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David J Irwin answers Despoke’s Questions

What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
I don’t know that I did in the first place, I’ve always enjoyed creating things and have been curious as to how things are put together. I think I stumbled onto this career path.
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The skeletal remains of Sutton Scarsdale Hall continue to decay. A dilapidated wreck of a structure, you enter at your own risk. This decay needs to be resisted and Sutton Scarsdale needs to live again…

In the very heart of England, Sutton Scarsdale Hall is to become the Pavilion of Postcontemporary Curating, a new international art facility set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, dedicated solely to new curating.
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Vitsoe opens on Duke Street

South Room
2009 has been a busy year for Vitsoe. The furniture company best known for the 606 Universal Shelving System designed by Dieter Rams in 1960 celebrated its 50th anniversary with the launch of a new website, development of a retail partnership within Japan and by finding a new home on the streets of New York.

Now as the year draws to a close, it is with much pride that Vitsoe opens a new shop on its native soil in London, housed off Manchester Square at 3-5 Duke Street.
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Sustainable Mobile Phones

In the world of plastics recycling, plastics in packaging are without a doubt the most widely recycled of all plastic materials. Compared to a complex product like a mobile phone, which may consist of a wide range of materials, fasteners and adhesives, it’s a lot less complicated to recycle a plastic bag, tray or wrapping made entirely from a common material like polyethylene.
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Exhibition of MA Design Studies, Central Saint Martins Through to December 8th

Open to public: 4th – 6th December 2009, 11:00 -18:00 Private view: 8th December 2009, 19:00 – 22:30
T2, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL Sponsored by Belvedere Vodka
Design Studies is a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural MA programme
Students are encouraged to challenge design conventions and reveal their alternative conclusions through a provocative exhibition.
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Wooden radio, by Singgih Susilo Kartono

DESIGN OVERTIME FRIDAY 4th December 6 – 10pm last admission 9.15pm

The winter warmer wonderland returns with glittering glamour at the start of the festive period.Be ahead of the game and make your hand made Christmas cards, buy your presents from the Design Museum Shop and wrap them with a twist. But the wonder continues with animation screenings, talks and hands on workshops curated by animator and director Ranko Andjelic.

Tickets £5 in advance, includes entry to all current exhibitions Tickets £8.50 0n the door

Celebrating Vitsoe’s 50th year Interview with Mark Adams

This year Vitsoe celebrated their 50th year we met up with Mark Adams Vitsoe’s Managing Director to talk to him about the qualities that have sustained Vitsoe through 50 years and what their plans are for the future.

MOMA New York Christmas Gift Guide

Eva Teakettle Eva Zeisel, 2005
Eva Zeisel designed this kettle and imprinted her signature curved shape with an extra sensitivity to touch. This ergonomically designed 1.8-quart kettle has a seamless body and spout, a wide base for rapid boiling, a removable harmonic whistle, and a soft-touch stay-cool offset handle for easy pouring. Made of stainless steel and red enamel with a silicone grip. Hand-wash only.
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Christie’s Presents Largest Group of Lalanne Works Ever to be Offered

Marc Newson (b. 1963) “Voronoi”, 2006. A white carrara marble shelf. Estimate: $150,000 – $200,000. Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd 2009.
On Tuesday December 8th, Christie’s 20th Century Decorative Art & Design sales will showcase the entire range of 20th Century Decorative Arts, from Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, to the Modernist and Contemporary movements in three separate sales. The auctions featured are: Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design, Magnificent Tiffany Featuring The Gluck Collection, and Historical Design Reflects: The East 61st Street Years. With over 400 lots in three separate sales and a sale total expected in the region of $9-14 million, the auctions create a comprehensive review of this rapidly expanding market.
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Cream of Capital’s Contemporary Design at East London Design Show 2009

London’s most exciting design talent will be showcased at the East London Design Show (ELDS) 2009, being held at Shoreditch Town Hall, Old Street, from 4th to 6th December, with a VIP launch party on the 3rd of December.

A major annual event in the capital’s design shopping calendar, ELDS offers a hugely refreshing alternative Christmas shopping experience to the humdrum conformity of the high street.
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The 3 D collection in DuPont™ Corian®: new decorative solutions for interior cladding applications now available to architects and designers


The 3 D collection in DuPont™ Corian®:new decorative solutions for interior cladding applications now available to architects and designers

DuPont has introduced the dramatic “3D” collection of decorative panels, made with DuPont™ Corian® and featuring sophisticated three-dimensional patterns created using advanced solutions.

The “3D” collection is based on a new technology that enables the rapid application of sophisticated and complex three-dimensional patterns onto DuPont™ Corian®. The solution blends advanced software tools for geometry manipulation with a versatile efficient high pressure compression moulding technique.

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Pharrell Williams ‘The Tank Chair’

Pharrel Williams tank chair
‘The Tank Chair’ is Pharrell Williams second chair design as a part of his Persective series, released through Emmanuel Perriton Gallery. The Tank Chair is obvious in its conception, but as with the last design, very well put together, from the craftsmanship through to the general mix of materials and colours. The chair will be revealed next week at Art Basel.

Crate Chair Juniors

In the 1930’s Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld made a set of chairs out of crates. He said of his crate chairs:

“A piece of furniture made of high-grade wood and manufactured completely according to traditional production methods is transported in a crate to avoid damage…no one has ever ascertained that such a chest embodies an improvised, highly purposeful method of carpentry…there must therefore at long last be someone who chooses the crate rather than the piece of furniture.”

Rietveld’s grandchildren now sell “Crate Chair Juniors” for $415 each. I wonder what kind of container they are shipped in? Homegrown Evolution thinks it would be pretty easy to use pallet wood to make a crate chair for a lot less.

The Design Museum Shop’s Christmas Gift Guide

Visit the Design Museum Shop this Christmas to escape the usual approach to frantic gift shopping. In the words of their winter exhibitor Dieter Rams, “less is better”!
With this in mind, their 2009 Christmas gift guide includes a range of minimal designs, with an emphasis on quality, functionality and everyday use.

Pharrell Williams Passion For Design

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This month Pharrell Williams shows off his passion for design in the December issue of Modern Painters which is dedicated to Art’s Generation Next. While many artists and celebrities seem to be doing design collaborations these days – from sneakers to accessories – few are taking it to Pharrell’s level.
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