‘After Hours’ at Bankside


After DarkAfter DarkAfter DarkThe Jerwood Space on Bankside has been hosting an exhibition which has a focus on work by graphic designers working without a brief or client, called After Dark.

Curated by Nick Eagleton, of The Partners, there is delibertly no common thread or theme throughout the exhibition, being instead a celebration of the variety of work that has been produced – driftwood sculptures, clocks, chess boards, flags, films, prints, wardrobes and remote control drawing machines – the only real connection being that it is all closer to design rather than art.

The interesting aspect you can take from the showcase is that without a brief from a client the designers seem to have come up with their own.

The Exhibition runs until 23rd June 2013.

A tent in the sky


TentsileThis is one for those of you that like camping but hate the bugs.

Dubbed Tentsile, this modern tree house looks very much like an airborne tent but the designers insist that it is a treehouse.

It has been designed to be set up in just half an hour and is made out of waterproof polyester which makes it ideal for use in almost all climates.

It can be hung from its self-supportive base or anchored from trees, is offered in 2-person, 5-person and 8-person versions and provides the same comfort of cohabitation as a tent with the same level of functionality as a tree house or a hammock.

It weighs between 11-18 lbs with the two-person Tentsile model retails for $3,000 and the 8-person model costs just over $12,000.

Find out more here.

Olympic poster designs by leading artists


Olympics PostersOlympic Posters 2In an exhibition called ‘Fit’, at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, Vaughan Oliver and Jonathan Barnbrook invited leading British designers to submit their own Olympic posters.

See more of these great posters here on Design Boom or pop along to the exhibition.

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I Love Architecture Charity Auction


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This year spring fundraising event for Architecture for Humanity is the “I Love Architecture” Charity Auction.

Featuring original sketches, renderings, prints, paintings and even a pigskin, from over 50 designers and architects, including Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Steven Holl, Kengo Kuma, Snohetta, Jeanne Gang, and more, the hammer is about to come down.

So, if you would like to see some of the great pieces of art and get your bid in for charity then click here. The auction finishes on 29th June. It is a US based auction but they say they will ship worldwide.

For more information on Architecture for Humanity click here.

Don’t get type cast with Type Connection


For all designers and budding typographers out there this new typographic dating game, Type Connection, helps you pair and compare typefaces to your hearts content.

Have fun! 

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Dezeen’s Temporium pop-up shop is back for Christmas


The Temporium, Dezeen’s unique pop-up design store, returns to central London this Christmas with over 20 designers and brands selling their products direct to the public from 1-24 December.

Situated in Monmouth Street, Seven Dialsthe store will offer a wide range of gifts, jewellery, watches, books, home wares and much more by some of Europe’s most exciting designers and brands.

Click here for more details

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Heineken asks young designers for nightclub of the future


What will the nightclub of the future look like? That’s the question posed by Dutch beer company Heineken, which has selected 19 of the world’s most promising young designers and briefed them to come up with their dream club, the best of which will go on show as a ‘pop-up’ nightclub at next years Milan Furniture Fair.

Launched earlier this year, Heineken Open Design Explorations Edition 1: The Club auditioned hundreds of promising designers, eventually selecting the best 19 from four countries – Japan, Brazil, USA and Italy. The chosen designers have now been put into groups, each of which will a present a design for a new nightclub concept.

The nineteen selected designers, who come from motion deign, graphic design, product design and interior design backgrounds, all demonstrated a love of nightlife and an exceptional level of creativity. Yukihiro Shoda, a motion designer from Tokyo, shared his enthusiasm at being selected saying, ‘The project has given me an exciting opportunity to work with designers from across the world and from other disciplines. The collaboration element will allow each of us to really explore our potential, and the input from consumers is something that will help inspire me to push my ideas to new levels.’ Graphic designer Sandra Garcia Pagola from of New York City said, ‘To present the conclusions of our journey during Milan’s famous design week is an unbelievable opportunity for any designer. I feel really lucky that Heineken has created this opportunity and selected me alongside the other designers to showcase our work on such a revered global stage.’

To follow the designers and read the full article visit The Interior Design Blog

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Future Memory Pavilion


A new installation by Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt was unveiled last week as the platform for promotion of British architects and designers, culminates. The Future Memory Pavilion comprises of two cones stretching up to eight meters high and 20 meters in diameter. Made of ice and sand, the cones are formed using concentric ropes, that taper the structure. Typically for Khan and on par with the Future Memory programme the form is designed to morph with passing time, as the ice melts and trickling water erodes the sand structure. Visitors are also encouraged to interact to represent the human impact on the environment. Ultimately both cones melt away. The manner in which the cones disappear is intended to provoke visitors to reflect on issues of climate and urban development. The Pavilion’s creators, Khan and Ohrstedt, drew their inspiration from Singapore’s history.

The Future Memory was created by Royal Academy of Arts and British Council. To read more about The Future Memory Programme please go to Blueprint online. 

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Future Memory Pavilion


A new installation by Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt  was unveiled last week in SIngapore, as the platform for promotion of British architects and designers, culminates. The Future Memory Pavilion comprises of two cones stretching up to eight meters high and 20 meters in diameter. Made of ice and sand, the cones are formed using concentric ropes, that taper the structure. Typically for Khan and on par with the Future Memory programme the form is designed to morph with passing time, as the ice melts and trickling water erodes the sand structure. Visitors are also encouraged to interact to represent the human impact on the environment. Ultimately both cones melt away. The manner in which the cones disappear is intended to provoke visitors to reflect on issues of climate and urban development. The Pavilion’s creators, Khan and Ohrstedt, drew their inspiration from Singapore’s history.

The Future Memory was created by Royal Academy of Arts and British Council. To read more about The Future Memory please visit Blieprint

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British Council opens fashion exhibition in Kazakhstan


The first venue for the British Council’s touring exhibition, Reconstruction: Cultural Heritage and the Making of Contemporary Fashion is the Central State Museum in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The exhibition features seven of the UK’s leading fashion designers and offers a snapshot of some of the traditions and cultures that inspire these designers.

The British Council says, ‘The launch kicked off with a packed press conference attended by Kazakhstan’s leading TV Channels and newspaper titles followed by the official opening by the British Ambassador and the Director of Central State Museum. 600 people attended the opening to see the work of seven of the UK’s leading fashion designers: Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Hussein Chalayan, Marios Schwab, Peter Jensen, Sophia Kokosalaki and Osman Yousefzada.’

Read more here

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Formica launches new European Collection


Formica Limited has launched its new Collection including intriguing premium textures and many new unique designs.

Formica comments, ‘This new Collection presents a comprehensive palette of High Pressure Laminate (HPL) specially designed in response to European trends. With extensive colour families and co-ordination between ranges, textures and patterns, innovation and exclusivity are watchwords of this exciting offer.’  

The new Collection includes a unique new texture Rigato™ and new patterns Mode, Geo, Dogbone and Strand. The Formica Collection is a practical, trend led resource for Architects, Designers and Specifers and demonstrates how the Formica Group continues to innovate and lead the market in decorative laminates.

Click here to see more

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Clerkenwell Golf Open a Success Despite the Rain


The second Clerkenwell Showroom Golf Open, organised by The Think Tank, was a success despite the rain last week. Enjoyed by all, several teams completed the course around the furniture showrooms of Clerkenwell and finished the course at the 10th hole in Desso’s showroom on Great Sutton Street.

With more than 60 architects, designers and dealers signing up to take part it was going to be a busy afternoon, however the heavens opened and numbers were reduced. But not putting a dampner on things, those that took part had a great time.

The Think Tank congratulates all the winners and looks forward to next years classic.

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7 Rules of Design


Ever wished you could get to grips with the way designers think – Harmonie Interieure has a 7 point guide to aid understanding.

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DMY 2010 International Design Festival Berlin showcases young designers


 In its 8th year, DMY 2010 International Design Festival in Berlin showcases the best in young design talent from across Europe. Design Milk’s Berlin-based journalist Marie Sophie Bekker has been looking at some of the most inspirational and innovative designs.

Read More on Design Milk

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