issue seventeen

seventeen

From the publisher

We thank Caroline McCarthy at IP Australia, Heather Ridout from the Australian Industry Group, Bob Fantozzi from Clipsal and Rhonda Steele from Effem Foods for their valuable contribution to this informative story.

In Comment we open dialogue with some of the most reputable design awards program managers from Europe, Australia and the US.

We talk to Brandon Gien, from the Australian Design Awards, Ralph Weigmann, head of iF International Forum Design, and Chelsea Sutula, from the IDEAs from the Industrial Designers Society of America.

They talk critically about the importance of impartial judging and other aspects of successful design awards programs. Awards are often controversial, so we encourage your feedback and comments on this story.

We also bring you the winners of the Victorian State of Design Awards, an awards program for all design disciplines.

Our features planned for 2007 include stories profiling new developments in plastics and metals. In Issue 20, our July issue, we will be covering product design for the domestic environment and in October, the latest developments in product finishes and coatings.

Thankyou to readers who participated in our recent series of readership surveys. From the generous feedback you have given us, we can continue to ensure Curve provides you with targeted editorial suited to your needs.

In response to your requests for more dialogue about the business aspects of design and manufacturing, we plan to expand our Comment segment next year.

We plan to run comprehensive interviews with local and international experts, discussing hot issues in product design.

We look forward to bringing you more inspiring and ground breaking stories in design and product development next year.


Inside this issue

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson, a Sydney-based furniture designer, tells Curve’s Belinda Stening about his recent success with a candelabra, his take on the creative process and his long-term relationship with furniture manufacturer Woodmark International.

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Sizing up the competition

Belinda Stening, Curve editor, spoke to three awards-program directors - Brandon Gien, Chelsea Sutula and Ralph Weigmann about their design award programs.

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Designing for the good life

Designing for the good life

Say the words ‘Korean design’ to any group of designers and you are sure to spark an opinionated debate regarding the continued progression of Asian design and its evolving position within the global design hierarchy.

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Drumroll please

Drumroll please

The Premier’s Design Award, considered Victoria’s highest honour for outstanding design, was announced in early October.

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From half a teaspoon to megalitres

From half a teaspoon to megalitres

Is the water-conservation message getting through with noteworthy results, or have urban Australians become hardened and indifferent to government campaigns pushing water-smart lifestyles? Can many of the water restrictions in Melbourne and Sydney generally be described as feeble and tepid, at best?

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Single-handedly

Single-handedly

A cooktop by Sam Hecht for KitchenAid. A projection clock by Stefano Giovannoni for Oregon Scientific. A megaphone by Shin Azumi for TOA. Why companies are choosing to design technologies with a personal twist.

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Testing our metal: a history of aluminium in Australia

Testing our metal: a history of aluminium in Australia

The lightweight metal aluminium, or aluminum, as it’s known in Canada and the US, was very difficult to discover in its elemental form. Over 200 years ago chemists intuitively knew of its presence within the alumina isolated in common clay, but they struggled to recover the element itself.

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