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Finnish city top in seventh contest to recognize application of light in urban well-being
The city of Jyväskylä in Finland has been awarded the first prize in the 2009 city.people.light awards, the annual competition organized by Philips and the Lighting Urban Community International Association (LUCI) to reward projects which demonstrate the contribution lighting can make to the well-being of those who live, work or visit a city or town.

At a ceremony today in Gwangju, South Korea, Mr. Kari Stroem and Mr. Pauly Partanen, representing Jyväskylä were presented with the 2009 city.people.light first prize, in recognition of the city’s ‘City of Light’ project. This initiative set out to position the city as a forerunner in outdoor lighting, investing in the latest lighting technology to enhance its architecture.
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DuPont Corian Iphone App


Dupont has released a new iPhone and iPod Touch application called mySurface, so you can check out their line of Corian® and Zodiaq® countertops right from the palm of your hand.

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TEN XYZ perspectives on the complex issues of sustainability within design using digital manufacturing technologies

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At this years 100% Design the TEN design collective presented TEN XYZ — an exploration of their varied perspectives on the complex issues of sustainability within design using digital manufacturing technologies.

TEN XYZ references the axis utilised within software and digital manufacturing technologies to produce three-dimensional objects. For this years project TEN have explored a plethora of digital technologies including; Laser Cutters, Water Jet Profilers, 3D scanning, 2-Axis plotter-cutters, rapid prototyping as well as 3 and 5-Axis CNC routing.
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Michael Young – Works In China


The furnishing shop “designfunktion” shows Michael Young’s latest products for the first time outside of Asia, at Vienna Design Week, October 1-11, 2009.

Michael Young’s exhibition, called “Works in China,” shows products that were developed during his time in Hong Kong and include the Zipte Link Installation, which premiered during the Hong Kong International Art Fair 2009.

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Arc table by Foster + Partners for Molteni&C

Architects Foster + Partners have designed a dining table for Italian design brand Molteni&C.
Called Arc, the base is made of cement and organic fibres.
It comes in white and two tones of grey, with glass tops in two sizes.
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The Scott Chair;The Chair That Upholsters Itself


The Scott Chair utilizes an interesting method of self-upholstery to decorate itself over time. The back and seat are covered in lightly adhesive material that collects bits of fiber from the clothing of everyone who sits on it. Over time, the chair evolves to reflect a story of all who have interacted with it. The Scott is a project of  The Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano

100% design shanghai from October 15th

Tomorrow 100% Design Shanghai and International Home Decor and Design will unveil yet another inspirational installation made with CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements to welcome the gathering of international and local design leaders in Shanghai.

You Fade To Light A kinetic interactive sculpture commissioned by Philips Lumiblade


rAndom International was commissioned by Royal Philips Electronics’ Lumiblade division to create an interactive installation that unlocks the creative potential of their next generation OLED technology.


With the opportunity to work with thousands of OLEDs straight from their lab, we started this project by creating “You fade to light”, the worlds first OLED media wall. Fascinated by the beautiful mirror finish quality of the individual OLED modules we developed an installation that allows the viewer in front of it to engage with the light in a physical way. The wall is reflecting the person in front of it and then subtly fades their mirror image into light. Software by Chris O’Shea.

The Soyuz Chair by Nelly Ben Hayoun

Desperate to experience the thrill of a trip into space? If you can’t afford Space Adventures’s multi-million ticket to fly into space and if you don’t want to wait till 2011 to hop on one of Richard Branson’s upcoming Virgin Galactic flights, then the Soyuz Chair, designed by Design Interactions graduate Nelly Ben Hayoun is the best you can hope for right now. The comfortable living room chair won’t fly you into space but it will replicate the experience of a liftoff.
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Zaha Hadid Hoxton Square Development

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The formal concept for the design is a prism that mediates between interior and exterior influences. The form is based on the cutting away at the massing with wedges respecting the sunlight, daylight and rights of light requirements of the neighbouring properties and wedges generated by views between the interior of the building and exterior of the building. The shape of the building as well as the openings are defi ned by the relationship of the building to its neighbours and the relationship of the interior rooms to exterior sources of views and light. More Info:Rove

The design also reintroduces the lower front area on Hoxton Square. This is an element already existing at the adjacent Grade II listed buildings and at the Vicarage. It is therefore resurrecting a historical element that had become largely absent from the Square.
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Light Therapy Café Brightens Dark Winter Months

Iglo light café offers light therapy as a cure to sun deprived Stockholmers throughout the dark months of October to March. Using the same technology as hospitals, Iglo provides an informal atmosphere and a place for friends to meet. The coffee shop dresses the visitors in white and is lit by UV-free lighting in the strength of 3000 lux. People relax in the warm environment, sipping on smoothies and other healthy options while soaking up the artificial light. via (PSFK)
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Black and Blum’s stylish dish rack


Great design no longer stops at the kitchen sink with Black and Blum’s stylish new dish rack ‘High and Dry’. As well as being a gorgeous piece of sculpture for your kitchen, it is functional too – its wave of spikes can solve the tricky issue of drying wine glasses, even the most delicate champagne flutes, its makers Dan Black and Martin Blum promise.

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Transforming Retail Spaces


This multi-use space created by 6A architects where library stacks are used to display K-Swiss products. The flexibility of the stacks allows the spaced to convert from a retail space to an event space by expanding and collapsing the shelves. Via (PSFK)

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Nina Tolstrup at Jaquline Rabun Gallery Through to October 16th

This September will see jewellery
designer Jacqueline Rabun open
her exquisite studio and showroom
in Grosvenor Crescent Mews, Belgravia to the London Design Festival and
100% Design. The space will exhibit
designs by Danish designer Nina
Tolstrup from Studiomama, who
Jacqueline has long admired. There
will also be six new collections from
Jacqueline on show.
Nina’s collection contains a series
of original pieces made from
reclaimed pallets. Pieces include
furniture, lighting and objects.
The process of making these pieces
is what distinguishes Nina’s designs.
A pallet is a generic thing found
anywhere in the world. Nina designs each piece of furniture, but the
assembly guidelines are then sold
online. Then a final piece of furniture is made anywhere in the world
using locally sourced and reclaimed pallets. This is a sustainable,
collaborative and meaningful approach to design that by passes costly and
unsound supply chains.
“I admire Nina’s unique approach to
design, we share a desire to achieve simplicity and purity in our work.
Her creations come from the soul and she never compromises she does
exactly what she wants to do.
I admire this attitude and that is what we have in common,” says Jacqueline.
A further dimension to Nina is her
commitment to philanthropy. Studiomama
has given Cecilia Glik, a photographer and charity worker based in
Buenos Aires, Argentina the rights to
manufacture the pallet chair in a
workshop in Lugano. This is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.
Inside the slum there is a collective
workshop, which are now producing
the pallet chair. “Nina has given
the community the right to produce
and sell her pallet furniture which
provides an income for them. I respect this idea very much”, adds Jacqueline.
During 100% Design an auction
will take place of personalized pallet
chairs by famous British artists.
Nina’s furniture will also be made
to order from Jacqueline Rabun’s
gallery using pallets from London,
and there will be a new range of
do-it-yourself guidelines
downloadable from Studiomama’s
Jacqueline Rabun first began designing fine jewellery in 1989 in her native
America; she has been dedicated
to creating innovative ideas
that inspire and contribute to the
international design world.
Her fluid and sculptural forms
are recognized by the cognoscenti
the world over, be it pieces
designed for Georg Jensen, or under
her own eponymous brand.
She extended her poetic approach
to creating fine jewellery and design objects to the unique Gallery
she opened in the heart of Belgravia
in a converted stable.

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Designer Jacqueline Rabun open her exquisite studio and showroom in Grosvenor Crescent Mews.

The space will exhibit designs by Danish designer Nina Tolstrup from Studiomama, who Jacqueline has long admired. There will also be six new collections from Jacqueline on show.

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Last chance to see iittala glass exhibition

Pokaali glassware by Kaj Franck, part of the Into The Woods exhibition

Pokaali glassware by Kaj Franck, part of the Into The Woods exhibition

Love glassware? Love Scandinavian design? Then don’t miss this exhibition of work which focuses on the iittala company. Entitled “Into the Woods” the show is curated by Finnish designer Harri Koskinen and considers the work of such design luminaries as Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck and Tapio Wirkkala among others, drawing on iittala’s vast archives. The result is a journey of discovery through the decades and given the penchant for retro styling in the 90s and 00s, it’s interesting to see that certain designs associated with those periods in fact date back far further. The exhibition is being held at Chelsea Space, near to Tate Britain and runs until 17 October.

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