issue thirty-eight

thirty-eight

From the publisher

In our Profle story we talk to Brett Lovelady, president of the renowned Astro Studios in San Francisco, about Astro's unique approach to product design.

Clive van heerden, senior director of Design-led Innovation at Philips Design, talks about concepts developed to question andpropt ideas for sustainable living in our Concept segment.

In Move, a collaboration involving designers, design students, a local authority and an environmental organisation has led to an innovative and sustainable transport system concept for the city of Munich.

While in Sweden, an iconic mineral water brand has undergone a state-of-the-art bottle redesign, which we cover in package. PET plastic that looks like a cut crystal carafe, the new Ramlösa bottle design has lifted this historic brand to cutting edge heights.


Inside this issue

2012 BraunPrize open for entries

The prestigious BraunPrize is open for entries until 31 March. The 2012 BraunPrize will be the 18th awards program since 1968 and is set to be the most competitive yet.

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Building blocks of success

Building blocks of success

If you think that Lego is just for children, think again. Last September, designer Sebastian Bergne decorated London streets with a transparent Lego greenhouse.

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Best seat in the house

Best seat in the house

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.

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What’s in a name?

The strength of iconic modernist furniture design means that its allure today is as strong as ever – as evidenced by the plethora of replica designer furniture available. Yet, in the war between authentic design and reproduction, which reigns supreme?

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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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Solar solution

Solar solution

It’s a growing global concern that the planet is running out of fresh water. Yet the cost of desalination makes alternative options inaccessible for many parts of the world.

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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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Lifesaver

Lifesaver

For the past 12 years Kristine Pearson, founder and CEO of Lifeline Energy, has been working tirelessly to bring self-powered radio to some of the most impoverished communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

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