issue twenty-six

twenty-six

From the publisher

We hear from expert packaging designers about trends in pack design that show a return to simplicity and purity in graphics and form.

Laura Traldi brings us a revealing story about Julia Lohman, who uses an investigative approach to the creation of her designs that follow the lead of the natural world. Her emotive work has kindled some hot debate in the design community.

We visit 2D:3D’s workshop in London, where designs by Zaha Hadid, Ron Arad, Hussein Chalayan and Héctor Serrano are prototyped and come to life, and Jonathon Allen explores the diverse range of plant-based materials, from hemp to wood veneers, being utilised by designers.

This year promises to be an action-packed one for Curve and the design world. Curve is the international media partner for the red dot: product design awards and I will be on the  jury for the Industrial Design Excellence Awards in Washington, D.C. in May.


Inside this issue

The brightest sparks

The brightest sparks

The SparkAwards aim to represent the interests of all community members, while recognising new processes and technologies. Entries are open to designers, architects, manufacturers, ad agencies, students and inventors, from anywhere in the world.

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Back to basics: packaging

Back to basics: packaging

In recent years it has been tempting to think of product packaging as something of a blight – a filler of landfill and broadcaster of brand messages. But packaging is turning a corner. A massive shift in consumer attitudes is leading to greener solutions and a ‘back to basics’ trend, where glass, paper and cardboard are key players.

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A matter of respect

A matter of respect

Controversial desiger Julia Lohmann finds inspiration in anatomy, chemistry and forms from the natural world. Laura Traldi caught up with her in London.

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Growth material

Growth material

We’re all familiar with timber and its use in furniture and construction, but wood and other plant-based materials are being specified by designers for use in some surprising contexts.

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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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Water hog

Water hog

The Rainwater HOG, a modular rain tank from architect and award-winning designer Sally Dominguez, has been making waves internationally of late. It has just won in the San Francisco-based SparkAwards, for starters.

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Dream team

There is a place where designers’ dreams come true, where visionary sketches and ideas slowly – but surely – evolve.

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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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Recycled ecologies

Recycled ecologies

Like cultural bowerbirds, artists gather inspiration from their environment – be it physical, social or political. Ever present in contemporary art are concerns surrounding sustainability and the environment.

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The bentwood turns 150

The bentwood turns 150

When Michael Thonet first introduced his bentwood chair, originally known as the ‘14’ and now known as the ‘214’, in Vienna in 1859, he probably didn’t realise that he had created the first mass-produced chair in the world.

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