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Our show promotes the young up and coming creatives in the fields of fashion, photography, illustration, graphics, film, interior and product design. You'll find interviews, event registrations, new music as well as other lifestyle topics.

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Our show promotes the young up and coming creatives in the fields of fashion, photography, illustration, graphics, film, interior and product design. You'll find interviews, event registrations, new music as well as other lifestyle topics.

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YDN Design Guide

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Our show promotes the young up and coming creatives in the fields of fashion, photography, illustration, graphics, film, interior and product design. You'll find interviews, event registrations, new music as well as other lifestyle topics.

Rank #1: Gimmi the loot! at Scope Art Fair

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"gimme the loot" was a guerilla exhibition which was seen across the many different art fairs at the Miami art week, december 2007. Gerard Kilgallon tells us some of the ideas behind the guns, according to him the AK47 (of which this collective created a plastic "miami style" version of) can be considered the most used weapon of mass destruction. We also take a quick peek at the Scope Art fair with works by Seon Ghi Bahk and Yong Ho Ji.

Mar 27 2008

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Rank #2: Waag society on open design

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For years, Waag Society has been the chief proponent of open design in the Netherlands. The organisation plays a pioneering role, identifying, studying and fostering possibilities by initiating projects such as the Open Design Lab and making possible places like Fablab Amsterdam and the Dialogue Café. Waag Society helps people to imagine new possibilities in design, manufacturing and the use of objects. Sharing information and data means sharing culture. Open design is the future!

Dec 06 2011

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Rank #3: Bagatti Valsecchi 2.0

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Two Landlords and two Ladies, plus a magnificent Mansion have created an Exhibition that opens up a dialogue between past and present trends. Like one would do with a flower composition, 16 artists display their pieces in an untouched environment of blissful past beauty developed over the centuries by a generous family who later wished to share their home with everyone.

Jun 10 2013

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Rank #4: Dirk van der Kooij and A. Raymond (confrontations series)

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Dirk van der Kooij collaborated with A. Raymond to create a new modular system with which you can create objects from a chair to a lighting system. www.dirkvanderkooij.nl www.design-museum.de

Jul 24 2012

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Rank #5: Confrontations with Wieki Somers and chocolatier Rafael Mutter

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Wieki Somers and Rafael Mutter created this chocolate slicer, inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s chocolate grinder. Each block of chocolate weighs over 100 kg, and when thinly sliced they reveal patterns in the form of African bobo (cocoa pickers believe they have special powers for a good harvest) masks

Jul 20 2012

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Rank #6: Confrontations with Formafantasma and Doris Wicki

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Formfantasma takes a closer look at charcoal, it's ancient uses, the good and bad properties of the material. For this they created a number of experiments in the confrontations series together with charcoal burner Doris Wicki, one of the last artisans who still produce vegetable charcoal through slow combustion of wood. This project is part of the confrontations series held in the Vitra Design museum.

Jul 17 2012

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Rank #7: Confrontating 2012 architecten and Vitra

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2012Architecten were invited to design and build with the almost perfect production waste from Vitra Factory.

Jul 13 2012

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Rank #8: Confrontations with Lucas Maassen and Roche

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For this project Lucas used a synthesized version of his parents' DNA to visualize a crystal, in a way creating a new piece with his origins. Lobmeyer then produced 1100 handmade reproductions of this crystal and Lucas' had his parents construct a chandelier out of them during a live performance at the Vitra design museum at art Basel 2012.

more info on the exhibition on designmuseum.de and www.premsela.org for the project

Jun 24 2012

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Rank #9: NEW DUIVENDRECHT LAUNCHES IN MILAN

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One of the many brands launched this year in Milan is New Duivendrecht. Founded by Frederik Roijé and Victor le Noble, the brand is a manufacturer of contemporary furniture by Dutch designers. The main goal being to make high quality products which are both sustainable as well as innovative. All of the pieces are produced locally in the Netherlands. www.newduivendrecht.com

May 28 2012

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Rank #10: CARWAN GALLERY, MIDDLE EASTERN CRAFTS, CONTEMPORARY DESIGNERS

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Presented during the Milan design week 2012, ‘Contemporary perspectives in Middle Eastern Crafts’ explores a new realm in design. Expanding on traditional crafts with the input of a new generation of contemporary designers. Specialized techniques by artisans from the Middle East were re-imagined to create new works for the exhibition. www.carwangallery.com

May 22 2012

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Rank #11: La Chance presents Jeckyll & Hyde

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Louise and Jean-Baptiste started this new furniture and lighting company. It produces all products in Europe in human-sized factories. These design enthusiasts aim to show what their vision is of French design while keeping the products more warm and towards uninhibited luxury instead of cold and conceptual. Not all designs are made by the French as they have sought out great talented designers throughout the world to develop products for them, ranging from Italy, the Netherlands to Israel and the US. lachance.fr

May 15 2012

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Rank #12: Dutch invertuals in Milan 2012

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By conducting research and experiments the Invertuals have transposed the theme of vulnerability onto contemporary designs. Balance, delicacy, curiosity and transience were sources of inspiration. “Almost unnoticed we have shaped a society without danger. Nevertheless things happen to us we can’t control. ‘Untouchables Retouched’ is a visual dialogue about re-balancing and re-valuating the beauty of vulnerability.” Dutch Invertuals is a collective of individual designers who are always in search of the limits of their profession. They present pieces that reflect their contemporary viewpoints in images, objects, materials, insights and stories. Participants: Daphna Laurens, Edhv, Mieke Meijer, Raw Color, Jetske Visser, Jeroen Wand, Maurizio Montalti, Kirstie van Noort, Susana Camara & Mike Thompson, Adrien Petrucci, Paul Heijnen.

May 09 2012

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Rank #13: Inflatable lightbulbs by Nacho Carbonell

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Inspired by the four classical elements, earth, air, fire and water, Nacho Carbonell has incorporated subtle references to these through the design of his hand made lightbulb. In an ingenious way, water in the bulb creates a sea-like light reflection from the light source, (the representation of fire) into the environment where the bulb is placed. Additionally, the user can interact with the lightbulbs size by pumping air into the lightbulb, another reference to an element.
This in turn changes the reflection of the water in the bulb. Be it by inflating or by pouring, hanging or floating, this lightbulb demands from us that we play with it and define how we would like to use it, and always with subtle references to the earth, air, fire and water.

May 06 2012

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Rank #14: Karimoku's New Standard

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Karimoku new standard collaborates with emerging international designers focussing on high quality craftsmenship combined with contempory design. The products are predominantly made of solid Japanese hardwoods such as maple, chestnut and oak. The collection was presented in a 100 year old aparatment in Milan during the salone di mobile 2012. In addition to existing products, 9 prototypes were also exhibited. Designers like Scholten & Baijings, Big game, Sylvain willenz, Lucien Gumy and the Karimoku design team were shown in the 4 rooms of this apartment.
more info on karimoku-newstandard.jp

May 02 2012

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Rank #15: Rumkugelbahn by Mischer'traxler

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This interesting title loosely translates to Rum ball course, which refers to the chocolate rum ball which travels down a route taking you for a preview of the Vienna Design week taking place this October.

The Vienna Design Week Embassy (fancy title!) presents this work of Vienna design couple Mischer'Traxler during the DMY festival in Berlin.
text from the dmy:
"The ball path is a reminisence of Vienna's Prater and its typical sweet and candies. Feel invited to join this years 's festival October 1- 10th. On display are products by Breaded Escalope, Casali, Marco Dessi, Dottings, Max Lamb, J.&L. Lobmeyr, Mühlbauer, Augarten, POLKA, Posenanski, RiessKELOMAT, Adrien Rovero, Robert Rüf, soda designers, Vösslauer, Wittmann"

Jun 22 2010

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Rank #16: DMY Awards 2010

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And the winners are…

Three out of ten – On Friday, June 11 the DMY Award winners were announced at the evening Award Ceremony. The winners are For use/numen: Tape Installation, Daphna Isaacs & Laurens Manders: Tafelstukken and EPFL+ECAL Lab: Give me more.

The jury members Jerszy Seymour, Hella Jongerius, Jurgen Bey, Werner Aisslinger and Patrick Reymond were impressed by the experimental approach of the Austro-Croatian designers For use / numen who created an architectural socializing place with a very simple material: tape. They acknowledged the close collaboration between designers and engineers within the Swiss research institute EPFL + ECAL Lab who showed augmented reality scenarios combining analogue materials and digital applications pointing to charming ways of designing and living in the near future.

Awarding Daphna Isaacs & Laurens Manders, Hella Jongerius as a representative of the jury, pointed out that Berlin stands out in terms of research, experimenting and prototyping but it is also important to acknowledge the finishing of products and that is why the jury chose this accomplishment of a very tactile and nicely functioning product. Congratulations!

Jun 16 2010

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Rank #17: DMY All stars overview

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The All stars exhibition, located at the central exhibition space of DMY at Tempelhof airport is the professional side of the festival. It shows work by established companies and organisations that have items ranging from furniture to accesories and even architectural work.

Featuring the works of:
Freedom of creation, Taiwan arts council, Post fossil, Fidu (Oscar Zieta), Florian Krautli, Adrien Rovero, Pour les alpes, Centro metropolitano de diseno, Ulli Budde

more info on dmy-berlin.com

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Jun 13 2010

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Rank #18: DMY Opening 2010 Berlin

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YDN presents DMY Festival 2010, as the first video in this DMY series we give a short impression of the events that took place on the opening night.

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Jun 11 2010

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Rank #19: Yii Design

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Yii, started by the Taiwan Craft Research Institute to stimulate a more creative conversation between Taiwanese designers and traditional craftsmen.

It's quite interesting to see Asia is picking up on conceptual design and generating their own designers and it will be a good place to keep an eye out for the future design stars.

Through the magic of skype, Gijs Bakker was able to closely involved in the process with his role as creative director. They chose to stick to Taiwanese designers instead of bringing in Westerners.

The collection revolves around 3 main themes, Inspired by Nature, Cultivation and Sustainability. It's the result of 15 designers working together with 20 master craftsmen and went on show at the salone di mobile at the Triennale of Milan.

May 29 2010

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Rank #20: Swarovski Crystal Palace 2010

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The Crystal Palace was a favorite amongst the Salone's visitors this year.
It was a place to get inspired in the theatrics of light and crystal with the help of the designers who each created their own world inside a room.

Featuring works of Tokujin Yoshioka, Yves Behar, Gwenael Nicolas, Rogier van der Heide, Vincent van Duysen and some works from previous years.

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www.swarovskicrystalpalace.com

May 25 2010

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Rossana Orlandi 2015: A look at lighting

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During the Milan design week Rossana Orlandi's gallery always provides a haven for young fresh design, a place where you can see a lot of exploration in crafts, stories and materials. With the courtyard as a center point of discussion and relaxation this hotspot always remains a must see during the week. This video focusses on the massive amount of lighting products seen in this years' exhibition.

Jun 09 2015

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Mindcraft15 Milan design week

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One of the most impressive installations of this years Milan design week was at Chiostro Minore di San Simpliciano in the heart of the city. The exhibition Minecraft15 presented some of the best contemporary artists and designers in an amazing setting created by Danish/Italian design studio GamFratesi who was also in charge of the curating. The floors of the cloister were covered with a reflective surface creating an ‘in between’ space which was this years’ theme.
‘We chose the theme “In Between” because it reflects the fact that Danish craftspeople and designers work in a field of tension in between mind and craft. This exhibition covers the full range of that span, including fully developed ideas, conceptual qualities and sublime artistic and technical accomplishments, coupled with a unique understanding of the materials,’
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Apr 22 2015

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Milan 2014, looking back on Tortona

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This used to be everyone's favourite area of the Milan Design Week, Zona Tortona. But unfortunately due to the increased commercialism and the decline of the economy this place lost its critical eye for great design. Yet there are always a few highlights if you look hard enough. For instance this years' presentations by Moooi and Lasvit were some of the exceptions.

Jan 12 2015

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Cohesion of Dutch Invertuals at DDW2014

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This collection at the Dutch Design Week 2014 is all about Cohesion, in the broadest terms of course. Finding that correlation between objects, surfaces, materials and dimensions. The idea of a 'product' was abandoned and instead they focussed one element, a layer. Think of it as an experiment to be used in a future product or project. The projects are spread across the room with a strong grid on the floor separating them, following the grid in a way as they divide the space. Some works play with the 3d space such as studio Mieke Meijers carefully suspended Frames & Volumes in an exploded view, a play of reflection and light absorption. The work of Daphna Laurens plays with optical depth perception, moire and light with their 'Flat Light' lamp shades while Thomas Vailly & Laura Lynn Jansen take a more subtle approach with optical layers showing tension in their object only when touching it. In any case as always there were plenty of interesting experiments to see in a beautifully crafted exhibition amidst the craziness of the Dutch Design Week, usually one of the highlights for seasoned visitors.

Dutch Invertuals is a yearly changing collection of designers curated by Wendy Plomp. They present in their collections in their home town Eindhoven or during the Milan design week amongst places. In these specific curated and carefully crafted environments the designers to express their future experiments and explorations in material and shape within a very open theme.

www.dutchinvertuals.nl

Dec 16 2014

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Modebelofte, Seductive Precursors

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Modebelofte is a presentation of new fashion talents recently graduated from Dutch and international fashion institutions. Their experiments try to seduce us into their personal visions of the future of fashion. Most notable is the way it has been presented here, in its own little universe of suspended mannequins and dramatic lighting emphasising the silhouettes. This is the direct result of the partnership between visual designer Niek Pulles and experience designer Harm Rensink who were asked to design this exhibition.

Nov 16 2014

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Design to save the world

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During the salone del mobile in Milan, Droog presented their Saved by Droog collection which was based on 5135 items bought at liquidation sales. They asked 14 designers to reinterpretate the objects and turn these discarded products into newly wanted products.

more info on www.droog.com
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Oct 23 2014

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Collecting trash, the new resource

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Sandra Suubi was known on campus as the girl who collected trash for her art with an aim to create beauty from waste. During the workshop (held in English) as part of Age of Wonderland, an event which focuses on sustainable social change, Sandra will guide participants in making instruments from recycled materials. Participants of all ages are welcome to join, just remember to bring your own trash. Suggestions include hard plastic buckets, pipes and bottle caps, metal pots and cans, flexible panels, glass bottles, beads, buttons or whatever the would-be performer desires. Concluding the week will be a jam session where participants can showcase their instruments and performance skills in their own way in a public concert. The workshop highlights not only making and music, but resourcefulness, possibilities and co-creation.

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Oct 17 2014

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Reusing plastic bags in the Anudando project

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Discarded plastic bags are spun into fine yarns and then woven into textiles, a technique Michelle Baggerman developed during her graduation period at the Design Academy Eindhoven. By collaborating with Mexican social design organisation Anudando, textile items are made from plastic bag yarn together with craftspeople from regional parts of Mexico who specialise in weaving, crochet and basket making.

“The craftsmen we work with are extremely skilled and inventive,” tells Michelle. “By offering them a new material to work with, which can basically be collected from the streets, and taking a new perspective on the different products they make."

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Oct 15 2014

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Protective underwear

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Julia van Zanten decided to challenge the issue of the stigma related to incontinence, her inspiration, a family member who suddenly decided they didn't feel comfortable going on long walks with her.
“Practical solutions exist in the form of adult diapers, but these do nothing to address the emotional side of this common problem”
Julia created a washable textile underwear accompanied by washing elements and a campaign to bring awareness to the subject. The aim: to restore some dignity and a sense of security when leaving the home. Take a look and decide for yourself, is this something you'd rather wear then an adult diaper? Julia explains: “In the end it is not about the end product but the experience and conversation around its cycle of use leading to a change in perspective. Through this project I aim to provoke others to consider moments on the margins that could do with the same attention as our emphasis on designing chairs and lamps.”

Oct 12 2014

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Imperfect Design

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Imperfect Design pairs Dutch designers with craftspeople in emerging countries to produce handcrafted lifestyle products. Since Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe’s first collaboration with Imperfect Design in 2011, it’s been nothing short of a commercial success for Cantel, their collection of striking recycled glass vases made by glass blowers in Guatemala. The range of colors being limited only by what is available, as the production uses only recycled glass.

available for purchase on www.imperfectdesign.eu

Oct 07 2014

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Milan 2014 shorts: Brera and inner city of Milan

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In this series of short looks at the Milan design week 2014 we take a look at the key events happening in the inner city of Milan and the Brera District.
Ecal took a different approach to the home automation trend. By taking on the subject with a bit of humor it's easy to realise how many solutions simply don't make much sense yet. The impressive thing is though that all the projects presented were fully functional such as the floating hand awaiting to open up the curtains for you, a willing spoon to follow your cup of coffee around and humming fruits combining taste and sound.
The new collection of Hay was also a favourite amongst visitors and journalists, bringing good design and making it accessible to a wider audience. And 2014 also marked the return of Maarten Baas to the Milan design week as well with his 'Baas is in town' show.

Sep 12 2014

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NYCxDesign openings tour

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A short compilation of what we saw during the NYCxDesign opening night. Most locations were conveniently located around the Soho area and this video gives a glimpse of what is currently going on in the American design scene.

Unfortunately the idea that 'high end' design should be made with materials such as copper, bronze, glass and shaped geometrically still is in the minds of the designers on this side of the pond. Is this because the 'market' demands it or a result of schooling? One thing can't be denied, the annual design week has definitely grown and matured in the last few years.

This video features works and exhibits by Decode, Knauf and Brown, IntroNY, ByAMT, RWB, TokyoBike, Lindsey Adelman, Monumental Moonmilk, Jenny Nordberg, Future Perfect, designjunction, sight unseen, l'arcobaleno, fab, Rosi, Li, Huy Bui, Moving Mountains, Amma studio, vitsoe, GT2P, Max Lamb.

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Sep 05 2014

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Panta Rei by Nacho Carbonell

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This is the third video in our special Nacho Carbonell series featuring his latest projects.
Inspired by Italo Calvino ’s masterpiece ” The Invisible Cities ”, Nacho constructed a stylised village that hides within it a mechanism that is archaic and mysterious.
At the opposite end of the 'village' there is a glass block composed of several layers of geological sections which represent the months of the year in turn facing the village. At regular intervals the village suddenly shoots against the glass block destroying it slowly, layer by layer, bullet for bullet, creating a cycle of continuous transformation showing the influence of human nature in our landscape.
More information on nachocarbonell.com

Jul 31 2014

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Collective 2, Design Fair NY

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Steven Learner walks us through Collective 2, Design Fair in New York. Collective is a unique fair in that it focusses solely on collecting design, something strangely missing in the long list of New York City fairs. The combined exhibitions of the Design Academy Eindhoven and Hella Jongerius were welcome as they bring a broader perspective to the whole. But also the variety of galleries enabled visitors to see both current, past and future trends in furniture design.
More information on collectivedesignfair.com
Music: CHLLNGR "Datter" (creative commons sharealike3.0)
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Jul 15 2014

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Hypnopompic - Kustaa Saksi

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This video takes a look at the process behind producing one of Kustaa Saksi's Hypnopompic rugs at the Textiel Museum in Tilburg. Saksi realised ‘Hypnopompic’; a series of eight vivid large-scale tapestries. Hypnopompic means the dreamlike state of consciousness filled with illusions that can occur between waking and sleeping. The brightly coloured pieces combine recognisable creatures and organic designs with surreal visualisations. A wide range of natural and synthetic materials, from viscose, lurex and metallic yarns, to alpaca wool and mohair, add extra depth. The wall hangings on display have all been developed and produced in the TextielLab.
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Apr 25 2014

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Nacho Carbonell, a tour through the studio

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YDN design guide is a supplement to YDN Magazine. A design magazine published quarterly by Young Designers Network which is based in the Netherlands. Our show promotes the young up and coming creatives in the fields of fashion, photography, illustration, graphics, film, interior and product design. You'll find interviews, event registrations, new music as well as other lifestyle topics.

Apr 16 2014

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IMM D3 Talents 2014

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Every year the IMM cologne fair picks their best up and coming designers for the D3 Contest. We take a look at our personal favourite designers selected as well as some of the winners of the 2014 contest.

Mar 20 2014

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Design Miami 2013

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A tour of our favourite galleries and artists from the Design Miami 2013 show. Featuring Formlessfinder, Humans since 1982, Jon Stam, Julien Carretero, Guilherme Torres, Simon Heijdens, Nao Tamura, Wonderglass, Tahar Chemirik, Nacho Carbonell, Djim Berger, BSL, BCXSY, Wonmin Park, Nika Zupanc, Rossana Orlandi, Gijs Bakker, Reinier Bosch, Dominic Harris, Stuart Haygarth, Carpenters Workshop, Campana brothers, Studio Job, Maarten Baas, rAndom international.

Mar 07 2014

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Object Rotterdam 2014

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OBJECT is an art fair in Rotterdam presenting limited edition pieces in design, art and fashion. The location of this years' event was the "Rotterdam", a new building by architectural firm OMA (Rem Koolhaas). Visitors could wander through the vacant apartments on the 30th floor and see the design labels combined with the spectacular views of the city.
Featuring the works of: Kranen / Gille, rENs, Prooff, Makkink & Bey, Functionals, Beeldenstorm, EKWC, House of Ababa, Lex Pott.
www.objectrotterdam.nl

Feb 17 2014

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Das Haus of Louise Campell

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Das Haus – interiors on stage is the simulation of a home at the IMM 2014. Every year a designer is invited to create a their vision of a home according to their personality. Louise Campbell created a structure of two overlapping barns with a footprint of 240 m2 and made of wooden beams, larch shingles and many different fabrics.
She designed “Das Haus” as a home “for him and her, for slow and fast, soft and hard, light and dark, colour and material, British and Scandinavian – with a tranquil space in the middle where everything fits together with some quirks, but no conflicts. And in this case, “him and her” doesn’t just mean male and female, but the masculine and feminine side within each and every one of us.

Feb 16 2014

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