INFINITI curved visions competition winners

the jury has selected six finalists, and now it is up to the public to vote for their favourite project and determine who will win the 10,000 euro cash prize.

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Salone Milan 2013: Triennale Explores The Syndrome of Influence

triennale2013_alessi.JPGAlessandro Mendini reflects the playfulness of Alessi in a miniature town set on a backdrop of futurist painter Gerardo Dottori’s work.

In this year’s deep-dive into Italian design history, Milan’s Triennale Design Museum staged The Syndrome of Influence a three-part exhibition asking contemporary designers to reflect and interpret the work of historic Italian designers and brands. Progressing from post-war Italian designers to the continued work of current Italian manufacturers, the exhibition’s emphasis was more on exhibition design rather than the showcase of specific objects.

triennale2013_zanuso.JPGZANUSO stamped aluminum plates litter the gallery floor.

Beginning with the period immediately following the second World War, curator Silvana Annicchiarico tapped and impressive roster of young Italian designers to create homages to the giants of post-war Italian design. Of the ten installations, which also included work by Martino Gamper/Gio Ponti, Italo Rota/Joe Colombo and Studio Formafantasma/Robert Sambonet, my favorite was from Blumerandfriends. In their installation for the editor, designer and architect Marco Zanuso, they ask attendees to push a button, a trigger that starts a short video loop on a television—soon a countdown clock starts up and the strange industrial box mounted on the wall lights up. An explosion of compressed air accompanies the expulsion of a thin sheet of stamped aluminum with the word ZANUSO. As aluminum plates mound on the floor of the exhibition, the critique is clear: although Zanuso and his contemporaries were huge proponents of industrial production as a means for creating a better world, the limits of this perspective are now quite clear.

triennale2013_ettoresottsass.JPGIn Alessandro Scandurra’s ode to Ettore Sottsass, Scandurra wallpapers a room with the boldness of Indian iconography. Focusing on Sottsass’ transformational experience in India, Sottsass projects a flash of totemic inspiration between stills of Sottsass’ work.

triennale2013_brunomunari.JPGMatilde Cassni and Francesco Librizzi’s tribute to Bruno Munari’s Useless Machines was a crowd favorite—attendees would traverse the room, hanging on rods, and becoming part of the installation.

triennale2013_vicomagistretti.JPGPaolo Ulian interprets the work of Vico Magistretti. The shadows on the wall assume the, “threadlike appearance” of Magistretti’s work.

triennale2013_robertssambonet.JPGStudio Formafantasma’s tribute Roberto Sambonet’s tableware and kitchenware.

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david bowen’s tweeting houseflies at tower’s art gallery

the ‘fly tweet’ device sends twitter messages based on the activities of a collection of houseflies on a keyboard.

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marsotto edizioni: just black collection at milan design week 2013

by producing the white carrara marble pieces in black marquina, the objects are all the same in terms of their proportions and design intentions, however their silhouettes appear a bit sharper, bolder and more refined.

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OWD wall desk by giorgio bonaguro + eddie figueroa

oriented towards industrial production, the sliding shelving system integrates the qualities of a handmade object with a minimal profile.

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Ressence’s Super-Sexy Type 3 Watch

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At 30 large this isn’t a watch any of us mortals will be buying anytime soon, but the design of the Ressence Type 3 is fascinating enough that you’ll want to take a look. First off you’ll notice there’s no crown; all adjustments are made on the back of the watch, which is actually a series of concentric dials.

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As if that wasn’t cool enough, take a close look at the display:

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It practically looks like the graphics are projected onto that curved surface, no? Reading the description of how they pulled that off clues you in as to why the price tag is so lofty.

The indications and their mechanisms are mounted inside a bubble crafted from extremely tough, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The complication and indications follow the shape of the crystal. The mechanism (28 gears, 57 jewels) is enclosed in an upper compartment filled with a naphtha-type liquid that has a more similar index of refraction to the sapphire crystal than air does. Refraction bends light when it passes from one material to another, e.g. air-to-glass or glass-to-air. With the fluid-filled dial indications, refraction is greatly minimised, which tricks the brain into seeing the dial in two-dimensions rather than three. A thermal valve automatically adjusts for any expansion or contraction of the fluid.

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Martin Missfeldt Graphic on How Google Glass Works

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Martin Missfeldt is a Berlin-based artist with a sense of humor, known for posting gags like asserting the Google Glass team is working on an X-ray-spec-like application (and that Apple is countering it with asbestos-lined underwear). However, Missfeldt has also released an earnest infographic showing “How Google Glass Works,” based on his study of both the patent and several write-ups.

The bulkiest parts are the battery riding on the right ear and the projector, though these things will presumably shrink over time. (On the battery front, have a look at LG Chem’s wire-like battery tech and UCLA’s developments in supercapacitors.) The image is bounced off of a prism and focused directly onto the wearer’s retina. Interestingly, the fine-tuning of the focus is apparently achieved in a primitive way: By physically adjusting the distance of the prism from the eye.

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“The biggest challenge for Google will now be to make the Google Glass also usable for people with normal glasses,” writes Missfeldt. That’s no trivial matter, as by his reckoning that’s more than 50% of the population in some countries; by your correspondent’s observation, countries like South Korea and cities like Hong Kong have an insanely high percentage of children wearing eyeglasses.

“In this case the Google Glass has to be placed ahead of normal glasses—which doesn’t [work well]. Or Google has to manufactor [sic] individual customized prisms, but this would be considerably more expensive than the standard production.”

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Tom Dixon’s New Monolithic Furniture = I Like It!

Tom Dixon’s New Monolithic Furniture = I Like It!

On top of launching the second year of MOST in Milan, Tom Dixon has been hard at work on a new furniture and lighting collection that could best be described as monolithic house jewelry.

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Like oversized Monopoly pieces, these shapely tables, stools and bookshelf remind me of monolithic sculptures, like these commemorative Yugoslavian monuments.

The only airy pieces in the new collections are the new pieces in the Fan collection, consisting of a stool, chair and a table with a marble top (pictured below). Everything else is big and chunky.

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Cell pendant

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Flask pendants

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Mass Coat Stand and Book Stand

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Drum Stool

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Gem Low Side Table

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Gem Side Table

Large Gem Mirror (this comes in three sizes)

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Spun Champagne Bucket

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Spun Table

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Fan Dining Chair

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Fan Table with Marble Top

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