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RISD student I met having fun on one of the items exhibited at the fair.
-Chauncey Zalkin0 Comments
It’s been a busy month and I haven’t been updating the site so here I’ve decided to wrap up the important news in creativity and leadership that may have been missed.
1) Fast Company named the 10 Most Creative Women in Business for 2010. They include already very famous people like Stella McCartney and Nora Ephron and more obscure behind-the-scenes movers and shakers, the kind that are near and dear to WWM heart like game designer Jane McGonigal who said “My goal for the next 10 years is to make it as easy to save the world in real life as it is in online games.” Now that piques my interest. I’ll definitely buy her book when it comes out. And with a name like Padmasree Warrior, how can you lose; Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer is leading the way to getting business on board with her right on target message that says “video content and cloud computing (is a platform for collaboration” that needs to be addressed. And now. Bonnie Hammer‘s SyFy channel is firmly planted in the future as well and she’s been making all the right moves. Of course they’re all worth mentioning. I’ll add the very photogenic Neri Oxman “whose work attempts to establish new forms of experimental design and novel processes of material practice at the interface of design, computer science, material engineering and ecology.” I wrote about her before at some point. She was on last year’s list. She does seem a little bit unreal. I wish I could see her exhibit in Boston before it disappears but I’m sure there will be more.
2) On the lighter side, from Australia I’m digging Anthea and Cass Somas’ online shop Collection of Cool. Do you know any other great online shops? Do the little ones ever press on through to greatness and profitability? Would love to hear your suggestions on this front.
3) Grain’s purses inspired by Guatemalan women weavers. Their site explains: “Founded in 2007 at the Rhode Island School of Design, Grain is a collaborative of design thinkers with the shared vision of a more sustainable future.” Just my kind of project. Lovely bags as well.
4) Kate Gilmore’s “Walk the Walk” art installation in Bryant Park. What a fresh everyday urban detail to art upon. I’m always perplexed by the lack of urban intelligence in certain cities. I’ve observed a lot of getting out of other people’s way in London for example and in Paris, how rushing headlong into someone is completely normal, without a word of apology or even a look of defiance. Human barrier to my path? What human barrier? Boom. In New York, you have to walk on the street with the cars down Canal street for example in order to get anywhere. And everywhere in the world, its the tourists that create frustration just standing in the middle of the sidewalk obliviously taking pictures and strolling in slow motion. This walking, stopping, dodging, pushing through, and holding back is part of the stress, pleasure and pulse of living in a city. It’s worth this kind of look and then some.
5) This exhibit – Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain at the Textile Museum. “Three women designers were pivotal in this artistic revolution: Lucienne Day (1917- 2010), Jacqueline Groag (1903-1985) and Marian Mahler (1911-1983).”
6) Women are Heroes, which I wrote about before What Women Make dot com started, debuted at Cannes last week. Juxtapoz reviews.
7) “Women without Men” by Shirin Neshat which explores gender in Islam opened in New York last week . I’ve also written about S.N. at some point on WWM. here is the review by the NYTimes.
And that it for now. Enjoy the week!
Image from article “Swedish/German designer Katrin Greiling plumbs Arab traditions in her furniture designs” via Fast Company0 Comments
Ivanka Beton’s Hübler Applied Literature project inserting out of print, outdated political books a project in conjunction with Hungarian concrete artist and designer János Hübler is part of the Hidden Heroes 2010 exhibit at Salone del Mobile 2010 (www.hublerjanos.com). Reminds me of a grown up version of the fairytale like work of recent grad Holly Palmer shown at LDF last year and featured on this site.
Sarah Turner hits the big time with her debut at Salone Del Mobile. Her decorative lighting made from used plastic beverage bottles feel more elegant than most recycled design items I come across. They don’t have a trace of rough edge or a gritty statement sensibility which feels like a nice change of pace.
I especially like this – Sarah visits schools and teaches kids. Most creative people find ways to provide additional services using their creativity, which is great and as it should be, but this is the absolute best way. I wonder what percentage of total emotional reward comes from days like these for the young designer? Is it the press and accolades that makes her most satisfied or traveling home after a morning teaching kids to make a lampshade?
Love these ‘bow bins’ by Cordula Kehrer
Eva Marguerre makes baskets of elastic yarn in her MOA Basket Series
Joanna Grawunder‘s mirror for Glass Italia – colored glass and a reflecting glass (a mirror). Simple but very bright and very inventive. A piece that makes you wonder why it didn’t already exist. I think it would look great in a white room with black accent pieces and no other color, acting as the focal point.”]
Jessica Carnevale‘s (RISD 2004) Stretch Chairs debut at Salone del Mobile this year.
Wonderful photo taken at the Salone del Mobile going on now in Milan, from the “Kris’s Color Stripes” blog by Kristina Klarin. She has one of the best blogs I’ve ever seen for color inspiration. The photographs are as good as the palettes. She’s a designer with one hell of an eye and sensitivity.”0 Comments
A skim through the portfolios of 2009 grads from RISD and Pratt, I came up with four quick stand-outs and two reasons why ‘me likey’ as Coroflot says.
Irina Kozlovskaya, RISD
A bike rack that protects. Living in the thief-heaven that is Barcelona, I’m always wrestling with the racks outside my gym to make my bike as hard to steal as possible so I can appreciate a solution like this. Covers one wheel so you only have to lock up the other. a) solves problems b) looks neat. This is her site.
Tiffany Burnette, Pratt
Makes cuffs with metro maps. She has a company called Design Hype Inc. and calls her self an entrepreneur as well as a designer. Now we’re talking. I’d love one that lights up or uses color for each subway line. I’d like mine to be for Barcelona. Congrats to Tiffany. Why I like it? a.) solves a problem b.) does it with whimsy and what looks like comfort! Comfort is key. Too bad she started putting her URL very very large on the side. Seems a shame as it now looks more like schwag than design. I’d recommend she go back to the original design.
Lindsay Weisenthal, RISD
Continuing a movement playing with pixelization, as well as a reference to the digital mixed with the traditional in the form of a lovably tactile patchwork aesthetic. The modern and the traditional. The digitized and the hand touch. a.) builds on the conversation. b.) shape, use of color, and small size for urban living makes it fresh and easy to produce and distribute. This is her site.
Maggie Matela, Pratt
After wading through thumbnail after thumbnail, this plush and touch-worthy backpack shape reminded me of exquisitely draped clothing – or at least it’s a few tweaks away. I don’t think it’s easy to make a backpack look luxury. Maggie’s accomplished that. I hope it goes into production and we can sell it here, even better yet in a variety of muted inky colors. a.) new look from an old theme. b.)great starting off point for a signature piece. This is her site.
Thanks to Coroflot for the great online portfolios.
-Chauncey Zalkin2 Comments
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