Smart Cities 2020

Smart Cities 2020

Sunday, 26 June 2016


Picture above: Salone del Mobile.Milano 2016 Award, Best Display: Kartell

Following the traditional week in April when the eyes of the furnishing world were upon it, the Salone del Mobile.Milano has announced the names of the 8 winners of the international award that highlights the design sector’s finest innovations.

Announced last February 2016, this special award affords an opportunity for pause and reflection on the edition that ended on 17th April. Its mission is to deliver targeted recognition of the value of ideas, of creativity, of innovation and of technology
The Salone del Mobile.Milano Award pays just homage to people or things, whether from established designers or those newly embarking on their careers, and from products to installations. Awards recognise those that have helped to give the event its strong international flavour, creating a forum showcasing cutting-edge design trends and up-to-the minute modes of home living. 

The winners were announced at the official award ceremony on 7th June- and they were ALL selected  by the criteria of absolute excellence and merit; an exclamation mark for a choice reflecting the exact impressions of the experts, as well as those of the general public who witnessed  and examined those projects in Salone del Mobile.Milano 2016:  

Best Product/ Chairs – Upholstereds All Plastic Chair, Jasper Morrison, Vitra 

Best Product/ Furnishing System Commodore, Piero Lissoni, Glas Italia

Best Product/ Kitchen Section Air, Daniele Lago, Lago 

Best Product/ Bathroom Section Origami, Alberto Meda, Tubes Radiatori 

Best Display Kartell

Best Young Designer Giacomo Moor

Best Designer Konstantin Grcic 

Special Jury Award Cristina Celestino  

A special Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Award has also been granted to Simone Ciarmoli and Miguel Queda of CQS Studio for the artistic direction of Before Design: Classic – the exhibition/event on the topicality of classic Made in Italy style showcased at the Salone del Mobile.Milano 2016. 

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SuperNormal House is the megatrend developed by LivingScapes, the research carried out by the Salone del Mobile.Milano Trend Labthe Salone del Mobile.Milano’s new research laboratory and intelligence centre – to identify the leading trends emerging at international level in the world of design, furnishing and living. (see photo bellow: the graph of the Megatrend Map)

Novel notions such as Simplexity, New Normality, Ordinariness, Low Tech,  Re-Humanisation (of design), Extra-Ordinary (design), Personal  Landscape, Considered Minimalism et al. introduced by leading designers and brands , create a mosaic of tangible solutions for living environments in societies now. 
The Salone del Mobile Trend Lab employs an ethnographic-based research methodology based on field observation, combining field (a network of international researchers/ anthropologists), desk and web sources, to identify the socio-cultural changes and evolutions taking place and the way in which they are translated, take shape and manifest themselves in the domestic space.
It also employs a panel of national and international opinion leaders, selected ad hoc both for their relevance to the research subjects (design, architecture, interior design, interior architecture) and for their ability to take a crosscutting look at design and creativity-related issues. The field of observation encompasses all the leading international markets (Europe, Russia, USA, Asia) with a focus on “emerging” countries such as China.

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Leonardo Da Vinci lived during the peak of the Renaissance period, but he cannot be considered as just another artist, representative of this era. He surpassed by leaps and bounds his known world, he united methods, styles, techniques, arts and sciences, he dared to attempt everything that he considered possible…. A genius, an actual accomplisher, a man of logic but also an intellectual, a mystique and a visionary.
Italy finally dedicates a museum to his name, life and works and the architects Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto ( of studio Migliore+Servetto Architects  in Milan, IT)-
experts in exhibition design, with an impressive portfolio of numerous projects on the field, “tested” them selves in the endeavor to sign the design concept of a space  related to the absolute patron –saint of European thought  by far. A visit is highly mandatory and much better than words. 

Result of a competition launched by Consorzio A.S.T. in 2012, the permanent exhibition - held within the historical Castle of Vigevano (Vigevano city, Pavia, Lombardy, IT) - conceived by Migliore+Servetto Architects for “Leonardiana. Un museo nuovo”, develops, by advanced light tools, multimedia and environmental graphics design, a definitely innovative narration tool which leads the visitor to explore the main phases of Leonardo’s thinking during his lifetime, with the curatorship of Claudia Zevi & Partners and with the supervision of Carlo Pedretti.

“We worked on reversed relationship between vessel and content, between original piece, replica and narration, to make the exhibited subject become the thought and the action of Leonardo inside the original scene. In a rich dialogue with the historical rooms of the castle, the exhibition develops through light installations and structures that combine interactions and advanced technologies to build new narration scenarios.”
(Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto) 

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This Thursday on the 30th of June, at 7pm in the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, DE), the discussion/event Designmuseum 2.0 – The Renaissance of Collections / Talk (DE) will take place.

In June 2016, the Vitra Design Museum will open the Schaudepot for the presentation and study of its collection. A number of other leading design museums are also renewing their focus on their collections as a basis for their own work, but also as a vehicle for presenting and elucidating the history and future of design. Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Director of the Austrian Museum for Applied Arts in Vienna, have been highly successful in attracting millions of visitors to their outstanding international collections. Together with the Director of the Vitra Design Museum, Mateo Kries, they will discuss how their collections are helping them to reinvent the design museum for the twenty-first century.

The Talk will haunt our summer by illustrating  the facts in design that will shape the future of the sector- thus means the future of society. Incredibly interesting and highly recommended venue- certainly not to miss!

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Object of desire- Let There be Light X3!
The new Trio King Edison is now available from Mineheart, it takes Young & Battaglia's original design and turns the glam factor up to maximum.
Three gold King Edison lamps hanging from a single ceiling rose in a descending cluster (picture bellow).

To find out more information about the new products please email Danielle
To view the full selection of products please visit:

The Contemporary Jewelry Space/ gallery/workshop/ seminar center Syn Apeiro in Athens, GR, resumes its activities - after 9 years of service. Syn Apeiro was one of the few Contemporary and Art jewelry clusters in the Hellenic capital, with a broad spectrum of in-house exhibitions and a serious presence through its designers-jewelers  in significant contemporary jewelry fairs in Europe. Nothing it's over till it's over - we wish Syn Apeiro to re-address its many collaborations in a new network and channel its creative energy to different, exciting ventures. For more information on Syn Apeiro past and current exhibitions, artists and events please contact:

(picture bellow from Syn Apeiro Annual exhibition & Final Show 2016):

The second round of design news and latest updates, later in the summer - so please stay in touch. Until then, enjoy life to the maximum!

Sunday, 12 June 2016


Picture above (background): Vintage card by the E.L.I.A Archives (eng.: Hellenic Literary and Historical Archives), supported by M.I.E.T, Greece (: National Bank Educational Foundation) Publications. For more info on M.I.E.T and E.L.I.A actions, initiatives, schemes and shops please follow:

The A4D-D4A exciting choice of 10 best design and crafts publications, for the summer!
Read and think:

1. FASHION/ ECOLOGY (English, 2016)

 Fashion Made Fair by Ellen Kohrer and Magdalena Schaffrin

Is green the new black? This beautifully illustrated book pays tribute to contemporary designers whose creations are at once fashion-forward as well as sustainable, responsible, and humanely produced.

2. JEWELLERY (English, available from Mid-September 2016)

by Beatriz Chadour-Sampson and Janice Hosegood

The life and career of contemporary jewellery's patron saint: Barbara Cartlidge and her legendary gallery/boutique Electrum in 21,South Molton str., London - finally thoroughly presented and illustrated. A rare study dedicated to an exquisite woman, artist, designer, entrepreneur, activist and pilar of the contemporary jewellery and crafts movement, as recorded from the 70's and beyond.

3. DESIGN/ FURNITURE (English- Norwegian)

EKSTRØM EXTREME. Norwegian Furniture and Industrial Design :by Denise Hagströmer(ed)

The phenomenal and unique creativity of pioneer furniture designer Terje Ekstrøm (1944-2013) whose work contributed a new vitality and independence to the Norwegian design scene of the 1970s and 80s. Challenging the ideals of the golden age of Scandinavian design, his practice was characterized by an eclectic search for originality.

4.  GUTENBERG PUBLISHERS, Athens HISTORY/ INDUSTRIAL DESIGN (Greek, 1st edition: December 2015 available from Jan 2016)
Μια Ιστορία για τα Ελληνικά Μηχανήματα του Μηχανουργείου Κούππα (1882-1940), Ευγενία Κρεμμυδά
(:A History of Greek Machinery: The Kouppas Factory of Industrial Machinery (1822-1940) by Eugenia Kremmyda)

A concise history of Greek Industrial machinery through the analysis of the Kouppas factory, in Piraeus, Greece- the biggest industrial unit in the field, on Hellenic ground. The book is far more than a discovery of the company's archives, it contributes immensely to the actual understanding of greek industrial heritage and engineering - by also giving a perspective on the sectors rebirth.

5.  SOCIAL SCIENCE/ DESIGN (english, 2015)

The Routledge Companion to Design Research. Edited by Paul Rodgers, Joyce Yee

The Routledge Companion to Design Research offers a comprehensive examination of design research, celebrating the plurality of design research and the wide range of conceptual, methodological, technological and theoretical approaches evident in contemporary design research.

6. (manufacturer name  : NIHON VOGUE) CRAFTS (Japanese,

COS costume Making Book

Basic instructions For Cosplay costume production, fabric and sewing recommendations, such as Tsukekata  paper arrangements and patterns, commentated in detail. Beautiful dresses and flared skirts, body suits, Manabu orchid-garments, swallowtail jackets....FUN! S ~ L size for women. CD ROM included!

7. (manufacturer name  : NIHON VOGUE) CRAFTS (Japanese,

Fully -used Bags

Introduction to semicircle bag, purse, round pochette, tetra pouch, triangle bag, Azuma bag, cube bag, collage bag, etc. In addition to the basics of sewing, a three-step work process on photos, to make  beginners confident with the book content. Work it, you will be a fanatic!


Colore. Colorimetria: sistema di colore Carlieri-Bianco (: Colour. Colorimetry: the Carlieri-Bianco system)

The classic manual on color science and technology, now on E-Book!!! Essential. You can read it on your Kindle device, PC, mobile, tablet.


APE – Guida al nuovo Attestato di Prestazione Energetica (:APE - Guide to the new Energy Performance Certificate)

III Edition (on call from 26 June 2015): Energy performance , prescriptions and minimum requirements . Project technical report . Adaptation of national guidelines for energy certification. If you are an architect, with a practice in Europe, is worth having a look on the new, updated laws applied to energy certificates for buildings in Italy- it is a very complete list of rules, useful to adopt in other countries. The Italians do it better....?

10. WEB DESIGN/ ON-LINE MEDIA DESIGN (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Chinese, 2016,)

Web Design Index by Content 05

Would you like an overview of the state of the art in web design in a specific field? this book provides exactly that: every year, 500 new designs are selected and grouped in more than 20 categories, such as architecture, art, fashion, food, IT, music, photography, product catalogues, etc.
Two pages from each site are included: an opening page and a page representative of the nature of the site. This is the fifth in a series  of titles, which has become the industry standard in tracking trends in web design. This year has seen an emphasis on large images, typographic innovations and a more hand-made or hand-drawn feel in web design.
The websites featured in this book are organized by subject and provide an invaluable reference for web designers.The enclosed CD contains previews of and a link to each of the featured websites. TOP!

Enjoy and get the most out of it. (Design) Books are TREASURES.