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« on: February 19, 2019, 10:40:26 AM »
ADAM SAVAGE IS clearly overjoyed about his new bag. I met up with the gear-obsessed designer, former Mythbusters host, and editor in chief at his workshop in San Francisco to see his latest creation. He's designed his first carryall utility bag, the EDC One, and launched a new brand, Savage Industries, to market it. With the same childlike glee he exudes on camera, Savage flipped the thing around on the workbench, opening and closing it, zipping and unzipping, as he pointed out all the features.

It's constructed almost entirely out of upcycled cloth from boat sails, so each bag has some unique quirks, and every specimen comes off the production line with a broken-in look. The handles are held together by magnets instead of snaps or velcro, which, if you've fiddled with those types of closures on your own bag, is a welcome innovation. You just bring the handles near one another and they jump together with a satisfying clonk. Also clever: The straps are stiff enough that the clasped handle stays propped upright like a little pup tent frame. Unzip and pry open the bag, and it holds its shape in that configuration too, thanks to a pair of spring steel inserts that run around the lip and keep the mouth agape like the jaw of a whale shark.

There's a pocket inside to hold your notebooks (Savage adores Tom Sachs Ten Bullets notebooks, though he says his pocket is brand-agnostic) and, via a stack of horizontal loops, your pens and pencils. On the Kevlar-reinforced bottom, there are strips of velcro. This detail hints at accessories to come, like some padded bays for camera equipment or a waterproof bucket-like insert for toting a 12-pack.


Interior Design / Radical Innovation Award 2019
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:37:59 AM »
Submissions are now open for the 2019 Radical Innovation, which challenges designers, architects, hoteliers and students to pioneer compelling ideas in travel and hospitality. New in 2019, the competition will distinguish between built and unbuilt projects, in addition to honoring a select individual who challenges the hospitality community through the art of invention with the Innovator Award.

A panel of jurors leading the fields of hospitality, design, and investment evaluate all entries based on their originality, creativity, design, and potential impact on the industry. Feasibility is key. While Radical Innovation seeks brave ideas, the program requires achievable visions with a clear, compelling brief accompanied by a high-level presentation that illustrates how the concept could be achieved in the next 3-5 years with design renderings and video pitch.

The deadline for submissions is April 3, 2019.

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Interior Design / Studio TK Launches 'Clique' Modular Furniture System
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:37:37 AM »
Studio TK recently launched a brand new modular seating system, Clique. Designed to create visual continuity throughout the office, Clique is a reconfigurable system that allows for versatility in any workplace, no matter how small.

The system of benches, ranging from two to eight seats, are easy to move and can transversely fit any space. Clique's various configurations promote a multitude of work styles from lounge to collaboration, and the planning allows for multi-use scenarios to combine styles in one setting.

Clique's pre-configured benches yield a simplified specification process, removing the hassle of specifying multiple parts to create a larger setting. Individual seats can be unbolted with ease in order to replace or change seat and back configurations. The system is offered with a choice of an upholstered leg base or an aluminum hoop leg in either polished or various powdercoat colors.

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Interior Design / Architecture & Design Film Festival LA 2019
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:37:07 AM »
The 2019 Architecture & Design Film Festival, the nation's preeminent film festival devoted to architecture and design, will return to DTLA for the third edition of ADFF:LA from March 13-17 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

The curated program will feature 22 films covering a range of topics, some directly related to LA like That Far Corner (a film about Frank Lloyd Wright's Maya-inspired houses, written & directed by LA's Chief Design Officer Christopher Hawthorne) and Frank Gehry: Building Justice (a film that explores prison design with students of SCI-Arc and Yale School of Architecture).

The festival will also host events, director Q&As and panel discussions throughout the five days with dynamic speakers including Frances Anderton, Edward Lifson and Kerry Brougher, director of the soon-to-open Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

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Interior Design / Winston Bench by Eva Harlou for Mater
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:36:44 AM »
Mater has unveiled the Winston Bench - a light weight and compact design, made from environmentally friendly materials and suitable for a range of interior spaces, designed by Eva Harlou. "The Winston Bench has been designed with the desire to create a beautifully crafted piece of furniture that is versatile and that can be used in different interior settings," Harlou commented.

The Winston Bench has an elegant aesthetic and it is crafted in FSC certified oak and wicker. The intricate cane-work of the piece is woven by Denmark's most experienced and highly skilled craftsman. Cane is a sustainable material as the grass reproduces itself very quickly after harvesting.

The oak framework and the detailing of the leg fixtures underline the exquisite craftsmanship of the Winston Bench. Furthermore, the waste wood and rattan from the production of the Winston Bench are compressed into wooden pellets and used to heat up the workshop, making it an energy self-sufficient piece.

Interior Design / Integrating Life and Work in the AEC World
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:35:29 AM »
As women achieve greater levels of parity in leadership roles, trail-blazing professionals in architecture, engineering and construction are focused on supporting and accelerating this trend.

On Thursday, February 21, a group of women holding executive and principal roles will join a panel discussion moderated by Julia McFadden, AIA, Associate Principal of Svigals + Partners, as part of the 2019 Women Who Build Summit. Hosted by The Construction Institute of the University of Hartford, the program promotes achievement among women within the architecture, engineering and construction professions and celebrates the women who inspire other women to enter this field.

Titled 'Integrating Life and Work in the AEC World,' the panel will focus on innovative approaches to employee engagement and how work environments that foster life-work balance generate greater job satisfaction and productivity.

"Executives and managers do well to recognize each employee as an individual, with unique experiences and personal challenges they may face," says McFadden. "I'm looking forward to this discussion, and hearing from the panel the range of approaches to supporting employees - men and women - in achieving a synergistic integration of work and life."

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Dubbeldam Architecture + Design (DA+D) has recently completed Informa Canada's Toronto expansion. Informa Canada produces and manages over 45 annual conferences, trade and consumer shows in the construction, design, craft, art, real estate, and furniture sectors, including the Interior Design Show, IIDEXCanada, the Artist Project and Fan Expo. The fit-up for Informa's Toronto expansion into one of midtown's Class A office buildings comfortably accommodates a growing team of 110 employees in a 16,000 s.f. floorplate.

Informa's department teams working in different sectors (real estate shows, consumer shows, Fan expo, finance department) were previously isolated from one another, and with communication and productivity decreasing it was necessary to integrate the teams into a more collaborative environment. The new layout divides the department teams into coloured quadrants which are visually identified by bold coloured accents in the Teknion workstation furniture and wall graphics. The workstations are located around the perimeter to provide access to views and natural light. Private offices and meeting rooms have glass partitions to allow for borrowed light in adjacent interior spaces. The new office layout, reflecting the creativity and collaborative nature of their process, has dramatically improved Informa's workflow and productivity.


Valerio Dewalt Train Associates (VDTA) recently completed the Residences at 8 East Huron, on the edge of the River North neighborhood of Chicago. The client, CA Ventures, desired a very clean, modern-looking luxury apartment building, but the site had such a small footprint that previous architects had been unable to come up with a workable plan.

The tolerances were very tight, but VDTA found inventive ways to avoid a characterless "cereal box" building. The 102 apartments are almost all corner units, with excellent views of the city. The 26-story residential tower is wrapped in glazing with accents of white Ceramitex sintered paneling. Protruding rows of balconies are semi-enclosed by the window wall, which continues above the roofline and is architecturally expressed on the amenity level. To achieve its sleek aesthetic, the concrete structure is tucked behind the glass, and all lateral members are placed in a hidden level below the pool among the building's mechanical systems.

The 24th floor features 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space, including an outdoor infinity-edge stainless steel swimming pool and sun deck.

Interior Design / Louis Poulsen Launches Patera in Silver
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:29:59 AM »
Louis Poulsen has unveiled Øivind Slaatto's Patera in a new silver foil material. Launched as part of their Spring collection, the Patera in silver offers soft, glare-free illumination in three sizes. Designed to shape light, the Patera in silver creates a beautiful illumination for a variety of spaces.

In 2015, the Patera pendant originally launched in white as a modern take on the classic chandelier, bringing a glowing focal point and soft, dynamic illumination to contemporary spaces. While classic in its form and Danish design principles, the silver Patera takes a bold step away from minimalism. Its reflective profile instantly catches the eye whether or not the lamp is lit, becoming an irresistible focal point and an essential part of the room's ambiance.

The silver Patera is ideally suited for spaces unafraid to stand out, make a statement, and show off their personality -in a hip hotel, the newest concept restaurant, an innovative concert hall, offices and conference spaces that reject generic décor, or residential spaces that embrace dramatic and unexpected style.


Interior Design / D&AD Festival 2019
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:28:45 AM »
The 2019 D&AD Festival, UK's largest event celebrating global creative talent, returns May 21-23 to The Old Truman Brewery, London. The theme for this year's Festival is 'Shaping the Future,' echoing D&AD's position as an organization on a mission to drive the creative industries forward.

This theme is reflected in this year's identity, designed by Village Green, which looks at the dynamic interchange between 2-D and 3-D elements inspired by D&AD's brand and the creative industries. To highlight the connection between the disciplines celebrated at the Festival, the identity uses experimental graphic forms and motifs that 'reshape' in dynamic and unexpected ways.

D&AD Festival brings together the biggest names in creativity to share their thoughts and insights on the future of the industry with an incredible line-up of talent across various creative sectors. Those who attend this year's Festival will enjoy three days of talks, debates, briefs, workshops and parties.

"For this year's D&AD Festival, we chose to focus on the future," commented Harriet Devoy, D&AD President. "D&AD Festival will give us a glimpse at the upcoming trends in creativity, and those attending will get to hear from some of our industry's leading figures. It's going to be fascinating and inspiring."


For their second project for an Australian financial services group, align was briefed to design 13,745 sq ft of new working, meeting, presentation and break-out space across 1.5 stories at their client's City of London offices in order to meet a period of sustained growth and house three divisions of the company, totaling around 150-170 people.

align had previously worked on an office interiors scheme in Reading for the same client, before being instructed to create this new Cat A and Cat B scheme, where the brief was to include integrated, but differentiated, zones that worked within the overall building environment with a pronounced accent on biophilia, agile working and staff wellbeing.

The scope of work mostly covered the building's 8th floor, where general workspaces are located, along with a staff kitchen/pantry; a large presentation and townhall space (which can also be used for other purposes, eg yoga classes); five meeting rooms and a large breakout area with an indoor-outdoor feel ('The Terrace'). The multi-use presentation area was deemed particularly important to the success of the project and is able to be combined with The Terrace area, with a folding wall between the two, in order to allow large-scale events to be held there. The scheme also encompassed a number of private working booths, as well as a more relaxed work/meeting area on the storey above, on the building's 9th floor.

"The 8th floor space really was a blank canvas when we took the project on, in spite of most of the building having been fitted out for several years already," Gurvinder Khurana, align Director and Co-founder, commented. "The spaces were effectively concrete shells and so could be designed to serve the required functions perfectly."

The existing building has a strong statement core, including a red feature staircase created by the scheme's original architects. This new design project needed to acknowledge and talk to this dominant feature. This was achieved via the occasional and well-judged uses of red throughout - from red lines, for example, within a grey carpet from Shaws Carpets used in corridor areas, that also echo the staircase's angled geometry, with Fegerhold lights directly above further matching the carpet insert angle.

A striking red feature was also used on the building's 9th floor, in the form of a rectangular feature wall area, which is clad in individual, red Muratto tiles in 3D off-centre pyramid shapes, angled once again to mimic the stair. This idea is continued along a narrow galleried seating area on the same floor, where the tiles this time are arranged as wall art in a series of alternating 4 or 6-tile portrait-format rectangles, accompanying a 6-person meeting space.

Food Futures, a new title by critical food designer Chloé Rutzerveld, aims to radically alter readers' ideas about consuming and producing food. This book questions and explores new food production technologies and translates multidisciplinary research into future food scenarios.

Food Futures presents conceptualization of completely edible, 'mini vegetable gardens' with crispy plants and mushrooms, that become a full meal after being printed by a 3D printer; a quest for a new eating system in which we digest 100% of the nutrients we take in (instead of the current 75%) by breeding bacteria that are harvested into capsules; and the recipe for a healthy, typically Dutch 'stroopwafel' - a recipe derived from Rutzerveld's project STROOOP! in which she dives into the natural sweetness of root vegetables.

Interior Design / David Adjaye: Making Memory
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:23:15 AM »

Making Memory, on view at the Design Museum through May 5, explores the role of monuments and memorials in the 21st century, through seven projects by celebrated British-Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE. The exhibition features projects such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C, the new National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London.

Highlights include a full-scale section of the Sclera Pavilion for London Design Festival 2008, a replica library area from the Gwangju River Reading Room in South Korea, as well as inspiration materials including a sculpture by the early 20th-century Yoruba artist Olowe of Ise.

In this exhibition, celebrated architect Sir David Adjaye OBE will examine the idea of the monument and present his thinking on how architecture and form are used as storytelling devices. Monuments are a record of who we are and are deeply ingrained in our psyche as a way of memorialising ourtriumphs and failures. However, the form that monuments take, and the way they are experienced, is constantly changing.

This exhibition shows that contemporary monuments are no longer static objects in a field - plaques, statues or neo-classical sculptures - but are dynamic and complex spaces that serve a wider purpose.

"Making Memory is set up as a provocation or a question to the public," Adjaye stated. "I am not scared of a narrative that unfolds and splinters. I find that is much more representational of the collective consciousness that we all live in today. I really hope the exhibition is a vehicle for dialogue and discussion about what constitutes a monument and a memorial at the beginning of the 21st century.

"The monument is no longer a representation, it is an experience of time and place that is available to everyone. Whether it's for a nation, a race, a community, or a person, it is really used as a device to talk about the many things facing people across the planet. Democratisation does not mean that monuments cease to be relevant; it requires the monument to be transformed, so that it has an inbuilt openness and can be approached and understood from many points of view."

Image: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Credit: Alan Karchmer

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Interior Design / Making It Happen: New Community Architecture
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:22:39 AM »

RIBA's latest exhibition, Making it Happen: New Community Architecture, which is on view through April 27 at the RIBA Architecture Gallery, offers visitors an experiential opportunity to find out more about some of the UK's new and inspiring community architecture projects. This exhibition tells the stories behind four new public spaces - Hastings Pier, Coniston Mechanics Institute, Old Manor Park Library and Loch Lomond National Park.

In the wake of local funding cuts and shifting priorities, private ownership of public buildings and spaces has escalated and alternative approaches to designing and funding spaces for the public realm are emerging. In response, communities have come together to fight to keep buildings open and functioning, mobilising to campaign and fundraise in the face of closure or catastrophe. Current crowd-funding campaigns for public buildings are featured in the exhibition and visitors are invited to contribute what buildings or spaces they would like to reinvigorate or create in their local area.

Architects have been challenged to respond to these circumstances by conceiving new ideas for the design or re-design of existing spaces. In the process architects have become both activist and educator, championing the cause and helping to galvanise the support of the local community.

The four projects featured in this exhibition examine the diverse roles that architects have played in working with communities around the UK. Each example demonstrates a pragmatic response, creating flexible public buildings that give scope for further development.

Photo: Courtesy of Hastings Pier Charity

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Interior Design / Feldman Architecture Completes dosa by DOSA
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:21:41 AM »
The design team took full advantage of high ceilings and abundant natural light in the century-old, brick-and-timber building at 2301 Broadway. Hand-crafted interpretations of traditional Indian elements play with new and old, developing an enduring design idiom for future dosa by DOSA locations.

dosa by DOSA is street corner casual and quick. An all-day bar keeps the energy light and lively from breakfast through dinner. The open kitchen and its wood clad hearth showcase the handwork of creating fresh dosa. The vibrant colors and unconventional textures were chosen to complement, but not upstage the dynamic food. Highlighting the meeting of Oakland and Mumbai, two large mural walls commissioned from local artists transports the customer from Oakland to India and promises fresh discoveries with every family dinner, casual cocktail, or morning chai.

The experience at dosa by DOSA is guided by its architectural simplicity. Upon entering the space, the 'unconventional bar' to the right acts as the primary point of contact for customer and wait staff before maneuvering guests into the crosswise dining area. "The architecture greets you," explained Nick Polansky of Feldman Architecture, "our focus was to make the space intuitive and give customers control over their own participation." Without a traditional hostess and wait staff, visitors are encouraged to navigate their own journey through the restaurant, instructed by its straightforward symmetry and design.


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