All Blog Posts for 2018

Swinburne Graduate Show 2018

The GradX graduation exhibition for Industrial Design and Product Design Engineering students at the School of Design, Swinburne University of Technology opens 28 November.

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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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Celebrating designer and architect Jørn Utzon

To celebrate 100 years since architect Jørn Utzon’s birth and Utzon’s global legacy, four renowned Danish architects will speak at the Sydney Opera House on 14 October at UTZON 100: NEXT GENERATION. The Sydney Opera House and the Utzon Center Denmark are presenting the event as part of the Opera House’s forty-five year celebrations.

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Tiny homes raise funds for homeless youth

Social enterprise Nestd is selling tiny homes for backyards into the private market. An initiative of youth homelessness prevention organisation, Kids Under Cover, Nestd tiny homes are available to the public and come backed by thirty years of building experience and know-how. All profits go to the Kids Under Cover charity organisation.

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Getting out of the comfort zone

Stimulating creativity by limitation, Don’t/Do This, is a game for creative people. Designed as an experimental thought game, boundaries within the game push creative thinkers into new and different directions. When you play Don’t/Do This you end up with unexpected ideas.

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The Planet workspace for one or two

A quiet cocoon that’s soft and cosy inside, The Planet 2.0 is made for two people. Designed and distributed by Ukrainian designers and manufacturers MZPA [mazepa], the new Planet for Two is an extension of The Planet designed for one, launched in September last year at Paris Design Week.

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Made in Denmark - Design Since 1900

Hundreds of Danish Design objects from the Grassimuseum of Applied Arts collection in Leipzig, Germany are featuring in an exhibition that runs until 7 October this year. The supporting publication, Made in Denmark - Design Since 1900 is a book for lovers of Danish design and Danish design history.

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FixIts eco-friendly fixing sticks

FixIts are mouldable fixing sticks for mending broken products. Designed to be kept in the kitchen drawer for fixing everything from cables to cups. They help to reduce waste by reviving and extending the life of everyday objects. The FixIts material is reusable, remouldable, machinable and compostable.

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Mumm champagne set for take-off in space

Design agency, Spade and Maison Mumm have created a champagne bottle for space travel. The Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar bottle and champagne glass concept is set to make a zero-gravity champagne experience possible in the near future.

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Industrial Design in the Modern Age

Industrial Design in the Modern Age, by Penny Sparke, published by Rizzoli Electa, New York, addresses how products have become both symbols of modern life and harbingers of the future. A major work about industrial design, it covers the design, mass production and consumption of everyday objects in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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