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Biomechanics feeds 776BC Motion

Next-gen performance wear by 776BC in partnership with Victorian Institute of Sport and BAT Logic is set to change the way athletes and coaches train worldwide.

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This Public Space finalists

Three proposals for a landscape architecture student design competition include plans to create inner-city wetlands, activity precincts in an industrial area and disaster ‘resilient’ social parks.

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Flying ego

Flying ego

Carving a new niche in the leisure aviation category is the e-Go single-seat aircraft.

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Global purpose

Global purpose

Fuseproject united with Landscape Forms to create MultipliCITY: a collection of outdoor public furniture

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Strings attached

The Croatian-Austrian design collective Numen/For Use has been designing large-scale interactive works since 1998.

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The flip side

In an increasingly energy-conscious era where more and more people are seeking out eco-friendly and sustainable solutions in the home, the Switch Light is a welcome find.

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Net Blow-up

Net Blow-up

Design collective Numen/For Use has created the Net Blow-up – an inflatable interactive sculpture.

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Renault KWID

Renault unveils its first concept car outside Europe specifically designed to appeal to young customers in the Indian market.

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Lotus C-01 motorcycle

Sportscar manufacturer Lotus has announced that its first ever motorcycle – the Lotus C-01 – is now ready to hit the road.

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Raise the roof

Raise the roof

The Symmetrick roof cargo box gets a design touch courtesy of Japanese designer Oki Sato

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Asap rescue craft

British product designer takes his rescue craft prototype to the beaches of Australia for testing.

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Nike Flyknit Lunar2

Nike’s newest running shoe – Flyknit Lunar2 – combines both style and function in an extremely lightweight package.

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Art and the Internet

A new book from Black Dog Publishing, 'Art and the Internet' explores the way art has been redefined by the internet.

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City slicker

City slicker

With a maximum speed of 45km/h, the MEIJS electric moped is the ‘green’ solution to traffic jams.

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Strawbees

A simple construction kit created by Sweden’s Creatables that allows users to build whatever their imagination desires.

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Loop bike rack

Loop is a bicycle rack concept that is made of flexible rubber to bring brightness and fun to city streets.

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Chüne social radio

Chüne is a playful music device designed for multiple users by simply tapping a phone to the top of it.

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In the Making

Curated by Barber and Osgerby, ‘In the Making’ is an exhibition at London’s Design Museum that captures 20+ objects mid-manufacture.

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Riding the waves

Famed Iraqi–British architect Zaha Hadid has turned her hand to yacht design. Having conceived a master prototype of a 128 metre yacht, she has now collaborated with German shipbuilders Blohm+Voss to bring it to life in a family of five individual 90m yachts – the Unique Circle Yachts.

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Pedal to the metal

Some may argue that an electric superbike wouldn’t be any match for a petrol one in terms of speed and sound.

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Gallery One

Gallery One wins with a ground-breaking suite of beautifully designed interactive displays at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Electric Loog guitar

The creation of a three-string electric guitar specifically aimed at kids has been driven by a passion for music and good design.

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Mudder of invention

In 2012, Tough Mudder had gone global, with 35 events and half a million participants, but it wanted fresh ideas and innovation for new obstacle design.

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Need for speed

Speedo’s Fastskin3 Racing System took more than four years and 55 000 hours of research and development.

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Time out in the clouds

In our world of mass transit, we have become slightly obsessed with getting to our destinations in the quickest time possible.

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Adrenaline-fuelled design

Kitesurfing is physically challenging and demands high-performance apparel that is tough and extremely flexible.

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High in the saddle

The Quantum AMS Saddle was hailed as being the first major breakthrough in saddle technology in 200 years.

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Cold comfort

Rip Curl’s H-Bomb, the first power-heated wetsuit, was launched in Australia in 2009.

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Taking a universal approach

The Tesla Roadster was co-developed by the Lotus Design Studio in the UK, Tesla Motors, Inc. and Bill Moggridge in the US.

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Fuelling the fire

The Nike+ Fuelband is a sleek fitness-tracker-cum-wristwatch that can track your activity, and record steps taken and calories burned.

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koloro-wagon

koloro-wagon is a mobile storage solution for the home comprising three stackable boxes, designed by Torafu Architects for Ichiro.

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Ipno ‘rocking’ clock

Designed by Alessandro Zambelli for Diamantini & Domeniconi, Ipno is a ‘rocking’ clock that sways to an internal pendulum.

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Endless Stair

The Endless Stair, a playful yet technically ambitious wooden structure, forms the focal point of the London Design Festival.

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Solar Team Eindhoven

A solar-powered car from Eindhoven University of Technology will race in the World Solar Challenge during October.

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Clearing a cinematic pathway

Clearing a cinematic pathway

The Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera is revolutionising the way cinematographers work and create, and democratising film production worldwide.

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Visionary vehicle

Visionary vehicle

Toyota recently unveiled the Me.We – a visionary concept for a lighter and more affordable environmental car.

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Torafu’s 'Haunted Play House'

Haunted Play House

Torafu Architects has created a spooky display at the ‘Ghosts, Underpants and Stars’ exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

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Stair-Rover longboard

Stair-Rover longboard

The Stair-Rover is unlike traditional longboards in that it allows the rider to glide down stairs and ‘surf the city’.

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Iacoli & McAllister

Iacoli & McAllister

A Seattle-based studio, Iacoli & McAllister, is producing a covetable and geometric home range created from common industrial materials.

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Helix Tree

Helix Tree

The Helix Tree by Bruce Ramus is a luminous sculpture on display in Melbourne in the Light in Winter program.

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BMW Concept Ninety

BMW Concept Ninety

BMW Motorrad partner with Roland Sands Design in California to bring a 1970s classic motorcycle back to life.

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Metaproject 03

Metaproject 03

Industrial design students from the Rochester Institute of Technology created wooden toys for New York design firm Areaware.

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Pop-up furniture

Pop-up furniture

Belgian designer, Carl de Smet, has developed high-tech foam furniture that can expand into shape, like popcorn.

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Eidos project

Eidos project

Students from London’s Royal College of Art have designed Eidos – experimental facial masks that give users superhuman sight and hearing.

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ICON sculpture

ICON sculpture

British industrial designer Sebastian Conran has turned the nose from the iconic Concorde prototype into a sculpture – ICON.

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Sustainable Energy Floor

Sustainable Energy Floor

The Sustainable Energy Floor is a human-powered interactive floor system that converts kinetic energy from walking or dancing into electricity.

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Designs of the Year

Designs of the Year

London’s Design Museum Designs of the Year shortlists an impressive line-up of international talent.

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Form language

Form language

Swedish designer Katja Pettersson works across the realms of product design, art and social responsibility to create work that questions our relationships to the objects that populate our lives.

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Round sound

Round sound

We’ve come to expect portable speakers to be a 
certain shape and size.

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Renault Twin’Z

Renault Twin’Z

French automotive manufacturer Renault recently unveiled the Twin’Z all-electric concept car at the Milan Furniture Fair.

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Twitter cuckoo clock

Twitter cuckoo clock

In collaboration with Twitter UK, London design studio BERG have created #FLOCK – a unique, limited-edition cuckoo clock.

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The ArtBloc

The ArtBloc

A New York-based New Zealand entrepreneur has developed a pop-up art gallery using shipping containers – the ArtBloc.

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Smool television concept

Smool television concept

Smool Design unveiled a number of new products and concepts at the recent Milan Furniture Fair 2013, including the Homedia television concept.

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Dimension Two Longboards

Dimension Two Longboards

Two young Slovenian companies, Visual Brain Gravity and Dimension Two, have teamed up to produce a longboard skateboard.

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Botanical Songforms

Botanical Songforms

Designer and artist Phillippa Carnemolla brings together art, nature and the community in an exhibition at the Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

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The Clarity Bike

The Clarity Bike

The latest concept from German design studio designaffairs is an exceptionally robust yet fully transparent bicycle frame made from Trivex.

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Nike Free Trainer 5.0

Nike Free Trainer 5.0

Nike’s latest multi-sport training shoe – the Nike Free Trainer 5.0 – has a distinctive design that can be used in the gym, field, track or street.

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Walloff supper tray

Walloff supper tray

The Walloff dish is a square dog tray with a moat to collect spillage, taking the mess out of doggy dinnertime.

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Gumboots from Kazakhstan

Gumboots from Kazakhstan

Traditionally, gumboot shopping probably hasn’t been at the top of most people’s lists for an exciting afternoon.

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BLAZE bike light

BLAZE bike light

BLAZE bike light projects a flashing laser image of a bicycle in green onto the road to alert cars and buses, making cyclists more visible

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The Art of Scent

The Art of Scent

A first-of-its-kind display at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, the Art of Scent 1889–2012 is an exhibition of perfume scents.

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In for a penny

In for a penny

You’d have to be blind to have not noticed the plague of brightly coloured retro skateboards that seem to have spontaneously infiltrated the youth of the Western world.

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Fuelling the fire

Fuelling the fire

The Nike+ FuelBand won this year’s Best in Show at the International Design Excellence Awards.

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Sleek city cycles

Sleek city cycles

In many cities all over the world commuters are increasingly taking to their bicycles for the daily commute.

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Neo Volt folding e-bike

Neo Volt folding e-bike

The Neo Volt is a folding e-bike, engineered for inner city cycling designed by Spanish industrial design consultancy, Item Industrial Design.

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Swallow clock

Swallow clock

Time flies for most of us, and Haoshi Design from Taiwan want us to enjoy every moment of it with their Swallow clock design.

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Dream team

Dream team

For more than 60 years, sports car enthusiasts around the globe have coveted the iconic Porsche. Powerful yet elegant, the elite vehicles merge sportiness with practicality and cutting-edge engineering with design unlike any other car on the road.

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Vintage revival

Vintage revival

Remember cruising around the neighbourhood, back in the day, with the wind in your hair as you pedalled your old road-bike – a steel beast on a slender frame, built to last, taking hills, gravel roads and alleyways in its stride?

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Hit the ground running

Hit the ground running

Although many designers and inventors come up with good ideas for products, these may never see the light of day due to lack of funding. Without raising the capital, they may forever remain on the drawing board.

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Pixar’s Jay Shuster

Pixar’s Jay Shuster

From Star Wars to WALL·E, Jay Shuster, art director of Pixar Animation Studios, has a unique knack for fusing mechanics with science fiction.

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Mister T

Mister T

Created by designer Antoine Lesur for Oxyo in France, this is a savvy multipurpose furniture product for those of us living in tight spaces and small apartments.

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Sci-fi junky

Sci-fi junky

Sci-fi structures. Jet-propelled cars. Robots. Most designers spent their teenage years doodling one if not all three of these classic design subjects. As did Jay Shuster, art director at Pixar Animation Studios. Only he has also made it his career.

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Wireless for sound

Wireless for sound

How can a designer who is considered one of the leading Danish furniture designers of her generation have an impact on an historical electronics brand known throughout the world for the outstanding quality of its technology in audio products?

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B in your bonnet

B in your bonnet

Many motorbike and scooter riders take their helmets on and off multiple times throughout the day for short trips around town, very often failing to re-fasten them correctly – or else not fastening them at all. Statistics show that over 70 per cent of accidents involving motorcycles happen in Europe, and in Italy this figure soars to over 85 per cent.

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Fresh appetite for success

Fresh appetite for success

Astro Studios, located in San Francisco, sees itself at the epicentre of design and technology – and in the city with the highest population of industrial designers in the world, it’s no wonder.

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Dice for change

Dice for change

This three-piece dice set features pictograms that help you choose your good deed for the day.

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Fold-up boat

Fold-up boat

Recent graduates from the Royal College of the Arts (RCA) in London, Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies, have created a flat-pack leisure boat. The vessel is made from a single sheet of plastic and, like a piece of folded paper, it folds together from a continuous sheet.

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Sleek suits

New Zealand company Orca, based in Auckland, is a world-leader in design-led innovation in wetsuits and sports apparel, particularly in the field of the triathlon.

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Racing wetsuits by Orca

Racing wetsuits by Orca

Matt Roberts, the head designer at Orca wetsuits in New Zealand, talks about designing wetsuits for world champion triathletes and free divers.

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Silent Revolutions

Silent Revolutions

The Museum of Architecture and Design, Slovenia has announced it will be exhibiting at the London Design Festival for the first time this September. Here is a sneak preview.

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Not for Wimps

Not for Wimps

This design of an innovative aircraft seat stole the show at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg this year.

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A gem of a design

A gem of a design

There’s no denying that Taiwan has become a production hothouse for design, ranging from smartphones to solar cells, but it hardly jumps out as the next fashion capital of the world.

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Altitude with attitude

Altitude with attitude

The Aircraft Interiors Expo, which is held annually in Hamburg, Germany, during April, is the world’s largest dedicated cabin interiors exhibition. It provides a platform for manufacturers and designers to showcase how flying might look in the future.

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Reviving a classic brew

Reviving a classic brew

Curve spoke to Ronald Lewerissa, creative director at FLEX/the INNOVATIONLAB in the Netherlands, about a recent packaging design project for Grolsch and the important steps involved in the successful facelift of this iconic brand.

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Walk this way

Walk this way

It can be a tough world out there for student product designers once they leave university. So it’s always heartening to come across a recent graduate who is (quite literally) paving a successful future for himself.

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Cut and create your own shoe

Cut and create your own shoe

Using interconnected discs of moulded PVC, Italian architect, Gaetano Pesce has designed this ankle boot for the Brazilian footwear brand, Melissa.

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New train of thought

New train of thought

The aim of the high-speed train concept, called Mercury, is for it to become the next British design icon, following in the footsteps of Concorde, the Spitfire, Rolls Royce and the Routemaster bus.

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Restoring the Volley

Restoring the Volley

The Dunlop Footwear team, of Pacific Brands, have been burning the midnight oil to restore the iconic Australian footwear brand – the Volley – to its former glory.

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Seduced by solar

Seduced by solar

It’s a transport solution that is larger than a bus and doesn’t need fuel – you make it, you pop it in the water and you don’t have to worry about fuel or maintenance

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Adventure in alternative energy

Adventure in alternative energy

It took almost five months for the catamaran with the PET-bottle hulls to make its way from San Francisco to Sydney – that’s almost two months slower than planned.

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Adrenaline-fuelled design

Adrenaline-fuelled design

Hong Kong. What industries spring to mind? Banking? Shipping? Property development? Product design is hardly high on the list.

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Smart sportswear

Smart sportswear

The US and Canadian ski teams had a distinct advantage at this year’s Vancouver Winter Olympics. Not only were their ski suits developed by leading skiwear and mountain-based apparel brand Spyder and extremely aerodynamic, but they also incorporated a new kind of intelligent shock-absorbing material developed by UK innovation company d3oTM Lab.

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Time out in the clouds

Time out in the clouds

In our world of mass transit we have become slightly obsessed with getting to our destinations in the quickest time possible.

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Design for victory

Design for victory

In no other field is so much importance attached to the perfect handling characteristics of technical aids as it is in sports. Equipment serves to enable participants to achieve maximum performance, where sometimes only milliseconds or millimetres can decide between success and failure.

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Design for sport

Design for sport

Design breakthroughs in products for sport are, it seems, a very closely guarded secret, in a cut-throat and competitive marketplace involving some powerful players.

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The power of small things

When it comes to selecting ice-cream, Italians are among the best. The ingredients should be all natural, the cream and milk of the highest quantity, and the range of flavours available should be exotic and unexpected.

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designed in Taiwan

Designed in Taiwan

Boasting fifty-three wins at last year’s red dot awards, Taiwan is a rising star in the international design world. So when this small island nation decided to put on its own design competition, it was hard not to stand up and take notice.

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Digital selection

Digital selection

Standing by his Digital Cabinet project at the aDaptation exhibition in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week, Jon Stam explained his credo: “Everyone is a designer. Everyone designs tools and systems to make their lives easier and more meaningful. This is why I like to have discussions over my work with people of all backgrounds.”

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Building with bottles

Building with bottles

A new building material is poised to take the architectural world by storm. POLLI-brick, a recycled polymer brick made from old PET drinking bottles, has been developed by a company based in Taiwan, Miniwiz. Light, transparent, strong, thermal, versatile, affordable and 100 per cent recycled, it threatens to revolutionise construction sites.

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Design transcending life

Design transcending life

A collaboration between two Hungarian design firms, IVANKA Studio and Kucsera-Maurer Strategic Design Consultancy, has produced an unusual, yet beautifully minimal, reinterpretation of the archetypal gravestone. Seeyou concrete gravestone was launched at this year’s Milan Design Week.

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From the scrap heap

From the scrap heap

Since Nike leapt into the world of recycling with its Reuse-A-Shoe program in the early 90s the footwear leader has committed talent and resources to constantly improve its design standards in line with environmentally preferred materials.

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Images map the way forward

Images map the way forward

Well-worn and much-loved tourist maps of major global cities make the perfect holiday souvenir. Whether they are maps of gardens, bus routes or railway systems, the best maps will find their way into photo albums or scrapbooks of international travel.

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Dream team

There is a place where designers’ dreams come true, where visionary sketches and ideas slowly – but surely – evolve.

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Cold comfort

We tend to associate surfing with the warmer climes but that’s set to change with the release of a new wetsuit designed for icy conditions.

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Fruits of the loom

Fruits of the loom

A dress fashioned from fungus and a sofa that blooms, make the most of an interplay of art, technology and design involved in the creation of products and garments made from biomaterials.

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Forms from the land of plenty

Forms from the land of plenty

Three hundred architectural sculptures are showcasing Australia’s architectural diversity at the Venice Architecture Biennale in an exhibition entitled Abundance.

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Designer games

Designer games

The International Convention of Infants’ Rights approved by the UN states it very clearly: playing is a fundamental right of all children. This statement – at first glance – seems to have more to do with educational experts than with designers or architects.

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Sound affects

Sound affects

The Bose Corporation has been producing state-of-the-art hi-fi products for more than forty years. Its classic speakers, headphones and audio systems have been prized by generations of music lovers, technicians and sound gurus. The corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr Amar Bose, a researcher investigating ‘psychoacoustics’ at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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East melds with west

East melds with west

People who are passionate about objects – designers above all, but also artists, artisans and general enthusiasts of material culture – know that the value of an artifact goes well beyond its function or appearance.

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On the cutting edge

On the cutting edge

A knife is not a multipurpose tool; it is designed exclusively as a cutting tool. When a knife blade is used for a screwdriver, hole punch, scraper, wire cutter or prising lever, the result can be a disaster for the blade, the blade point and the handle assembly.

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Swinging high

Swinging high

When artist Suzann Victor was briefed to design a kinetic installation for the Singapore National Museum, she responded with Interrogating Time, a set of moving lights and chandeliers featuring some unique automation technology.

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Back to the future

Back to the future

Retro. It was a golden word in the auto industry for a while. And, of course, car designers are keen on linking the past with the present. But recently the failure in the marketplace of some retro designs has automotive executives scratching their heads and thinking maybe ‘retro’ isn’t a fail-safe way to go.

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Rolling on the river

Rolling on the river

Designer Sascha Mikel believes that a unique process of cause and effect can define a product’s personality – that the production process is the design.

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A natural high

A natural high

Korban/Flaubert is a Sydney-based design and production workshop founded in 1993 by metal specialist Janos Korban and architect Stefanie Flaubert.

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Design Magic

Design Magic

He started off as a physicist before giving in to his passion for design. 
Yet his two years at the physics faculty proved to be a good investment 
for the future. Thanks to his knowledge in materials, Romolo Stanco 
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On the blink of something special

On the blink of something special

Leveraging their combined experience in product, interior, environmental design and project development, Emilie Lecouturier and Céline Poncelet created Atelier Blink in 2006, a forward-thinking design studio based in Brussels.

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Taking colour and trim for a spin

Taking colour and trim for a spin

Curve editor Belinda Stening spoke to Alexandra Korndörfer, BMW’s International head of colour and trim design for the M and Individual vehicles, when she was in Melbourne recently.

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Shining light at Design Awards

Shining light at Design Awards

A bike lamp has won the 2007 Australian Design Award. The Gator LED headlamp is designed and manufactured by Melbourne-based Catalyst Design Group.

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artificial heart: Kazuo Kawasaki ino-chi kimo-chi kata-chi

artificial heart: Kazuo Kawasaki ino-chi kimo-chi kata-chi

Japanese designer Kazuo Kawasaki’s work, spanning thirty-five years, was celebrated at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, late last year. The exhibition featured 200 works from the designer’s illustrious career, representing a lifetime of achievement.

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Design Week: London calling

Design Week: London calling

London has a certain attitude. There is a gritty reality that gives London its individuality and appeal. You come to expect a different class of creativity, an edge. As London’s Design Week commenced, it seemed the city’s reputation was at stake.

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Releasing the Safety Catch

Releasing the Safety Catch

Designer Berto Pandolfo is curating an exhibition at the University of Technology Sydney on the theme of security, with work by established Australian designers korban/flaubert, Bernabei Freeman, Robert Foster, Ruth McDermott, Stefan Lie, Adam Goodrum and Schamburg Alvisse.

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Lights and brights

Lights and brights

Three members of the colour and trim team at General Motors Holden in Melbourne spoke to Curve’s Belinda Stening about local and international trends in automotive colour.

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Ferrari focus of the future

Ferrari focus of the future

Student designers from thirteen countries have created an exciting exhibition of Ferrari vehicles of the future, now on display at Germany’s Red Dot Museum.

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Sailing to the top

Sailing to the top

With more than forty years experience in boat building, it’s easy to see how Dave Warren could sell a $20 million yacht based on a few sketches on a scrap of paper.

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Winning the winners’ trophy

Winning the winners’ trophy

With a brief to design a trophy to capture the spirit of sport in Australia and reflect the values of the ‘new football’, a number of Australian design agencies created various concepts.

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A game of opposites

A game of opposites

It looks exactly like an old handset. And yes, it actually is. Only, it is connected to a cell phone, as an alternative to a wired headset or a Bluetooth device. It is Penelope, courtesy of the UK studio Hulger.

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Winning designs reflect Asia

Winning designs reflect Asia

The Design for Asia Award, established three years ago by the Hong Kong Design Centre, is dedicated to promoting design excellence and raising awareness amongst the business community as well as the general public.

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Giving the old FJ new life

Giving the old FJ new life

A concept car that combines a blast from the past with some of the latest in automotive technology has been unveiled to the public. The Holden Efigy, a reincarnation of the original 1953 FJ Holden with new concepts, is more like a hot rod than a family car.

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Ignacio Germade

Ignacio Germade

Ignacio Germade, head of Motorola’s UK and Singapore design centres, is responsible for Motorola’s industrial and interface design for the Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asian regions.

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Women take over technology

The notion that men love gadgets is one that’s likely to die hard, but the fact is that women now buy more gadgets than men – at least in the US. According to the Consumer Electronics Association in America, women spent $55 billion of the $96 billion spent on electronic goods in 2003.

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Daydream believer

Daydream believer

The Solivoid was created as a lounge space for visitors to Designex in Melbourne this year. The inflatable floating construction provided a welcome break from the hectic exhibition atmosphere

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The Australian Design Awards

The Australian Design Awards

The winner of the overall Australian Design Award this year was Sydney based Surf Hardware International. The award recognised the company’s design and development of the H2 surfboard fin, a simple product with an impressive history.

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World first baton for longest relay

World first baton for longest relay

One of the great traditions of the Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay, symbolises the gathering of countries across the Commonwealth. And for the 2006 relay, a Melbourne industrial design consultancy has created a world first baton to carry the Queen’s message to the athletes.

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Cruising comfort on wheels

Cruising comfort on wheels

The ultimate LA auto machine is compact and comfortable judging by the extravagant entries in a new competition for design studios at the LA Auto Show and Conference.

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Organic design for new values

Organic design for new values

Design visionary Ross Lovegrove recently visited Australia as guest of Euroluce, and presented a lecture at the Sensoria Conference, organised by the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT.

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Christian Hall

Christian Hall

For me the making process starts with my interactions with commonplace things and the spaces I move through. I can observe the emotional attachment that I feel for things and the different and sometimes surprising ways in which objects provide pleasure or security or a challenge for uses.

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Snowboard design for the white stuff

Snowboard design for the white stuff

George Cant, an industrial designer from Newcastle, has a dream job – living in Canada and designing snowboards for one of Canada’s largest snowboard manufacturers, Option Snowboards.

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Armchair travel for kids

Armchair travel for kids

Imagine bored city-based children going for a horse ride in the countryside without leaving their living room. It is possible with Virsual, an interactive game designed to mimic the ‘true life’ motion of a rocking horse.

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Isolation and diversity

Isolation and diversity

When a collection of contemporary Australian design is presented to an international audience the first question that may well be asked by the viewer is how is this Australian? Where is the Australianness?

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More than child’s play

More than child’s play

The market for kids’ products – digital games, toys, video productions, literature etc – is in continuous growth, with new propositions investigated daily.

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Bowling arm finds a perfect fit

Bowling arm finds a perfect fit

Proving that it is still possible to make something from nothing, a Melbourne design team has created a high fashion accessory out of recycled cricket balls.

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Simon Lloyd

Simon Lloyd

Designer Simon Lloyd has enjoyed success in several design areas. 
His felt and ceramic objects are featured in galleries and museums from Australia to Japan and Denmark.

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Design for sport

Design for sport

Despite a loss of some high profile sports brands like Spalding and Speedo overseas, Australian designers continue to amaze with an impressive variety of innovative sports related products being developed around the country.

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Smart disc solutions

Smart disc solutions

Inspired by the way children’s pop up picture books work, twenty-seven year old designer Burgo Wharton has created an innovative packaging system for the disc media industry.

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Focus on performance

Focus on performance

A different twist on ‘designing for the environment’ can be found at One Planet – a Melbourne based designer and manufacturer of equipment for the outdoor adventure market.

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Maraca sounds its future

Maraca sounds its future

“Kids ask for it by colour... red for raspberry rumba, purple for cranberry kiss, blue – tropical mango and the black and white soccer ball version is lemon kick.”

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Feel a change

The Tactile Dome, an exhibition at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, has captured the imaginations of millions of visitors over many years

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Round ‘em up Rawhide

Round ‘em up Rawhide

Paul Weaver of Design College, Queensland saw a need to lift the profile of a mundane but highly sought after canine snack ... an animal hide edible teething disc sold loose in pet shops.

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Hello again Monaro

What’s in a name? In the early days of the Australian motor industry in the late 1800s there were many patriotic names favoured for local cars – Austral, Australia, Australis, Roo, Shearer and Southern Cross

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A big noise in sound

A big noise in sound

As a 13 year old Bruce Halcro Candy loved nothing more than to tinker away in his workshop, combining his love of music with an aim to create the ultimate amplifier.

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Tale of allure

Tale of allure

What looks like a prawn, moves like a prawn and sounds like a prawn... but isn’t a prawn?

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Derek Yuen

Derek Yuen

Footwear design may seem a somewhat unusual passion for a young kid growing up in Melbourne. But for Derek John Yuen a childhood dream has landed him at the top of his profession.

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