issue thirty-five

thirty-five

From the publisher

Stefano Marzano, Peter Schreyer, Dick Powell and Ravi Sawhney generously gave their time to talk to us about leadership in design and business. So if you’ve ever wanted to know what makes a strong, successful design leader, look no further than the feature story.

We welcome another leader in design – Luke Williams – to this edition. Luke will be a regular contributor this year to our Business segment.  

As you read this 35th edition of Curve in print, our new website at curvelive.com brings you the latest news from the world of industrial design and product development in the new Curve blog.

Curve subscribers can now also enjoy exclusive access to every article ever published in the Curve online archive.


Inside this issue

Challenging fun

Challenging fun

Reality is complex – and for this reason, fascinating. It is this simple, yet rather meaningful, assumption that is the basis of Luca Nichetto’s passion for design.

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Agents of change

Agents of change

Passionate about architecture and enthusiastic about technology, Macedonia-born Tatjana Dzambazova is the Senior Product Manager, Creative Consumers in a new group at Autodesk called Autodesk Consumer Group, the mission of which is to ‘unlock creativity in everyone’.

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Cleaner cane

Cleaner cane

The cultivation of natural rattan is a multi-million-dollar industry. Rattan is timeless in the world of design. And it’s making a comeback.

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I spy with my little eye

I spy with my little eye

Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, James Watt, Sir Alexander Graham Bell and Albert Einstein all had one thing in common – they all shared the experience of not being satisfied with the progress of knowledge in their specific fields at their respective times.

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Contracting for business

Many people give little thought to the terms of a contract until they really need to rely on them. The scenarios below illustrate why agreeing on terms upfront can help to avoid grief later.

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Egyptian design identity

Egyptian design identity

It’s Tuesday night in downtown Cairo. I’m sitting on the back seat of what is affectionately labelled the hotel’s limousine – a dusty beige 2006 Kia Rio, its interior seating still adorned with the factory’s plastic wrapping and the external paintwork mottled by the many prangs, bumps and blows encountered on a typical Cairene driver’s road journey.

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Leaders in design

Leaders in design

Four of the world’s top international design leaders from Europe, North America and the United Kingdom share their views on design leadership and the important role design plays in business, for this feature story.

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The paper lantern

The paper lantern

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.

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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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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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