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EVENT: This Is Design at The Design Museum

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24th August – 22nd January 2012
This is Design is a celebration of the Design Museum’s Collection, which examines the impact of design on the modern world, whilst also exploring the consequences of design and how it shapes our lives and contemporary culture. The Collection has been in storage for over five years and during this period it has been catalogued, conserved and documented.
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3 Days left: Art Show calls for submissions for its 2011 ART SELLS exhibition

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Higher Pitch is calling for submissions of work from the advertising community for its ART SELLS exhibition that will take place in London later this year.

The premise of the exhibition is to showcase the true creativity that those working in the international advertising industry are capable of, when given free reign and full creative license. It is about championing artistic talent within advertising and encouraging the industry to put this at the heart of all future campaigns.

Details of how to submit to Higher Pitch’s ART SELLS:
Submissions can be any medium – painting, sculpture, film, sound, photography, installations or writing. Simply send your name, occupation and a brief description or image of the work for submission to hello@higherpitch.co.uk by 19th August 2011.

The final selection will be announced on 29th August. The exhibition will take place on the 15th September 2011 in a central London
location that will be announced shortly.

Xobo Design to show at 100 percent Design 2011

Xobo Design is a multi-disciplinary design collective specialising in Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture Design and Graphic Design. Xobo Furniture combines contemporary design and craftsmanship to produce a range of classic, stylish, timeless furniture that is innovative and multi-functional. Our furniture is made in the UK and are individually hand crafted. You’ll be able to see this furniture and more at 100% Design this September.

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Tyci Picco Folding Table/ Stool

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Ania Mini Desk

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Oyster Wardrobe
Website:www.xobodesign.com/

Adrienne Chinn answers Despoke Questions

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Adrienne Chinn will be exhibiting their new range of Urban London wallpapers, fabrics, rugs and accessories on stand X62 at 100% Futures. Below she answer’s some questions from Despoke.

What made you want to become a designer?
I grew up in the fantastic energy of the 1960s, where I rode a Banana bike, wore white patent leather pixie boots with pink and white polka dot flamenco flair trousers, listened to The Beatles on the radio, and lived in a new-build split-level open-plan bungalow with my parents, brothers and sisters. Montreal in the 1960s was a swinging, cosmopolitan city that embraced this new stream-lined design and architecture.

I remember the grass-cloth walls, the glass and brass furniture, the Tulip chairs that I quickly discovered tipped over when you leant back in them. I was impressed by a neighbour’s synthetic white Christmas tree done up in sapphire blue balls, with blue and silver gifts under the tree. I was only a kid, and it was quite a number of years later than I became a designer, but the seeds were sewn during those early years.
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Rinse Presents: A Visual Retrospective – The Work of Shaun Bloodworth & Give Up Art

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12th – 21st August 2011 Private View ­Thursday 11th August
The exhibition will be at the Truman Brewery Gallery ­ shop 14, Hanbury
Street . Rinse Presents: A Visual Retrospective ­ The Work Of Shaun Bloodworth & Give Up Art is a ten-day exhibition celebrating the design and photography of seminal London-based radio station and label, Rinse, and their championing of the wider underground music world.
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Website:www.shaunbloodworth.com/
Website:www.giveupart.com/

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Martin Solem at 100percent Norway

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“As a designer I always try to be innovative, but I might be a bit old fashioned in my thoughts of design,” says Martin Solem who’s currently studying in Copenhagen, Denmark. “For me, a product has to be realistic and useful to be called good design. What I try to do is to combine these basic thoughts with new innovative ideas.”

Whilst studying furniture making, Martin got a serious back injury which forced him to stop his studies. Determined to pursue a career in designed, he was accepted at the Bergen National Academy of Arts before continuing his design Bachelor at The Danish Design School in Copenhagen.
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Armourcoat at 100percent Design 2011

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Ground-breaking new products and finishes will be presented by Armourcoat at 100% Design London. Armourcoat will introduce Ductal® Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) – a first for the show.
Developed by Lafarge, Ductal® presents a genuine revolution in the concrete sector. The material possesses a unique combination of superior properties including strength, ductility, durability and enhanced aesthetics. This enables designers to develop and realize new sculptural approaches to concrete forms.
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VIDEO+EVENT:Ron Arad’s Curtain Call at the Roundhouse From Tuesday 9th August 2011

Ron Arad and his team reveal the ideas behind Curtain Call – an interactive 360 degree installation at the Roundhouse in London, 9-29 August 2011. Ron, Julian Gilhespie (architect) and Michael Castellana (industrial designer) talk about the journey so far and what you can expect.
Website:www.roundhouse.org.uk/

Cubit exhibit at 100 Percent Design 2011

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Cubit will be exhibiting at this year s 100% Design show at Earls Court, London. This is the first time Cubit has exhibited in the UK, and the show will offer visitors the chance to experience the simplicity and efficiency of the modular storage system first-hand.
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The LEGO Greenhouse by Sebastian Bergne

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The LEGO Greenhouse by Sebastian Bergne is a functioning greenhouse built entirely from LEGO. The walls, the floors, even the earth is LEGO. The plants and vegetables growing inside are however, entirely real.
“We have ended up with an interesting juxtaposition of a natural
environment growing in an almost digital, mass produced LEGO
structure, and it makes you look at LEGO in a new way”
. Sebastian Bergne.
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Kill Your Darlings :Kid Acne’s first solo exhibition in his hometown, first show in a museum and first retrospective of his work


Through to – Sunday 23 October 2011
at Millennium Gallery Museums Sheffield
Celebrating the DIY ethic and often transitory approach he has refined over the years. Murals, illustrations and sculpture from throughout his career will show how he has carried the wit and subversion from his days as a graffiti artist and fanzine creator through into adult life as a designer, artist and musician.
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New Programme seeks home buyers

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Renegade Pictures are looking for people to take part in Drive to Buy, a unique and exciting new property programme for ITV1.

Are you looking to buy your ideal home now? Are you interested in a once in a lifetime buying opportunity and a chance to see properties at a discounted rate ? Can you outwit rival buyers to bag your dream property?
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EVENT:Vintage at Southbank Centre, Friday 29th – Sunday 31st July 2011

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From soul legends, 60s icons and electronic pioneers to re-creations of the decadent discotheques of the 70s and the northern soul mecca of Wigan Casino (complete with authentically sticky carpet) via 1940s jive and incendiary 50s rock ‘n’ roll… Vintage at Southbank Centre offers an un-missable three-day trip through seven decades of music and style
www.vintageatsouthbankcentre.co.uk

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Over three days and nights, Vintage at Southbank Centre sees the Royal Festival Hall dressed up as never before. The iconic riverside building is transformed into a multi-venue playground where, over 13 hours each day (from 12pm to 1am and midnight on Sunday), pass holders can learn the dances of the decades, take in over 70 live performances (including three themed multi-artist ‘Revues’ in the Royal Festival Hall) boogie along to the tunes of an incredible 120 DJs, enjoy exclusive catwalk shows and decade specific make-overs and sample Vintage food and cocktails.
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UNStudio to collaborate with Premier Composite Technologies at 100% Design London 2011

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Following last year’s launch at 100% Design London with a Snohetta-designed stand, Premier Composites Technologies (PCT) is pleased to confirm this year’s collaboration with UNStudio.

Award winning architects UNStudio will design the PCT stand at 100% Design London (Stand No. E130). The collaboration will highlight the growing trend for the use of advanced composites in architecture today and will demonstrate the benefits of working with composites over conventional structural materials.
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Method Furniture answer Despoke Questions

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Images:International Furniture VS Fashion collaboration. Hand crafted from solid ash and using traditional woodworking techniques, the piece’s subtle, understated lines belie a complex construction that utilises well over 200 hand cut joints. The work will be unveiled at 100% Futures.

Despoke caught up with emerging Scottish atelier Method Furniture who will be unveiling pieces from their new collection at 100% Design 2011 .

Established by Marisa Giannasi (Architect and Designer) and Calum Robinson (Second Generation Cabinet maker) they produce a superbly handcrafted range of elegant contemporary furniture, using traditional woodworking and cabinetmaking techniques. Detail, heritage, honesty and integrity suffuse their work – Callum Robinson is creative director – “We’re passionate about communicating the individual story of every piece…Above all; it’s always about trying to create something remarkable”

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

M – I’ve always considered architecture to be the highest art-form – a painter is restricted to a canvas, a sculptor a solid substrate….architecture’s about the poetics of space, changing environments and affecting the way people live. For me, furniture design has been a natural evolution.

C – I’ve never known anything else…but until I met Marisa I was never really been aware of it as design – for my entire adult life I’ve been involved in making beautiful things for a living. If I didn’t know how to make a thing the way I thought it ought to be made, I’d invent a method. It turns out that’s called design.
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