The Woods Awards. Excellence in British architecture and product design

The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood. Architects and designers from around the United Kingdom are invited to enter their wood-based projects and have until 27 May to submit their entries.

First topographically accurate lunar globe

Product designer Oscar Lhermitte with design studio Kudu are releasing the first topographically accurate lunar globe on Kickstarter. The project involves the use of the latest data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter combined with advanced electronic and mechanical engineering alongside careful craftsmanship in mold making.

Salone del Mobile. Milano 12-17 April

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile was founded in 1961 as a vehicle for promoting Italian furniture and furnishings exports and soon became the most keenly awaited event in the world of furniture.

Toy Photography & Focus Stacking technique

Felix Hernandez Rodriguez is a conceptual and commercial photographer and graphic designer from Cancun, Mexico. Today he shares his Guide to Toy Photography & Focus Stacking technique.

“Beauty is the harmony of function and form.” Alvar Aalto

WASARA, made out of bamboo and bagasse

WASARA was born from a desire to design tableware that perfectly complements the dishes you serve and creates a heartwarming and comfortable setting, even though it can only be used once.

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Finding Balance, Herman Miller Collection

The enduring designs of the Herman Miller Collection strike a balance between seemingly contradictory ideas: aspiration and accessibility, sculpture and engineering, elegance and informality, beauty and comfort. Not the least of these is its delicate balance of craft and industrial processes.

Alabaster

A set of alabaster areas within a stream for 5 years erode differently depending on the situation and the force of water.

How a Bicycle is Made (1945)

A film released on 1945 talking about the design and manufacture of bicycles. Set in the Raleigh bicycle factory in Nottingham, UK and filed in the (and propery of) British Council Film Collection.

From the engraving on the copper plate through the acid bath to the printing process in the press

Artist and illustrator Ugo Gattoni presents his first drypoint etching, made in the Urdla print facility in Villeurbanne (France). Edited in December 2015 by Sold Art online art gallery, this dreamlike composition featuring some references to his girlfriend Sybille’s anatomy, as well as Escher’s perspective work.

Aalto vase, still crafted by its original mouth-blown process

Alvar Aalto’s Savoy vase is one of the most famous vases in history. Designed in 1936 for a competition at the Paris World’s Fair, Finnish architect and furniture designer Alvar Aalto anonymously entered and won the competition for his vase under the pseudonym “Eskimo woman’s leather breeches”.

The finest selection of design weeks around the world. Check our design agenda 2016

Frugal Collection Cape Town

Hannes Schreckensberger and Célia Picard founder of Franco-Austrian design studio Celia-Hannes stayed six week-long in Cape Town – the World Design Capital 2014 to collaborate with local craftsmen from limited resource areas of Cape Town.

Akari Light Sculptures (1951)

Akari Light Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are considered icons of 1950s modern design. Designed by Noguchi beginning in 1951 and handmade for a half century by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan, the paper lanterns are a harmonious blend of Japanese handcraft and modernist form. The lamps are created from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing, supported by a metal frame.

Design & Play with Hand Moulding Plastic

Basically Caprolactone thermoplastics are long chain polymers that can be formed and molded when heated. The good thing about these polymer is that it only takes 60oC to melt the materials making them very good for modelling and sculpting using hot water or a hand held heat gun.

16th Creative Marathon at ELISAVA

The Creative Marathon comes back to ELISAVA in its 16th edition burden with contents and activities. Like every year, it consists of a set of intensive workshops, where students in year 3 and 4 of Degree in Design and Degree in Engineering in Industrial Design will take part together. The idea is to promote creativity thought R&D processes that lead to new and innovative situations.

A tabletop of extruded aluminium with a minimal profile

Inspired by the work Oscar Tusquets and Lluis Clotet have carried out for Bd Barcelona since the early 80’s Konstantin Grcic has designed a wing-like table top using extruded aluminium profiles. Table B spans a maximum length of 3,6 meters and comes with three optional substructures in solid oak, stainless steel or artificial stone.

Interieur Awards Spaces 2016. Create a cutting-edge bar and restaurant concept

The challenge is to imagine and develop a cutting-edge concept for a bar that will surprise and enchant visitors and exhibitors at the Biennale INTERIEUR 2016. First of all, the bar is a place designed to meet colleagues and friends, also functioning as an all-day location for serving and consuming quality food and drinks.

Interieur Awards Objects 2016. Create a new object that is relevant to the living environment

Have you recently designed a new object that might be relevant to the living environment? We are looking for objects which help us to bring cohesion in a space. We are keen to explore the impact of new materials and technologies on such objects, and how they can have a transforming influence. Also how new potential can be achieved with traditional materials. And potentially how objects work in or with the internet of things. Every object that fits into a living environment is allowed in the competition, whether it is aimed at general use or developed with a particular niche market in mind.

Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988)

Isamu Noguchi, born in 1904 in Los Angeles to the Japanese poet Yone Noguchi and the American writer Leonie Gilmour, studied at Columbia University and the Leonardo da Vinci Art School.

K.H. Würtz, father and son team of studio ceramists

Würtz style is simultaneously contemporary in design and archaic in the crafting. It’s been described as timeless but is also future-oriented in the way it supersedes both heavily floral traditional fine china dinner sets and early 21st century minimalist white faience.

Desk made of solid oak, offering a real storage solution

Metis is a compact desk made of solid oak, offering a real storage solution. This desk helps you keep your workspace tidy and organized with three drawers, one secret compartment and two lidded sections. Metis not only hides the wires and the electric cables, but it also comes equipped with several compartments for storage.

Crafting the Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay A9, Active Speaker System

B&O PLAY’s active speaker system, BeoPlay A9, which integrates an all-star line-up of dedicated components with provocative design to create a complete sound solution that is as easy to listen to as it is to decorate with.

Lamp bodies created with a magnetic rubber, founded through a blend of ferrous powder and silicone

Project Play comprises of a series of table lamps, with each object made by a standalone machine. Aiming to create new value between object and user, honest focus and magnification is put on the manufacturing process.


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