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DAVID CHIPPERFIELD + ALESSI = PIANA

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UK designer David Chipperfield recently designed the ‘Piana’ folding chair for Alessi, which will be displayed at the Milan Design week 2011.

It is manufactured of 100% recycled polypropylene with fibre glass, finished with a non slip matte surface. The ‘Piana’ is designed around a single point of rotation and has a minimalistic design approach. I feel this chair reflects the current financial situation in the UK due to the simplistic design with no unnecessary frills, creating a very bare, bold and honest quality. It yells out, I am a chair just unfold and sit on me!
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“TRON designs CORIAN®” a movie-inspired design show by Disney® and DuPontT Corian®

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Creativity and innovation meet design, Disney® meets DuPontT Corian® at 2011 Milan week of design: the result is “TRON designs CORIAN®”, a design exhibition inspired by the film “TRON: Legacy” from Walt Disney Studios, which will take place at Padiglione Visconti, via Tortona 58, Milano.

The “TRON designs CORIAN®” exhibition is an original design project which will be art directed by DuPont and Disney and created using DuPontT Corian® high-tech surface.
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Wim Crouwel A graphic odyssey at The Design Museum from Wednesday 30th March 2011

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30 March – 3 July 2011
The Design Museum celebrates the prolific career of the Dutch graphic
designer Wim Crouwel in this his first UK retrospective. Regarded as one
of the leading designers of the twentieth century, Crouwel embraced a new modernity to produce typographic designs that captured the essence of the emerging computer and space age of the early 1960s.
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JamScape at Pianissimo Grande Milan from April 12th

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Set within the emerging Ventura Lambrate design district, JamScape is an audio experiment developed in partnership with Yves Béhar and his creative agency fuseproject,
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The shortlist for the 2011 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

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Cienna Ultralounge by Bluarch International bar

The shortlist for the 2011 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards has been selected by a judging panel of top design, lifestyle & hospitality personalities. 330 entries were submitted by leading architects, interior designers and hospitality operators from the UK and 50 other countries.

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony and party to be held at the prestigious East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London on the 7th July 2011.

Website: www.restaurantandbardesignawards.com

Maruni New Collections to be announced by Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa at Salone Internazionale del Mobile

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In addition to Naoto Fukasawa, Maruni welcomes Jasper Morrison as its new designer for the Maruni Collection 2011.

Maruni will be exhibiting at the main Rho Fiera site, as well as at La Triennale di Milano Design Museum, where visitors will be able to experience the world of Maruni Collection to the full.

Both sites have been curated by Naoto Fukasawa, art director of Maruni since 2010. Maruni Wood Industry (Head Office: Hiroshima, Japan), celebrates its 83rd year this coming May, and visitors to the Salone will see new chairs and tables by both designers which demonstrate the technology and possibilities of Japanese wooden furniture.

www.maruni.com/

designjunction – Connecting British design

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Image:Camberwell Desk in Fumed Oak Benchmark

Launching at this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile will be a powerful line up of Britain’s leading designers and manufacturers.
designjunction will bring together the UK’s most exclusive furniture, lighting and accessory brands, set within the spectacular headquarters of Zegna, the former Riva-Calzoni building.
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EVENT: Midcentury.Modern Sunday 20th March 2011 at Dulwich College

Sunday 20th March 2011 Dulwich College, SE21 7LD
Midcentury.Modern has fast established itself as the number one destination for sourcing the antiques of the future without the huge retail mark-up. Designed as an unpretentious one stop shop for busy people who love collecting beautiful pieces for their homes, you can find everything for the eclectic home at this much-loved one day show from an original Eames rocker to a contemporary ceramic from a hot young British designer. Do a walkabout amongst some of Britain’s top mid-century dealers in Scandinavian, European and American mid-century furniture and decorative arts.
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Video: X&Y Light design by Flynn Talbot

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Young Australian lighting designer Flynn Talbot makes waves at his first solo exhibition at the Helmrinderknecht contemporary design gallery in Berlin with his light project, titled X&Y. With a very minimalist design, the interactive object invites its viewers to touch and control the light source and at the same time control the lighting effect, thereby creating a unique multi-sensory experience.

Website:www.flynntalbot.com/

Sleeping Bags announce Jason Bruges’ special edition in collaboration with The Barbican

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Sleeping Bags, the breakthrough social enterprise producing beautiful and ecologically sound bags made from recycled luxury hotel bed linen, is delighted to announce the release of a new design by the leading artist, Jason Bruges.

A collaboration with The Barbican Art Gallery and inspired by their forthcoming exhibition ‘Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s’ the bag will accompany a video installation, based on the Sleeping Bags brand theme ‘In My Dreams’ and from which the bag’s artwork is taken.
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EVENT: Mid-Century Furniture & Art Sale at Rocket Gallery

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FURNITURE from Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Britain and USA by Hans Wegner, Friso Kramer, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm, Jens Risom,
Børge Mogensen, Kurt Østervig, Robin Day, Wim Rietveld, Gordon Russell, Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia & many others: numerous sale items plus newly imported stock of tables, chairs, desks, sideboards, sofas and benches

MID-CENTURY OBJECTS including original Krenit bowls from the 1950s
PAINTINGS & SCREENPRINTS by American, Danish & European artists from £100 Friday 25, Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 February 2011 12 noon to 7 pm

Website: rocketgallery.com

The Brit Insurance Designs Awards 16th February – 07 August

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Image:MIMOSA JASON BRUGES STUDIO for PHILIPS LUMIBLADE

The Brit Insurance Designs Awards, “the Oscars of the design world,” showcase the most innovative and forward thinking designs from around the world, spanning seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. Last year’s winner, was the Folding Plug by Min-Kyu Choi that revolutionises a humble, but essential, piece of everyday equipment.

The nominations for Brit Insurance Designs Awards 2011 are listed on the next page:
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Viaduct Presents Exhibition No. 2 from March 2nd 2011

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2 March – 2 April 2011
Viaduct will be holding the first UK exhibition by refined furniture brand Zeitraum in their dedicated exhibition space. Viaduct will present a selection of Zeitraum pieces in collaboration with new magazine Wrap.
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EVENT:Into the world of palpable objects and fruitful delight Private View Thursday 3rd February 2011

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3 – 26 February
Curated by Keith Whittle, CSM. The first solo exhibition dedicated to recent LCC graduate Fan Chon Hoo. Shortlisted for the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4’s New Sensations 2010, Fan Chon Hoo is an artist with a uniquely compelling visual language.
Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, E1 6QH
Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm and by appointment
Website:www.fountainprojects.co.uk
Website:elevenspitalfields.com/

EVENT:Design Research Unit 1942 – 72 A Cubitt Touring Exhibition curated by Michelle Cotton from Thursday 13th Jan

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Design Research Unit 1942 – 72 A Cubitt Touring Exhibition curated by Michelle Cotton Thursday 13 January – Saturday 12 February 2011

International Project Space presents Design Research Unit 1942–72, a Cubitt Touring Exhibition curated by Michelle Cotton.

Formed in London in 1942, the Design Research Unit was responsible for some of the most important design produced in post-war Britain. It pioneered a model for group practice, being the first consultancy in the country to bring together expertise in architecture, graphics and industrial design. By the 1970s it was one of the largest and most established design offices in Europe. This exhibition is the first of its kind, mapping the history of the group and the currency of their designs. It identifies key examples of their work and documents an approach that was shaped by inter-war developments in artistic discourse and post war trends in industry and communication; in particular the accelerated demand for corporate design.
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