issue six

six

From the publisher

The Electrolux design and innovation centre is close to utopia for designers with its state of the art workspaces, technology and tools, not to mention the panoramic views of Sydney’s bayside and Pyrmont’s maritime buildings. It says a lot about the merging of external excellence with the internal struggle for the highest quality in design.

As we prepare for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Curve brings you a feature on what local designers are doing off the field. From football boots designed to reduce injuries to a novel tracking device, the world of sport is a major focus for constant improvement in product and performance.

Another exciting addition to our magazine is Concept. This new segment will introduce the early ideas and work of designers as they develop their products. In this issue we look at the impressive drawings and concepts of Ronnie Lacham.

In Snapshot we announce a lucrative national design award – worth $40 000 – as part of the State of Design Festival in Victoria.

As you look through this issue of Curve I’d like to thank our contributors, readers and advertisers for their continued support. We look forward to bringing you more news and feature stories from our inspirational designers around the country.


Inside this issue

A change for the best

A change for the best

Perched above the water in inner Sydney, the new Electrolux design and innovation centre in Pyrmont is no ordinary office. This inspirational studio space with its masses of light streaming through floor to ceiling windows is easily the envy of designers across the country.

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Time equals quality

Designers are from a culture that has an identifiable attitude to time that differs from other business professionals. This attitude to time stems directly from the needs of the creative process that they specialise in.

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Thirsty products or thirsty people?

Running water is an incredibly valuable resource with an almost endless list of applications and uses in and around buildings – whether it’s for drinking, cooking, cleaning, cooling, washing, gardening or recreation.

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Identity of a lampshade

Identity of a lampshade

Ronnie Lacham is a designer, now studying for a Masters Degree in Furniture Design in Tasmania. On graduating from his honours year in 2002 he exhibited his work at RMIT in Melbourne.

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Design for sport

Design for sport

Despite a loss of some high profile sports brands like Spalding and Speedo overseas, Australian designers continue to amaze with an impressive variety of innovative sports related products being developed around the country.

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Race for Melbourne’s baton design

Race for Melbourne’s baton design

Melbourne’s 2006 Commonwealth Games will provide an opportunity for local designers to display their talents to an international audience. And one of the most sought after projects is the design of the Queen’s Relay Baton.

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No place to hide

No place to hide

Almost two years ago, Designforum Svensk Form (Stockholm) launched its Project Room, a venue that gives a young designer free reign for a week.

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Innovation in sports technology

Innovation in sports technology

After WWII, the memory of conflict and Australian sporting achievements in athletics, tennis and swimming (culminating in success at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games) were dominant in people’s minds and helped shape the Australian national identity as one based on sporting prowess.

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Smart disc solutions

Smart disc solutions

Inspired by the way children’s pop up picture books work, twenty-seven year old designer Burgo Wharton has created an innovative packaging system for the disc media industry.

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Richard Hoare

Richard Hoare

Richard Hoare is one of Australia’s leading industrial designers with an impressive track record that includes putting Sunbeam design on the map and now taking the Breville design centre toward a global vision.

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