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Designersblock will present work by 40 designers at their show in Milan this year. Curated as ever by the London duo Piers Roberts and Rory Dodd, the 2008 show is more international than usual, with a large number of young Italian designers showing work.
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Ecobuild pavilion

30 March 2008
London Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture and Spatial Design has built a pavilion out of 14 large composite timber panels.
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Brick headers stacked on top of each other form the facade of the new extension to the historic Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool. Rotterdam-based BIQ Architecten was commissioned to add a new block on the site of the East Wing and to renovate the interior of the original Bluecoat.
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A secondary school in the Netherlands has put the playground at its heart and spiralled the classrooms around it on a Guggenheim-esque ramp.
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New doesn’t always mean better. A small group of designers is rejecting the cutting edge and turning to redundant technology from the recent past. They are creating works that they feel have a warmth and richness lacking from the digital age.
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“It’s not trying to be a monument,” says Nikolaus Hirsch of German practice Wandel Höfer Lorch + Hirsch’s visitor centre at Ravensbrük, north-east Germany. “There are enough historical monuments here already.”
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49 State Capitols

30 March 2008
49 State Capitols is the photographic and philatelic (postage stamp-loving) essay of artist Ramak Fazel’s 2006 pilgrimage to all of the United States’ capitol buildings, save Alaska’s.
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Vertical threads of wool in hues of blue and green are neatly inserted between tall eco-resin panels marking the entrance of the Tai Ping showroom in Hamburg.
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Designersblock

30 March 2008


Designersblock will present work by 40 designers at their show in Milan this year. Curated as ever by the London duo Piers Roberts and Rory Dodd, the 2008 show is more international than usual, with a large number of young Italian designers showing work.

“Italy hasn’t really brought through any young Italian designers,” says Roberts, “partly because the attention is still on the success of the old masters. Maybe education is changing, but there’s now an underlying sense that it’s not all good in Italy.” This is something he claims young Italian designers are beginning to explore.

Notable exhibits include Italian designer Marcella Foschi’s lit up clothes, more of a concept than a design. Foschi wants to encourage people to find a new use for objects they don’t want anymore. Also wanting to re-use the dated and undesirable is [re]make, a series of shrink-wrapped, old table lamps, produced by socially motivated design group [re]design. The “preserved” lamps can be unwrapped if they come back into fashion.

Designersblock will also hold performances. Design Species, a collective of Eindhoven-based designers, will present a fashion show that questions the origins of fashion. Inspired by Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of the species by means of natural selection”, Design Species will explore the “means of fashionable selection.”

Designersblock will take up a space at Piscina Argelati, Piazza Arcole, Via Fillippo Argelati. The opening party is on Wednesday 16 April from 18.00 - 23.00, and there’s another on Saturday the 19th from 20.00 - 24.00.

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Granny, a chair you can sew on to, by Belgium based JAMES design.



Sound Tag by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez. The UK based designer translates sound into sculptures.

 

Icon experiment

30 March 2008
Icon is going 3D, with seaweed, ice cream, hot wax, chewing gum and string. The icon experiment is a series of performances and installations by designers taking place at the ExCel exhibition centre for nine days in May as part of Grand Designs Live London.
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