Shooting from the Hips by Karim Chaya

Pieds d'Oeuvre at Smogallery

3 - 25 November '11

Beirut

Earlier this month Smogallery, in Beirut, challenged a group of Lebanon's top designers and artists to transform a pair of old bench legs into a contemporary design work. The resulting show, entitled 'Pieds d'Oeuvre', reveals the talent of these designers and the diversity of creative approaches employed by the various participants.

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Patrick Jouin’s OneShot.MGX folding stool

Week Three: Museums and the 3D Design Market

by Nicole Swengley

In the last of three articles design writer, Nicole Swengley, looks at the role of museums in underpinning the market for 3D printed objects.

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Pair of ‘Noah’s Ark’ nesting tables by Nils Fougstedt 
and Björn Trägårdh

Important Nordic Design at Phillips de Pury & Company

17 November '11

London

Phillips de Pury & Company is pleased to announce Important Nordic Design, an academic exploration into 20th century and contemporary Nordic design and culture curated by acclaimed architect Lee F. Mindel, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and whose firm Shelton, Mindel & Associates is the winner of the 2011 Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design.

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Tetra Pak milk carton advertisement, 1950. The tetrahedron-shaped carton gave the Tetra Pak company its name. Credit: T

Hidden Heroes – The Genius of Everyday Things

9 November '11 - 5 June '11

London

The science museum is please to announce their new show 'Hidden Heroes - The Genius of Everyday Things' which examines the inspiration involved in items whose design and purpose are so well matched that they remain uncelebrated, but heavily used, in the fabric of our lives. The show runs from 9 November 2011 to 5 June 2012.

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'Rothermere/Dubly', A Pair of Macassar Ebony re-upholstered chairs by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann

20th Century Decorative Arts Auction at Christie's

23 November '11

Paris

On the afternoon of November 23rd 2011 Christie's will be hosting a 20th Century Decorative Arts auction. One may find it hard to be struck with inspiration amongst the very safe selection of lots on offer in this auction.

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Fast Forward by Rabih Hage

Week two: Investing in 3D printed design

by Nicole Swengley

In the second of a series of three articles, design writer Nicole Swengley considers the investment potential of 3D printed designs.

Rapid-manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing are revolutionising the way things are made. And, as the technology develops, it is likely to have a big impact on both the collectables market and mass production.

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The "Island" by Mathieu Lehanneur for AirMineral

The "Island"

by Mathieu Lehanneur for AirMineral

During an interview in 2010, the technological philosopher Peter Sloderdijk analysed,

‘Man is a pupil of the air,’ said Herder. Within lies the great issue of contemporary politics: to make an international climatic policy possible from the idea according to which we belong more to the air that we breathe than to the ground on which we walk. The air is our true home. What emerges is a victory of subtle air over solid earth, a phenomenon of a reversal of values proper to Taoist thinking which has taught for a long time that the subtle is always more real than the solid."

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Peter Buchanan-Smith, Best Made American Felling Axes , 2009

Graphic Design: Now in Production at the Walker

October 22 '11 - January 22 '12

Minneapolis
USA

Organised by the Walker Art Centre and the Cooper-Hewitt, Graphic Design: Now in Production is is the largest museum exhibition on the subject since the Walker’s seminal 1989 exhibition Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History, and the Cooper-Hewitt’s 1996 comprehensive survey, Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture.

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The Wedgwoodn't Turee by Michael Eden

Week one: An introduction to 3D printed design

by Nicole Swengley

In the first of three articles design writer, Nicole Swengley, explores the brave new world of 3D printed design.

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