issue twenty-one

twenty-one

From the publisher

I talked to BMW’s Alexandra Korndörfer about high-end and custom-designed interior trims and colour and material trends. She heralds the arrival of white as the big colour of the moment – for interiors and exteriors – and highlights a demand for ‘natural’ materials such as wood and leather.

Korban/Flaubert, well known for their lighting and furniture design, explain the process behind Aerial, a suspended ceiling sculpture for a Brisbane healthcare unit. The work’s structure references biological forms.

A new powder-coating technology is revealed in our feature: an application that will affect how automotive parts are designed and detailed, and also allow further replacement of metals with plastic.

Designers from Taiwan celebrate their inaugural Design Week with designs that draw on memories and tradition.

This year’s IDEA awards focus on Universal design, while the Catalyst Awards show that design means business.

Romolo Stanco, a designer with a physics background, bends the rules with his quirky and complex lighting and furniture designs.

This issue also contains our readership survey and prize draw. We value your feedback and encourage you to participate. 


Inside this issue

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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A natural high

A natural high

Korban/Flaubert is a Sydney-based design and production workshop founded in 1993 by metal specialist Janos Korban and architect Stefanie Flaubert.

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Design Magic

Design Magic

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.

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Designed in Taiwan

Designed in Taiwan

While ‘Made in Taiwan’ labels are everywhere in the global market, Taiwanese design is less visible. The maturing design talent showcased at Taiwan’s first ever Designers’ Week, however, gave a taste of things to come that are inventive, uniquely Taiwanese and worthy of a place in the international limelight.

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On the blink of something special

On the blink of something special

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.

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Taking a universal approach

Taking a universal approach

The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs) were announced in July this year. The program, sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), is receiving an increasing number of international entries.

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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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