Posts Tagged 'industrial design'

Philippe Starck | Design is Dead

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Well well, what do you know. I always found mr. Starck to be a wee bit cocky but I get his point here. Die Zeit wrote an article recently in which the french designer apologizes for the things he’s done. “I was a producer of materiality and I am ashamed of this fact.Everything I designed was unnecessary. I will definitely give up in two years’ time. I want to do something else, but I don’t know what yet. I want to find a new way of expressing myself …design is a dreadful form of expression…. In future there will be no more designers. The designers of the future will be the personal coach, the gym trainer, the diet consultant.” Starck said the only objects that he still felt attached to were “a pillow perhaps and a good mattress.” But the thing one needs most, he added, was the “ability to love”.

Oh wait… things have been proclaimed ‘dead’ over and over again. See – over and over again. You cannot make a statement with such certainty, unless it’s about your personal life/work. Therefore design is by far not dead. Luxury items, however are, and he knows that’s his ship sinking.

Also, check out his talk at TED called ”Why design?” here.

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Electrolux Design Lab Competition 2008

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Electrolux is calling out for all the creative desig students to participate in their 6th Design Lab Competition. This year the theme will be ”home appliances for the internet generation‘ meaning the submissions should address food storage, cooking, and/ or washing.

”The Internet generation comprises brand-conscious, busy young proffesionals who are independent, concerned about the environment, and whose lives are intertwined with technology and social networks” The prize: winning entry – 5000€ and a 6-month internship at one od Electrolux’s global design centers, second prize : 2000€ and 3rd prize 2000€. You are permitted to submit one entry via their webpage by May 30th 2008.

/download the Design Lab Press release (PDF)

/check out laste year’s results here

/Electrolux Design Lab Website

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Braun

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These images are everywhere these days and so they end up here as well. Teehee :) Right… So I guess Apple has an older brother (from another mother). I like Apple’s design, I really do. The firm’s whole image has been built by the help of great industrial designers, but damn. What is this I see? The designer Jonathan Ive imitating Dieter Rams of Braun; could it be? I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. I mean I’m not saying that they just copied everything, but can you feel it? Oh Steve… Now you’ve spoiled it for me. But I loves you for this. You should, however, make one with a 15 inch screen. Oh what’s that? Oh we’ll work on that together later. Gotcha.

More pictures and the full article at Gizmodo here and here.

1: 0 for ze Germans! :D Raus mit ze fancy dizigners! OK hilfe I can’t stop…

Tata Nano | The Cheapest Car On Earth

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I can’t say I care much about cars, but the one that runs on air and this little toddler cought my attention.

cost: $2,500

length: 3.1 metres

width: 1.5 metres

height: 1.6 metres

stylish: not so much

/specs and more photos after the tiny jump

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Car Runs on Air

Good news for the environment – this car runs on air, it’ll cost you 1,5€ to fill the tank (weird car lungs?), you’ll be able to drive for 200km without refueling and go up to 110km/h. I don’t even care if it doesn’t look cool; now stop laughing you heartless person.

(via: TreeHugger)

Napkin PC | Alert all Doodlers

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I doodle a lot. On napkins, on the back of the bill, on the table… And I like trees. Connect the dots and you can guess that I’m happy to find out that some design student, Avery Holleman, came up with a napkin PC. I hope the product will hit the market soon because I need to get one in case it is indeed as sustainable as they say it is. Recycable and all. My brother has the Wacom Bamboo which is a relative of the Napkin PC, but I don’t like it too much. Probably because I suck at using it but mostly because it takes way too much resources to make it and way too much effort to recycle it. Oh – and you have to plug it into a PC which I don’t carry around with me in my pocket/ purse. Call me weird. This thing however is an inductively powered device, you can recycle it and you don’t have to waste paper for your sketches anymore. Good ol’ paper. I do love it and I am skeptical about the Napkin PC being completely ‘eco’. It could be great but the whole thing could just result in more e-waste.

/more after the jump (cool renderings btw)

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Naoto Fukusawa Wins Royal Designer Award

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Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa has been named as one of the RSA’s (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) New Royal Designers for 2007.

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