Woodly, an Italian start-up design company, recently launched its eco-friendly range of baby furniture.
The Vanmoof Electrified incorporates built-in GPS tracking to enable urban cyclists to locate their lost or stolen bike in seconds.
Mutina and KNIndustrie have joined forces to develop In-Taglio, designed by Lara Caffi
With its minimalist styling, Cone is an intelligent music player that learns what you like to listen to.
KeepCup the reuseable eco cup, started in a Melbourne cafe, with too many disposable cups. From a hometown design market to coffee shops in Reykjavik and design stores in Valparaiso, KeepCup has made an amazing journey.
There’s a lot of talk of future times in which we will all 3D-print our objects at home.
It seems absurd, but as the interest – and the business – of external fittings rises, the offer in furniture often forces consumers to choose between style and function.
BIT, by Antoniolupi, is a heating system made from 200 recycled aluminium tins.
Soft where required, and curved to welcome the body, Dordoni’s new armchair is a masterpiece of design
Uniting Scandinavian and Spanish influences, Collar Lamp is a simple yet striking lamp that recently showcased in Oslo.
Stone Designs creates the Muffin Family of tables and stools – inspired by Scandinavian design for Japanese company +d
Who said that the dream bathroom could only be achieved through high-tech equipment, such as chromotherapy and steaming?
“Prefabs and architecture used to be two worlds apart,” says Ola Rune, one of the three partners.
Many believe that when it comes to parquet floors, ceramics that look like wood are a little odd: what’s the point of imitating nature when nature can do the job itself?
Design house Studio Proper introduces Proper Audio 1 (PA1) – a portable wall-mountable Bluetooth speaker.
Netatmo has won a CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award for its latest product – a thermostat designed by Starck
A range of functional, minimalist lamps by German lighting maker Schneid Enlightment that have a focus on sustainability.
A new volume in the Nordic Architects series, Ebbs & Flows showcases the current themes in architecture and the push towards sustainability.
Scope design studio showcase a unique bamboo furniture collection at the Taiwan Designers’ Week 2013.
The Wake-up Light by Philips helps you wake up with natural light and sounds.
No matter what you say about contemporary bathroom design, it is unlikely that you would say it is a flexible environment.
Philips Design launched Microbial Home – seven design concepts for the future that form part of a cyclical, sustainable, domestic ecosystem.
Award-winning French designer Matali Crasset has gleaned her time and research spent observing the notorious French pasty chef Pierre Hermè to create the Essentiel de Pâtisserie collection for Alessi – touted as the ‘must have’ tools for all pastry chefs.
‘Ma’ is a Japanese term that indicates spatial
intervals, a sort of gap or pause that allows people to interpret with their own consciousness.
In pre-industrial times, the success of an object was defined less by its design than by the ability of the artisan to work with materials.
Nenufar Sunshade, by Yonoh for Samoa Design in Spain, is designed to be flexible in outdoor spaces, with the natural symmetry mimicking the shape of a lily pad.
Although in the last few years we
have assisted in an acceleration of the
binomial design+art (just think of the success of fairs such as Design Miami/Basel, or of the growth of limited-editions design business – almost a contradiction in terms), the two disciplines have been going hand in hand for decades.
koloro-wagon is a mobile storage solution for the home comprising three stackable boxes, designed by Torafu Architects for Ichiro.
Berlin designer, Krzysztof Zielinski, creates designer lighting and glassware products from trash.
Designed by Alessandro Zambelli for Diamantini & Domeniconi, Ipno is a ‘rocking’ clock that sways to an internal pendulum.
The design team behind the Ostrich Pillow has now launched a special kids’ version – Ostrich Pillow Junior.
A soft, flexible light designed by a German industrial design student can perform many different uses in the home.
Retro high tech. Most new lights presented at the latest Euroluce show in Milan can easily fit under this dual umbrella.
The November chair, designed for Artipelag – the highly acclaimed new art and design centre in Stockholm’s archipelago – is a beautifully crafted chair made entirely from wood.
We all love alfresco eating – whether a family barbeque by the pool, a sumptuous feast at the beach on a hot summer day, or a good old-fashioned picnic with chicken sandwiches and apple crumble at the local park.
Torafu Architects has created a spooky display at the ‘Ghosts, Underpants and Stars’ exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
A cork producer and a glass manufacturer have joined forces to develop a wine bottle that features a ‘cork with a twist’.
Grapple is a flexible hanging system for the home, made predominantly from grass.
A Seattle-based studio, Iacoli & McAllister, is producing a covetable and geometric home range created from common industrial materials.
Young talent Neil Conley has created a lamp – the Fossil – which pays homage to the inventor of the lightbulb.
Industrial design students from the Rochester Institute of Technology created wooden toys for New York design firm Areaware.
Ten Images for Ithaca workshop is a five-day design event to be held from 2–6 September in Ithaca, Greece.
Marc Newson details his latest work with Caroma in this exclusive.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the famed French
designer brothers, have collaborated with Kvadrat
in the past – however, their latest project for this Danish textile manufacturer marks their first consumer product.
Italian designer Andrea Ponti has redesigned a familiar kitchen tool with Fusion: Wooden Knife.
In collaboration with Twitter UK, London design studio BERG have created #FLOCK – a unique, limited-edition cuckoo clock.
A New York-based New Zealand entrepreneur has developed a pop-up art gallery using shipping containers – the ArtBloc.
Smool Design unveiled a number of new products and concepts at the recent Milan Furniture Fair 2013, including the Homedia television concept.
A new line of ‘audio-furniture’ created by Gesa Hansen – one of Europe’s best emerging designers – for Tivoli Audio.
Inspired by the flow of molten metal, the Serif stool by Charles Wilson was designed to resemble a discarded industrial component - like the casing from a piece of agricultural or earth-moving equipment.
Simon James Design will show in Italy with the Resident collection, which features work from New Zealand's best designers.
The Walloff dish is a square dog tray with a moat to collect spillage, taking the mess out of doggy dinnertime.
Once, verdantly lush vertical plantings of tropical succulents and mosses, designed by the renowned Patrick Blanc and other high profile vertical garden designers, denoted custom-created luxury.
You may not think that the world needs another pepper mill – there seem to be so many in every shape, size and format already on the market.
The ‘Urban Beehive’, by New Zealand design graduate Rowan Dunford, is a beehive design that’s specifically aimed at urbanites.
A new range of storage furniture by German designer Werner Aisslinger for Flötotto.
French design agency IDEACT has received a ‘Star of the Observeur’ in the annual Observieur du design 2013 for The Nest.
Like Pastoe: 100 Years of Design Innovation is a new exhibition in Rotterdam.
Designer, Dimitrios Stamatakis, was a National Winner (Turkey/Greece/AP) in the 2012 BraunPrize for his colourful thermometer.
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.
Sky Planter from Boskke is an upside-down pot plant that can be hung from the ceiling, saving floor space in home and office.
Brusheads range of portable toothbrush concepts
The Melbourne Design Market opens its doors on 2 December
Torafu Architects and Ishinomaki Laboratory have created a very simple and versatile wooden stool.
Very rarely, an invention can be screamingly obvious, captivatingly bizarre and universally successful at the same time: meet the Pet Loo.
There is no question that when it comes to lighting, LED technology is more economical – both financially and environmentally.
Barnes & Noble have released their new 7 and 9-inch NOOK HD e-readers, designed by Ammunition, the product, identity, and interaction design group based in the US.
Futuro house was launched in 1968 and made international headlines.
Time flies for most of us, and Haoshi Design from Taiwan want us to enjoy every moment of it with their Swallow clock design.
When browsing through interiors magazines, one is certain to find iconic pieces. It could be the Eames Lounger, the Jean Prouvé Standard chair or the über-pop George Nelson desk or sofa – all very safe bets in terms of styling.
Daniele Lago was only 33 when he took over his family furniture manufacturing company, Lago Arredamenti, in 2006.
How many green kitchens have we seen throughout the years? And how many have actually seen the light of day, successfully turned from concepts to products? The answers to these questions are, respectively, too many and too few.
Industrial designer, Jason Bird and the team at Luxxbox designs have released a furniture range made from recycled plastic milk bottles.
Called Twinnz, this magnetic twin flowerpot system for glass panels gives the illusion of flower pots floating on air.
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.
Inspired by the Pilates ball, Bounce Chair offers a funky and unique take on the ergonomic office posture chair
Many industrial designers keep their finger on the pulse of emerging technologies and materials, as it gives them inspiration for new products.
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?
The December Melbourne Design Market is a Christmas favourite with Melburnians, with over 10,000 visitors each year.
Many people dream of having a bathroom with remote-controlled massage or body-jet shiatsu features, illuminated by layers of multicoloured, ever-changing LED strips.
When it comes to clever innovations for the home, we all love eco-friendly solutions. Looking at the figures for food wastage, Kornelia Knutson and Gabriella Rubin, two industrial design students from the Lund University in Sweden, were astounded to discover that as much as 27 per cent of purchased foods end up in the bin.
Philips Design has launched Microbial Home, seven design concepts for the future that form part of a cyclical, sustainable, domestic ecosystem.
The Frida chair, designed for Italian furniture brand Pedrali, designed by Odoardo Fioravanti, was awarded the prestigious Compasso d’Oro. As Italy’s most important design award, which acknowledges only 20 or so products every three years, Fioravanti’s Frida chair was selected because of its groundbreaking construction.
Making Waves, an exhibition of 12 wooden surfboards opens on 8 February at the Gallery of Australian Design.
Apis is a stackable stool designed with bugs in mind.
Design Resource in Sydney, and Energizer are long-standing product development partners.
When Massimo Orsini took over Mutina in 2006 – a small ceramics company that belonged to his family and had a long tradition of engaging in the industrial production of tiles – he had his work cut out for him.
Small, relatively inexpensive, and well positioned in terms of branding within niche, high-spending segments, Italian design companies have always been perceived as attractive game for larger hunters.
Mieke Meijer considers herself a ‘maker’ rather than a designer. With an eye for the unperceived aesthetics of everyday life, Meijer devised a concept to transform surplus newspaper into a renewed material during her studies at the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2003 – in fact, it was during the middle of a very hands-on class called Atelier.
Chicago-based design group Beyond Design, working for their client Aero Products International, won a red dot award for product design this year for the Aero Pakmat®.
Matt Roberts, the head designer at Orca wetsuits in New Zealand, talks about designing wetsuits for world champion triathletes and free divers.
The Wood Ring bench was created from one massive 10 metre long wooden beam.
Green laundry detergent company, Vaska recently teamed up with San Francisco based design group, Studio Backs, to create this refreshing range of laundry detergent bottles.
2011 marks 100 years since the birth of Finnish designer, Kaj Franck.
The Grohe design team has won this year’s ‘red dot: design team of the year 2011’ award. Headed by Paul Flowers, the global senior vice president of design and a multi-award-winning designer, the design team join a select group of design teams to win the red dot ‘Radius’ award.
“He is now considered an overall creator, a reference point to get a glimpse of what’s going on. He is no longer a designer,” said lawyer Philippe Ouakrat to French newspaper Libération in 2003 about his client Philippe Starck.
The concept of the capsule hotel first emerged in late 1970s Japan with the opening of Kisho Kurokawa’s Capsule Inn in Osaka.
‘Ma’ is a Japanese term that indicates spatial intervals, a sort of gap or pause that allows people to interpret with their own consciousness.
Curve recently spoke to Gernout Erens, entrepreneur and development director for Wattcher BV, about his company, Innovaders, the Wattcher energy-consumption sensor and system they have developed with Dutch energy supplier Eneco, and the soon-to-be-released Drupple,
a device that helps consumers to save water and energy.
As part of the EESC Design Eleven Award program European designers and design students were invited to design products that provide 'ageless design'.
Grolsch is an authentic Dutch beer brand with a great deal of history and heritage.
Droog have included a beautiful hot water bottle by designer, Wendy Legro, in their range.
Italian designer Alessandro Loschiavo has created a new coffee cup and saucer using borosilicate glass.
It may seem unusual to produce a paper-based biodegradable lamp. They are hardly disposable items. As Ingo Maurer – one of the most internationally recognised designers in lamps and light installations – once said: lamps are amongst the most long-lasting products for the home. Yet Claesson Koivisto Rune’s design for Wästberg isn’t your usual design.
The Vida bottle is KOR Water’s latest tribute to water and its importance to life. A part of KOR’s mission to protect and celebrate water as a precious commodity.
The Tape Lamp, created by Transparent House in San Francisco is constructed from now outmoded cassette tapes.
In the complex world of design for health, Philips Healthcare is well recognised for their groundbreaking, people-focused healthcare solutions.
How much can you pack into a car? With a bit of industrial design, it turns out quite a lot!
You can say anything about the contemporary bathroom but not that it is a flexible environment.
A bamboo sofa covered in silk. Unusual, certainly, but not exactly groundbreaking given today’s advanced technologies.
Its name means ‘peasant’ in Catalan. It’s old and insular, because it was born more than a century ago on a small Spanish island. It despises life on the fast track. It does not follow fashion but focuses on comfort above all.
In our world of mass transit we have become slightly obsessed with getting to our destinations in the quickest time possible.
Award-winning French designer Matali Crasset has gleaned her time and research spent observing the notorious French pastry chef Pierre Hermè to create the Essentiel de Pâtisserie collection for Alessi – touted as the ‘must have’ tools for all pastry chefs.
Curve editor, Belinda Stening, spoke to Spanish designer, Eduardo del Fraile, about his clever design for salt packaging.
Simplicity is something that many brands – especially technological ones – often strive to achieve. Coupling innovation with elegance, performance with style and modernity with tradition are nowadays no longer just a plus, but almost a necessity.
When Tokujin Yoshioka has an idea, he has no clue where it will lead him in terms of form. Previously an enfant prodige of Japanese design, now a worldwide star working for companies and galleries all over the world, Yoshioka’s shapes, textures and finishes are ‘accidents’ in the philosophical meaning of the word: necessary physical manifestations of an idea and consequences of a higher concept.
Roberto Ziliani loves talking about his lighting company, Slamp. But forget about the typical president and business owner’s approach to the press – about the careful consideration about each word that is pronounced, about the continuous effort to pass on the proper message and about the reiteration of core business values.
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.
Kaleidos, the new chair designed by Michele de Lucchi and Sezgin Aksu for Caimi Brevetti, was introduced at last year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.
The Rainwater HOG, a modular rain tank from architect and award-winning designer Sally Dominguez, has been making waves internationally of late. It has just won in the San Francisco-based SparkAwards, for starters.
When Michael Thonet first introduced his bentwood chair, originally known as the ‘14’ and now known as the ‘214’, in Vienna in 1859, he probably didn’t realise that he had created the first mass-produced chair in the world.
Three hundred architectural sculptures are showcasing Australia’s architectural diversity at the Venice Architecture Biennale in an exhibition entitled Abundance.
The Wake-up Light, a product that helps you wake up in natural light with gentle sound effects, has been released in Europe by Philips. The Wake-up Light was developed from a concept first presented to the media at a Philips Simplicity Event in 2006 after years of consumer research.
Artist Nathan Gray works across drawing, collage, silk-screening and assemblage, and possesses a particular affinity for colour. His paper compositions are cut and combined with found objects and small-scale sculptures to create ‘aggregations’.
In pre-industrial times, the success of an object was defined less by the design than by the ability of the artisan to work the materials. It used to be that quality required time. Time that was not spent in defining and designing what was to be made, but in the making of the single piece itself.
This concrete canopy auditorium and movie theatre is a striking study in biomorphic form. Situated in a verdant park in Saint Cyprien, France, it was designed by Serero Architects for the South Roussillon community council.
Designed by Mark Lee, plntd is a clever alternative to packaged medicinal herbal products that promotes the cultivation of fresh medicinal herbs for healing at home.
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.
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
is now a designer of international standing.
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.
It is no secret that good design sells. Yet the number of companies that truly allow designers to take the lead within strategic product development – or at least have a strong say in it – are still only a handful. The German bathroom fittings company Grohe is certainly one of them.
The dream of the ‘machine-made’ house was part of the early 20th-century modernist vision of standard-ised housing with factory-produced interchangeable components, modular plans and elevations produced at a price accessible to every citizen.
The first object that welcomes visitors who enter the beautiful Kartell Museum, located near Milan, Italy, is a small ski-holder made of flexible rubber. Its name is Brevetto Pirelli and it was the first product manufactured by Kartell, the company founded by Giulio Castelli in 1949.
Curve editor Belinda Stening spoke to Penelope Forlano, an award-winning designer based in Perth, who creates lightweight-composite furniture and interior products for small spaces.
Charles Wilson, a Sydney-based furniture designer, tells Curve’s Belinda Stening about his recent success with a candelabra, his take on the creative process and his long-term relationship with furniture manufacturer Woodmark International.
Is the water-conservation message getting through with noteworthy results, or have urban Australians become hardened and indifferent to government campaigns pushing water-smart lifestyles? Can many of the water restrictions in Melbourne and Sydney generally be described as feeble and tepid, at best?
If play is the way a child learns about the world around them, what does this mean for designers and manufacturers of toys?
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.
Two Australian university students were among twelve finalists selected to compete for the ultimate prize in the third Electrolux Design Lab competition.
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.
Ruth McDermott is a Sydney based industrial designer who now specialises in lighting design.
Getting noticed by one of the biggest names in furniture is no easy task. But it helps if your work is as eye-catching as that of Australian designer, Damian Barton.
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
Peach is a fruit storage and refrigeration unit for people living in high density, inner city dwellings. Matt Smith of Punga Design in New Zealand explains:
It’s cool to be single... especially if you’re a flower and have your very own ‘vase deferens’.
A symbolic Emeco chair, popular in the 1950s, has been rejuvenated and updated following its discovery on the auction website, eBay. Designed by Adrian van Hooydonk, the updated ‘1951’ was at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan exhibition this year.
The classical paper folding Chinese take-away box has provided plenty of inspiration for a new range of Tupperware containers.
A waterless dishwasher that looks like a rock pool has won first prize in a global design competition from Electrolux.
An essential part of our everyday experience is the making and consuming of food. Yet, even in the home in which nobody does more than heat up a take-away, the paraphernalia of the kitchen remains part of the domestic landscape.
Décor products are marketed to fourteen countries including the US, Japan and the UK. The Décor range now numbers more than 400 products including kitchenware, insulated carry bags, and even some pet products.
Ask any child to draw a chair. Nine times out of ten you are likely to get a sketch that is very similar to UNO, Segis’ latest seat, designed by Carlo Bartoli and his studio.
The traditional ‘do it yourself’ shelf construction has taken on a new dimension with a beautiful creation from Italy, called Wallboarding.
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?
Designed to nurture fragile, freshly harvested baby lettuce hearts and salad products in their long and arduous journey through the supply chain, the innovative NaturaFresh® packaging range looks set to win the hearts – and cash – of discerning consumers.
Ronnie Lacham is a designer, now studying for a Masters Degree in Furniture Design in Tasmania. On graduating from his honours year in 2002 he exhibited his work at RMIT in Melbourne.
Almost two years ago, Designforum Svensk Form (Stockholm) launched its Project Room, a venue that gives a young designer free reign for a week.
A studio in Fitzroy, one of Melbourne’s art and design precincts, has become a shared workplace for Tom Seymour and Anton Ward. The designers work collaboratively but have their own individual designs.
When it comes to internal lighting, mood is everything. For years designers have been playing with colours and dimmers to gain the right effect, but the work of a Melbourne design student takes lighting to a whole new sphere.
The story behind Denis Smitka’s rise to the top of his profession is as inspiring as his work.
A Czech design team, Michal Fronek and Jan Nemecek from Designerske Studio in Prague, recently won an ‘Excellent Product of the Year Award’ for their tableware and vase designs for glassware manufacturer Kavalier, in the Czech Republic.
Around the world water remains our most precious commodity. And despite numerous campaigns encouraging people to ‘use water wisely’, immeasurable waste continues.
Refitting a tired looking restaurant or office has never been easier thanks to the Wovin Wall system from Box and Dice Pty Ltd in Sydney.
A computerised irrigation management system accesses data from purpose-built weather stations around Australia in a unique project, which is providing large cost savings and reductions in water waste.
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