issue thirty

thirty

From the publisher

In our Comment segment, design leaders from China are predicting how ‘Made in China’ will soon change to ‘Designed and Made in China’. As Chinese designers are working closely with Chinese industry and government to promote and support design and innovation, while acknowledging traditional Chinese culture, creative industries and the arts.

Leading designers, architects and thought leaders at the ICSID World Design Congress held in Singapore late last year, reveal what our future may look and feel like in forty years from now in our Event story. In unique Design2050 Studios, facilitated at the Congress, optimistic and sustainable ways of living were presented and discussed. 

And in Profile, we interview a fresh new face at Braun Design, Oliver Grabes, who talks to us about his exciting role as chief of design and his future plans for the group. 
 


Inside this issue

designed in Taiwan

Designed in Taiwan

Boasting fifty-three wins at last year’s red dot awards, Taiwan is a rising star in the international design world. So when this small island nation decided to put on its own design competition, it was hard not to stand up and take notice.

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Design yin and patent yang

In the early 20th century, product design was often relegated to the practice of styling products. In the 21st century, however, creativity in its various forms has become the main driver of economic growth, heralded by ballooning consumer demand for well designed products.

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Converting culture

Converting culture

The Icograda World Design Congress 2009 Beijing was an historic event for Icograda – in Icograda’s fifty year history this was the first time a Congress was held in China. It was also held within the first Beijing Design Week.

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A golden future

A golden future

India is poised to become the fifth largest consumer in the world by 2025 (from the twelfth today). This expansion is set to see an enormous retail boom, bringing with it a shift in product design on a global scale to accommodate this complex and diverse burgeoning market. One such change is an infusion of colour to match the uniquely vibrant essence of India.

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Building with bottles

Building with bottles

A new building material is poised to take the architectural world by storm. POLLI-brick, a recycled polymer brick made from old PET drinking bottles, has been developed by a company based in Taiwan, Miniwiz. Light, transparent, strong, thermal, versatile, affordable and 100 per cent recycled, it threatens to revolutionise construction sites.

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Design for 2050

Design for 2050

Shaping a design agenda for the year 2050 is a tall order. Some of the world’s leading lights in design, architecture and creative thinking rose to the challenge at the Icsid Congress, held in Singapore late last year, to propose what life may be like in 2050 and how design will play an integral role in this life: by supporting the planet and the way humans, plants and animals will live.

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A new direction

A new direction

Braun recently opened its doors to media and friends in an event marking new directions for the brand, announcing a new chief of design and the celebration of the 17th BraunPrize student awards.

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Colouring judgment on colour

When Mattel recalled millions of toys in 2007 because there was lead in them, it left them red-faced. It also questioned the safety standards in place in some manufacturing plants and made us wonder just how many other toys went unchecked by toy companies with less stringent safety standards.

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Digital selection

Digital selection

Standing by his Digital Cabinet project at the aDaptation exhibition in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week, Jon Stam explained his credo: “Everyone is a designer. Everyone designs tools and systems to make their lives easier and more meaningful. This is why I like to have discussions over my work with people of all backgrounds.”

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Think big

Think big

The recent Small Thoughts Big Ideas exhibition, held in Singapore, showcased the work of fifteen accomplished industrial designers, all from strict corporate backgrounds, who were given the freedom to “design anything they want”.

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Reinventing the wheel

Reinventing the wheel

Design solutions for the world’s transportation and mobility needs in 2050 was a theme that ran through many of the design studio concepts at the Icsid Congress in Singapore – and the Smart Cities group from the MIT Media Laboratory hosted a design studio with a clear focus on the reinvention of the automobile.

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Industrial craftmanship

Industrial craftmanship

When Tokujin Yoshioka has an idea, he has no clue where it will lead him in terms of form. Previously an enfant prodige of Japanese design, now a worldwide star working for companies and galleries all over the world, Yoshioka’s shapes, textures and finishes are ‘accidents’ in the philosophical meaning of the word: necessary physical manifestations of an idea and consequences of a higher concept.

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The poetic turn of everyday objects

A couple of years ago, I decided to temper my work as a corporate designer with teaching design theory at a nearby university. Before embarking on this adventure, I asked my friend Hans, a former colleague who left professional practice for a year to teach at a German university, what was the most important thing to know about academic life. His answer: name-dropping.

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