Plebsville 19 August 2008

Two years from launch, “Plebsville” has survived the flood of online social-networking. Based on the premise of Lee McCormack’s book, “Designers are Wankers”, the site offers a mix of web 2.0 features for design graduates.

Villa Alta 18 August 2008

“I wanted it to look like a house made by a kid,” muses architect Johannes Norlander of the Villa Alta. “A kid who was kind of, ‘Fuck the context.’ You know?” This was a particularly maverick approach, given that the context was a very quiet and reserved suburb a few miles outside of Stockholm.
Bucky’s far-reaching vision was merely a starting point for a whole new universe, finds Joseph Grima.
To celebrate its 110th anniversary, luggage manufacturer Globetrotter has commissioned Ross Lovegrove to inject the brand with a 21st-century aesthetic. The result is a softly curved, plain black suitcase that is claimed to be the world’s lightest, weighing only 1.4kg.
Belgian designer Arne Quinze and his studio have designed the interior of Ferrer, a new high-concept fashion store in Niewpoort-Bad, Belgium. Clothing in the store is clustered around carpets, and within what the designer describes as “hanging gardens” made of screens of crystal-encrusted threads.
We did a bit of a survey this year. After several editorial meetings wondering whether the limited-edition design phenomenon was influencing graduates’ choice of career path, we thought we’d find out. Are young designers less inclined these days to work with industrial manufacturers?

icon 063 out now 11 August 2008

We did a bit of a survey this year. After several editorial meetings wondering whether the limited-edition design phenomenon was influencing graduates’ choice of career path, we thought we’d find out. Are young designers less inclined these days to work with industrial manufacturers?

Review: Flip Ultra 08 August 2008

A cheap little camcorder defies the tide of “convergence” and does just one thing well, finds Sean Dodson.
This year, London’s architecture degree shows were as eclectic and artistic as ever, with designs veering between romantic exoticism and precision engineering. Here are some of our favourites.
Tonight is the start of the Architecture Foundation’s annual “Summer Nights” lecture series. Every Wednesday in August, one of London’s most exciting young architectural practices will present their work and discuss their ideas with editors and journalists.

The Shanghai Riddle 06 August 2008

Dutch designer Maarten Baas’ first exhibition in China will open next Friday at the Contrasts Gallery in Shanghai. Called, appropriately enough, the Shanghai Riddle, the show is the culmination of a year’s work for Baas.
At a time when creatively-bereft designers are causing problems rather than solving them, it’s thrilling to be reminded that design is intelligence made visible,” said Stephen Bayley at the opening of the Knoll exhibition at Liberty.
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