached reading lamp with energy generated from its own rocking motion.

During the daylight, the chair stores power in an integrated battery pack for later use. In Jacob’s words, “the final result is a rocking chair that enables the user to experience production and consumption of electricity in a gentle and rewarding way.” via:(PSFK)

Fulton Lounge by Scott Wilson

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The Fulton Lounge chair is manufactured at the same factory as the Eames Lounge Chair and was designed by Scott Wilson. via:(DesignMilk)
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JYVÄSKYLÄ CLAIMS FIRST PRIZE IN 2009 CITY.PEOPLE.LIGHT AWARDS

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Finnish city top in seventh contest to recognize application of light in urban well-being
The city of Jyväskylä in Finland has been awarded the first prize in the 2009 city.people.light awards, the annual competition organized by Philips and the Lighting Urban Community International Association (LUCI) to reward projects which demonstrate the contribution lighting can make to the well-being of those who live, work or visit a city or town.

At a ceremony today in Gwangju, South Korea, Mr. Kari Stroem and Mr. Pauly Partanen, representing Jyväskylä were presented with the 2009 city.people.light first prize, in recognition of the city’s ‘City of Light’ project. This initiative set out to position the city as a forerunner in outdoor lighting, investing in the latest lighting technology to enhance its architecture.
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The Armor Sideboard by David Keune

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Designed by David Keune The Armor Sideboard is designed to offer shelter for ones valuables. Revealing its insides by sliding open its doors in a flowing move it is fully dedicated to its content. The oak wood parts show clear respect to the tradition of ancient wooden chests, enclosing and protecting precious items. The angular shapes refer to the modern way of protection and defendance.
Armor is designed and produced in a limited edition of 8 for Privee Kollektie..
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Letters Bookshelf by Pieter de Leeuw

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Pieter de Leeuw is a recent graduate in Industrial Design and this is his thesis: letters in various colors that can be arranged to the user’s liking. The wooden letters can also be used as seating. You can these pieces on display now at Ultrechtver Plettert in The Netherlands through October 25th. via:(DesignMilk)

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Sami Ruotsalainen’s new designs for Marimekko

Peter Ting designs ‘Hachi’, a contemporary dinner service for Royal Crown Derby

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British designer and ceramicist Peter Ting has designed Hachi a dinner service for Royal Crown Derby that beautifully re-contextualises iconic patterns from the company’s rich history.

“Out of my huge admiration for all that Royal Crown Derby and all the other British potteries have accomplished in fine bone china, I wanted to explore and celebrate these patterns that have become part of our aesthetic landscape’ says Ting.  ‘I am interested in investigating new ways of incorporating these ‘traditional’ patterns into contemporary life.’

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Dione Tea Set by Vuk Dragovic

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They’re not quite your traditional teacups as they consist of two hemispheres that make a little globe.  The main purpose of the globe is to concentrate the aroma in the cup until you are ready to enjoy your tea. In addition to this, there is a little net to thwart tea leaves from entering your cup. All one has to do is to flip the globe so that the tea is separated from the tea leaves without spilling out, and then finally, disassemble one hemisphere which brings out the aroma and freshly brewed tea.