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MAD HATTER’S PARTY at Barbican Centre

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On Thursday 6 May the Barbican Centre hosted an evening of fantasy and imagination in the form of a whimsical Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Barbican’s Garden Room was transformed into a dream like wonderland adorned with floating edible treats and fantastical fairy lights while the fancy costumes worn by guests added to the atmosphere of wonderment.

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Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton Cosmic Blossom Collection

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Continuing on their collaborative relationship, artist Takashi Murakami has created some printed bandanas for their Louis Vuitton’s Cosmic Blossom Collection for Summer 2010.
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OMA Book Machine at The AA Gallery private View Friday May 7th 2010

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Books by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and its collaborators 7.5–4.6.2010, AA Gallery
This exhibition, organised by Natasha Sandmeier, Diploma Unit 9 Unit Master, displays books produced by AA students during the last five years as part of their studies. Created by individual or groups of students (not by tutors) as part of the unit or studio agendas, these books reveal a broad range of ideas; from year-long design projects to unexpected, sometimes accidental, episodes that show the breadth of learning and design thinking in architecture today. Unlike traditional portfolios these books incorporate a combination of written ideas, project images, drawings, found images, and narratives to rethink and restructure the nature of communicating an architectural project today.Books are available for lending – please contact AA Exhibitions to arrange a short-term loan.
Website:www.aaschool.ac.uk/

Event: THE DAILY GORILLA at KK Outlet: Shoreditch, 7th-29th May

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KK Outlet gets political with the help of Dutch design collective, Gorilla.
Taking their cue from the front page of leading Dutch daily newspaper, De Volkskrant, Gorilla created a visual response to the daily news from October 2006 until April 2009. Each day the collective were given 3 hours to respond to a selected story and the resulting visual column was featured on the front page of the paper.
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Droog’s Massive Liquidation Sale

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This year’s Milan Design Week has brought a new attention to the environmental impact of objects, consumption habits and longevity of lifecycles. Appropriately, Dutch design group, Droog, curated a collection of various items saved from liquidation auctions entitled, Saved By Droog.
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COLLECT The international art fair for contemporary objects 14 – 17 May 2010

The Crafts Council is delighted to announce that COLLECT 2010, the leading international art fair for contemporary objects, will return to the Saatchi Gallery on London’s Kings Road from 14 – 17 May 2010.

Milan Report | Design Vertigo

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In contrast to its live-demo, let’s-put-on-a-show “Craft Punk” exhibition last year, Design Miami and Fendi’s 2010 collaboration, “Design Vertigo,” at Spazio Fendi, is a far more cerebral affair. Four site-specific installations aim to highlight the ways in which designers are venturing outside the bounds of traditional practice and joining forces with unlikely partners.
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Not to be missed: Rinascente

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It would be impossible not to squeeze in at least one flying visit to the Design Supermarket on the basement floor of the Rinascente department store. Between world premieres, exhibition-events, meetings and special projects, the piazza Duomo calendar of events is filling up fast with interesting happenings for design week.
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Pick Me Up: Contemporary Graphic Art Fair Somerset House 23 April – 3 May 2010

Somerset House 23 April – 3 May 2010
Pick Me Up is the first contemporary graphic art fair in the UK.
Top art and design collectives, galleries and publishers under one roof….

The 130/1130 Chair and Table Series from Naoto Fukasawa for Thonet launching at Milan Furniture Fair 2010

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Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa has created a new series of dining room products for Thonet, each element in the series being made of solid wood. The complete series was presented for the first time at the Milan furniture fair 2010. After the introduction of the 1130 dining table in 2009, the matching chairs of the 130 series are now available.
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Milan Design Week round up

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Image:The EYE family of tabletop objects will be exhibited at La Triennale di Milano April 2010

Milan Design Week kicks off today (officially) so we thought at Despoke that we would do a round up of the best reviews out there to help you find what to go see.

Milan Design Week review part1 [Coolhunting.com]

Milan Design Week Part2 [Coolhunting.com]

Milan 2010 posts from [Dezeen]

Salone del Mobile 2010 preview with Google Map:[Wallpaper]

Milan 2010 Furniture Fair Preview: Saved by Droog:[treehugger]

Disney For Adults: Limited Edition Chairs Debut At Milan Furniture Fair 2010:[Investor Spot]

The Salone del Mobile 2010 News from Atcasa.corriere.it

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The Salone del Mobile 2010 coverage by Atcasa.corriere.it . Reaching our 3rd edition and building on the success of last editions the most popular Italian design outlet is back with the Speciale dedicated to the most popular design week in the world! This year we added the English version as well as many more new features.
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100% British Design at la Rinascente 10 April – 2 May 2010 100% Design London teams up with UK Trade & Investment in Milan

This year during the Milan International Furniture Fair, 100% Design London will be co-sponsoring the show 100% British Design at Design Supermarket within la Rinascente, the most exclusive department store in the city.

Event: ‘Delicious’ at Tools Galerie Paris from 2nd April

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The ‘Delicious’ range of storage units is now being marketed by Tools Galerie. A salute to the ubiquitous New York hot dog stand served up with a padded stitch effect borrowed from Coco Chanel, the range will be on display in the ‘Métal(s)’ collective show starting 2 April and running to 29 May 2010 at Tools Galerie,119 rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 3. 4 modules & finishes available. Price list on request.
Website:www.toolsgalerie.com

Designers Block Bodging Milano

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Bodging Milano. A special adventure for Fuori Salone 2010.
From 30th March to April 5th, 10 designers are going back to the furniture, living for a week in the woods of deepest Herefordshire. With the help of Gudrun Leitz and her assistant Paul, each will make a greenwood chair in Gudrun’s outdoor workshop. We are all getting out of the studio, away from drawing boards, computer screens, and mechanised equipment into the hands-on world of the original country chair-makers working without electricity with pole lathes, steam benders and hand tools.
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