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Sena Gu Answers Despokes Questions

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Image:Cockatoo Jug 2009 80 x 210 x 80 mm (W x H x D) Porcelain, Gold Lustre
What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
I guess it’s because I’ve always enjoyed imagining things in my head and loved to make things.

Where did you study design?
I studied Ceramics & Glass at Royal College of Arts. We had a design group during the course and I’ve got a lot of inspiration about design from my personal tutor, Gitta Gschwendtner.

What was the first thing you designed?
A teapot with leather clothes, I made it during the BA. I felt that the patterns on ceramics were similar to a tattoo on a human body since the patterns cannot be changed once it’s been placed on. I just wanted to break away from the stereotypes of the way ceramics are decorated and then I thought of clothes for ceramics like human’s clothes. Trying to think outside the box still brings me new ideas or
at least it provides me a starting point for my design.
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Brand new 100% Norway back to London

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Image:100% Norway takes place at the trade fair 100% Design from 22 – 25 September. Photo: Marianne Wie

With many new designers and manufacturers, a brand new stand design by award-winning architects Fantastic Norway and an exciting design competition with a prestigious jury, 100% Norway returns to 100% Design for the eighth time!

The following manufacturers will exhibit at 100% Norway in London:

Hødnebø, Luminator, Tonning,Nora of Norway,Wik & Walsøe, Figgjo

Companies will make a selection of which design products to take to London and are able to consult the exhibition’s curators Henrietta Thompson, Editor at Large of Wallpaper*, and art historian Benedicte Sunde from the Norwegian Design Council.
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Milan Design week now live on Yoox.com

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DESIGNWEEK LIVE ON YOOX.COM Dynamism and Creativity Direct from Milan Live in 67 Countries Around the World

This year yoox.com takes design week to the world, with daily reportage from the exhibitions and events; the latest products and interviews with the world’s leading designers offering insight into the creative process and a unique opportunity to purchase pieces presented for the first time in Milan by some of the design world’s
leading brands.
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philippe starck: marie coquine chandelier for baccarat

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Image:’marie coquine chandelier’ by philippe starck image courtesy of baccarat

For Milan Design Week 2011, french crystal company Baccarat will showcase a collection of new lighting solutions designed by eight international designers:
Alain Moatti & Henri Rivière, Arik Levy, Eriko Horiki, Jaime Hayon, Michele de Lucchi, Philippe Starck and Yann Kersalé.

The designs are within the ‘highlights collection’ range from contemporary reinterpretations of classic chandeliers to complete free-ranging design variations in which heritage is fused with modernity. Here, crystal is combined with the most unlikely materials into lighting structures, utilizing LED technologies.

Website:www.baccarat.com

Pieke Bergmans at Art Paris 2011

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At Art Paris 2011, Amsterdam Gallery Art Affairs presented Dutch designer Pieke Bergman’s new additional pieces to her every growing ‘design virus’ collection.

The series of light bulbs take on forms which have gone way out of line, appearing as bulbous forms extending from industrial lamp shades. They take on various sizes and shapes, large masses taking over and in some cases, appearing as if they are almost starting to consume the pieces of furniture in which they are placed.

Website:www.artaffairs.net/

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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