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2018 Good Design Japan award winners

Winners of the Japanese Good Design Award have been announced. The 2018 Good Grand Award - Prime Minister’s Award was won by not-for-profit organisation Otera Oyatsu Club for their Temple activities for solving poverty problems program.

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Clement Meadmore exhibition

Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design opens on 20 November at the Ian Potter Museum at the University of Melbourne. The exhibition is the first major survey of Meadmore’s industrial design work in the years before he moved to New York to pursue his successful career as a sculptor in 1963.

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Bird Kit for tsunami ravaged city

The Ishinomaki Bird Kit was created by Torafu Architects with the Ishinomaki Laboratory and workshop to be hand made by the people of Ishinomaki in Japan. The Laboratory was founded in 2011 as a public workshop for the Ishinomaki community devastated by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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When the Box is the Limit

Restraints should never be an excuse not to innovate. A new book, When the Box is the Limit - Driving your creativity with constraints, provides inspiring examples across industries and a suite of techniques on how to use natural or self-imposed constraints to benefit creativity and innovation.

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Designers 3D printing algae

Designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros at Algae Lab are investigating the idea of using algae as a polymer that can be 3D printed into products. They are exploring the use of algae in its many forms as a natural replacement for non-biodegradable plastics.

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Design inspired by local topography

Product designer Rafael Fernández is a designer, craftsman and passionate limited-edition product maker. His ceramic stand for mobile devices is handcrafted in his small design studio, Oitenta. Called Montelouro, the device stand is a combination of functional modern design and traditional craftsmanship. 

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Design on a staircase inspires engagement

Designed by East West Architecture in London, this activated staircase is a multi-purpose display unit for creative studio group, Shed. Shed’s studio spaces in Hackney are in an old refurbished underground carpark, and the concrete staircase is the only way into the space.

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From discarded denim to designer chairs

Design studio PLANQ based in Amsterdam, design and manufacture furniture from textile leftovers and renewable materials. Three entrepreneurial designers Joris Kortenhorst, and Anton and Dennis Teeuw call their range of chairs and tables, Rezign.

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