Japanese Design Team Nendo to Unveil Four New Designs and Prototypes

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The newest projects and prototypes from the renowned Tokyo-based design studio Nendo will be seen for the first time at the Museum of Arts and Design this October. From October 27 through January 10, 2010, Ghost Stories, New Designs from Nendo will transform the MADProjects Gallery on the Museum’s second floor into a magical landscape of new designs that imbue chairs, vases, and lamps with whimsy and optical illusion. Founded and led by Oki Sato, Nendo has garnered international attention and more than 45 design awards for its beautifully simple yet surprisingly humorous work in interiors, furniture, product design, graphics and architecture.

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100% Futures Exhibitor Jonathan Krawczuk Wins the Peroni Blue Ribbon Design Awards

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Jonathan Krawczuk  who exhibited at 100% Futures this year and Caroline Sipos came first in the Peroni Blue Ribbon Design Awards with The ‘Olive Tree’ which was born from talking to friends and family about their experience of Aperitivo and looking closely at how people ate food at such events. The stainless steel design is a fusion of sculpture and practicality – a stunning centre piece for any Aperitivo party.
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Doing It for the Kids [re]design at 100% Review By Danielle Vigliotti

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Design can be a serious field, and it’s not often you come across a group of adults intently making sock monkeys  in the name of business, so, almost for that reason alone,  it was great to see [re]design at 100% Design.

[Re]design partners with a wide range of organisations to pioneer strategic approaches to sustainable design and help bring concepts to fruition. The organisation aims to engage, inform and empower diverse audiences: public, education and business, to make greener choices and whilst the intention of their stand at 100% Design aim may have been to get the kids involved, with a show audience not notable for it’s high density of children, adults like me had free rein on [re]design’s stand and probably enjoyed it slightly more than was seemly.

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‘Looking Glass’ by Sebastian Bergne

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This upside down carafe by designer Sebastian Bergne is directly inspired by the stories of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, the cuisine and laboratory inventiveness of the Victorian era.
Placed next to food, objects and other guests around the table, the liquid in the lens shaped bottle magnifies
everything seen through it, exaggerating and distorting really.

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CELEBRATING AUTHENTIC ITALIAN STYLE AND DESIGN At The ICA from September 30th

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Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Alessi, have collaborated to launch the first ever Peroni Blue Ribbon Design Awards at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from the 30th September to the 4th October, 2009. This national exhibition, open to the general public, will be an innovative display of design items in a truly unique celebration of Italian style.

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Dreyfuss Special from Uncle Oswald is My Hero

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Jinsop Lee and Justin Kim endured two years in the army without killing anybody.In between all the toilet scrubbing and not killing of anybody the two of them hatched a grand plan to one day start a design company.

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Recycle/Sustain at 100% Design by Tom Wright

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There has always been a battle for sustainability. Change versus convenience; comical mini-diatribes against The Guardian; or just swearing at the recycling men because, apparently, that’s the wrong type of plastic. The war is fought on many fronts and while sustainability may be winning hearts and minds, it is not shooting down any carbon-spewing planes just yet.

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design artist shawnsoh – tree bookshelf

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The bookshelf of a house is no longer just big rectangular furniture. It can make an excellent object d’art of a house as books become flowers of the bookshelf and parts of a tree by just being put and stacked in the shelf.

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Modernologies: Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism Through to17th January 2010

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Isa Genzken. Oil XI, 2007. Installation view, German Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale. Suitcases, stuffed owls, plastic material, paper, lacquer, metal. Variable dimensions. Courtesy Goetz Collection, Munich. Photo by: Jan Bitter © Isa Genzken, 2009.
Few people were able to see Window Blow Out. The year was 1976, and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York was presenting the show Idea as Model, featuring new utopian proposals then being put forward by leading US architects of the day. The night before the opening, though, Gordon Matta-Clark borrowed an air gun from the artist Dennis Oppenheim and shot out the windows in one of the exhibition spaces. In the casements of these he then proceeded to mount photographs of housing projects in the South Bronx, whose windows had been smashed by the tenants themselves. These photographs that document Matta-Clark’s most outstanding work, are now included in the collective exhibition Modernologies. Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism.
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Manifesto Design Exhibit through to October 31st October

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Dispelling the age-old adage that “the end justifies the means,” the Italian exhibit Manifesto instead embraces the ideology that “getting there is half the fun,” displaying the works of 13 successful designers and the process involved in achieving their final product.
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Weinerchaise Edition 01/15 from andy martin workshop

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Colour/Region : Sandown Red from the midlands
Type: 192 imperial bricks
Structure: Hard bond resin with internal reinforcement
Process: Hand carved and shaped
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Anthony Leyland -Manifold 2

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Manifold 2 is the result of a mathematical game to create a coffee table from a square sheet of material, by cutting and bending alone, with no other components. It is a process which, in spite of its constraints, permits a limitless number of solutions.

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Dick van Hoff – Elements at Libby Sellers through to October18th

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The Garage, North Terrace. South Kensington, London. SW3 2BA
With new commissions and works created specially for this London exhibition, Dick van Hoff will create a spectacular installation in the old Garage in North Terrace, South Kensington as part of the London Design Festival and Frieze Art Fair for 2009.

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protractor doorwedge from OFFCUT design

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doorweges made from discarded laminate and Oak. Based on a 180° protractor, each wedge depicts a different section showing their 12° angle.

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Cute: Masako Sugar and her Mushroom Hooks

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During the rainy season, it’s very humid in Japan. One day I found a moldy wall in my room. I was worried that maybe mushrooms may appaear. But at the same time, I imagined how funny mushrooms could be growing on the wall.

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