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Posted by core jr  |   3 Nov 2014  |  Comments (0)

Lodz-Gallery-2014.jpgPhotography by Sam Dunne for Core77

Marking its eighth successive year the Łódź Design Festival took over the Polish city of Łódź with some great original wares on show. While the design scene in Poland is still in its infancy, this year's festival showed many promising signs of local industry being keen to collaborate with the country's emerging generation of design talent. Some highlights from the shows included a local manufacturer challenging designers to reinvent the humble radiator, inspiring entries to the Make Me design competition and taking a look round Daniel Charny's prototype Fixhub space showcasing projects tackling the need for fixing.

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Łódź Design Festival:
» 'Brave Fixed World' Fixhub Prototype
» 'Algaemy' by Blond & Bieber
» 'Terma' Radiator Design Competition
» Zieta 'Hot Pin' demonstration
» 'Kawara Chair' by Tsuyoshi Hayashi

Posted by core jr  |  27 Oct 2014  |  Comments (0)

Vienna-Design-Week-Gallery-2014.jpgPhotography by Sam Dunne for Core77

Vienna Design Week returned for the eighth successive year, this year setting up shop in the grand Schwarzenberg Palace in the heart of the city. Apart from being blown away (as always) by the spectacular architecture of Austrian capital, we were delighted to see the return of the legendary 'Passionswege' program—a platform in which up-and-coming international designers collaborate with local manufacturers and craftspeople from Vienna. Other highlights include an array of impressive upcycling at the Recycling Design Prize exhibition and a NikeID-like system for cakes that keeps customized decoration classy.

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Vienna Design Week 2014:
» Passionswege - BCXSY x Lobmeyr
» Passionswege - Pedrita Studio x Stiefelmeyer Glaserei
» Sebastian Marbacher's 'Baustellen Bank'
» 'Cake's New Dress' - Lucy.D x Cafe Landtmann
» Recycling Design Prize
» Passionswege - PostlerFerguson x A.E. Kochert

Posted by core jr  |   6 Oct 2014  |  Comments (0)

LDF-2014-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Sam Dunne & Anki Delfmann for Core77

The London Design Festival, now in it's 12th year was back bigger than ever with festivities spreading even further into the metropolis. The usual suspects; designjunction, Designersblock, Tent, and Superbrands were out in full force with more design eye-candy than you can wave a well crafted candlestick at. There was a lot of unexpected treasures to be discovered in peripheries, and once again the organizers did an amazing job with producing and branding the design festival.

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London Design Festival 2014:
» Highlights from LDF14 at the VA
» Lee Broom Launches 'Nouveau Rebel'
» The First Law of Kipple
» Dominic Wilcox's Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car and Dezeen x MINI Frontiers
» Highlights from Designjunction
» Highlights from Designersblock
» Highlights from Tent London
» Global Color Research x Giles Miller Studio: 'Ten Years of Color'
» Ernest Wright & Son Scissormakers on Shoreditch Design Triangle

Posted by Anki Delfmann  |  16 Sep 2014  |  Comments (0)

BurningMan-2014-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Anki Delfmann for Core77

Burning Man is a bombastic playground for all participants, but it's paradise for the enthusiastic designer!

Starting with the preparation, no matter what you plan to do to get involved, what ludicrous costume you've thought up, or how good your survival equipment is, there will be tinkering and building, sketching, planning and teamwork. You might end up inventing the next generation of collapsible shade structures along the way, spend hours getting the heat sensor settings on your LED suit right, improve your dust mask for simultaneous karaoke singing, or sew the ultimate protection bag for your camera equipment.

On the Playa, it's time for co-creation and non-intentional design at its very best. The whole event is based on participation, so if you help to build a sculpture, engineer the best way to evaporate your gray water, or choreograph a new dance-based typography, you'll find creativity is oozing from all corners in Black Rock City. And the radical inclusion principle is both enjoyable and surprisingly productive.

Make sure to bring along your all-time favorite basics like lots of tape, markers, sugru, ziplock bags, hooks, clips, sewing kit, and the basic tools. There is use for everything, if not by you, then surely your camp neighbor. And the very best: once the event has started, there are no deadlines, no show stoppers, no best practices. And instead of blue sky thinking there are only blue skies.

Alongside all the productivity and involvement, don't forget to take lots of time to explore the art on the playa, and visit the many theme camps around you. There are some brilliant examples of experience design out there, and a lot of fun to be had. Imagine all your favorite classes in university thrown into the middle of the desert. Remove all requirements and grades, add some unnecessary decoration, stick an LED on it and always have a chilled drink at hand. Enjoy!

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Posted by core jr  |   1 Sep 2014  |  Comments (0)

State-Of-Mind-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Brit Leissler for Core77

Designer Martino Gamper guest curated an exhibition presenting a collection of objects from the personal archives of his friends and colleagues at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. His collection, Design is a State of Mind, features a "landscape of shelving options" aimed at sharing the story of the design objects we interact with and how they impact their users and admirers.

The exhibited pieces include finds from the 1930s mixed with modern-day designs. You'll see well-known silhouettes nestled next to one-offs and styles ranging from contemporary to utilitarian. Some of the designers include Ettore Sottsass, Charlotte Perriand, IKEA, Dexion and Giò Ponti. The juxtaposition of styles brings to light a history of how we've housed our belongings and showed them off through the years as various styles and trends have come, gone and reappeared. The items displayed on the shelves are a collection of archives from Gamper's friends and colleagues.

Gamper also designed two exhibits in the Gallery's powder rooms—one being a tribute to Italian designer Enzo Mari and the other a space encouraging visitors to interact with Gamper's furniture designs. The Mari room displays a compilation of the designer's drawings, notes and designs, all held down by a different paperweight of Mari's own collection. Gamper's room invites visitors to sit on the designer's chair and explore a international library of contemporary furniture manufacturing catalogues while watching either Tati's Mon Oncle or Alain Resnais' Le Chant du Styrene—two films that feature the designs of the 1950s and how furniture design has changed in the years leading up to present day.

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Posted by core jr  |  27 Aug 2014  |  Comments (0)

OR-2014-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Mark LeBeau for Core77

The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Tradeshow in Salt Lake City, Utah, is known for featuring the latest and greatest in outdoor sports gear and apparel. To put it shortly, it's very much an industry show. We sent photographer Mark LeBeau to check it out and take some shots of the gadgets we should keep an eye out for. He noted the proliferation of electronics, chargers and smart devices, as well as the throwback to the much-loved "mom and pop" general-store aesthetic. A practicing designer himself, LeBeau also shot the event for us in 2013.

LeBeau's favorite design? A magnetized climber's grip by Garret Finny.

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Posted by core jr  |  26 Aug 2014  |  Comments (0)

Bike-Cult-Show-2014-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Jeff Enlow for Core77

Once again, we were thrilled to support NYC's fledging Bike Cult Show as an official media partner and offer exclusive coverage of the late-summer exhibition that is shaping up to be the region's premier handbuilt bicycle show. The second year delivered on its promise to be bigger and better than the first as organizers Harry Schwartzman, Benjamin Peck and David Perry upgraded to the massive Knockdown Center event space in Maspeth, Queens, for the event that took place over the weekend of August 16–17.

As with last year, we showcased a handful of the exhibitors in the weeks leading up to the show—Bryan Hollingsworth, Brian Chapman, Mathew Amonson and J.P. Weigle—who were happy to share their stories and talk shop about bicycles and much more. And in case you missed it, last year's builder profiles included several of this year's exhibitors as well: Johnny Coast, Jamie Swan, Rick Jones and Thomas Callahan and the late Ezra Caldwell (to whom the show was dedicated).

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Bike Cult Show 2014 Builder Profiles:
» Bryan Hollingsworth of Royal H Cycles on Saying "Yes" to Clients, the Decline of the Fixed-Gear, and More
» Brian Chapman Shares the Eight Secrets to Making a Living As a Custom Framebuilder
» Mathew Amonson of Airtight Cycles on Avoiding the G Train, Seeking a Master Framebuilder, and More
» J.P. Weigle Reflects on 40 Years of Framebuilding - A Photo Essay

Posted by core jr  |  22 May 2014  |  Comments (0)

NY-2014-ICFF-GALLERY.jpgPhotography by Glen Jackson Taylor and Alex Welsh for Core77

Has the ICFF has found it's mojo again? The trade show that serves as the anchor for New York's design festival took a noticeable hit after the 2008 economic collapse, many designers either stopped exhibiting, scaled back or presented at a competing satellite show leaving the furniture fair light on for talent and press-worthy design. This year saw a number of new designers exhibiting for the first time, overall delivered a higher standard of work and attendance was strong. For some reason, probably shipping logistics, there is still a disproportional amount of lighting, objects and wall furnishings compared to large scale furniture pieces but companies like Moooi did their best to bring a taste Milan to the Javits Centre and Shimna showcased their stunning 13ft long table with intersecting pylons.

Bernhardt design who have helped launch numerous emerging designers with their ICFF Studio partnership celebrated their 125th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, designer Frederick McSwain created a series of family tree wall sculptures inspired by the growth rings found in the cross section of a tree trunk. Chicago-based designer Felicia Ferrone launched her debut furniture collection bravely opting for white carpet in the booth, London-based Cycloc returned after a brief hiatus with some brand new wall mounting fixtures and accessories for bicycles, and Artek picked up an ICFF Editors Award with their multifunctional task chair 'Rival' designed by Konstantin Grcic.

Tom Dixon's booth was beautifully designed from a branding perspective, and Uhuru's beacon style booth was a super efficient use of space with divided sections to present each of their product lines. Checkout our gallery for more highlights and we suggest adding the ICFF back on your list of must see exhibitions next year.

More NYCxDesign Photo Galleries
» Wanted Design
» Sight Unseen
» Satellite Shows

Posted by core jr  |  21 May 2014  |  Comments (0)

NY-2014-satellite-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Brit Leissler and Glen Jackson Taylor for Core77

Since New York Design Week's repositioning as NYCxDesign, the extended design calendar (12 days) has meant more art and design exhibitions can be presented under the official event umbrella adding a much needed critical mass to gain public awareness. Our photo gallery coverage by no means captures the density of exhibitions, pop-up shops and workshops that took place but it does provide a taste of some of the interesting stuff we saw.
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More NYCxDesign Photo Galleries
» Wanted Design
» Sight Unseen

Posted by core jr  |  21 May 2014  |  Comments (0)

Sight_Unseen_2014-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Brit Leissler and Glen Jackson Taylor for Core77

One of the most anticipated shows this year was Slight Unseen's "OFFSITE" presenting almost 50 emerging design studios in a massive two-story 20,000 square ft. raw space. After founding the hugely successful multi-venue Noho Design District in 2010, curators Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer were faced with increasing challenges to secure affordable spaces in the neighborhood and took the opportunity to move, rebrand, and connect the annual exhibition with their design blog Sight Unseen.

Some of our favorites included new work from Rosie Li, Bower, DAMM, Ladies & Gentlemen, and the anti-design I'm Revolting pop-up ceramics shop. Visitors—well the brave one's—were treated to a healthy snack at the MOLD Future Food Cafe who were serving summer rolls with crickets as part of their research into nutritious food from sustainable sources. The OFFSITE debut was packed throughout the weekend, the opening party line was a nightmare running around the block and exhibiters were treated to some really great exposure for their wares, we can't wait for next year!

NYCxDesign Curator Profile: Monica Khemsurov & Jill Singer of Sight Unseen - OFFSITE, On Point

More NYCxDesign Photo Galleries
» Wanted Design
» Satellite Shows

Posted by Brit Leissler  |   8 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

ZAI-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Brit Leissler for Core77

Inhabitants of the small town of Disentis, in the Swiss canton of Grisons, still mainly communicate in the Romansh language—a Roman dialect that has survived here over centuries. This is mainly because this part of Switzerland had remained rather untouched, due to being a little cut off from the rest of the world (even for Swiss standards). In fact, the name Desentis derives from Desertinas (deserted), but yet it's the birth place of the most innovative skis that the world has seen for many decades: the ZAI skis.

They're the brain child of passionate skier and "son of the mountains" Simon Jacomet, whose main objective for designing these skis was to "create a tool which enables people to ski easier and have more fun—to forget about the skis and just be creative themselves in the snow." Educated in the local Disentis ministry by abbots, he developed this rather Zen design approach of "constructing a ski that is doing the skiing itself."


Posted by Cordy Swope  |  28 Mar 2014  |  Comments (0)
Content sponsored by the IHA

As in the past several years, we are pleased to partner with the International Home + Housewares Show to present the highlights from the annual show. Of course, with some 60,000 exhibitors from all over the world, four days is not nearly enough time to see every thing in the three massive exhibition halls of McCormick Place, and the products and booths you see here represent just a tiny fraction of the goods on view.

In any case, we were excited to see the Design Debut section, where ten independent designers and makers—including our friends and some time Core-tributors Craighton Berman & Bruce Tharp—had the opportunity to present their work. Similarly, first-time exhibitors like Crucial Detail, Finell and Mollaspace made a strong showing in the Dine + Design section, while we also checked out new products from OXO, Kikkerland and a few of our other faves.

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International Home + Housewares Show 2014
» Live from Chicago with Vicki Matranga, Design Programs Manager, IHA [VIDEO]
» Compleat Offers Discrete Brown Bag Options
» Cose Nuove's Festive Bottle Opener Makes Us Think Fondly on Winter
» Alessi Introduces "Super & Popular" [VIDEO]
» Ameico Thinks Spring with Y-Ply
» Neo Luxe Housewares by Finell
» Martin Kastner Goes Over Some Crucial Details [VIDEO]
» Recipes for the Past and Future: Bosign and Joseph Joseph
» Manual Meets Materious: Craighton Berman and Bruce Tharp in Conversation [VIDEO]
» Revol offers a Classier Party Cup
» Student Design Competition Winners [VIDEO]
» DIY Trend Stays Strong (the Sausage Maker, Inc.)
» Mollaspace Turns Optical Illusions into Functional Products [VIDEO]
» Schmidt Bros. Cutlery [VIDEO]
» BONUS VIDEO: Jan van der Lande of Kikkerland

ICYMI, check out our galleries from 2012 and 2013 as well.

Posted by Glen Jackson Taylor  |  19 Mar 2014  |  Comments (0)

Armory-2014.jpgPhotography by Glen Jackson Taylor for Core77

There was an abundance of inspiring contemporary art on display at The Armory Show last week at Piers 92 & 94 in New York—we should note that our picks in the gallery skew more towards the 3D wall art and sculpture, which is arguably more interesting to Core77 readers (and photographs much better than two-dimensional works behind glass).

The show was a noticeable improvement from recent years, with much a stronger curation and slightly more space for the exhibitors—clearly organizers are feeling the pressure from the Frieze Art Fair, which takes place again as part of NYCxDesign this May. The Armory Show partnered with start-up Artsy, who are quickly becoming the IMDB of the art world to provide a digital guide for visitors and real-time feed of trending artwork during the event.

There was no shortage of selfie-inducing art, and while good taste, for the most part, is subjective, one of the most fascinating pieces was Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed's La Chine est proche, 2013, a full-scale bicycle intricately carved from camel bone. The oversized figures from Cajsa von Zeipel's HOLES IN THE WALL series were striking and I've recently become a huge fan of London-based sculptor Tom Stogdon's work, made from washed stone, steel and found objects.

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Posted by Brit Leissler  |  12 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)

MO-Paris-2014-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Brit Leissler for Core77

There has always been a big buzz about the Maison & Objet show, which happens twice a year in Paris—and, as of a couple of years ago, Asia, where the brand has expanded to include a large tradeshow in Singapore as well as various "road shows" in different Asian cities.

Whereas the September event in Paris coincides with the Paris Design Festival, the show in the end of January is a pure trade fair on its own, sans side events celebrating the more artsy end of the design world by investigating ideas and concepts. No, this is all about sales, no bones about it.

Unfortunately, I'd say that the majority of the objects on view was unimaginative, average product overload at best—and kitsch at worst. Happening upon a booth that was full of taxidermied animals, most of them dressed up and put into ridiculous poses, I was compelled, in a disgusted kind of way, to take a picture, and briefly considered compiling a truthful photo essay, reflecting an unfiltered version of the 'real' Maison&Objet. After all, as a designer you often hear that "your portfolio is only as good as the weakest project that you present in it." Does this not also apply to design shows?

But then I remembered the conceit of digging through the muck in order to find the truffles—in order to present the "best of Maison&Objet" to our readers. And so I did, the result being yet another photo gallery showing lots of "nice stuff."

What remains undocumented, though, is the halls full of tacky goods aimed at buyers who intend to decorate the interior of a five-star hotel in the Middle East or Russia (or worse, still, a private client in one of those locales). Nor can you feel the headache caused by getting lost in—and overexposed to—the smell of a hall full of fragrance products (how design is that!) due to the poor signage of the whole fair.

Which brings me to the point of user experience, which started with a press room where there wasn't even a working wifi connection... or even a free glass of tap water. In almost every hall, I stumbled at least once over some unmarked bumps, thick cables visually but not physically smoothed over by carpet, which makes me wonder about the percentage of visitors who break their ankles at Maison&Objet. Considering that this show charges every visitor €65 even if they stay only for a day, as well as the rather proud prices for exhibiting, I would have expected a higher general level of experience design.

But once a show is established, the organizers can justify their "laissez-faire" attitude towards these details, since they know they can get away with pretty much anything. But being a critical member of the design community, I do feel very strongly about pointing out the flaws of it all, instead of just tuning into the general praise anthems about Maison & Objet.

As you can see in the gallery, there was of course a great number of delightful design objects on show - but they should be seen as a "best of selection", rather than the standard. The overall experience of my visit is certainly not marked as "delightful" in my memory.

» View Maison&Objet 2014 Gallery

Posted by Anki Delfmann  |   3 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)

cologne-design-gallery-2014.jpgPhotography by Anki Delfmann for Core77

Every January, IMM Cologne and the off-site exhibitions and events of Passagen kick off the design year as the first international shows on the calendar, hosting nearly 1500 exhibitions in all. We have bundled up in our winter gear to wander the fair and city to bring you the highlights of 2014 in our gallery. The shows are focused on (but not limited to) furniture and interior design, and increasingly flirt with other disciplines with each new year.

A recurring theme this year again was sustainability in the shape of local production, longevity and up-cycling. On the engineering side, the implementation of brand-new materials and techniques allowed for exciting previously impossible structures. We also saw compelling examples of furniture design as a discipline that is no longer just about detached objects but rather creating experiences, interactions and stories.

Highlights included the honorable Designer Of The Year show about Werner Aisslinger, the D3 Contest by the German Design Council, Designers Tower, and the whole neighborhood turned exhibition at Design Parcours Ehrenfeld.

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Posted by Glen Jackson Taylor  |  22 Jan 2014  |  Comments (0)

NAIAS-2014-Photo-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Glen Jackson Taylor for Core77

Detroit may not be the most desirable travel destination in mid-January, but for the automotive industry it's the only place to be. This year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) didn't disappoint, with a solid lineup of production cars including the Ford Mustang, Ford F-150 pick up, Lexus RC, Cadillac ATS Coupe, BMW M4 Coupe, Corvette Z06 and Audi RS7. As the car reveals get more and more sensational sophisticated with massive choreographed video projections, music and live stage antics, it's fair to say Ford won most ambitious booth design with nearly 38-ton section of assembly line on their stand to demonstrate the robotic production process of the F-150.

One of the biggest trends was the resurgence in performance cars, possibly to attract the Millennial market who's lack of interest in car ownership has been widely reported. Or more simply, the industry has grown stagnant and senses it's time to inject some new excitement to appease the car enthusiasts like Toyota's FT-1 and Kia's GT4 Stinger concept cars.

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Posted by An Xiao Mina  |  11 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)

Kuho Jung's Second Skin garment at News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory, 2013. Installation view, Sullivan Galleries, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Except where noted, all images by the author for Core77.

The premise of Desert Island Discs, one of the BBC's most popular radio programs, is a simple one: if you were sent away to live on a desert island, what would you bring with you? Guests are allowed to take a selection of music (which plays during the program), one book, and one luxury item with them. What makes the show delightful is not the mundane realities of its premise—after all, how would you play the music after the batteries run out?—but the thought process that comes with the assumption of lack.

News From Nowhere<, an ongoing exhibition at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, takes this basic premise of lack and sets it in the context of design. Developed by Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, News takes the form of a collaborative project in which designers, artists, poets, philosophers and others are invited to imagine a post-apocalyptic world, where humanity almost goes extinct and we must start over from the beginning. The title of the exhibition comes from the eponymous 1890 novel by William Morris, a British designer who imagined a future society in which all property is shared.

A screen still from Moon and Jeong's El Fin del Mundo. Image by James Prinz.

Upon entering the exhibition, we are greeted by El Fin del Mundo, a two-channel installation developed by Moon and Jeon, depicting parallel narratives of a young woman in a totalitarian society and an artist developing work on the side. The woman is dressed with plain severity, as many apocalyptic scenarios like 1984 and The Matrix have imagined we will one day dress. She examines a set of Christmas lights without context, while on the lefthand panel we watch the artist install the lights.

takram design engineering's hydrolemic system imagines organs that maximize our bodys efficiency in a world where water is scarce.

Toyo Ito's Home-for All: Kamaishi Revival Project.

This focus on an object and the narrative behind it sets the stage for much of the exhibition. Moon and Jeon invited leading design thinkers like Toyo Ito, MVRDV and Yu Jin Gyu, amongst others, to participate in the exhibition. Toyo Ito imagined a reconstruction of a Japanese village devastated by the recent tsunami, with a recreation of village life and structures. Takram design engineering's team assembled a series of metallic implants that would make the body more efficient in the face of rapidly-decreasing water availability.


Posted by Ray  |  25 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)


The third annual Beijing Design Week kicked off four weeks ago to the day, and once again we took to the hutong to document what is arguably the largest design festival in the Eastern Hemisphere. It's certainly the major event for China's not insubstantial local design scene, and the fact that it attracts a fair share of international guests and exhibitors (mostly from Europe) is a testament to its relevance and scale in the global design circuit. According to a note from the press office that turned up in my inbox this morning, more than 1,000 designers presented their work to over 5 million visitors.

As an American-born Chinese who has been visiting Beijing for over two decades (I spent a few extra days with my family this time around) I felt compelled, for better or worse, to put the burgeoning art and design scene in perspective as a kind of parallel heritage. Thus, I concluded my coverage of BJDW2013 with a hybrid thought piece / photo essay that eschewed specific objects in an admittedly overambitious attempt to identify the meaning of the whole damn thing. But in the interest of presenting empirical examples of what, exactly, is going on in Beijing today, here is a visual survey of some of our favorite projects from 751 D.Park, Caochangdi artist's village, and, of course, Dashilar, the singular neighborhood where I embarked on the weeklong journey through the Beijing design scene and where I ultimately returned on the October 1 holiday, the day before I left.

Although some of the Guest City exhibitions felt a bit heavyhanded—751, in particular, was a bit too commercial for my taste—there were a few gems among the SALON/ exhibitors in Dashilar; LAVA, Klaas Kuiken & Dieter Volkers, and Sander Wassink were standouts among the dozen or so young Dutch designers who'd been invited to partner with local students to create work on-site. Meanwhile, I was glad to see new projects from Micro/Macro—Sara Bernardi followed up the CON-TRADITION collection with Yi, Er, San, Wu, Ling, as well as a jewelry collaboration with Miranda Vukasovic—and Mian Wu, whose new work was exhibited alongside techno-textiles by Elaine Ng Yanling at Wuhao Curated Shop. So too was I struck by the urban fabric of Beijing itself, specifically the contrast between the hypothetically habitable sculptures by international starchitects and the grassroots experiments in the labyrinthine hutong.

Still, if I had to choose a single best project from Beijing Design Week 2013, I must say it was one that I got to bring home: Drawing Architecture Studio's A Little Bit of Beijing is not only a felicitous souvenir but also a little bit of incentive to brush on my Chinese for next year.

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Beijing Design Week 2013:
» Dashing through Dashilar - First Impressions
» Studio LL Launches with Du Pin & Drum Stools at Caochangdi
» Wuhao Presents New Work by Mian Wu & Climatology by the Fabrick Lab (a.k.a. Elaine Ng Yanling)
» CAFA Students Present the Museum of Bicycle Parts in Dashilar
» An iPhone 5S Architecture Tour - Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid & Steven Holl in Slo-Mo
» Common Objects: Soviet and Chinese Design 1950-1980's
» Zhang Ke, Matali Crasset & Others Explore the Future of the Hutong
» Drawing Architecture Studio Presents 'A Little Bit of Beijing' (à la Chris Ware)
» The Real Dashilar / Closing Remarks

Related: Ben Hughes Presents 'Design for the Real China' - Competition Deadline on Oct. 31

Posted by core jr  |   9 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)

Vienna-Design-Week-2013-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Sam Dunne for Core77

One of our favorite stops during Europe's design festival season is Vienna Design Week, a beautiful city with a seemingly endless amount of abandoned shops, spaces and nooks (even pharmacies) to exhibit in. With an impressive line-up of new work on show this year, Passionwege, a platform for emerging designers stole show with the "Experimental Sweet Factory" for Lobmeyr by design duo Bertille & Mathieu. Check out our full gallery for highlights and don't miss the bong-like vessel for vaporizing wine, definitely one of the more obscure concepts in recent memory.

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'Imprint' by Sebastian Herkner
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Posted by core jr  |   1 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)

LDF13-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Sam Dunne & Anki Delfmann for Core77

Now in its 11th year, London's annual design festival has expanded from its focus on furniture and design objects to include a strong a fashion, graphic and (most notably) digital component.

Not represented in our photo gallery of highlights—but worth mentioning—was the really interesting line-up of talks and seminars offered at this year's festival.

London's annual design festival, which wrapped up a nine-day run on Sunday, included over 300 events, exhibitions and installations held across the capital. Here, we present some highlights from around the city, including special shows at the Victoria and Albert Museum and new product designs from the 100% Design, designjunction, Tent London, and Super Brands London exhibitions.

London Design Festival 2013:
» Ally Capellino - 'Bums on Seats'
» Najla El Zein's "Wind Portal" at the VA
» Designjunction Highlights
» Tent London & Super Brands
» Designersblock
» 100% Norway
» iMakr

Posted by core jr  |  13 Aug 2013  |  Comments (0)


Photography by Mark LeBeau for Core77

The largest outdoor sports show of its kind, Outdoor Retailer takes place twice a year in Salt Lake City, and this year veteran trade show attendee and Core77 reader Mark LeBeau was on the ground to capture all the highlights. In recent years, there's been an explosion of charging solutions for powering electronic off-the-grid, an increase in the use of design as the marketing differentiator (especially in climbing equipment) and a rise in popularity of paddle boards over kayaks, not to mention the rapid emergence of GoPro as a major player in the industry!

See the latest gear for every conceivable outdoor and adventure activity from the top brands in the world in our photo gallery:

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Posted by Sam Dunne  |  16 Jul 2013  |  Comments (0)

New-Designers-2013-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Sam Dunne for Core77

Serving as a platform for design graduates in the United Kingdom to launch their career, the New Designers 2013 Show took place at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London with over 3,500 emerging designers exhibiting their wares and ideas in disciplines ranging from industrial design and furniture design to textiles, ceramics, jewelry and applied arts.

As usual, the work ranged from good to great, and we've duly taken stock of our favorites from the show. Head over to the New Designers website for more about the show, or check out the ArtsThread blog for more info on the young designers in this year's show.

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Posted by Glen Jackson Taylor  |  19 Jun 2013  |  Comments (0)

Campana-Brothers-Concepts-Gallery.jpgPhotography by Glen Jackson Taylor for Core77

The Campana Brothers' exhibition at New York City's Friedman Benda gallery marks not only the duo's first solo show in the U.S. but also the 30th anniversary of the studio. Simply titled Concepts, the exhibition delivers exactly that with a collection of superbly well-executed one-off pieces made from exotic materials and their signature labor-intensive handcraft techniques. At first glance, it's a natural materials-fest: showstoppers include the "Pirarucu Cabinet," a free standing dresser upholstered in pirarucu fish scales; the Boca (Portuguese for "mouth") collection covered in patches of cowhide; and an incredible "Alligator Sofa," 'upholstered' with tiny stuffed leather alligator toys by Orientavida, an NGO that teaches underprivileged women embroidery skills.

The heavy emphasis on material experimentation and any notions of sustainability are reinforced with the galleries walls and floor covered entirely in a coconut fiber matting, imparting a womb-like warmth and suggesting a humble setting for what can only be described as design collectibles. Freed from the constraints of designing for production, the brothers have taken the opportunity to explore ideas, processes and forms without concern for outcome, in fact it feels very much like the objects themselves (be it a table or chair) are just a means of demonstrating proof-of-concept for new techniques.

One of the most iconic pieces in show—a tough call, given how much everything begs for attention—is the "Racket Chair (Tennis)," featuring a hand-stitched motif made from remnant backings of Thonet chairs. Another striking piece, made from leftovers, is the "Detonado Chair," which is crafted out of the scraps of caning that are discarded after a chair is repaired (At the press preview, Humberto joked that it took a lot of persuasion to convince the artisan to seriously consider producing a chair for them with these worthless scraps).

The exhibition runs till July 3rd and all the highlights can be seen in our latest gallery here.


Posted by Glen Jackson Taylor  |  31 May 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Showcasing a vibrant mix of young international designers, studios and a few industry heavyweights, WantedDesign has quickly established itself as the most interesting destination on the design calendar. The 3-day event kicked-off with a blow-out party that had a line around the block leaving many design fans to some creative hustling to get in. The scope and quality of work has improved each year making a noticeable dent on the ICFF's exhibitor list. Checkout out our gallery for highlights from SVA's Products of Design students' design interventions, the El Salvadorian showcase "The Carrot Concept," RISD's furniture retrospective, new work from Great Things to People, Joe Doucet and some elegantly crafted design objects from Quebec.

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Posted by Glen Jackson Taylor  |  30 May 2013  |  Comments (0)

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This year saw the debut of NYCxDESIGN, a 12-day citywide initiative to present New York's Design Week under one umbrella—finally—and as a result, the exhibitions gained noticeably more exposure and interest from the general public. Top on our list of favorites was Frederick McSwain and François Chambard's collaboration "Off the Grid" which presented a series of beautifully engineered design objects playing with the theme of designer camping—literally. The show runs till June 6th at Gallery R'Pure and is well worth a look if you're in town.

Other shows of note included INTRO NY, which hands-down had the best range of pendant lamps seen in one place (you get a much better sense of space in our recent post here). Bezalel Academy's traveling exhibition showcasing work from the past five years made a stop in NY, and while the projects might be a little high-concept for some, they are extremely well-executed and thought-provoking.

Checkout more highlights in the gallery here and catch all the New York Design Week coverage here.

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Posted by Glen Jackson Taylor  |  28 May 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Feeling a little smaller in scale this year, the 25th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair was injected with some new energy from Rich Brilliant Willing, The Future Perfect, Tom Dixon's fabrication partner TRUMPF and their gigantic laser machines, the quirky high-end speaker systems from OMA, as well as the debut of the DesignX Workshops. Check out our highlights in the gallery here.

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