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Clerkenwell Design Week 2011

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After an early morning rise and a four-hour train journey I could not wait to arrive at Clerkenwell. The sun was shining, designers were everywhere, tweets were flying around and the atmosphere was full of excitement and enthusiasm. I think it is great that a simple event, such as Clerkenwell, brings the whole design community together with everyone leaving with an energetic, ambitious and proud mindset. Clerkenwell was a huge success full of forward thinking, innovative and fresh designs. Whilst walking around the various designers there were a few pieces that made me stop and take notice.
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What you are about to see is Deadgood… from Deadgood Trading on Vimeo.

Deadgood will be on stand SH2 at the Farmiloe Building, 34 St. John Street, London, EC1M 4BE During Clerkenwell design week launching new products and a very exciting new collection by Lee Broom. (see on next page)
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EVENT: Design In Perfect Harmony Friday 20th May, 6 – 10pm

DESIGN OVERTIME would like to give the World design. Join us for an evening of bottle branding design workshops and informative informal talks by Ted Ryan manager of the Coca-Cola Archives Collections and Robert Opie director of the Museum of Brands.
Enjoy the premiere of Jan Goodkin’s rendition of ‘OFF THE WALL’ as she chorally interprets the museum’s gallery text. Learn to sing in perfect harmony with tuition from Briony Greenhill of Fun Fed who will be creating impromptu choirs for live performances in the galleries.

Join musician and artist Kamala Katbamna as she leads a ‘scratch choir’ for a grand finale rendition of the most memorable of ad campaigns at the end of the evening. You can also relax in the Lounge with a great tasting drink whilst learning to calligraphy your name into your own personal logo.

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

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

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

This year 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

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.

Pieke Bergmans at Art Paris 2011

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.


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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®

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

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


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

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.


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


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.

designjunction – Connecting British design

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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