Archive for August, 2009

KithKin Presents: Amina Nazari

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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During the London Design Festival, the design co-operative KithKin will be organizing another exhibition of intriguing objects at Designersblock.  One of the participants is Amina Nazari, whose ‘If Objects Could Speak’ device allows users to tag precious items with radio frequency identification tags (RFID).  For each tag, the user can record a story associated with the object, creating an audio archive of special memories for generations to come.

Talent Zone 2009

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

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Tent London and mydeco are organizing a special exhibit during London Design Week called Talent Zone. It will showcase work from some of the most talented 2009 graduates. Above are pieces from two of the participants: Hannes Grebin’s ‘Cozy Furniture’ and Jaebeom Jeong’s amazing stainless steel ‘Grid Chair’.

Jaime Hayon – The Tournament

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

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During the London Design Festival, a giant chess tournament will be set-up in Trafalgar Square.  Jaime Hayon is designing 32 chess pieces, which will be hand-painted ceramic representations of some of London’s most notable buildings.  The game will be on display from September 19 – 23, with pros playing in the morning.  During the afternoon, the public gets a turn – you can still apply to play until the 28th!

WISA Wooden Design Hotel

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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Fingers crossed everyone – during my visit to Helsinki there is a chance I might get to spend the night at the unbelievable WISA Wooden Design Hotel. The structure, designed by architect Pieta-Linda Auttila, was the winning entry in a competition organized by UPM, a leading Finnish forest products company.  Situated on the island of Valkosaari in Helsinki’s harbor, the hotel consists of two living areas connected by a beautiful open courtyard.  Made from a variety of native Finnish woods, the structure is only a prototype and will be open until the end of September.

Helsinki Design Week

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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The first part of my trip will be to Helsinki Design Week, taking place from September 4th-13th. I am so grateful to Design Forum Finland for organizing the week for me! They helped arrange for me to stay at the Klaus K, a member of the Design Hotels and are putting together an awesome calendar of events to check out. More to come on that. Thanks to Päivi Kaira for all her help.  If anyone’s been to Helsinki and has suggestions of places to see, please pass them along! 

KiosKiosk

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

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For those of you that may not know, I will be moving to London in September to start graduate school (though still no place to live).  First I’ll be off to Helsinki Design Week, then arriving in London amidst the Design Week madness – covering all the events for MoCo Loco and Designklub.  The following week I’ll begin classes at Kingston University and the Design Museum.

For the next few weeks I’ll be covering some of the exciting events/products I find that I hope to see during my travels.  One of those happenings is KiosKiosk, a temporary shop designed by Wayne and Geraldine Hemmingway.  The structure, which is set up outside London’s City Hall, hosts a different designer each day from July – Sept.   Great idea for exposure and sales in a city with very high retail rents!

James Perse Surfboards

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

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I don’t surf – but if I did, these limited edition surf and paddle boards by James Perse would probably be the ones I would want.  Handcrafted in California and available in three elegant, classic styles.

(via monoscope)

45 Kilo

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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Another nice item from the ‘My Bauhaus is Better Than Yours’ exhibit is the  adjustable Hallo light by 45 Kilo.  The pair is still looking for a manufacturer for both the floor and wall mounted versions.

Laura Strasser

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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German designer Laura Strasser recently exhibited her 14% porcelain lights at the Weimar School’s ‘My Bauhaus is Better Than Yours’. Strasser embraced the challenging nature of working with porcelain, which shrinks 14% during firing, by creating a series of ceiling lamps that are smaller versions of themselves.

Shelving I Want

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

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Two nice storage solutions that I want for my own place – not that I need any new furniture since I’m moving overseas in less than a month.  Yikes.  Anyway…on the left is the graphic modular bookshelf, ‘Bookmark’, by UND Partner and on the right is a classic beauty from Pinch Design.

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