Sunny Memories is the fusion of solar technology and industrial design. A project that involved more than 80 students from four leading design schools, this exhibit explores the broad new realm of technology, energy, and design that solar dye cells have heralded. Led by the EPFL+ECAL Lab, in Lausanne, Switzerland, the “Sunny Memories” workshops took place in collaboration with the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL), the California College of the Arts (CCA), the Royal College of Art in London (RCA) and the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industrielle in Paris (ENSCI). Under the tutelage of design leaders like Yves Behar from San Francisco’s fuseproject, Jean-Francois Dingjian of Paris’ Normal Studio, Sam Hecht from London’s Industrial Facility, and Swiss designer Jörg Boner, students began their projects with the following challenge: how do we use energy to record our memory, heritage and knowledge? How can we employ solar energy to preserve history, while increasing autonomy, mobility, and sustainability?
The source of this solar innovation is the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), the “MIT of Switzerland.” There, professor Michael Graëtzel began to use molecules from colorants to transform the sun’s light into electricity. Inspired by photosynthesis, he developed an award-winning technology that allowed solar dye cells to take all sorts of shapes, colors and forms. As industrial production of these solar cells has begun, it is now up to the design community to create products that meld this new technology with great design. Sunny Memories signals a new relationship between technology and design: designers have the freedom to explore the multiple meanings that a new technology can bring about.
Sunny Memories, with the Embassy of Switzerland, January 18 – February 8, Washington Design Center, Washington D.C.
The image of this years Christmas greeting for Ligne Roset was made from dozens of La Pliée chairs. The chair was developed under the umbrella of the ‘aides à projet VIA’ by ENSCI student Marie-Aurore Stiker-Metral. LA PLIEE means ‘the folded one.’ Made from a sheet of laser-cut steel, which is folded and shaped like origami. The video shows how the tree was made (uniquement en français sans sous-titres).
Noël, by Ligne Roset
Commissioned for Wallpaper* Handmade, an exclusive exhibition organized and curated by the iconic lifestyle magazine, London based designer Miranda Watkins created Martini, a sleek travel cocktail set hand-produced in Britain by A.R. Wentworth of Sheffield. Martini combines two traditional materials, pewter and cork, to exquisite contemporary effect. The sheer simplicity of the design with its clean lines and gentle curves, achieves a modern yet classic feel, while effortlessly conveying the beauty of pewter.
Permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Martini Cocktail Set by Miranda Watkins Design
Initiated by N°111 with François Bauchet and Eric Jourdan, the Quatrième Mur was one of the ‘off’ exhibitions which spearheaded the event during the St Etienne Design Biennial 2010. In a former cinema and with this mysterious title, three ex- Saint Etienne students invited two of their ex-lecturers for a collective exhibition in the shape of ‘tribute-thanks-transmission’ with a result which lecturers and pupils alike can be proud of. The installation comprised everyday objects which, through their design and varying scales, gave rhythm and composition to the scenic space. The objective was to encourage the spectator to observe the objects from our domestic environment from a different angle and to reconsider the relationship between objects.
Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza, best known for designing museums and galleries, has presented a series of wood sculpture.
Exposição Esculturas, by Álvaro Siza, Porto, Portugal, Photography by Fernando Guerra
Rocket presents the first gallery exhibition of furniture by the London-based Japanese designer Tomoko Azumi and her tna design studio. Models, drawings and watercolour sketches relating to collaborations with several international furniture-makers will be exhibited. The exhibition will document the evolution of the new Azumi dining table – a collaboration between Rocket and Benchmark Furniture.
Exhibition: Tomoko Azumi | Objective, 18 September – 20 November, at Rocket, London, UK
La Cristallerie Val Saint Lambert has re-indroduced itself at the Maison & Objet fair in Paris. Creneau International designed the packaging of the two century old Crystal factory, to reflect the Company’s new brand identity. The new campaign reflects the heritage and spirit of the Belgian Brand.
After Rock and Absent Nature a new exhibition by Arik Levy stays in the continuity of the “natural non-natural”. The investigation, imaginary and interpretation of these issues, grow this time, around the concepts of “parallel” and “opposed”. By presenting the concretization of these ideas for the very first time, the exhibition illustrates various forms of expression related to geotectonic… Arik’s perception of such levels is not only geological, but also emotional, visual, social, architectural, as well as urban and genetic.
“What I feel and see are complete images of objects, buildings, mountain splitting into layers the same way an iceberg will detach from the North Pole creaking open and starting drifting in the space. Each element slides over the other in perfect harmony of total chaos. Construct to deconstruct, built to destroy, and constantly being on the borderline between balance and in balance, stability and catastrophe, magic and power.”
- Arik Levy
Exhibition: Geotectonic by, Arik Levy, 16 September – 6 November, at Mitterrand+Cramer, Geneva, Switzerland
There is an abundance of animated GIFs on the web, but our favorite by far is this black & white Braun Clock face. Mezmorizing.
Berlin is playing host to REALSTADT.Wünsche als Wirklichkeit [Realstadt.Wishes Knocking on Reality's Doors]. The focal point in this exhibition will be not only the concept of the City but also the way we deal with the City. It is the wishes of very many different actors playing an active part in shaping the City that are central to the exhibition: mundane wishes and spectacular ones, idealistic and economic ones, local and global ones. Cities, after all, are built from wishes, animated by wishes and pulsing with wishes.
A vast array of around 300 architectural and planning models and 80 exemplary projects from all over Germany testify to the wish for change and the energy needed to make it happen. In response to a nationwide call, these models were submitted by local authorities, town planning offices, universities, planning initiatives and individuals. The prize-winning projects of the competition “National Prize for Integrated Urban Development and Baukultur”, which was organised in 2009 by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development represented important points of reference. They include blueprints for extensive urban redevelopments and pinpoint interventions, realized concepts and shelved competition entries, participatory processes and bold individual statements.
Realstadt.Wünsche als Wirklichkeit is staged in the 8,000 m2 turbine hall of the power station Kraftwerk Berlin-Mitte, which was built in 1961. For REALSTADT it is making its debut as an exhibition venue. Its stark austerity lends overwhelming resonance to the exhibition’s urban impulses. These are being displayed on two levels and evoke something like the potential of normalcy.
Exhibition: Realstadt.Wünsche als Wirklichkeit, October 2 – November 28,
at Kraftwerk Mitte, Berlin