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Friday, 29 December 2017

A4D-D4A Recap 2017 + More News from Salone 2018...

Last year 2017 concretized our content under the influence of precise decisions about publishing pivotal posts of value, covering the most important aspects of the design infosphere- aspects about to shape our societies' future and the global way of living. 
Salone del Mobile, Web Summit, AI, Deep Learning, Architecture in the U.S and in Outer space, Contemporary jewellery now, new designers' collectives, design disruptors, education technology, design Hackathons, design contests and institutions, innovative makers, people and cities: Milan, Seoul, New Orleans, Lisbon, Paris, Berlin, Cologne, Athens. 
Next year we promise even more documented material regarding the field of design-at-large and its related topics in the form of live broadcasting: after Residences et al. a new unit made by A4D-D4A called D-ocumentsOnFilm is coming up, our very new entity on social media so stay tuned!
As a last post of the year (since the clock is ticking and there is a hive of creativity in the preparation of the planet's biggest and oldest design exhibition) here you can get the latest releases about the 57th edition of Salone del Mobile 2018 in Milan, Italy that includes this season- among many different manifestations and events in its categories Classic: Tradition in the Future, Design and xLux- the biennials EuroCucina/FTK and the International Bathroom Exhibition. Absolut, much awaited highlight, the theme of this year's SaloneSatellite 21st edition, the oldest formal institution within a design international fair, showcasing young designers and their work: "Africa/Latin America: Rising Design-Design Emergente" and the drums are beating hard about this one...A thing that reminds us of all the fantastic work that pioneer curator and SaloneSatellite founder Marva Griffin Wilshire accomplished throughout the years, her contribution to international young design recently being recognized and awarded with the Ambrogino d'Oro by the City of Milan. 
"Beauty will save the world", the moto for the 2018 Salone edition, guarantees the high expectations of the globe towards a commercial fair that turned out to be a Must for the industrial world, therefore the capital monitor of all evolutions in the design sector and beyond that. A fantastic design year starts again this April 2018 and forth timer A4D-D4A is getting ready for it....

Have a very lovely Holiday and a smashing New Year 2018!!!
A4D-D4A <3 <3

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Salone del Mobile latest trends + Let There Be Light this XMas....

Photo above: the design of the first of two light installations realized by Migliore + Servetto Architects for the Intesa Sanpaolo skyscraper in Turin, during the XX edition of "Luci d'artista". Photo credits: Grattacielo Intesa Sanpaolo / Ph. Michele d'Ottavio.

The official countdown to the Salone Del Mobile 2018 has already started (with a series of important declarations), but the Salone Trend Lab is working non-stop on the current design follow-ups, in order to establish forthcoming values derived by the everyday reality of contemporary habitats. Live and Play while at your home, is the spirit of the times according to the mantra of our bewildered society, thirsty for balance and more than that. Home revival now incorporates the sense of a new playground and not just for children, but a creative, entertaining and self-schooling space of experiences. The process of remapping our house, just to generate stimuluses for living AND working inside IT, is the mega question and the pursue of a group of innovative design studios and collectives, listed in Salone's current Press release, quoting the notions of functional art, unconventional solution, lateral thinking, “serious” amusement, among others. This is the beginning of various interactions between traditional furnishing items and emotional needs, such as the idea of pure happiness. Feel free to explore the works of KI Design, Plumen, Think & Shift, Accent, Paul Ketz and Uuio and get ready for more chapters to read, regarding  the Salone's upcoming edition and all its major factors.

Milan, Seoul, Helsinki: all three are lighting design capitals, for any design lover to intensify his/her research for the best domestic or public/architectural lights. The Milanese wonder makers Migliore & Servetto worked their magic on the Intesa Sanpaolo skyscraper in Turin, during the XX edition of "Luci d'artista" - creating a lighting project of high fidelity and extreme technical excellence. The design is composed of two installations, one external on the 35° floor and on internal, within the greenhouse in the heart of the building projected by Renzo Piano. A truly admirable work, securing Italy's position as the traditional milestone in the old continent's lighting venture. (Views in pictures bellow, Photo credits: Grattacielo Intesa Sanpaolo / Ph. Michele d'Ottavio.)

Follow us for more Salone del Mobile-plus-More related posts, as we approach the globe's capital design event, mid-April 2018 in Milan, Italy.

Until then, stay awesome!
A4D-D4A :-))

Tuesday, 28 November 2017


Above: still from the incredible Archisketch video, (to check it out in full screen, go to http://www.archisketch.com/feature). 

Cracking startups with incredible app provisions to totally improve and vertically change your everyday life, is a typical feature in the expo areas of Web Summit 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal. Time was short, in order to cover everything in full detail, but here is our condensed list of what we manage to distinguish, among the many companies who revolutionize the tech world with digital media at the service of the citizen. 

1. Archisketch (Interior Design, VR) is the elegant app offering the world's simplest interior design solution and quite frankly- everything a buyer, designer or consumer could only dream to have in his/her toolkit one day. 

2. Alphafish (Hardware, IoT) helps you get control of your peripherals, energy sources and other components, arrange and "smartify" your interiors but also improve your consumption efficiency.

3. Inventify (Hardware, IoT) is the new platform of a team based in London, UK- that performs as an agency connecting designers, engineers and entrepreneurs and helping all ends to meet, eventually produce an idea and place it in the market.

4. FINALCAD (Software), a Web Summit favourite by the audience and the tech critics, is the mega-tool that promises to be the right hand of the civil engineer of the future, offering a number of composites as an app. A super-facility that functions as a team manager, design software, administrative kit, building and safety controller etc.

5. Kaspersky Lab (Cybersecurity) is definitely a Web Summit veteran and it remains something like the Saville Row of the cyberworld - with exquisite custom-made products for every possible known portal or device. 

6. CISCO DEVNET Sandbox (Code, Learning) features a unique dry-run environment for coders of every field. A fully equiped lab for smooth coding and testing at an advanced level.

7. KAZAKHTELECOM-Digital Heart of the Silk Way (Investor, Telecom). This campaign launched by the company for the mythical investment of 1 billion dollars, sets the country as the digital annex of Central Asia in 8 priority sectors such as infrastructure, eHealth, digital agriculture, digital mining, eLearning, fintech, eGovernment and logistics.

8. ScaleUp Porto (Investor, Networks, Strategic Planning) consists of a platform, designed to create a growth network within a city. An overall exemplary and effective case of scaling-up strategy, ideal for other European cities to follow.

If you wish, you can check also people's most favourite startups as they figured in Web Summit statistics:

- Brand Ripplr
- Hyku
- Botly
- Flixel
- Clark
- Zoom.ai
- Contentful
- Flow.ai
- Snips
- Digital Genius
- Deepomatic
- Recast.AI
- Cosmo Tech
- Contentful
- TellMePlus
- Timify
- Seerene

How to pronounce design in Portuguese: Brazil Today, the design exhibition initiated by MUDE museum in Lisbon, is undoubtedly one of the most significant design-related events of the year. Bárbara Coutinho, the director of MUDE invites the curator Frederico Duarte to establish a deep insight of the two countries correlation, their material identity and common culture, now. The result is a fascinating exploration of objects and messages, that transpass the usual design equations of the old continent and stimulate the human intellect to discover new dimensions and new solutions in the contemporary living era. An exhibition of rare beauty and honesty that seriously "flips the coin" of what we used to know up to this point - showcasing products conceived by designers coming from every corner of the vast Brazilian continent - yet so closely affiliated with the current Portuguese history and society, but also aligned to the issues and challenges of the global community. 

From top to bottom bellow, a small selection:
- MELISSA CREATIVES (shoes), 2016: When consumers become designers -CONFETE (prosthetics), 2016, Furf Design: A hopeful prosthesis cover - STED (medicals), 2014, Cusco Studio: An everyday crutch - HAVAIANAS (flip-flops), 2017, Department of Design and Innovation: The Havaianas beyond the flip-flop - UBU (publishers), 2016: All of Ubu's books - LEARN AND PLAY (children's furniture), 2016, Grupo Criativo: A room that grows with its child.

That is all for now!!! More Web Summit 2018 ventures and Lisbon highlights next year, or maybe sooner!
Don't miss our next issue, out around the 10th of December with all the new, hot Press releases about the Salone del Mobile 2018 trends and more!!!

Until then-stay great!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Evolutive Digital Technologies: A NEW Terminology (Examples 4 Design & Everything else), powered by Web Summit 2017, Lisbon, Portugal.

In photo above: Steve Raymond, CEO at 8i during his revolutionary presentation on Hologram Making in the immersive era. Technology fusion consisted of Augmented Reality (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), Computer Generated People (CGP) etc.- all made anew for you to carry with, among other content, on your mobile data.

In tomorrow's world what is Content? What is Creativity? What is Impact? What is a Car? What is Community? What is Commodity? What is Ecology? Take it from the people at Web Summit 2017, who prescribed the new inventions on digital solutions, materials, infrastructures, ethics- from now on and in the far or near future.

Nowadays you can 3Dprint a house for 35 euro, a reality that will enable huge changes on demographics, social cartographies, work, architecture and design in many places of the world. Soon it will be possible to carry live memories with you and place them anywhere you wish in space and time: your beloved ones, your commodities, your list of materials, your course lectures, the actual furniture of your studio, your wardrobe. Companies like 8i specialize on creating entrirely realistic holograms, made out of volumetric videos: small, streamable and uploadable on your iPhone 10' Volumetric Content Library, a facility soon to be an asset in the post-digital industrial revolution, (in areas such as retail, health, beauty, education), but also an unprecendented emotional experience for all.

As General Manager of IBM Design, Phil Gilbert (in picture bellow during his speech on Creatiff stage at Web Summit 2017) sets the strategy of making an organization grow through design thinking and a specific mindset, oriented also to Agile infrastructures and DevOpps in the making-of and developing of a project or an idea. In times where most working places kill creativity by a rigid, exercised  management of Power with no empathy, the ability to listen to different voices and align avery aspect of the business, remains the biggest challenge. Design thinking is the key to success not as an abstract concept but as a bold attempt to innovate and provoke sceptics in an non-obvious way. 

Plastic pollution eats us up and that's a fact, affecting our whole civilization. How we need to redesign our whole system in order to save our planet, our oceans but mainly our health? Professionals like Tim Brooks, LEGO Vice President of Environmental Responsibility (first from the left in picture bellow with fellow speakers at Planet: tech conference), discussed how companies like LEGO with a huge impact on children's creativity and development worldwide for decades, recognize the need to replace plastic with biodegradable materials, by launching a program to do so in the future, starting with the famous LEGO brick. Plastic retrieval has to be imposed, so it can turn from waste to resource for our whole relationship with the material to be re-evaluated, through clever innovative design and a whole different social attitude. Be an urban backpacker, show up with your own ceramic mug and metal straw at your local coffee place and make people talk!

What is going to be the design of non-driven cars? Equity in transportation is a goal, among other things such as private or public autonomous transport. Time inside the cars can be re-usable and quality time, with AI and Cloud sprouts inside every future vehicle for safety, learning and caring purposes (i.e. for people with special features). Electrification is a very important aspect in the future of autonomous vehicles with their energy capacity to rise as the capital issue of the whole endeavour, alongside with safety and of course their production schedule for the market, expecting finished prototypes between 2020 and 2050. Check bellow the companies and their representatives as they talked about the subject at Web Summit Auto/Tech-TalkRobot conference (in picture bellow, on the right): Philipp von Hagen (Porsche Automobile Holding SE), Jim Adler (Toyota AI Ventures), Shakeel Avadhany (ClearMotion). 

Key Terms: Digital Native, Immersive Computing, CGP (Computer Generated People) vs CGI (Computer Generated Imaging), global nomads, Techfugees, MAS (mobility at surface), NI (natural intelligence), SAFER, market transformative, AI-liaised, millenials privacy crisis. 

OUR FAVES! A4D-D4A selects the the Web Summit 2017 BEST of BEST- names to remember- for the following awards:

TalentTalk (Best Journalist): Kara Swisher/ Ryan Heath
RhetorAMA (Best Speaker): Mmantsetsa Marope
JobSCope A (Best Recruiter): Polina Montano
EntrePerennial (Best Entrepreneur): Rebecca Lynn
TechESThet (Best Image Maker): William Sargent
CrashTech Seminar 2017 (Best Knowhow): Ross Mason/ Jeff Maggioncalda
Planet FEmina (Best Activist/ Spokesman-Spokeswoman): Christine Herron
The Jury Stage (Best Invitee): Brad Parscale
The TechCommunity Award (Best Networker): Mike Butcher
TechHEro Award (Best Social Responsibility Entrepreneur): Ismail Ahmed
The LIFE Achievement Award (Best Visionary): Bryan Johnson
The GENIUS Award (Best Innovator/Scientist): Ben Goertzel
The Ground Politics Award: (Best Political Figure): Fernando Medina

THANKS A MILLION to the Web Summit Team and the City of Lisbon for another amazing experience throughout the whole week of the event and the warmest hospitality ever...We are counting to November 2018 for more innovative and life-changing technologies, in the most important conference on the planet regarding the digital field!

Don't miss our next post towards the 29th of the month, featuring startups from the Alpha and Beta areas at Web Summit, plus shortcuts from a design exhibition uniting two enormous cultures!-))

Until then, stay fabulous!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

ReDESIGNing Values for the Post-Digital Era: Important lessons from the Web Summit 2017, Lisbon, Portugal (1.0)

Photo above: In the Beginning was the Word...Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and co-founder of Web Summit in action, during his opening speech at this year's event.

International media call it the "Davos of Digital Technology". The truth is that Web Summit is far more that just another international forum, it is all about scratching the surface, discovering the crucial people and technologies and not just the tycoons, the royalties, the rockstars of the web technology trade. A true treasure lays underneath, therefore a revolution regarding all the importants aspects transforming our everyday living, our society, our conscience.

Some quotes, questions, remarks and revelations that mostly engaged, inspired and animated the audience during this Web Summit 2018, on key terms such as Super-intelligent AI, Lawful Algorithms, AI Malevolence vs AI Competence, dystopian future, cryptocurrency, (Initial Coin Offering) ICO, utility token, povertics, cyberhygiene, Appropriateness of Use, Wisdom Race.

Stephen Hawking, (Physicist, Cosmologist - in picture bellow): "...Many government officials ask: We don't give gorillas Personhood. Why give it to a Robot?...."

Bryan Johnson (CEO, Kernel - in picture bellow): "What if, in our cognitive system, we learn to destroy not our enemies but the concept of enemies or conflict?"

Margrethe Vestager, (EU Commissioner for Competition - in picture bellow): "AI algorithms should learn what they can or cannot do, according to democratic laws."

Carlos Moedas, (EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation - in picture bellow, on the right): "Diversity creates Innovation."

Michael Spence, (Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney - in picture bellow, second from the right): "What graduate attributes you need to have in order to tell Machines what to do and not the opposite?"

Ilonka Jankovich, (Venture partner, Randstad Innovation fund - in picture bellow, first from the left): "Storming, Norming and Forming your startup: as a founder (you have to) be the Role-Model".

Dick Kramlich, (Chairman, Green Bay Ventures): "Investors should be stricter about indiligence: the frame of (sexual) harassment at work."

Tim Draper, (Founder, Draper Associates): "...Banks are so heavily regulated right now, that they are pushing out anybody who's willing to open an account with 3 euro initial capital as a deposit...".

Professor Einstein Robot (Hanson Robotics), in conversation with Sophia the Robot and Ben Goertzel (Chief Scientist Hanson Robotics, CEO SingularityNET) - watch a shortcut bellow and the full video here: "It is not a Technology problem to make a positive future between Humans and Robots. It is a VALUES problem."


"Any company or institution, that does not work as a Startup by 2020, it will become obsolete and eventually will vanish. It just won't be able to keep up with the pace".

Whether it has to be AI employment to reform our brain in order to respond differently to many challenges and manage critical problems alternatively or even to provide academic support to acquire transdisciplinarian competences not just skills- the ethical side of the AI industry is again one of the capital issues in this year's Web Summit. Democracy is in the centre of the operations of an investment strategy that is definitely slower but also more dedicated to pluralism and a Fair Play policy involving all sides, exploring all potentialities, discarding predators. The future of work seems to be brighter with a more precise mindset, focusing on the personality and not just a dry, academic curriculum or a series of consequent positions. The importance to be earnest remains an issue, because sexual harassment is not just a case of misconduct also implicating the global platforms of the digital game, but a deeper institutional reality that affects businesses worldwide. Monetary systems emerge ahead with possibilities of different digital currencies, that can guarantee a macroeconomic, sustainable marketing and provide credible assets, now that the previous capitalism shows somehow inadequate for stability in the long run. 

Design is always present and it remains a Factor. Stay alert for our next post on Evolutive Digital Technologies*: A NEW Terminology of Examples, powered by Web Summit 2017.

To be continued!-))

Saturday, 4 November 2017


Web Summit 2017 is kicking off in less than 48 hours. The biggest technology-and-beyond congress on the planet, with a rich program of very important speakers from all over the world- will reveal the high-tech essential normcore alongside with the most unbelievable technologies of the future. Furthermore, parallel events and round tables regarding technology and gender, social issues and politics - will take place plus all sorts of artistic manifestations and gatherings. Lisbon becomes a network city of light-speed developments in the digital field and every science liaising with it. A4D-D4A: your favourite blogzette, will resume key-points from mega-speakers, interviews, inventions and schemes and will lay it before your very eyes.

Stay tuned for videos and lots of goodies and of course our FIRST Web Summit 2017 dedicated post around the 12th of November!-)
Until then,
Peace, Love & Design*

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Body of Evidence - Body of Jewellery = TÓPOS* Art Collective.

Photo above: "Mastic Tears Are Forever" the exhibition of rings and pendants, by Drossia Gallimana: mastic tree wood carving, mastic gum drops stone setting.

For more specific info on the exhibition and contacts for buyers, get updated by visiting the official TÓPOS site: 

A topographic journey through the landscape* of contemporary Greek jewellery and ceramics, took place last weekend at six d.o.g.s Project space, in downtown Athens, Greece. Design, arts and crafts united and depicted the essential notions of homeland, of familiar space, of personal memory, of country and origins. Six! female makers originated from different emotional, academic and technical backgrounds also united to create a private, yet open, platform of contemporary hellenic jewellery in order to redefine the meta-data of the craft, today and tomorrow.
The combination of various techniques and styles, having roots in their very same locality geographically - pinched method pottery, marble cutting and sculpting, wood carving, cross stitching embroidery and textile weaving, goldsmithing and silversmithing - reform a whole universe of jewellery: architectural, minimal, natural, organic, traditional, colourful even edible: what exactly is representing the Psyche of the Nation and its social counterpoint. TÓPOS  is a hospitable area of high velocity, also a creative process of deep awareness revealing history and histories - from traditions to futuramas, by producing unique jewellery and ceramics, about to stir the collectively conscious .

Bellow, from top to bottom: Drossia Galimana, "Mastic Tears Are Forever" (detail): mastic wood and mastic drops rings and pendants. Eugenia Feroussi, "Body:The Endelecheia of a Moment": cycladic marble pendants. Evi Borbadonaki, "The Sea": bronze, acrylics and pigments pendants, ring and bracelet. Fotini Lyra, "Crossroads":  goldplated silver brooch. Katerina Latoufi, "Reflections": jewellery vessels by hand-built stoneware glazed clay 1230⁰. Anastasia Manesi, "Timeline": mixed-media, bronze brooch.

Get ready for a free crash-course about creativity in Greece now, with the help of design and crafts - only that there is no class, teacher, pressure, administration, preconceptions and prejudices, among other "greek clichés".
Enjoy to the max!-))

A4D-D4A <3

Friday, 13 October 2017


Image above: a cave-extension for a contemporary residence of the 21st century, with geothermal heating and latest, transparent solar panel energy supply, plus lake water filtering and recycling. Interiors clockwise: RISE TABLE by Nobel Truong (USA), BLUE FROG colored porcelain sculpture by Maritsa Travlos (Greece), CINCO CHAIR by Francisco Guerra (Mexico), BENDAY CLOCK by Sono Vako (USA), auxiliary natural gas firesource by Rocky Mountain Air (Canada) along with a geothermal heat pump, TAI PING CARPET by Rodolfo Agrella (Venezuela), TUVALIE throws by Ikea, TIPO ÚTIL®. TRANS_FORMA marble lavatory by Teresa Mulet (Venezuela).

The holistic approach to the new post-factual modernity, demands total incorporation of available natural resources on the global trend map. The beyond-mix-and-match concepts and solutions of designers evolving from every corner of the American continent, consist of a necessity imposing new aesthetics, that appear a normality to the current, intense, socio-economical panorama. America - from the U.S, such as New York and Miami to Venezuela and from Canada to Mexico - demonstrates a far cry for total remodeling of contemporary interiors. The long tradition of the American "nature" residence, celebrated in Clodagh designs or/and Barbara D'Arcy interiors in the 70's Bloomingdale - is  reinterpreted in an era that materials are scarce, societies are toxic and design is forced to be not as playful as before but a reliable testimony for sustainability and quality living. The image of the "Rebellious New Rustic" is forthcoming and has an odour of (ancient) rocks, artiCrafts, r(A)gs, solar Blades, Running waters and clean air conditions. The recent SaloneSatellite 2017 during Salone del Mobile 2017, recapitulated this reality in design, together with the manifested examples of the institution's 20 years Collection.

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To Be Continued?-))

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Up-Close and Freshly Seasonal: the Transformation of (New?) U.S Architecture and other News...

Photo above: American Architecture Awards 2017: Gemma Private Observatory, Central New Hampshire, U.S.A by Anmahian Winton Architects (AW), Cambridge, Massachusetts. (photos are courtesy of Athenaum Museum of Architecture and Design, for the full list of the winners please visit https://chi-athenaeum.org/)

American Apparel re-started producing in Honduras after the legendary urban clothing company ceased activity in its sweatshop-free, downtown-L.A premises, and Chanel is setting a New Image in the midst of Post-factual Era: the real, complete first name of the founder Coco Chanel, Gabrielle is dominating a long-awaited campaign that is targeted at the uneasy and sensitive spirit of the contemporary woman: a fighter and a doubter.

What about architecture then? There is definitely a feeling of existential crisis at a time when architects are violently tested in order to answer to design challenges through extreme climate conditions and limited resources. The big and fierce dynamics of contemporary American architecture, is depicted lavishly in the American Architecture Awards 2017 (an Athenaum Museum of Architecture and Design institution)- and illustrated a tendency which is absolutely NOT based on the notion of "less-is-more". The variety and richness of the materials in abundance, the concentration on the private, but nevertheless extra-large spaces, the hyper-specification on personal comfort and the subbtle yet grandiose luxury aesthetics- indicate a continuity of the all-time classic American values and no serious contradictions to the system, in the form of innovations. In other words there is nothing there we have not experienced before, allthough the projects are entirely fascinating and engage the citizen to an idealization of comfort and beauty inside public buildings, private interiors, big houses and vast residences. Bellow: Overlook, Guest House in Los Gatos, California by the San Fransisco-based studio Schwartz and Architecture (SaA).

Web Summit 2017 is less than 2-months away and A4D-D4A is getting ready to capture the ideas of the most influential speakers, the top revolutionary apps, the crackiest start-ups and the pulse of the city of Lisbon design community and landmarks. If you have any queries regarding the event planning please check the latest updates and book your tickets on: https://websummit.com/tickets

Until then, don't forget to visit regurarly our design blogzette, cos there will be surprises this very autumn?-))

Take care<3

Sunday, 30 July 2017

.....And More Summer News!: Part C.

Image above: Villa doll house designed by Fabio Novembre for Kartell Kids, Kartell Contamination concept, Salone del Mobile, 2017.

To all design globetrotters outhere: here what's left to schedule this summer for your country-hop, around the most utterly exciting design-related events  about to pop the upcoming months.

1. D Museum in Seoul launches this September the exhibition PLASTIC FANTASTIC in collaboration with Kartell. 40 mega-designers present through their works for the house the metamorphosis of the most ambivalent, ambiguous, ingenious and resistent material of the last 70 years and certainly the unique way Kartell illustrates all its properties, qualities and poetry. The duration of the exhibition will be  from the 14th of September 2017 until the 4th of March 2018. (More info on www.kartell.it)

2. From Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th of October 2017, Salone del Mobile moves to Moscow for the I Saloni Worldwide series at Crocus-Expo 2 center. It is the annual, usual meeting of two of the most significant forces of European design, the italian contemporary production and the Russian (new) avant-garde. The show will provide many further attractions, (apart the anchorage to its mother event, Salone del Mobile 2017 in Milan), such as Master Classes with leading designers and architects like Simone Ciarmoli and Miguel Queda (curators of the DeLightFul Exhibition at this year's Salone), legendary architect Massimo Iosa Ghini and also Cristina Celestino, one of the SaloneSatellite prominent new talents. Speaking of the SaloneSatellite, the 13th edition of SaloneSatellite Worldwide Moscow will be held again to discover and nominate as passionately as ever, the best new designers, originated from the vast soviet territory and eventually distribute awards to the three finalists (follow the link bellow to last year's entry and winner, super-talented Natalie Musorina and her showstopper, "Torsion" chair, http://musorina.com/torsion-chair ).

3. Fancy a stroll up in Londinium? Two major design exhibitions are taking place in the British capital: Franco Grignani: Art as Design, 1950-1990 at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art presents the influential works of this Italian pioneer graphic designer and artist, creator of the "Woolmark" international logo. California: Designing Freedom at the Design Museum is documenting the exciting evolution of the refreshed, hippy modernism of the 60's to the tech extreme design elite of the Silicon Valley. A true cultural rollercoaster....

4. Some more happy news arrived from the Migliore + Servetto headquarters: the lighting system designed for the new Mondadori Megastore I-MESH lightweight diffuser ceilings, has been awarded the silver medal in the product design category of IDA - International Design Award. Congrats Migliore + Servetto!

Stay tuned for more news and ventures on our behalf, by mid-September!
Keep having fun?-))


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Summer News 2017: Part B.

Image above: WOOGY doghouse (2015, manufacturing kkervvit): design by Sotiris Lazou at the Good Ντιζάιν Greece Exhibition 2017 until 23/7/2017, at Contemporary Space Athens, GR.


Explore the very latest design developments as stated in the following extracts of the first official summer press release by Salone del Mobile Milan team. It seems that the eco-living and the sustainable design methodologies that go with it, consist the very core interest of the Milanese design center, an international streamliner of the defining solutions in the sector, for the rest of the decade, to say the least.

"... It is part of a wider trend towards cutting adverse effects on the eco-system and is slowly filtering through into all fields of design application, generating eco-friendly alternatives for every sort and kind of product. Thus companies and designers are becoming mindful of sustainability in relation to manufacturing processes, embracing the principles of a circular economy and experimenting with raw materials made from recycled waste. The design sector is beginning to take the entire lifecycle of things into consideration, paving the way for innovative practices such as the creative re-use or harnessing of biodegradable materials. ..."

"...this approach entails no sacrifice in terms of looks but generates new expressive trends and different tastes. The sense of gratification or aspiration no longer derives simply from the immediate benefit to our domestic or work environments but also – looking forward especially – from just how much the entire planet is set to benefit. ..."  

"...The Zero Waste philosophy originated in the Food world, where new “surplus” yet still perfectly good food consumption sales models and practices are being generated. The concept is slowly but steadily being embraced by all manufacturing sectors in response to the pressing ethical need to conserve resources that are far from infinite. It also employs a panel of Opinion Leaders, both national and international, selected ad hoc for their knowledge of the research subjects (design, architecture, interior design, interior architecture) and for their ability to take a crosscutting look at the themes of design and creativity.   
The scope of observation includes all the leading international markets (Europe, Russia, USA and Asia) with a focus on “developing” countries such as China.   
In the design world, this means taking on board the concept of circularity, minimising manufacturing waste, and planning not just the durability of objects but also their disassemblability and their capacity to be recycled or disposed of...."

The coming together of recycling and design is informed by the increasing awareness that materials and objects destined for the waste bin can be upcycled to produce something completely different.    
The concept of waste as a resource forms the basis for all creative recycling  processes. Poor materials, reclaimed materials and waste generated by manufacturing or consumption mark a new frontier for design and for designers who seek to upgrade them creatively while effectively helping to protect the ecosystem.   

Turning things that would otherwise be discarded into items of value - financial, formal and functional – helps increase the utilisation efficiency of available resources and provide a further spur to developing new technologies and creating new aesthetics through design research. ..."

"...I think that as a designer nowadays we should not think we are all making the antiques of the future […]. We should create products that can be part of a circular system, and are designed considering what material goes into the product and what it leaves  behind after use. (Christien Meindertsma, Designer) ..."

The 3rd Good Ντιζάιν Greece Exhibition 2017 is one of the few, formal presentations of the dominant design scene in the country, steadily revealing a landscape of an emerging Gender in the design concept and manyfacturing: the "greek" way in design -and apparently there is such a way.  The exhibition is held at Contemporary Space Athens premises downtown, supported by The Chicago Athenaum Museum and its Good Design Awards institution and it showcases some of the noteworthy works of hellenic professional designers in fields like Industrial design, Graphic design & Packaging, Furniture design, Textile design, Environmental design & Interior design. You still have a chance to visit the show and get a glimpse of what it means to convey an idea into a commercial design object, under the complicated, yet straightforward theorems of a nation so old, yet striving to surpass the current contemporary esthetics.  
Here's a small taste of some of the projects, (from top to bottom): Space & Time clock by A Future Perfect - "Asola" table lamp by Evangelos Vasileiou for Ligne Roset - 2055 Series door handle by Yannis Georgaras - Popsicle (Glifitzouri) by Danai Kehagia - Sam loves Betty anti-insects biocosmetic formulas by Yannis Ghikas (packaging), Aris Passouris (graphic design).

The first part of midsummer news is over - get ready for more soonish?-)))

Happy designful summer!


Friday, 16 June 2017

Summer News 2017: Part A.

Here is the latest from A4D-D4A favorite fairs, design studios and exhibitions around the globe<3:

1. The recent press release regarding The Salone Awards 2017- edited by the Salone Press Team reports: 
"Salone del Mobile.Milano Award Mark II: The 11 winners of the second edition of the international award, devised by the Salone del Mobile.Milano to give further prominence to the outstanding sectoral exhibits at last April’s 56th edition, have now been announced.
The Salone del Mobile.Milano is repeating last year’s successful first edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano Award, a special prize for the very best showcased by the furnishing and design world at the most recent edition of the fair.
The award is intended to recognise the value of ideas, creativity, innovation and technology that together contrive to make the event the world’s most acclaimed international vehicle for cutting edge design trends and the very latest in home living".

The 11 winners, as presented by category- are for this year:

-Best Product – Workplace3.0: Io.T / studio Gtp and Tecno
-Best Product – Euroluce: Filo / Andrea Anastasio / Foscarini
-Best Product – xLux: D.Vision3 / Ferruccio Laviani / F.lli Boffi
-Best Product – Classic: Black & White Collection / Provasi
-Best Display: Flos / Calvi Brambilla
-Best Product – Furnishing: Pack / Francesco Binfare / Edra
-Best Emerging Designer: Elena Salmistraro
-Best Designer: Philippe Starck
-Lifetime Achievement Award: Ernesto Gismondi
-Special Jury Prize: Marva Griffin
-Special Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Prize (institutional partner Salone del Mobile.Milano): De Castelli

Hail, hail to the choice of winners- we are anxious to receive next year's third edition of the Salone Awards!


We have already mentioned the event in our 20th of April 2017 related post- but here a small taste of the fantastic photos realized by Mario Grisolli:  Steve Jobs o visionario: the state-of-the-art exhibition designed by Migliore + Servetto, held in Rio de Janeiro already and re-opened on 15th at the MIS in San Paolo, (with an inauguration on 14th of June).

The exhibition project- conceived by Migliore+Servetto Architects is created and produced by Fullbrand and curated by Cecilia Botta at the Pier Mauà in Rio de Janeiro and then at the MIS in San Paolo -"builds a path of knolewdge structured in narrative cells which allow the visitor from time to time to establish a new relationship with the contents of the exhibition".

..."Faced with such a complex and multi-faceted personality, we conceived the set up as the sum of eight environments which are  very different  one to another, designed in order to let the visitor get closer to each theme in a unique and engaging way.”... 
Ico Migliore + Mara Servetto.


Fancy a stroll up in U.K this September? In the Cambridge Home + Garden Show some of our most cherished designers and manufacturers will be there not only to exhibit but to host and sponsor customer centered, support events, guiding through the visitors with essential, personalized consultation for their OWN house design- like the Ask Me Anything service sponsored by Mineheart! Be there and get the advice you need for re-designing your residence, by the very best in the trade!!!


Stay tuned for the announcement of the A4D-D4A new design seminars and webinars, soon to be launched?-))) We promise some super exciting series of knowledgeable, intense, updated and innovative design lectures and workshops, custom made to the Future NOW. 
Until then,

Best regards