One Shot One Ride is a photo project started in August 2012 on Goosebumps Mag. Continue reading One Shot One Ride #152 Camden Passage
Milan Design Week or so called “Saloni” or “Salone del Mobile” (the institutional fair) “Fuorisalone” (the exhibitions widespread around the city) is the most important event in the world of design. Continue reading Milan Design Week 2013 Planned
We are living in the fast and efficient London where things are available in few seconds and every sort of item can be delivered to us without any doubts that we will have. With my personal assumption, I think is very important to have exhibition such as “Water for Thought: Life-Changing Design” curated by Hector Serrano for the We Are Water Foundation. We are talking about water, the basic element of life. Through the exhibition path’s we learn facts like as the average water use per person per day is 575 litres in USA and 4 litres in Mozambique. In this consumption is included both drinking water and water for hygienic purposes that brings to another important fact that nearly 40% of the world’s population have no access to hygienic means of personal sanitation. The exhibition continues in the section Awareness where short films, that are finalists and winners of the We Art Water Film Festival, tell stories on local and global water-related problems. The videos could be watched also on the website here. Finally, in the last section, we find how design can give a little hand to help. Facilitate, the third category of the exhibition, is a showcase of leading projects that are intended to alleviate problems caused by the lack of clean and safe drinking water. The challenge for a designer is fascinating and everyone should try. The objects need to be designed considering that will be used without electricity, the choice of materials must be compatible with the enviroment (both for the durability that the availability on site), and nice last one should be that the object can be replicated by a person without use of industrial process. Most of these designs have been, and are still being, used in real-life situations.
The LifeStraw is a water filter designed by Vestergaard Frandsen to be used by one person to filter water so that they can drink it safely. The Hippo Water Roller is a barrel-shaped container that can transport 90 litres of water and is used by communities in Africa that needs to walk an average distance of 6 kilometres for collecting water. The rollers are manufactured in and shipped from South Africa in an attempt to cut costs of transport and shipping. Watercone, designed by Stephan Augustin uses the solar power resource but has nothing to do about solar panels because as I said these are objects that needs to be used by everyone and can’t be with complex tools. It is a mobile, lightweight solar still which transforms saltwater into purified drinking water by condensation process. Other interesting projects could be seen at the exhibition that is also an occasion to see the astonishing showroom created by Zaha Hadid Architects with her knowable style. Roca has always been careful about social problems and the We Are Water Foundation has been committed to the environment in terms of both its products and its production processes. In specific, I would like to mention the W+W, a Roca project presented some years ago at Milan Design Week at Fabbrica del Vapore. The W+W is now on production and is on display at the Gallery. It is a system filters the wash-basin water so it can be reused in the toilet, but in the showroom is possible to see several taps with water saving system.
The organisers presents the exhibition in this video:
The exhibition will run until 23rd of March at Roca London Gallery close to Chelsea Harbour SW6 2PY.
Article by Filippo B.
Somerset House – A great institution in the heart of London, site for astonishing exhibitions and HQ of London Fashion Week
Living in London you will be hit this place for an exhibition or an event.
If you are reading this post, probably, you would like to read something about 3D Print Show of this year 2013? We wrote a series of articles about the show, here the link to the first one. On the contrary if you was looking for our report to the show of the previous year…enjoy! Continue reading 3D Print Show London 2012
Barcican Centre – The most complete multicultural international centre with a theatre, a cinema, a library, London Symphony Orchestra exhibition and a scheduled art and design exhibitions through the year.
2012 is a year that we will not forget for long time here in London. We lost the count of how many unmissable events we got it and at least also “Design” is taking place this September with the tenth edition of London Design Festival. The program is so huge and various. There are big exhibitions inaugurated for the festival, showrooms, art galleries and designer workshops that have opened the doors for the public, museums with special showcases, little shops and cafè converted in design installations. This is not as in Milan where everything is located on a street and it is possible to walk one to one place, here it is occurred to walk (or cycle…) from side to side around the city with the LDF map on one hand and the GPS phone on another (yes cycling it could be tricky) and when we see a guy with celluloid glasses and beard or girls dressed in primary monocolor shapes with fabric bags in front of a display with cups on their hands, we have found a new design venue.
One of the most vibrant hub of events is The Shoreditch Design Triangle, still the place where you can find designers next to your table in a restaurant or waiting behind your bike at a traffic lights. Yesterday there was the late opening night and I took a walk around. Tord Boontje, also Professor and Head of Design Products at the Royal College of Art, opened the doors of his London design studio and shop. The showroom is invaded by natural shapes comes from lamps, furniture and drawings on tableware. The effect is awesome. The objects are made cutting thin layers of material in heterogeneous natural shapes with an advanced digital software developed by him that draws the shapes on the layer. Another interesting project is a lamp that works like a scales. Attach to the ceiling at the of the arm a basket contains natural stones and adding or removing these the lamps change inclination. In the showroom is also possible to see the result of the collaboration between Tord and Tracey Neuls a footwear designer: a limited edition shoe collection combining the shoe design of Tracey with printed fabric of Tord’s, normally seen on furniture. He has also opened a shop online where is possible to buy product design objects, books, jewellery from the recent ones.
SCP, as every year, has organized a very nice evening launching the collection 2012, with new pendants and collaborations in particular with Max Lamb with the collection Crockery and tableware from Markers & Brothers.
Finally I went through Bar Alto a transposition of the original one in Milan when I found the exhibition of Torsteen Neeland with the tray in cork also suitable for laptop.