issue thirty-six

thirty-six

From the publisher

Senior vice-president at Grohe, designer Paul Flowers, and the Grohe design team won the prestigious red dot design team of the year trophy this year. Flowers talks about the Grohe formula for success in our Award story.

In Technology, Niklas Wolkert, Interaction Design Strategist at Ergonomidesign, walks us through some of the design development process for the Sonicspree music quiz game. 

Our Materials feature story by Laura Traldi on the Nendo studio in Japan highlights experimental projects with materials. The ceramic speaker on our front cover also showcases their brilliant work. 


Inside this issue

Design DNA

Design DNA

The Grohe design team has won this year’s ‘red dot: design team of the year 2011’ award. Headed by Paul Flowers, the global senior vice president of design and a multi-award-winning designer, the design team join a select group of design teams to win the red dot ‘Radius’ award.

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Creative protection

It’s obvious that industry needs ideas and ideas need industry – without ideas, there would be nothing to commercialise.

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A gem of a design

A gem of a design

There’s no denying that Taiwan has become a production hothouse for design, ranging from smartphones to solar cells, but it hardly jumps out as the next fashion capital of the world.

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Altitude with attitude

Altitude with attitude

The Aircraft Interiors Expo, which is held annually in Hamburg, Germany, during April, is the world’s largest dedicated cabin interiors exhibition. It provides a platform for manufacturers and designers to showcase how flying might look in the future.

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Invention versus design

Designing and inventing are integrally related processes. Both look to resolve a solution to a problem, or to encourage behavioural change through delivery of a different way of doing things. In practice, industrial designs often represent the culmination of both inventive and design efforts.

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The new French connection

The new French connection

“He is now considered an overall creator, a reference point to get a glimpse of what’s going on. He is no longer a designer,” said lawyer Philippe Ouakrat to French newspaper Libération in 2003 about his client Philippe Starck.

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Look out for ‘!’

Look out for

‘Ma’ is a Japanese term that indicates spatial intervals, a sort of gap or pause that allows people to interpret with their own consciousness.

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Mediators of design

Mediators of design

A design museum does not celebrate objects, rather, the innovative thinking that they stemmed from. A thinking that is not necessarily turned into a brilliant commercial idea, or a functional one, but one that certainly leaves its mark and, by welcoming risks and facing up to them, brings the profession as a whole one step forward.

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Reviving a classic brew

Reviving a classic brew

Curve spoke to Ronald Lewerissa, creative director at FLEX/the INNOVATIONLAB in the Netherlands, about a recent packaging design project for Grolsch and the important steps involved in the successful facelift of this iconic brand.

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Turning objects into tales

Turning objects into tales

“I do not do art but industrial photography. We go into the object, interpret it and provide it with a new soul.” This was Aldo Ballo’s imperative when, in the 1950s and 60s, the Milanese photographer and his wife (Ballo+Ballo) became the preferred choice of architects, designers and companies.

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Watching the environment

Watching the environment

Curve recently spoke to Gernout Erens, entrepreneur and development director for Wattcher BV, about his company, Innovaders, the Wattcher energy-consumption sensor and system they have developed with Dutch energy supplier Eneco, and the soon-to-be-released Drupple, 
a device that helps consumers to save water and energy.

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