Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mitzi Curtis - Furniture Design

(inside) Interior Design Review Magazine is a white-collar journal for both the interior architects and designers. It gives people a taste of architectural projects that leading interior designers have created. (inside) continues to merge national and international enterprises, presented in a bold visual style, to offer readers beneficial understanding of modern design developments, components and procedures. While doing this they also the broader industry debates of society-including architectures, manufacturing, distribution and trends. (inside) has featured the personal works of 16 australian architectural photographers, for an example; Jesse Marlow. There are different focuses on exhibiting, these include; Prospects-highlights of design and look at talents; Detail-sharp focus on design centric subjects; Resource-materials (enabling product or service for practicing designers; Profile-an inside look at design characters, of the highest merit; Discourse-discussing points of interest in Q&A form; and Design Humanities-the sociological look of design dynamics.

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1. https://niche.com.au/our-brands/inside/

2. http://www.isubscribe.com.au/Magazines/Art-&-Design/Architecture/Inside-Interior-Design-Review.cfm

3. http://www.magshop.com.au/inside

4. http://www.jessemarlow.com/news/inside-interior-design-review-magazine-sunday-morning-featured/

Monday, April 25, 2011

Mitzi Curtis- Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen was one of 20th century's most cutting edge architects and industrial designers. Saarinen designed chairs such as the Tulip Chair and buildings like the Gateway Arch in Louis and the TWA Flight Centre at the John F. Kennedy International Airport. He was associated with the furniture company Knoll where he created furnishings which are still being produced and used today. He was the recipient for a multitude of awards and the subject of many exhibitions.
Having initially chosen sculpture at university and only completing 12 months of it, much of his works show some sort of a relationship between sculpture and architecture. Saarinen established a marvellous number of architectural structures which depended on colour, form and materials. He also displayed a marked dependence on innovative structure and sculptural forms.
Eero comfortably shifted back and forth amidst the International and Expressionism style, utilising a vocabulary of curves and cantilevered forms. The Tulip Chair and the Womb Chair (having been in production since their launch in 1955) are prime examples of the unique and organic feel portrayed in the curves. While shapes and curves were Saarinen's signature, in the architectural industry he oscillated from the angular international style of the John Deere World Headquarters.
Saarinen's furniture incorporated the natural textures of the time and later became one of the earliest designers to use fibreglass. "Always design a thing by considering its next larger context- a chair in a room, a room in a house and a house in an environment." - Eero Saarinen
Before Saarinen died (in 1961) he was elected a fellow of the AIA (American Institute of Architecture) and was also the winner of the AIA gold medal.


1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eero_Saarinen#Work

2. http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Eero_Saarinen.html

3. http://www.homelife.com.au/home+ideas/decorating/eero+saarinen,5625

4. http://scandinaviandesign.com/Eero_saarinen/

5. http://www.knoll.com/designer/designer_detail.jsp?designer_id=90

Monday, April 4, 2011

Post 4 - Toni Prinsse - Semi-Permanent

2011 is the ninth year of Semi-Permanent conferences held all over the world. Simon Velvin, founder and worldwide director of Semi-Permanent says of Semi-Permanent “It’s a raw, edgy conference, People share their work, their lives, their passions, what pisses them off”.

Semi-Permanent was developed to unite and provide the international design community with a creative experience. It incorporates all design disciplines and is more like a party then a conference.

The aim of Semi-Permanent is to gather creative people to share ideas, experiences and learn through local and international experts.

It’s a celebration of all things design including Graphic Design, Film, Art, Illustration, Web Design, Photography, Visual Effects, Animation, Graffiti, Motion Graphics, Stop Motion and many more.

The conference consists of speakers, exhibitions, competitions, workshops and parties. Conference speakers are at the top of their profession and speak about their experiences and knowledge. 2011 speakers consist of Production Designers, Artists, Musicians, Graphic Designers, Typography experts and more.

To date Semi-Permanent has hosted 26 events in 9 cities, covering 5 countries, with 164 speakers and over 42,000 attendees.

Semi-Permanent is a great source of “inspiration” and speaks directly to the individual. Discounted student prices enable the next generation of creative designers to be part of the conversation.






Brett Page post 4 - Spatial industry, journals, expo's conferences.

Australian Design Alliance is a new strategic partnership of Australia’s peak design bodies
across a range of disciplines, including design, architecture, urban planning, craft and the arts.

The [AdA] vision is to develop a culture of design in Australia to strengthen economic competitiveness, innovation and sustainability. Its mission is to achieve greater advancement, recognition and valuing of Australian design by governments, business and community, plus greater innovation and collaboration within the design sector together with the application of strategic design approaches across all sectors.
The formation of the ADA has been stimulated by the perceived need for governments to recognise design as a potent means of realising policy objectives such as digital technologic
al innovation, education, health, crime prevention, construction, environmental sustainability and transport.
Similar moves to establish peak design bodies are being made internationally in Europe, the US and Asia.

In addition to developing a culture of design in Australia to strengthen economic
competitiveness, innovation and sustainability, the ADA aims to increase levels of Australian design advocacy, research, policy development, resources and collaboration.
The combined national membership of the ADA
is in excess of 20,000 and represents a constituency of almost 80,000 design practitioners.

The ADA September 2010 launched at the Sydney Opera House included 100 key Australian designers to discuss the value of design and its impact on Government Policy, Research, the Economy, Culture, Education, Innovation and the Media.

Samantha S - Serizawa Keisuke

In 1916 Keisuke Serizawa Textile Designer, graduated from the design division of the Tokyo Technical College. Inspired by the bingata (multicoloured, stencil-dyed) textiles of Okinawa, from 1928 he began to research them and, subsequently, the traditional textiles of other regions.

His individualistic style of katazome (stencil dyeing) was the result of his involvement in the entire process, from design, stencil cutting and application to dyeing.

He was deeply impressed by the writings on crafts by Muneyoshi Yanagi and contributed works to the MINGEI (‘folk art’) movement.

In 1931 he executed a stencil-dyed cloth design for the bound cover of the first issue of the movement’s monthly publication Kogei (‘Crafts’), of which he was editor for a year.

His folk art includes kimono, paper prints, wall scrolls, folding screens, curtains, fans and calendars. Serizawa has also produced numerous masterpieces in illustrated books including Don Quixote, Vincent van Gogh and A Day at Mashiko.

The distinguishing trait of Serizawa’s katazome method is the use of the starch mixture to create, not a colored area as is current in direct-dyeing process, but a blank, undyed one that forms a part of the pattern and that can later be colored by hand in multi-color or monochrome as the designer sees fit.

Serizawa was designated as a Living National Treasure.






Sunday, April 3, 2011

Marc Newson

Marc Newson is the most commended and influential designer of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects, to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts, various architectural commissions, and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the world.

Born in Sydney, Newson spent most of his childhood traveling through Europe and Asia. He started experimenting with furniture design as a student and, after graduation, he was awarded a grant from the Australian Crafts Council with which he staged his first exhibition, featuring the famous Lockheed Lounge, a piece that has now, twenty years later, set three consecutive world records at auction.

Newson’s clients include a large range of the best known and most major brands in the world - from manufacturing and technology to transportation, fashion and the luxury goods sector. Many of his designs have been a runaway success for his clients and have achieved the status of modern design icons.

His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, London’s Design Museum and V&A, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Vitra Design Museum. Newson has lived and worked in Tokyo, Paris, and London where he is now based, and he continues to travel widely.