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Birth, death and a mid-life crisis

Alex Chinneck is known for his outdoor installations. But, that all changed when he revealed his latest project at The German Museum of Kirchheim Unter Teck. The installation known as ‘Birth, death and a midlife crisis’ where he tied a knot in a 450-year-old column, has been added to some of his most captivating works.

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WonderGlass: Cabinet of Curiosities

WonderGlass presented their ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ at Maison & Objet last week, an installation full of playful surprises to showcase some of their finest works by design luminaries Claesson Koivisto Rune, Nao Tamura, Marcel Wanders, Dan Yeffet and Hideki Yoshimoto. 

Wonderglass Installation (Photo: Antonio Managò)

Wonderglass Installation (Photo: Antonio Managò)

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Dubai Design Week

It may be a 7 hour flight away, but Dubai is fast becoming a key stop off on the design calendar. Pitching itself as the point where East meets West and where design lovers the world over can meet and celebrate and now with the respected Will Knight at the helm, Dubai Design Week, the leading festival in the region, starts tomorrow. Here are some key features and installations as well as brands and talks to make sure you visit.

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Northern Design Festival

The 2017 Northern Design Festival is back, with a theme of Material Matters.  Opening on 3 November, the Design NOW symposium features a stellar line-up of speakers including Anthony Burrill and Sarah Hyndman.

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100% Design announces speaker programme

100% Design have announced their speaker programme for the 4 days at Olympia and it’s blooming good. Top picks are Lee Broom, Ross Lovegrove and Naomi Cleaver. Previous speakers have included Yves Be?har, Ilse Crawford, Asif Khan, Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Barber Osgerby, Lyndon Neri, Jaime Hayon, Patricia Urquiola, Richard Rogers, Ineke Hans and more.

Lee Broom

Lee Broom

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Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms at 100% Design

One of the biggest and best sections of 100% Design is the kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms area. You can peruse all of the latest offerings to finish those trickier parts of your home, get inspiration for any future projects you may have and see what brands from all over the world have to offer. With the show coming up in 3 weeks, we have highlighted some of the top brands in the KBB area we think you should look out for.

Smeg

Smeg

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Nature Morte at the Guildhall Art Gallery

Nature Morte, a new exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery, seeks to illustrate how leading artists of the 21st century have reinvigorated still life, a genre previously synonymous with the 16th and 17th centuries. Each artist reflects on what still life means to them.

Alexander James

Alexander James

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News from 100% Design Emerging Brands

Not long now people. Get registered for 100% Design, the key show to be seen at during LDF and also a great place to spot some emerging talent. We outline some of our top picks and best bits in their Emerging Brands section.

Mairi Helena

Mairi Helena

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100% Design announces theme of Elements

100% Design, the largest design trade show in the UK and the commercial cornerstone of London Design Festival, has announced a programme of specially commissioned installations at Olympia London all falling under the theme of ‘Elements’. Designs across the show  include an immersive entrance feature curated by design writer Max Fraser to a pivotal central bar designed by Sally Hogarth and additional  surprising features across the five distinct show sections.

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

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John Makepeace and Parnham College

September 2017 is a momentous time for John Makepeace, marking 40 years since he founded Parnham College – the institution that inspired a generation of designers and furniture makers, influencing the world of contemporary design. Parnham College  was ahead of the game, encouraging students  to learn practical skills and processes among designers across all disciplines. In celebration of his work,  the Design Museum are hosting a talk entitled Parnham and the Matter of Making.

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Rado Star Prize UK announce shortlist

Young designers from across the UK submitted a range of forward-thinking projects from the interior, industrial and technology design mediums for the inaugural edition of the Rado Star Prize UK last week. The judging was presided over by a stellar panel including industrial designer Konstantin Grcic; design journalist Corinne Julius; Vice President of Product Management at Rado Hakim El Kadiri; design journalist Katrina Burroughs and designjunction Event Director Will Sorrell.

Apollo Tripod designed by Connor Holland

Apollo Tripod designed by Connor Holland

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New Designers is coming

New Designers returns to the Business Design Centre this summer for its 32nd edition, showcasing fresh thinking and talent from the UK’s leading design courses and most entrepreneurial new businesses.

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New Designers- One Year On

Now Clerkenwell Design Week is over, we can start thinking about all the other great shows coming up and one of our favourites has to be New Designers. Taking place once more in Islington’s Business Design Centre from 28 June – 1 July and 5–8 July., one of the best parts of the shows is One year On, the feature area that looks back on those whose businesses are less than one year old.  Here, we highlight just a few of the 80 exhibiting.

Lauren Nauman

Lauren Nauman

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CDW picks- Conversations

Conversations at Clerkenwell sponsored by eporta has become an important arena in which to introduce and discuss new products, raise industry issues and network with fellow A&D professionals. The talks programme will host a high-calibre of speakers exploring current industry topics. This year’s programme will take place in a specially designed pavilion at Design Fields designed in association with Bloomon. The space features a flooring installation from Desso, a Tarkett company. here’s some we reckon you should pay £5 to go and enjoy.

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CDW Showrooms- top picks

On Friday we covered CDW’s famed exhibitions. Now we look at a few of the showrooms. There are over 90 so we would never get round them all, but this might give you a little bit of a point in the right direction.

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