issue eighteen

eighteen

From the publisher

In profile we cover the work of an emerging talent who uses complex materials to create beautiful, elegant forms. It’s inspiring to discover a designer who challenges convention to create evocative forms that finely articulate her vision. 

In our feature on plastics we talk to manufacturers involved in product development and design – in furniture, automotive, packaging and appliances – about new applications and the latest processes.

And in our business segment, David Robertson provides you with the recipe for the perfect design brief to help you and your clients achieve the best project outcomes.


Inside this issue

A plastic tale

A plastic tale

The first object that welcomes visitors who enter the beautiful Kartell Museum, located near Milan, Italy, is a small ski-holder made of flexible rubber. Its name is Brevetto Pirelli and it was the first product manufactured by Kartell, the company founded by Giulio Castelli in 1949.

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Are you receiving me?

Are you receiving me?

Amalgamated Wireless Australasia (AWA) was one of the first Australian firms to use industrial designers or, as they described themselves in the early decades of the 20th century, ‘stylists’.

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Design Week: London calling

Design Week: London calling

London has a certain attitude. There is a gritty reality that gives London its individuality and appeal. You come to expect a different class of creativity, an edge. As London’s Design Week commenced, it seemed the city’s reputation was at stake.

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Creating design excellence

Creating design excellence

Lars Erikson, director of design, Electrolux Asia Pacific, believes design excellence can only be achieved if designers work together to raise the profile of the profession by establishing a strong community with a powerful voice.

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Fast-tracking trams of the future

Fast-tracking trams of the future

In October last year the winning concept design for a Melbourne tram of the future was announced. Alstom Transport, United Group Limited and Yarra Trams sponsored the student competition. Design and engineering undergraduates from Victoria were invited to design a futuristic tram for the year 2020.

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Making light work of classics

Making light work of classics

Curve editor Belinda Stening spoke to Penelope Forlano, an award-winning designer based in Perth, who creates lightweight-composite furniture and interior products for small spaces.

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Plastic fantastic

Plastic fantastic

They flex, stretch and fill; they can be soft or hard, transparent or opaque, coloured or neutral. With so many intriguing aspects, plastics are undeniably a material of choice for almost every product we design and manufacture today.

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