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Design Drive exhibition in Cesis February 18, 2009

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(Photo by Gints Malderis)

I have the pleasure to invite you to visit the Design Drive exhibition in Cēsu izstāžu nams (Pils laukums 3, Cēsis., Latvia). The show goes on till the 8 th of March from 10.00 till 17.00, Wednesday- Sunday.

You will see the work of Rihards Funts (RIJADA), Ilze Začeste, Juris Krūmiņš, Zane Homka, Baiba Linga-Bērziņa, Diāna Boitmane, Andris Tereško un Baiba Lindāne, Uģis Gailis (BU design) as well as me (: ( hammocks).

(Photos by Valdis Jansons)


Design Talents 2008 (updated) December 3, 2008

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I finally went to the Design Huis to see the exhibition with the pretentious title “Talents 2008”. It is a selection of 150 graduates from 30 design academies/universities all over the Europe. Initially 70 schools were asked to choose 10 the most interesting of their graduation projects. And, guess, who was the one to decide which are the best projects to exhibit at the Design Huis? Of course, it was the woman of the future, Li Edelkoort (who else..).

The show presents a wide range of design disciplines, including industrial, graphic, jewelery design etc. And a lot of furniture, of course. Many projects are highly conceptual, so you have to read the card to understand what is it about (and sometimes this doesn’t even help).

There were quite a few projects from Design Academy Eindhoven that I mentioned already in the previous post, so I wont repeat myself (:.

Here are some of my favorites.

The foldable bamboo chair by Morten Engebretsen (Norway) is a part of furniture collection where joints and hinges are made out of bamboo based textile. The Flatmate chair can be easily folded and hang on a wall when it is not in use. The designer wants to improve the functionality of small spaces. Elegant and functional!

Judith van den Boom (UK, RCA) has been working in China and has studied materials and the ways they are used. This investigation resulted in porcelain seats. It is a fragile material that has large strength capacity to hold up things. Surprising and poetic. Judith has an inspiring website.

Karin Frankenstein (isn’t it just a perfect name for a young designer?! No problems for memorizing it!) from Sweden makes furniture out of a mix of paper, potato, flour, chalk, clay, cow manure (dung), straw and peat. The material properties are related to clay but the possibilities are extensive, there are fewer restrictions on the size and form. I think it’s just totally amazing to reinvent things once again and play with them!

A mobile radiator by Hedvig af Ekenstam (Sweden). The designer was inspired by knitting methods, she uses heating cable as her wool to create a new type of radiator. It seems to be a new trend (I ve seen some other ones around)- to take your radiator in your bed (: .

Skyline by Benjamin Morin (France). A tool that allows to create a hanging garden that is nourished by impulsive purchase of seasonal plants. Fits perfectly into the growing trend of Guerilla gardening, well, at least, it can be a good start.

Malin Henningsson (Sweden) is interested in human decoration, the relationship between clothing, jewelery and body. He blurs the boundaries using electroforming technique. I like the idea of jewelery becoming clothing and the other way around.

Jeanette New (UK) presents amazing pieces of second hand cloths, embroidered/decorated using plastic bags. That’s also almost jewelery!

You can find more information about this exhibition in the January 2009 issue of the Latvian design magazine Dizaina Studija.