A’ design awards & competition 2013 – last call for entries

the A’ design award and competitions aims to provide a platform for designers, innovators and companies to compete on an international level.
deadline for submission is february 28th, 2013.

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Smittybilt G.E.A.R. Turns Your Jeep/Truck into a Rolling Rucksack

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Here in New York, from time to time I’ll still spot broken safety glass in the gutter. Sometimes the burglarized car is still sitting there, the seats picked clean, the glovebox open. I’m amazed anyone in NYC would leave anything in their car to tempt a thief, but I think our declining crime rates are making people complacent.

For those who live in areas where burglary isn’t a problem, a car can be a handy place to store things. Off-road vehicle accessories manufacturer Smittybilt makes a line of gear for just that purpose: Their G.E.A.R. seat covers use what looks like the military’s PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) webbing to modularly attach a series of bags, pouches and tool rolls.

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The bulk of the G.E.A.R. line-up is made to custom-fit different models of Jeep (CJ, Wrangler, and Wrangler Unlimited models made from the mid-’70s to today), though they also offer Universal models without the seatcovers.

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While I like the concept and design, they may need to upgrade their materials; if one Amazon review is to be believed, the front seams frayed after six months of top-down, always-exposed-to-the-sun use. My guess is they used polyester thread rather than nylon, as the former tends to break down under constant UV.

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Greenhouse at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2013

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One of things that makes the Stockholm Furniture Fair one of my favorite design shows, is Greenhouse. Entirely dedicated to new designers, this area showcases products that have never been shown before and are not yet in production, making this a really exciting place to see new design thinking.

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This year, the space was designed by Note Design Studio. Susanna Wahlin, Interior Architect at Note told me: “We were thinking about what it’s supposed to be and why it’s called Greenhouse. We took inspiration from baroque gardens – they were a place to socialize, to experience beauty, where you can meet and mingle, and experience each other’s ideas. This year, we’ve called it ‘the garden of new ideas’, so we’ve removed some of the walls that are normally between the exhibitors, so the new ideas could really meet, so that both the exhibitors could talk with each other, but also so the audience could ‘dare’ to step inside.”

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Alexis Holmqvist, AD and Graphic Designer at Note added: “When you have deep walls you have to put the stands in a row, when you have shorter walls you can have softer curves. The carpets lead to the main square and a grand square leading up to the upstairs – to have a staircase with a view of the garden was a classic way to arrange a french garden so we were inspired by that. You can see so much more of each stand – it’s much more open, you don’t feel closed in at all, so we’re really pleased with it.”

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One of the first pieces that caught my eye was Armadillo by Heleen Sintobin part of Spot On, the exhibition from the University of Oslo. She says: “The human body is unique; this is the starting point Armadillo’s flexible design. The structure will adapt to the user’s body shape. When the user gets up, he leaves a personal mark in the landscaping furniture.”

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I loved the handcrafted feel and intricate detail of 2,000 pieces of leather stitched together to make this very tactile and organic piece of furniture.

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From the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, I spotted Waft by Marie Hovengen Moller. It’s not often you come across a new and different form for a chair, so I loved the split down the back – and the lightness of the design.

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Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and Design presented Objects and Other Stuff. One of my favorite “objects” was Shapes by Christina Hansen. She says, “I worked with a series of coffee tables in which I study the relationship between proportion, size and form. The project focuses on the sculptural qualities of the furniture as intriguing and interesting objects.” I love the use of such simple geometric shapes in solid forms of wood and concrete.

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Another piece on the same stand that caught my eye was Collide by Henrick Georg Fredberg. It was inspired by a meeting of craft and industry – the hand blown glass taking shape over the machine-routed ash leg structure. Henrick talks about its “action and stillness” which I think perfectly describes what’s so beautiful about it.

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Perhaps inevitably, this being student work largely from Scandinavia, sustainability was high on the agenda. The Furniture Prosthesis by Matthias Selden was one of the more interesting proposals – ‘make do and mend’ writ large.

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He describes the project as “The result of a thought: A thought of; to not dismiss what at first glance might seem consumed, a thought of; to maintain and care for what we have got, not just because we should and must in our scarce world, but also because it is within the relationship with a think that affection and emotion emerges.” Which is a lovely thought – and one which enables him to celebrate the mending of furniture rather than hiding it away. 

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Another stand that was showing some interesting work was Danish design and business academy Teko. I loved Marianne Kleis Jensen‘s Frigg; named after the Norse Goddess usually portrayed as a wife and a mother. It’s designed to be a safe, embracing cocoon for one or two people. Despite its somewhat angular design; with a blanket and a couple of cushions, I think it would be perfect for curling up in on a cold winter’s evening.

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On the same stand, I also spotted Fungus by Kristina Kjaer. She originally designed it to be hung on her clothing rack to provide a little extra lighting for her wardrobe. The result is a flexible and portable light that can be used anywhere that needs additional lighting. The lampshade is made of wool, the handle from ash and the cord is black textile.

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Students studying Wood Orientated Furniture Design at HDK Stenby have worked closely with a goat farm and diary in Dalsland to create products that support and develop the farm. The Goats on Furniture project resulted in a distinctive stand, curated by Staffan Holm, and some really interesting products. My favorite was a bench by Fredrik Karlsson. The two metal structures at either end hold the wooden branches in place for the goats to play on and chew – once they are chewed through, they are replaced.

 

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One of my favorite stands from last year was from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – and it delivered the goods again this year, with a stand entitled Metamorphosis. Carina Ellegaard presented A Piece of Knit – a braced knitted textile structure that, once dry, keeps its shape without requiring any additional framework. It looks almost as if it’s floating.

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Astrid Tolnov Larsen says of Aedt: “The focus was on creating a narrative seat, that balances the aesthetic and the non aesthetic, the accommodating and the repulsive. The design of the bench is inspired by worms, guts and by organic takeover of the man-made.”

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Feast for the Eyes by Ilona Danski was inspired by a desire to create an eye-catching and yet comfortable chair. Inspired by woven structures and optical illusions, it’s certainly the former. Sadly I didn’t get to sit in it to report back on the latter!

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I enjoyed Lund University‘s stand last year and it didn’t disappoint last year. It is amazing to see how many different iterations of a chair, students can come up with. I liked the continuous lines of Anna Broman’s Cycle.

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Johan Bang’s Gummitronan was a really innovative solution to the brief of ‘chair’ and not one I’ve seen the likes of before. And finally on this stand, I loved the untitled creature-like form by Kim Rosen.

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Last but by no means least, I loved Thomas Jenkins‘ 80:20 shelf (below). It was inspired by Pareto’s principle, named after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who observed both that in 1906 80% of Italian land was owned by 20% of the population; and that 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained 80% of the peas. Thomas Jenkins takes this idea further by wondering if 80% of our happiness comes from 20% of our processions. If they do, he has created this shelf; the smaller box takes up 20% of the whole and provides a special space to store those special processions.

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I think Note Design Studio’s “garden of new ideas” was incredibly successful. I found myself happily meandering around the space, in and out of stands, rather than formally marching up and down a grid.

With thanks to the Swedish Institute and the Embassy of Sweden in London for inviting me on the Stockholm Design Week press trip. 


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A Folding Table Called Lucy

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Alexander Lervik has designed a new folding table called Lucy for Swedish furniture company Johanson Design. While most folding tables are simply functional with no real thought put into appearance, Lucy aims to change that with its innovative folding leg mechanism that looks great when the table is set up or folded flat.

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The table legs lock into place when either folded out or flat with the help of leg tension and the S-shaped slot. It’s also what gives the table its unique look making it stand apart from folding tables of the past.

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Alaskan Rock

Designed by Alaskan Rock | Country: Australia

“Alaskan Rock vodka is new entrant to the small Australian artisan spirits scene. It is a small-batch hand-made vodka distilled in Tasmania using malted barley and launched online January 2013. The vodka is named after a cocktail incident that occurred in the 1970s (long story). Alaskan Rock is double distilled  in copper pot stills for a crisp flavour and smooth finish. It is an excellent sipping vodka although those who wish to mix it will enjoy that too.”

“Alaskan Rock Pty Ltd is the Sydney-based company responsible for the birth of this product. We sell online only at our website. We want consumers to completely enjoy our hand-made high quality spirit so we’ve focussed lots of attention on developing an iconic packaging design that is equally as artisanal as our vodka. The bottles are made from black hand-finished Mexican glass. Raised lettering in white wraps around the side and the punt of the bottle has been deliberately exaggerated to denote the profile of a mountain range as a nod to the unusual product name. The labels allow us to hand-note batch, bottle and distilling details. The boxes into which the bottles are packed are affectionately called our ‘Ned Kellys’ (it’s an Australian thing). They highlight the profile of the punt as well as the Alaskan Rock name. Even our tops are uniquely designed. We recommend freezing our vodka bottles. Not only is the spirit terrific when it’s cold but watching the black glass slowly change from frosty matte to shiny black is a joy.”

“The industrial designers at Vert Design in Sydney, Australia helped bring our new product packaging to life. Huge thanks to Andrew Simpson and his team.”

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Video of Snowblowing Trains

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Prompted by the photo above of yet another type of snow-clearing train, this one in Alaska, I wanted to find video of the various types of snowblowing trains in action. Armed with these monster circular blades–it kind of looks like the tunneling machines we looked at last year—a train like this can clear snow in one pass when the level is manageable, i.e. less than half the height of the train:

But once the snow reaches a certain height and/or density, the snowblowing train has to go at it jackhammer-style:

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Type Murals! Wishbone Restaurant by Shed

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Shed designed the London-based fried chicken eatery, Wishbone, located in Brixton’s indoor market. The look and feel of the space was inspired by where “some of the most exciting restaurants overlap with green grocers and wig shops.” Basically you have a vibrant, type-based design centered around wood and an eye-catching color palette. Let’s hope the chicken tastes just as good.

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Shed’s overall vision included graffiti and agricultural elements to reflect the menu that’s served. They brought in graffiti artists Paintshop Studio to complete all of the bright typography throughout.

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The colorful graffiti set with the oak and galvanized steel make for a cohesive space.

Type Murals! Wishbone Restaurant by Shed in interior design Category

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The furniture was inspired by animal feeders, perfect for the patrons feeding on chicken.

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Upstairs is a more casual environment, meant to reflect that of a chicken shed.

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Dining tables for two line the windows and walls, while bigger groups can sit at the “feeder tables” in the center.

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Type Murals! Wishbone Restaurant by Shed in interior design Category

Type Murals! Wishbone Restaurant by Shed in interior design Category

Type Murals! Wishbone Restaurant by Shed in interior design Category

Type Murals! Wishbone Restaurant by Shed in interior design Category

Type Murals! Wishbone Restaurant by Shed in interior design Category

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Snow Removal, New-York-MTA-Style

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The American northeast is still digging out from Friday’s blizzard. Core77 HQ and the rest of NYC got off relatively easy, with just under a foot of snow. Up in New England, Coroflot HQ was buried in the two-foot range, and Massachusetts got walloped with closer to three.

While our Yankee snow removal techniques are not as involved as Japan’s Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority at least has some pretty bad-ass machinery. The MTA’s job is to keep the tracks clear, and they use this thing for the outdoor subway lines:

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That’s a jet-powered snowblower, which sweeps, grinds and launches the snow up to 200 feet away, where it becomes someone else’s problem. But for clearing the Metro-North rails, which run proper trains up and out of the city, the MTA uses this beast:

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That’s one of three jet-powered snow melters the MTA’s recently tuned up. While they move along the tracks via a conventional diesel motor, it’s a powerful turbine engine designed for aircraft that does the melting.

The engines produce exhaust that’s 600 degrees Fahrenheit, which virtually vaporizes snow. “If the jets do the job right, all you see is steam coming off the steel,” said Peter Hall, Foreman of the Maintenance of Way Equipment Shop in North White Plains. “They produce 2,500 pounds of thrust, which makes them very good at getting under heavy, wet slush, ice and crusty snow.”

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