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Posted by Sam Dunne  |  20 Oct 2014  |  Comments (0)

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With London Design Festival having wrapped up only a couple of weeks ago, we headed over this week over to the other LDF in Łódź, Poland. Although the design scene of Poland may be relatively in its infancy, this year's festival in Łódź—the country's third biggest city, pronounced something link 'wodch'— marks the 8th year for the event, the words 'Brave New World' having been chosen as title and theme of this edition.

A large part of the festival hub in Łódź this year has been handed over to London-based designer and thinker Daniel Charny—founder of studio From Now On and rebel rousing advocate of the maker movement—to create a prototype of his proposed 'Fixhub' spaces. Building on the models and cultures of public makerspace like FabLabs and Repair Cafe, Charny's Fixhubs are part fix-shop, part library and part gallery brought together in a one stop shop for communities to be inspired, informed and equipped to action to extend the lifespan or usefulness of their belongings.

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With lots of making workshops going on and a rack of materials to read, the gallery portion of the space showcased a wide range of making and hacking projects—a collection that Charny believes points to the coming of age of the maker movement. Likening the process to the early days of filmmaking, all the novelty and wacky experimentation (arguably much need to allow for learning) is finally giving way to works of much greater significance.

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Launching officially at Dutch Design Week, Belgian studio Unfold gave festival goers in Łódź a sneak peek of their incredible 'Of Instruments and Archetypes'—a set of instruments that measure physical objects and transfer the dimensions to a digital model in real time, allowing users to then send these files off for 3D printing. On show with the video of the tools in action was a selection of vessels hacked with tools, different objects having been used for handles.

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Posted by Sam Dunne  |  13 Oct 2014  |  Comments (5)

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About this time last year, Siemens unveiled their vision for the future of the London Underground: an innovative, lightweight and energy-efficient 'mass transportation solution' with the exterior styling grace of a plastic worm, and all the interior character of a hospital waiting room. When Priestmangoode unveiled their design for the New Tube for London last week, we breathed a sigh of relief that they didn't let the engineers design it.

The New Tube design comes two and half years after the Heatherwick's New Routemaster hit the roads of the capital and follows recent news that the city's upcoming Crossrail project (the hugely ambitious underground rail line cutting directly through the centre of London) will have exterior, interior and livery designed by Barber Osgerby when it opens doors to commuters in 2017. All told, we're pleased to see that London is turning to top British designers to shape the city's public realm.

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Posted by Sam Dunne  |   7 Oct 2014  |  Comments (0)

As part of the popular Passionswege—the Vienna Design Week platform that links international design talent with industry in the city—rising stars of London design scene PostlerFerguson have been working with craftsmen at 200-year-old producer of fine jewelry, A.E. Kochert, to make these stunning microphone accessories for Viennese DJ and music producer Ken Hayakawa, who uses sound recordings from the streets of Vienna as the basis for much of music.

The piece—designed to hold Hayakawa's weapon of choice, the AKG C1000 microphone—is a great example of the Passionwege's intention to combine the skills of designers with traditional manufacturing. Conceived and digitally modeled by Martin (Postler) and Ian (Ferguson) in the studio in London, the form was later printed into a mold used to cast the object from molten metal, then of course being given an exquisite finish by the team at the Kochert workshop in central Vienna.

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As well as being damn stylish and a celebration of Hayakawa's unique composing process, the accessory is intended to give some real functional benefits—the cone shape providing a shield or the microphone whilst also providing a flat surface to rest the recorder. The addition of an equally crafted clip gives the option to keep the cable under control or providing a hook to hang the microphone from.

Posted by Sam Dunne  |   6 Oct 2014  |  Comments (2)

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Our tour around Vienna Design Week last week gave us a chance to finally get a first-hand glimpse of winners of the 6th annual Recycling Designpreis—the touring exhibition of the awarded works having already made their way slowly form Berlin to Hamburg to Dusseldorf this year.

The winners and shortlisted works on display showed some awesome creativity in turning discarded items into surprisingly desirable products—upcycling at its best. Some of the most ingenious pieces even managed to identify a material stream beyond the obvious—fashion student Viktoria Lepeschko made striking outerwear from the skins of old tennis balls and designer Michael Hensel created uncompromisingly industrial furniture from used escalator steps.

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Furniture designer Henry Baumann snagged first prize with his clever and intricate use of fruit crates to create a range of benches, stools, lamps and coffee tables.

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Posted by Sam Dunne  |   3 Oct 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Institution of Vienna cafe culture, Cafe Landtmann, have partnered with local design studio Lucy.D to explore the impact design can have on cake decorating. The cafe's management tasked designers Karin Santorso and Barbara Ambros with the brief of finding a new way to allow their customers to order custom-decorated cakes whilst avoiding the possibilities of their brand being tarnished by potential clienteles' kitsch creations.

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