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Posted by core jr  |  29 Oct 2014  |  Comments (0)


The folks at Cambridge, MA-based Formlabs recently announced the introduction of two new materials that mark their first major release since they launched on Kickstarter with the FORM1 3D printer, which made nearly 30 times its funding goal in October 2012. The first-generation SLA machine shipped starting in May 2013 and this June saw the release of the FORM1+, an all-around upgraded iteration of their flagship product, but their growing team has also been developing complementary products on both the software and materials sides. Check it out:

"Castable" is available now for $149 per 500mL; "Flexible" will be available in December.


Speaking of 3D printing, but I've been meaning to watch Print the Legend, the full-length documentary about the rise of 3D printing, which is streaming on Netflix...

Posted by core jr  |  28 Oct 2014  |  Comments (0)


This is the latest installment of our Core77 Questionnaire. Previously, we talked to Peter Marigold.

Name: Zoë Mowat

Occupation: Designer and maker

Location: Montreal, Canada

Current projects: Recently I've been in my workshop a lot. I've been prototyping a new product and I'm finishing up an edition of my Arbor Jewelry Stand—I've been doing a limited version all in brass. And then I'm balancing that with custom orders and client work.

Mission: To challenge myself, and ultimately to make things that people want to keep around.

ZoeMowat-QA-3.jpgMowat's 33 1/3 Record Crate. Top right image: the Arbor Jewelry Stand. Portrait by Andre Rider

When did you decide that you wanted to be a designer? Actually, my plan was always to be a sculptor, like my mother. When I was growing up, we would spend afternoons in her studio building things and assembling materials together. So that's where it started. And then it was in high school that I discovered design. In art class for a while I was really into drawing modernist buildings, sort of breaking down the geometry—I don't know why I was doing that, but one day I was drawing Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion, and from there I discovered the Barcelona Chair, and I think that was it. Seeing a real vision, and how it can apply to many things—that everyday items can be designed by a governing philosophy. Also, I wanted to make objects that can be touched and used, unlike sculpture in most cases; I guess I'm really drawn to that intimacy. So at the end of the school year I ended up applying for industrial design instead of sculpture.

Education: I studied industrial design and graphic design at the University of Alberta.

First design job: While I was in university, I designed window displays for a design store. It was equal parts concept, working with your hands and planning. And when it came to working with my hands, it usually involved a lot of glitter, electrical tape, spray paint and the need to attach a hundred of one thing to another thing. I loved it.

Who is your design hero? I'm not sure about the word "hero," but there are many designers whose work I really admire. I especially admire many of the women from the early 20th century, like Eileen Gray, Charlotte Perriand, Eva Zeisel, Ray Eames . . . the list goes on.

ZoeMowat-QA-7.jpgMowat's recent Tablescape series (Tablescape I pictured) was inspired by Charles and Ray Eames's philosophy of "select and arrange."


Posted by core jr  |  27 Oct 2014  |  Comments (0)

Vienna-Design-Week-Gallery-2014.jpgPhotography by Sam Dunne for Core77

Vienna Design Week returned for the eighth successive year, this year setting up shop in the grand Schwarzenberg Palace in the heart of the city. Apart from being blown away (as always) by the spectacular architecture of Austrian capital, we were delighted to see the return of the legendary 'Passionswege' program—a platform in which up-and-coming international designers collaborate with local manufacturers and craftspeople from Vienna. Other highlights include an array of impressive upcycling at the Recycling Design Prize exhibition and a NikeID-like system for cakes that keeps customized decoration classy.

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Vienna Design Week 2014:
» Passionswege - BCXSY x Lobmeyr
» Passionswege - Pedrita Studio x Stiefelmeyer Glaserei
» Sebastian Marbacher's 'Baustellen Bank'
» 'Cake's New Dress' - Lucy.D x Cafe Landtmann
» Recycling Design Prize
» Passionswege - PostlerFerguson x A.E. Kochert

Posted by core jr  |  24 Oct 2014  |  Comments (0)


The MFA in Products of Design program at SVA in New York City is holding its Information Session/Open House on Saturday, November 8th, from 1pm to 4pm. Meet faculty Ayse Birsel, Elliott Montgomery, Kyla Fullenwider, Johan Liden, Rebecca Silver, Sinclair Smith and Richard Tyson, along with current students as well as recent graduates. Tour the department and Visible Futures Lab, and preview projects from the two-year curriculum. Here's a bit more:

Please join us for our Open House and Information Session. The MFA in Products of Design is an immersive, two-year graduate program that creates exceptional practitioners for leadership in the shifting terrain of design. We educate heads, hearts and hands to reinvent systems and catalyze positive change.
Students gain fluency in the three fields crucial to the future of design: Making, from the handmade to digital fabrication; Structures: business, research, systems, strategy, user experience and interaction; and Narratives: video storytelling, history and point of view. Through work that engages emerging science and materials, social cooperation and public life, students develop the skills to address contemporary problems in contemporary ways.
Graduates emerge with confidence, methods, experience and strong professional networks. They gain the skills necessary to excel in senior positions at top design firms and progressive organizations, create ingenious enterprises of their own, and become lifelong advocates for the power of design.

Check out all the goings on at the department goings at their site, and RSVP for the Open House/Information Session event here.

Posted by core jr  |  23 Oct 2014  |  Comments (0)


Following the pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, this year's GAIN Conference was in full swing in NYC today, bringing together a great lineup of thinkers and doers to address the idea of redesigning business from a wide range of perspectives (hence the "Design and Business" moniker). Chaired by Nathan Shedroff with moderation help from Jeanne Liedtka, the speakers explored new ways of defining the value and role of design across organizations, continually referencing the human element and how design serves to connect people, and improve lives. The conference website has interviews with several of the speakers, and will be publishing videos of the presentations in the coming weeks.

Below are some of our favorite tweets covering the day's activities: