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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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Aeris airport seating

Aeris arrives - flexible, connected airport seating. A New York based industrial design team at Grimshaw architecture firm, have partnered with Italian furniture manufacturer Tecno to design Aeris, a comfortable, flexible airport seating system.

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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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Light and sturdy

Light and sturdy

Young start-up Forlite has created Supernatural – feather-light, highly customisable furniture.

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Swift spike

Swift spike

Spike S-512 is a high-speed jet in development that will fly at twice the speed of current planes

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Door handle that cleans hands

PullClean is a hospital door handle that dispenses hand sanitiser without interrupting the normal routine of hospital staff, patients and visitors.

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KeepCup coffee glass

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.

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Beyonderground

On 9–10 May, Beyonderground – a festival of graphic joy and creativity – will be held in Helsinki, Finland.

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In the limelight

Sporty Supaheroe Jacket is a custom-designed jacket with a built-in electronic system to make wearers more visible after dark, created by Utope in cooperation with Fraunhofer IZM/stretchable circuits in Berlin.

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Designer urns

For those looking for a sleek and sophisticated alternative for memorialising their dearly departed, precision-crafted, laser-engraved, custom-coloured cremation urns and keepsakes from US manufacturer Capsule are the answer.

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Bough Bike

Bough Bike

Weighing 20 kilograms, the Bough Bike is sustainable, robust, and weather and water resistant.

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FreshRealm Vessel

RKS industrial design firm and tech start-up FreshRealm have collaborated to produce an innovative and efficient fresh-food delivery system.

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Sleek and smart

Sleek and smart

JINS Sports are stylish new sunglasses by highly acclaimed Japanese designer, Fumie Shibata

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Muffin Family

Stone Designs creates the Muffin Family of tables and stools – inspired by Scandinavian design for Japanese company +d

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Favelization

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt has released a new e-book – 'Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion & Design'

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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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Running on clouds

Running on clouds

These innovative shoes feature rubber loops on the soles to cushion the impact and then help the runner push off.

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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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Audi Sport quattro concept

German auto manufacturer Audi chose the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to launch its Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept car.

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Down memory lane

Every year from September to January London’s Design Museum stages the Designers in Residence program, a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers.

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Brace yourself

London-based product design consultancy, Seymourpowell, has co-founded a back-care brand, aptly named bac<, to bring to market innovative products that help target back pain.

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Kernel by Fuseproject

Yves Behar and his team at Fuseproject have created Kernel of Life – a healthcare concept for the developing world.

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Bee’s project

A Portuguese designer has created a product using bees’ acute sense of smell to detect disease in human breath.

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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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From the scrap heap

When Nike leapt into the world of recycling with its Reuse-A-Shoe program in the early 90s, the footwear leader committed to building talent and resources to constantly improve its design standards in line with environmentally preferred materials and an ethos they called Considered.

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Sleek suits

Designed in New Zealand, Orca wetsuits for triathletes and ocean swimmers are ultralight and flexible, made from the most technologically advanced neoprene-like materials.

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If the shoe fits

United Nude – founded in 2003 by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Galahad Clark, a seventh- generation shoemaker (Clark Shoes) – created the LoRes shoe.

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Ostrich Pillow Junior

The design team behind the Ostrich Pillow has now launched a special kids’ version – Ostrich Pillow Junior.

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Soft Light

A soft, flexible light designed by a German industrial design student can perform many different uses in the home.

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Pebble watch

New contemporary Danish watch brand, Bulbul, launches its first timepiece – the Pebble.

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Compleat Foodbag

Norwegian product development company Unikia rethinks the lunchbox with the Compleat Foodbag.

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One-handed first-aid

A Royal College of Art graduate, Gabriele Meldaikyte, has designed a home first-aid kit for one-handed use.

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Dyslexic objects

UK design graduate Henry Franks wins an award for a range of dyslexic objects inspired by his own dyslexic condition.

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Crystal bright sparks

Crystal bright sparks

Nachtmann’s heritage as a glassmaker extends over two centuries and the company was looking to shape a path for its future, while respecting its past.

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Through the looking glass

Through the looking glass

Google Glass, the first wearable computing device conceived for mass production, will not hit the high street for a while.

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Volvo V60 Pavilion

Volvo V60 Pavilion

Synthesis Design + Architecture has created a rapidly deployable, free-standing portable solar charging station for the Volvo V60 hybrid electric diesel car.

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Be.e electric scooter

Be.e electric scooter

The Be.e is a sustainable, lightweight and strong electric scooter constructed predominantly from bio-composites.

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Child ViSion glasses

Child ViSion glasses

Child ViSion glasses has won the inaugural Visitor Vote for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2013.

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Helix twisting cork

Helix twisting cork

A cork producer and a glass manufacturer have joined forces to develop a wine bottle that features a ‘cork with a twist’.

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Tyvek paper shoes

Tyvek paper shoes

Using Tyvek, an extremely lightweight, robust and waterproof material, The Unbelievable Testing Laboratory (UT.LAB) has launched an ultra-lightweight pair of shoes.

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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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Layers of time

Layers of time

In today’s world, most consumer electronics perform more than one function.

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More than skin deep

More than skin deep

The beauty and skincare industry grows year on year, with ever more products appearing on the shelves jostling for consumers’ attention.

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Designs for humanity

Designs for humanity

The ability of architecture to affect our very being goes beyond lifting the spirits to affecting our ability to think – even to learn.

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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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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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Chair4Life

Chair4Life

Chair4Life is an innovative modular wheelchair that grows with the child, promoting independence for disabled children and young adults.

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‘Unfold’ Desk

‘Unfold’ Desk

Australian Designer David Hardwick has created the ‘Unfold’ Desk – a compact and practical workstation with a slide-out desktop area.

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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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Float Base Station

Float Base Station

A temporary communication station for use in natural disasters and emergency situations has won the red dot luminary award at the 2012 red dot: concept awards.

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Crafted writing tools

Crafted writing tools

A writing set called Slim featuring a retractable pencil and a ballpoint pen made from sustainable materials.

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MeetYou furniture

MeetYou furniture

Global office furniture manufacturer Haworth has recently released a new line of modular furniture that caters to the needs of workers in a knowledge-based society.

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Phone cover art

Phone cover art

Launched in July 2012 by clothing label BlackMilk, Aussie start-up The Dairy collaborates with artists and designers to print high-quality smartphone covers.

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Inkarnation tattoo

Inkarnation tattoo

A limited-edition book of selected premium photography from top-notch international photographers focusing on the tattoo lifestyle.

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Cork iPad case

Cork iPad case

A durable, biodegradable and ecological iPad case made entirely from cork, with a contemporary, geometric exterior.

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Vestige monitor

Vestige monitor

Vestige is a three part safety-alert device designed to notify you when appliances have been left on in your home.

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Nursing Kit

Nursing Kit

Universal design shapes the form of this nursing kit for the home.

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999Bottle

999Bottle

The 999Bottle reusable water bottle won a BraunPrize Special Mention

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All tied up

All tied up

Zagros Lalo, a structural engineer based in the UK, had a revolutionary idea for a tying strip fastener. So confident was he in his Xtra-Strap concept that he set up a company, Zerco, in order to bring it to market.

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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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Ambulance overhaul

Ambulance overhaul

Modern-day ambulances not only transport patients to hospital – they are also used as mobile treatment spaces offering care at the scene.

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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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Concrete clothing

Concrete clothing

Ivanka, the Hungarian -based designers of concrete products, have released a range of ready-to-wear clothing and accessories - that resemble concrete.

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NOOK e-reader for Barnes & Noble

NOOK e-reader for Barnes & Noble

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.

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KeepCup keeps on winning

KeepCup keeps on winning

The barista standard reusable cup has been recognised at the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Awards (Victoria) by winning the HTC Start-Up Award.

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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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Creative culture

Creative culture

Daniele Lago was only 33 when he took over his family furniture manufacturing company, Lago Arredamenti, in 2006.

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Designing for dementia

Designing for dementia

It’s great that we are all living longer, but longevity can come at a price. One in three of us who live to 65 will have some form of dementia before we die.

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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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Hot off the press

Hot off the press

A certain printer has been causing something of a buzz since it was launched at the end of last year. But it is unlike any we’ve ever seen before. Aptly named Little Printer, it’s small, it’s quirky and once, maybe twice, a day it will print a miniature personal newspaper.

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Mo-bility for Munich

Mo-bility for Munich

An eco solution to urban mobility, combining multiple transport systems in one centralised system is set to make life much easier for commuters in Munich.

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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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Cool as a cucumber

Cool as a cucumber

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.

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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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A4 Mouse Pad

A4 Mouse Pad

Slim and simple, this mouse pad has an inward sloping edge for pencils, pens, paper clips and other bits and pieces that roll around your desk.

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Domestic bliss

Domestic bliss

Philips Design has launched Microbial Home, seven design concepts for the future that form part of a cyclical, sustainable, domestic ecosystem.

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The green mile

The green mile

Design firm Lunar Europe in collaboration with Munich-based environmental organisation Green City and the University of Wuppertal Industrial Design have created ‘mo’, a flexible, user-centred system for city mobility combining bike rental systems, local public transport and car sharing.

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Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

Swedish mineral water Ramlösa is a product with a 300-year history and is a brand that most Swedes are familiar with. The product range consists of an estimated 10 flavoured variants on the retail market, as well as a premium unflavoured version for high-end venues and exclusive restaurants and establishments.

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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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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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Mind control

Mind control

What if the Prius were a bicycle? This is the simple question Toyota and its advertising agency Saatchi Los Angeles asked themselves.

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Floating on air

Floating on air

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®.

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Computing life

Computing life

It’s an understatement to say that technology is moving at a rapid pace. It was only in August that the World Wide Web celebrated its 20th anniversary.

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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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Fresh juice bottle

Fresh juice bottle

Juice bottles in Australia are traditionally cumbersome and brick-like. So rising to the challenge, the packaging design team at Outerspace Design saw an opportunity to create a unique juice bottle. They had nine months.

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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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EESC Design Eleven Award

EESC Design Eleven Award

As part of the EESC Design Eleven Award program European designers and design students were invited to design products that provide 'ageless design'.

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On your bike

On your bike

Cycling is enjoying a resurgence in the UK. With petrol prices continuing to rise and traffic congestion in city centres on the increase, many commuters are taking to two wheels.

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True simplicity

True simplicity

Some ideas are very simple, honest, clear-cut. Yet turning these qualities into an actual product can be a tricky business. Take Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s new chair for Vitra, purposefully designed for schools.

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Vida water vessel

Vida water vessel

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.

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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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People first

People first

In the complex world of design for health, Philips Healthcare is well recognised for their groundbreaking, people-focused healthcare solutions.

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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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Plastics from the sea

Plastics from the sea

It’s absurd to see so much plastic killing fish and sealife like corals when it could be recycled into vacuum cleaners

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Happy camper

Happy camper

How much can you pack into a car? With a bit of industrial design, it turns out quite a lot!

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Rock and Rollz

Rock and Rollz

A high-quality rollator that allows seniors to retain effortless freedom of motion – and to do so in style

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Heart on your sleeve

Heart on your sleeve

More than a device, it’s a system – a website, mobile application and a series of mobile devices that are able to detect environmental factors to monitor conditions for cardiac patients

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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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If the shoe fits

If the shoe fits

If you have ever come across United Nude shoes you will know that they are certainly not the most conventional of ladies’ footwear.

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Successful freedom

Successful freedom

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.

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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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Unleashing the domestic gourmet

Unleashing the domestic gourmet

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.

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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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Hatching ideas

Hatching ideas

Curve editor, Belinda Stening, spoke to Spanish designer, Eduardo del Fraile, about his clever design for salt packaging.

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Economy of form

Economy of form

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.

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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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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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Patients come first

Patients come first

A first in its field, UCB and its design partners, OXO and Smart Design, have joined forces to create the UCB/OXO Cimzia® Prefilled Syringe, a patient-centric product for people suffering with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Connected in comfort and vision

Connected in comfort and vision

Major advancements in medicine, health and well-being are not always based on science or pharmaceuticals. Sometimes the greatest achievements in patient care start with design.

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Winning ways with travel

Crowded public transport and large bikes can make for an unpleasant journey all-round with some commuters even calling for the banning of bikes on public transport in Australia.

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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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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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Rise and shine

Rise and shine

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.

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Some like it slow

Some like it slow

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.

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Health delivery

Health delivery

Students and designers from Osaka University in Japan have been working for some time now on a project they call PKD, or Peace-Keeping Design, in which they aim to design solutions to problems with food supply, housing and health in developing countries.

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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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A fresh cure

A fresh cure

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.

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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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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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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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Getting a head’s up

Getting a head’s up

A team from the School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University is on a mission to create the first ever digital database of Chinese head and face shapes.

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Single-handedly

Single-handedly

A cooktop by Sam Hecht for KitchenAid. A projection clock by Stefano Giovannoni for Oregon Scientific. A megaphone by Shin Azumi for TOA. Why companies are choosing to design technologies with a personal twist.

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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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Sharing digital memories

Sharing digital memories

With research indicating that many consumers do nothing more with digital photographs than store them on a CD, memory card or computer, the Philips digital photo display brings them into your living room.

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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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Ecological footprint redefined

Ecological footprint redefined

It’s always surprising and satisfying to discover companies who recognise the value of pursuing the design and development of environmentally improved products.

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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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Easy access makes winning feature

Easy access makes winning feature

Providing for our aging community has set new challenges for industrial designers. In a widespread reversal of conventional demographics, society is aging and life expectancy has gone up considerably.

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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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Slow and steady

The notion of overt and superficial consumption has often been associated as a defining paradigm of fashion. Fashion is embedded in a perceived culture of frivolity and superficiality.

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Harvest time in the city

Harvest time in the city

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:

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Pop up space saver

Pop up space saver

The classical paper folding Chinese take-away box has provided plenty of inspiration for a new range of Tupperware containers.

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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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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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The soft heart of a robust chair

The soft heart of a robust chair

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.

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Ford covers new territory

Ford covers new territory

Behind the pomp and ceremony of an awards night and the launch of a new vehicle there is always an enormous amount of development work carried out by teams of designers, engineers and modellers that goes unseen.

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Beauty from the outside

Beauty from the outside

Liston and Platon, a Sydney based studio that integrates two and three dimensional design, has recently launched the corporate image and product packaging for Madame Korner’s new skin care range.

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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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Winning hearts worldwide

Winning hearts worldwide

A life-saving heart pumping device called VentrAssistTM has received the prestigious Engineers Australia Award for engineering design excellence. Known as the ‘artificial heart’, the device is currently on trial at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

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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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Fresh from the farm

Fresh from the farm

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.

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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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No place to hide

No place to hide

Almost two years ago, Designforum Svensk Form (Stockholm) launched its Project Room, a venue that gives a young designer free reign for a week.

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Making eye contact

Making eye contact

The contact lens industry has endeavoured for the last thirty years to find the ‘Holy Grail’ – a soft lens material that would enable the contact lens to be worn for long periods.

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Plastic that won’t cost the earth

Plastic that won’t cost the earth

Australian company Plantic Technologies has unveiled a new biodegradable plastic made from plants. Called PlanticTM, it is expected to be one of the most significant advancements in packaging technology in the last decade and was featured in the launch issue of Curve.

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A world first for diabetes monitoring

A world first for diabetes monitoring

The Betachek G5 not only won both the categories in which it was entered – the Software/Electronics Design and the Industrial Design, but this revolutionary technology also took out the Design of the Year Award.

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Driven to succeed

Driven to succeed

Whether it’s driving to work in peak hour or heading home after a late night out, any driving experience is destined to be more enjoyable when you’re in the hot seat with the new Ford BA Falcon series Interior Command Centre.

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Green by nature

Green by nature

The packaging of a new range of body products, Ethos, handsomely reflects the brand’s personality – natural, healthy and honest.

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Making drugs hurt less and work better

Making drugs hurt less and work better

With a current global drug delivery market of US$50 billion annually, expected to grow to US$100 billion by 2005, a more effective, less painful means of delivering drugs transdermally sounds too good an investment to be true.

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Milky way

Milky way

A ‘pint a day’ milk addict who wants all children and adults to drink more milk has devised a healthy, cost-effective way of adding flavour to their drink.

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Message in a bubble

Message in a bubble

Michael Manion, of Giftspeak in Hobart, has created the ‘speech bubble’ which has been developed for use in corporate promotions worldwide.

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One small spring to safety

One small spring to safety

After a close relative sustained a needlestick injury in 1996, Bruce Kiehne made it his personal mission to develop a revolutionary safety syringe.

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