issue thirty-nine

thirty-nine

From the publisher

In Profile, German designer, Werner Aisslinger, lifts hemp and furniture design to new heights with his monobloc chair. The remarkable design process used to create the chair has led to an equally remarkable product that will hopefully reach production in 2013.

In Materials, Curve's UK-based contributor Tanya Weaver, reveals the story behind sugru and its creator Jan Ni Dhulchaointigh. This story shows how determination and lateral thinking have driven innovation and the creation of a new material - and some would also call it a product.

For Event, Europe editor, Laura Traldi, brings us a report directly from Stockholm. The large and vibrant design community of the city supports a diverse group of design personalities and creative minds.
 


Inside this issue

The bathroom experience

The bathroom experience

Many people dream of having a bathroom with remote-controlled massage or body-jet shiatsu features, illuminated by layers of multicoloured, ever-changing LED strips.

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Taking stock

How far can the protection of an iconic design extend? In a decision that has been criticised as yet another example of intellectual property (IP) laws gone mad, Getty Images has been successfully sued by the heirs of Le Corbusier for infringement of copyright.

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Cool as a cucumber

Cool as a cucumber

When it comes to clever innovations for the home, we all love eco-friendly solutions. Looking at the figures for food wastage, Kornelia Knutson and Gabriella Rubin, two industrial design students from the Lund University in Sweden, were astounded to discover that as much as 27 per cent of purchased foods end up in the bin.

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2012 BraunPrize open for entries

2012 BraunPrize open for entries

The 2012 BraunPrize is the 18th awards program since the launch of the prestigious BraunPrize in 1968 and is set to be the most competitive yet. The new theme, Genius design for a better everyday, embraces the increased relevance of a well-designed product to help improve all aspects of our everyday life.

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B in your bonnet

B in your bonnet

Many motorbike and scooter riders take their helmets on and off multiple times throughout the day for short trips around town, very often failing to re-fasten them correctly – or else not fastening them at all. Statistics show that over 70 per cent of accidents involving motorcycles happen in Europe, and in Italy this figure soars to over 85 per cent.

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Stockholm’s svelte week of design

Stockholm’s svelte week of design

It’s a known fact that Northern Europe is a very well organised place. Sweden is no exception. The feeling that one has when arriving in Stockholm – which every February features an International Furniture Fair and Design Week – is always of astonishment: nothing is out of place. Not in a nerdy, overly controlled way, but, rather, in a very human, playful and liberating sense.

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Stick to your guns

Stick to your guns

American inventor Thomas Edison famously said genius is one per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration. Fellow inventor, Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh, seems to be the very embodiment of that saying. This Irish designer proves that passion for a product idea and the determination and persistence to make it work does indeed pay off.

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Sci-fi junky

Sci-fi junky

Sci-fi structures. Jet-propelled cars. Robots. Most designers spent their teenage years doodling one if not all three of these classic design subjects. As did Jay Shuster, art director at Pixar Animation Studios. Only he has also made it his career.

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Werner Aisslinger

Werner Aisslinger

Many industrial designers keep their finger on the pulse of emerging technologies and materials, as it gives them inspiration for new products.

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Wireless for sound

Wireless for sound

How can a designer who is considered one of the leading Danish furniture designers of her generation have an impact on an historical electronics brand known throughout the world for the outstanding quality of its technology in audio products?

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