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“Papier” by Saskia and Stefan Diez


These trendy paper bags are the result of project “Papier”, a collaboration between Saskia and Stefan Diez and winner of the German Designpreis 2010. The series is an experiment in revising the classical typology: the two designers pointed out the basic requirements to a travel bag – durability, protection and light weight – and sought for an appropriate material other than the traditional choices of leather and reinforced textiles.

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Carnival Inspired Home Ware by Jahara Studio


Jahara Studio is a Brazilian based design studio founded by Bruno Jahara, a Brazilian designer who has worked with the likes of Jaime Hayon, Fabrica and Flavio Albanese in the past. The colourful plates, lamps and mugs are his latest creation, and are made from 100% recycled aluminium. Their name, Batucada, refers to a percussion beat used in carnival parties in that country, in which people often play instruments made of tin.

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CircleBath, opening of the first hospital designed by Foster + Partners

CircleBath is Foster + Partners’ first hospital and the first in a programme of new independent hospitals which offer a radical departure from orthodox approaches to hospital planning. After a period of commissioning, CircleBath is expected to open to patients in February.
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Solaterns: Solar Powered Reading Lamps In Kenya

Solanterns are an attempt to replace potentially dangerous kerosene lamps with more environmentally friendly solar powered lamps in Kenya. A Solantern is available locally for 2000 Ksh ($25). While the lantern requires a considerable initial investment, the long term savings are great, as families usually spend around $90 per year on kerosene.

Smart Paint: Paint away the carbon dioxide

GROWING grass on your roof and other attempts to make homes carbon neutral are mere “green bling”. So says Rachel Armstrong of University College London (UCL), who suggests that her smart paint can turn buildings into carbon sinks.

Armstrong created the paint by dissolving salts and esters in oil droplets. Repeated coatings react with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to produce calcium carbonate – which is the main constituent of limestone – and alcohol. The resulting “biolime” will provide extra strength and insulation, she says. How much CO2 could be removed from the atmosphere in this way has not yet been tested.
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Daizi Zheng’s Sugar-Powered Mobile Phone

Treehugger reports on an intriguing cell phone concept design that’s powered by sugar. Daizi Zheng’s mobile phone runs on a battery that can generate power using soda, or any other kind of sugary liquid. It’s unique idea, and a potential solution to the environmental problems that come with disposing traditional batteries.
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Ron Arad: Restless at Barbican Art Gallery from 18th February 2010

Bold, experimental and inventive, Ron Arad defies categorisation. This internationally acclaimed London-based maverick is variously described as a designer, architect and artist. Ron Arad: Restless is the first major exhibition of Arad’s work in the UK. It opens at Barbican Art Gallery on 18 February 2010
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Vitsoe opens on Duke Street

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2009 has been a busy year for Vitsoe. The furniture company best known for the 606 Universal Shelving System designed by Dieter Rams in 1960 celebrated its 50th anniversary with the launch of a new website, development of a retail partnership within Japan and by finding a new home on the streets of New York.

Now as the year draws to a close, it is with much pride that Vitsoe opens a new shop on its native soil in London, housed off Manchester Square at 3-5 Duke Street.
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The 3 D collection in DuPont™ Corian®: new decorative solutions for interior cladding applications now available to architects and designers


The 3 D collection in DuPont™ Corian®:new decorative solutions for interior cladding applications now available to architects and designers

DuPont has introduced the dramatic “3D” collection of decorative panels, made with DuPont™ Corian® and featuring sophisticated three-dimensional patterns created using advanced solutions.

The “3D” collection is based on a new technology that enables the rapid application of sophisticated and complex three-dimensional patterns onto DuPont™ Corian®. The solution blends advanced software tools for geometry manipulation with a versatile efficient high pressure compression moulding technique.

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Crate Chair Juniors

In the 1930’s Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld made a set of chairs out of crates. He said of his crate chairs:

“A piece of furniture made of high-grade wood and manufactured completely according to traditional production methods is transported in a crate to avoid damage…no one has ever ascertained that such a chest embodies an improvised, highly purposeful method of carpentry…there must therefore at long last be someone who chooses the crate rather than the piece of furniture.”

Rietveld’s grandchildren now sell “Crate Chair Juniors” for $415 each. I wonder what kind of container they are shipped in? Homegrown Evolution thinks it would be pretty easy to use pallet wood to make a crate chair for a lot less.

The Design Museum Shop’s Christmas Gift Guide

Visit the Design Museum Shop this Christmas to escape the usual approach to frantic gift shopping. In the words of their winter exhibitor Dieter Rams, “less is better”!
With this in mind, their 2009 Christmas gift guide includes a range of minimal designs, with an emphasis on quality, functionality and everyday use.

Zazzeri presnt VIRGIN, an innovative shower system in HI-MACS®

VIRGIN, an innovative shower system in HI-MACS® at Cersaie 2009
During Cersaie, (the International Exhibition of Ceramics for Architecture and Bathrooms) held in Bologna, a new product was born. Zazzeri, a cutting edge company in the Italian bathroom furnishing and design fields who have just launched the VIRGIN shower system,made in HI-MACS® Alpine White S28.
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Lisson Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima. Since 1987, Tatsuo Miyajima has been constructing installations using LED digital counting devices. His works combine a performative aspect with architectonic structures, sometimes taking the shape of geometric patterns or organic shapes as well as encompassing vertical and horizontal surfaces. The LED devices count progressively from 1 to 9 or backwards – Miyajima never employs 0 – establishing a rhythm as definitive as repetition itself and the inexorable passing of time. Sometimes the colored numerals run at different speed, synching to the rhythm of natural events or the pulsing of life in individual subjectivities.
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Lego Kitchen

It seems that quite a few things will benefit from a Scandinavian touch. Munchausen, a duo formed by
Parisian designers Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti, took a bold approach with their own kitchen by venturing to IKEA for the basic kitchen island and then spending the next week covering it with more than 20,000 pieces by another Scandinavian brand, Lego

The result is a one-of-a-kind creation that serves as an artistic centerpiece for the space, in addition to functioning as a kitchen counter. Pillard, who works with fashion house JC de Castelbajac, and Rosetti who works with Hugo Boss France Identity, formed Munchhausen in 2004. Via:(The CoolHunter)

Coffee Republic hires Conran & Partners to smarten image

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Coffee Republic has appointed Conran & Partners to refresh the coffee bar chain’s image on the high street as it looks to widen appeal among women.
The move is part of the company’s turnaround strategy, spearheaded by chief executive Tariq Affara, which includes plans for a further twenty outlets across the UK in the next twelve months.
Coffee Republic said the decision to invest in the redesign of its image was prompted when research showed that women were less likely to be attracted by the dark colours of its current interiors.
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