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Daylight Spaces 2010 – International Architectural and Design Competition

This contest is open until 26 April 2010.
The merging of different aspects of high quality architecture in sustainable building structures is the primary goal of teaching and research activities at the Department for Building and Environment. A key component is the skillful use of natural light.
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EVENT: THE MODERN DANISH WAREHOUSE, BROMPTON

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THE MODERN DANISH WAREHOUSE, 6th – 27th March 2010 The Garage, North Terrace, London SW3 2BA
Nina Hertig, co-founder of Sigmar is hosting the first pop-up Modern Danish Warehouse in an impressive disused Art Deco Garage in Brompton, selling an edited selection of vintage pieces.
For three weeks, the Garage (in the heart of the Brompton Design District) will house up to 120 vintage chairs, tables, sideboards, and sofas ranging from £100 to £1500. All purchases can be taken home immediately
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Greeting Card that folds out into mini garden

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Postcarden, a pop-out card that transforms into a bite-sized allotment.
Combining gift and greeting card, Postcarden is available in three designs: Botanical, City and Allotment.

Recipients open and unfold the card, then sprinkle water into the base and scatter the enclosed cress seeds onto the damp paper.

The Postcarden will start to grow in a few days, and will keep for two to three weeks; once grown, the cress can be eaten. Designed and produced by UK-based A Studio for Design, the cards can be sent through the post and are printed in Wales by Ethical Packaging; the seeds and inner tray are sourced nationally as well. Each card costs GBP 7.50 and features enough space to write a personal greeting.
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Trio: Herbert Krenchel,Hans Wegner , Ib Geertsen at Rocket Gallery from 5th March

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Herbert Krenchel | 1953-65, various Krenit bowls, steel and enamel
Rocket and Jonathan Stephenson presents an exhibition of of art and design from three legends of mid-century Danish modernism.

Herbert Krenchel (Danish, b1922), an engineer by profession, designed the classic Krenit bowls.The first of these coloured enamel bowls were designed in 1953 and eight different sizes, in eight standard colours,were developed over the next two years. This best-selling range of bowls were continuously in production until 1965. In 2006 Rocket presented the first comprehensive exhibition of Krenchel’s pioneering work.
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Paper Bags Go High Fashion

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Awarded the German Designpreis 2010, the Papier collection is a collaborative design project by Saskia and Stefan Diez. The concept derived from the idea to use the familiar, give it further thought and add something new. The creative husband and wife duo agreed that a travel bag must be durable, lightweight, and protective, yet they wanted to use an alternative material other than leather to provide the travel bag attributes.
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Harvest by Asif Khan

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Photography by James Moriarty.
Asif Khan’s Harvest is a project that focuses on the use of London’s plant life as a raw material for everyday products and it’s part of a show called “Designers in Residence” at the Design Museum London. Via:[DesignMilk]
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Woolly Pocket Planters

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New sculptural eco-friendly plant holders from Woolly Pockets allow gardens to grow anywhere.
Easily turning any home into a leafy green sanctuary, the new range of felt planters from Woolly Pocket help in the urge to count down the remaining days of winter. The collection of freestanding containers, launching this week, consists of dark curvy shapes spanning short and shallow to taller with narrow openings at the tops.
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Jonathan Nesci at The Volume Gallery from 19th March

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Designer Jonathan Nesci’s latest hyper-minimalist odes to modernism in an upcoming four-day exhibit at Chicago’s Volume Gallery

Designer Jonathan Nesci—whose Library Bookcase won recognition last year for his use of metal from Wallpaper Magazine—is back with a solo show entitled “The New” at a recently-developed design gallery in his hometown of Chicago.
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David De Rothschild and Crew Unveil the Finished Plastiki

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We’ve been following the progress of the Plastiki for over a year now. In case you’ve forgotten, it’s the pet project of eco-adventurer David de Rothschild and it’s a huge boat made from recycled plastic bottles. The vessel has been under construction and late last week, the crew finally unveiled it in the San Francisco Bay. This is the start point for what will be an 11,000 mile trek to Sydney, highlighting the problem of plastic as both a pollutant and design issue.
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Penguin Classics team up with (RED) for typographic covers

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The House of Mirth designed by Nathan Burton
Penguin has collaborated with AIDS awareness fund (RED) and a team of designers to produce new covers for eight Penguin Classics. Each cover replaces the usual black band with red, employing a quote from the text of the book as the visual hit.

Three of the eight covers featured here were developed in-house at Penguin Press, with the other covers created by FUEL, Nathan Burton, Studio Frith, Grey318, and Non-Format. Via:[CreativeReview]

New Products at Spunique

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Stanley (Swan) is the first of a family of solid oak candlesticks that pays tribute to traditional matchboxes. Designed By Simon Donald
Also returning to the site are Jar Umbler’s A subtle and clever reworking of a screw-cap jar. Designed By Verity Jasmin-Burley.
www.spunique.com

Rewind Vintage

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Rewind is a new vintage shop online selling Haute Couture clothes and accessories.
Their motto: ‘If you have fallen out of love with your once- favourite luxury piece, we will give it a second chance at love by finding a new loving home for it!
www.rewindvintage.co.uk/

One Block of Wood 15 Projects to Make by Nina Tolstrup

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Discover the versatility of a basic material: wood. Take, as a starting point, one block of wood. Cut it into pieces, and you can transform it into some great-looking items to grace your home.
In One Block of Wood Nina Tolstrup presents 15 stylish, straight-forward projects that can be made with a minimum of fuss, even if you are new to woodworking.
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Puzzleboard by OOOMS

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Puzzleboard by Netherland based design studio OOOMs is a multipurpose board that can be used both for cutting or as a serving plate. By combining boards together, you can extend your workspace which is ideal for cutting bread.
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Save Energy with Glow in the Dark Toilet Paper

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This glow-in-the-dark toilet paper charges up during the day with natural light or ambient artificial light.

In a world where scientific discovery and exploration is slowly but surely unravelling the myriad mysteries of the universe, it’s gratifying to know that some idiot can still find time to come up with such a ludicrous invention as Glow In The Dark Loo Roll.
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