issue twenty

twenty

From the publisher

In March this year I was lucky enough to attend the Philips Simplicity Event in Hong Kong. It was an astonishing demonstration of the way design can lead a global manufacturing corporation in new directions. The research methods used at Philips, which put real people centre stage, also provide inspiration.

This May, Curve was a media sponsor of the Victorian Manufacturers’ Hall of Fame gala dinner held in Melbourne. It was a great networking event, bringing manufacturers and designers from many different industry sectors together at one table, so to speak.

Also in this issue, Paul Flowers, from Grohe, gives an insight into the refreshing thinking behind the company’s new bathroom fittings. He tells us how the German giant is working with personal well-being and concepts that position the bathroom as the new household hub.

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Inside this issue

Fame and fortune

Ten Australian manufacturers from the state of Victoria were inducted into the 2007 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame by Theo Theophanous, Minister for Industry and State Development, in May.

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Simplicity itself

Simplicity itself

Set in a large minimalist white space at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo site, the latest Philips Simplicity Event was unveiled in March to hundreds of designers and guests from the Asia region.

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The machine-made Beaufort House

The machine-made Beaufort House

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.

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Waving ahead

Waving ahead

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.

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