70s values

70s values

Saturday, 20 December 2014


Hello and HNY 2015!!!A4D-D4A declares the design competition, officially OVER. The correct answers to the three questions, are:

A-4.The fabric is an original heavy-weight cotton, monochrome pattern , woven and printed in the 3 primary colors, at the legendary Aigaion Textiles S.A., (in greek :“AΙΓΑΙΟΝ ΚΛΩΣΤΟΥΦΑΝΤΟΥΡΓΙΑ Α.Ε”), Piraeus, Greece, around 1979-80).

B-2. In ARTE’s documentary- co-production on HUGO BOSS, Nino Cerruti, proudly talks about his first  long- term collaboration with the German brand, on exporting  the textiles for the famous HB suits, when the company decided to use Italian fabrics in order to go up-market in men’s fashion.

C-4. Ise Gropius, Walter Gropius’ second wife, died on the 9th of June 1983, 14 years after her husband, architect and founder of the Bauhaus school, in Weimar, Germany.

Hurra!!!A4D-D4A organizes a small design competition, just to say farewell to 2014!!! The winner can choose among  prizes like: 1. A4D-D4A T-shirt  (choice between 2 colors available) 2. A4D-D4A Mug 3. A design publication- a recent title on contemporary design (in English or Greek-again your choice, once you are shortlisted as the Winner of the Competition).

Please think well and choose the right answer to the following 3 questions:

A.Which is the design/manufacturing company of the fabric depicted above (central blog picture) ?
1.(FREDRIKA fabric), IKEA Group, Sweden
2.Textor Textiles, (bed linen) Romania
3.(UNIKKO "poppy" pattern), Marimekko, Finland

B.Who is the italian designer- textile manufacturer, who used to export men-suit fabrics to Hugo Boss AG?
1.Brunello Cucinelli
2.Nino Cerruti
3.Ermenegildo Zegna
4.Giorgio Armani

C.When Ise Gropius (born Frank) died?
1.18 May 1883
2.1 March 1897
3.5 of July 1969
4.9 June 1983

Terms and Conditions:
1. Enter the competition by clicking Like  at the A4D-D4A FCBK page: https://www.facebook.com/all4designandbloodymore
2. Post your message on Post to Page, together with your answers!
3. You validate your entry only if you answer correctly all 3 questions!
4. In case of many people answering correctly, there will be a draw and the super Lucky one will be contacted for his/her postal details, in order to mail him/her, his/her choice of prize.
5. Everyone is eligible to join the competition, no matter of age or country.
6. The winner will be announced on the 5th of January 2015, on the A4D-D4A FCBK page and on the http://all4design-design4all.blogspot.gr.

The clock is ticking!!!-)))
Happy Holiday- Brave New Year 2015

Friday, 5 December 2014

Shop till you drop …around the globe!!!!

Picture above, clockwise from the top: Professor Astro-Cats book, Air and Space Museum/ Mug, Design Museum/ Neckpiece by Isfrid Siljehaug, Klimt02.net(Current Obsession mug, Fake issue)/L.S.P Tee, Wadada /Arnoldsche publication on Morrocan carpets and modern Art/Children’s pen-toy, Industrial Gas Museum/poster for Spitafields Saturday fashion market/ Knoll- type chair , Design Warehouse. Picture background: Designforeurope portal.

Purchase wisely this Xmas, from trustworthy sources, by investing in…innovation, cultivating your taste, developing your senses and helping out Growth- which is not an abstract term! Design remains an important factor for Growth, so A4D-D4A chooses and proposes carefully, only multi-tested design spaces, shops, portals and companies, where you can start filling that holiday shopping list…around the world!

Museum shops are your best bet, in order to find exceptionally good design in so many categories. A4D-D4A lists the following “leaders” in museum retail:

http://www.2121designsight.jp/en/architecture/  Tokyo, Japan

http://designmuseumshop.com/  London, UK

http://shop.designmuseum.fi/ Helsinki, Finland

http://www.smithsonianstore.com/museum-stores/air-space/?cid=3412&lf=c  Washington DC, USA

https://www.facebook.com/199014420238840/photos/a.202870229853259.50586.199014420238840/494719004001712/?type=1&relevant_count=1  Industrial Gas museum, Athens, Greece

Outdoor markets are huge fun to spend time in, some of them being an important design hub. Here lay the essential design markets, where makers, designers and services co-exist to offer a really unique experience for the buyer/customer/ critic.

http://www.melbournedesignmarket.com.au/home/  Melbourne, Australia

http://www.spitalfields.co.uk/img/saturday-style-market-image.jpg  London, UK

Design portals and networks offer many possibilities, along with valuable information for the local or international industry and market- destined to sellers AND customers. Find out more about design-related -places, sectors, funds, fields, grants, contests, commerce, spots, shops and people on:

http://www.ctdn.co.za/  Cape Town , South Africa

http://opendesignct.com/ Cape Town, South Africa

http://designforeurope.eu/ Public sector portal, EU

http://klimt02.net/ (Jewelry and more), Barcelona, Spain

Books are definitely the most appreciated gifts, but really good books and studies on design, are getting more and more difficult to find, due to their production cost: two publishers are getting their way with the market’s increasing complications, by offering strictly, nothing less than the best, in context and layout, during a great number of years.

http://www.arnoldsche.com/Design/ Stuttgart, Germany

http://www.chroniclebooks.com/titles/art-design San Francisco, USA

Clothing companies with a flair? Too many out there , but only a couple pioneering an avant-garde design approach, regarding visual communication, graphics and illustration  techniques. So lucky if you get an inspired T-Shirt from Santa, especially if it comes from:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCE_z_2HIuk  Wadada, London, UK

http://www.chunkclothing.com/  London, UK

Design merchants rise in different corners of the planet and design capitals- traditional or new- exchange ideas and shift powers, at the dawn of a new economic era. A4D-D4A concludes this summary of where-to-buy-what- it’s-design-worthy- with a town , famous, not only for its natural beauty but  for its status as a “Key” player, for international creative arts, crafts and design. 

A last stop, a last shop, thousands of Km away from our familiar territories…” on the other side of the water”… Santa Fe.

http://www.designwarehousesantafe.com  private merchant-shop, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

A4D-D4A wishes you a very Merry Holiday!!!!