Design for kids in Milan: Cose da Bocia

« Cose da Bocia » translates to « Things for kids » (“Bocia” means ‘kid’ in Turin jargon). It is a collection of beds, wardrobes and writing desks in a modernist style, made of 100% eco-friendly materials. Cose da Bocia is designed by Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa from Studio Uda Architetti. The collection has officially made its debut at the “Fuorisalone” Milano furniture fair, in collaboration with Milk Magazine. (…)

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Alissa Coe & Mjolk: City of Makers

Alissa Coe is the gifted porcelain artist behind quite a lot of famous designers’ creations, such as Luca Nichetto’s Sucabaruca coffee set – among many other brilliant achievements. Toronto-based concept store Mjölk (« Say Mi-Yelk! ») will showcase her first solo exhibition from from May 6th to June 3rd. A nice tribute to the hands actually giving life to mere ideas, whose talent is too often ignored. Details to be found here.

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A-maze-ing chocolate bars, Fortuito

Designed by Madrid-based Fernando Orellana, aka Fortuito, these self-promotional chocolates bars sport a a piped chocolate maze tangled around the logo, flavor, and name of the chocolatier. A simple color code and a retro-but-not-too-much bit of styling, for an efficient result. We have no idea how great the chocolate tastes like, but it certainly looks appealing enough…

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Conference: New technologies in art & design – ArtParis

Held in the wonderful setting of le Grand Palais, the Art Paris Art Fair 2015 is hosting some 150 art and design galleries. Under the direction of Guillaume Piens, and with Singapore and South-East Asia as the 2015 Guests of honour (marking the 50th anniversary of the Little Red Dot and 50 years of friendship between the two countries), the launch was a great success. An event not to be missed (until Sunday, 29th). A series of talks and conferences are also offered.

« New technologies as the spark of collectible design and objet d’art creative process » (Friday 27th, 4pm – 5 :30 pm)

Roundtable moderated by journalist Elodie Palasse-Leroux, design columnist, curator (50 Years of Singapore Design), founder of Sleek Design and guest curator of the ArtDesign platform of Art Paris Art Fair 2015 and IDEAT Magazine art/design editor Mikael Zikos, with artists Cécile Le Talec (above picture) and Miguel Chevalier, represented by School Gallery/ Olivier Castaing and Galerie MiniMasterpiece, Alexandre Fougea, engineer, lecturer at l’École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, founder designer of the high-end ski studio Akonite and Studio GGSV, Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard, designers and curators.
(In French only, free entry, MK2 auditorium)

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Cedric Ragot, 1973-2015

(picture: Geometry jewellery for MiniMasterpiece gallery, currently exhibited at the Grand Palais for the ArtParis Art Fair 2015 – Courtesy Esther de Beaucé)

Very sad news: French designer Cédric Ragot passed away earlier this week. Born in 1973, he was one of the most talented and coveted designers of his generation, developping his own vision, « a transversal approach to industrial design and creativity in the broadest sense. »

His designs for such brands as Paco Rabanne Parfums, Cappellini, Rosenthal, Veuve Clicquot, Panasonic, Krups, LaCie and Häagen-Dazs, to name just a few, received quite a number of acolades: a Good Design Award for his famous « Fast vase » with Rosenthal in 2007 (picture below), a Wallpaper* Design Award for his « Majordome » pedestal tables with Roche Bobois in 2008, two Red Dot Design Awards, for his LaCie Flat Cables in 2009 and the Krups 3Mix 5000 Mixer, an emblematic product for the brand in 2012. In 2014, he also received the Best Design FiFi Award for the design of the bottle of perfume Invictus by Paco Rabanne.

His creations were selected by the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain and are on view in Paris, Hanover, Vienna, New York and Milan.

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Face to Face, Paris- Shanghai

In China, Gao Youjun, aka Tango, became a very popular cartoonist thanks Weibo, where 160,000 people are following the cartoons he posts every day since 2010. Olivier Castaing, founder of School Gallery in Paris, and Tango’s agent, Sandrine Barbeau, have imagined this « Face to Face – Paris- Shanghai » (until April 4th) exhibition to set up a duet between Tango’s cartoons and French artist Raphaël Tachdjian’s one-of-a-kind drawings and illustrations.

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VMAX, Kikkoman and Bullet Train: Kenji Ekuan, 1929-2015

Kenji Ekuan was born in Tokyo, raised in Hawaii before moving to Hiroshima at the end of WWII. He was 17 when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city, killing both his father and sister. Among the ruins, he told the Japan Times in 2001, he decided to somehow find the courage to reconstruct the landscape. “For the next few years my dreams were about connecting with the material world through industrial design.”

The Japanese designer founded the GK Industrial Design Laboratory in 1957. Among his best known achievements are the iconic Kikkoman soya sauce bottle (1961) and VMAX motorcycle for Yamaha (1985 and 2008) or the Japanese « bullet train » (Narita Express, Komachi Shinkansen, 1997-2009). Kenji Ekuan passed away earlier this month, aged 85.

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« Measuring » in Tokyo: 21_21 Design Sight

Organized by 21_21 Design Sight and the Issey Miyake Foundation, the « Measuring: This much, That much, How much? » exhibition will start in Tokyo, on February 20, 2015. The idea was developed in November 2014, when the members of the Exhibition Team got together to explore all kinds of « Things you can do with 10 people. » The results of these experiments are to be published on 21_21 DOCUMENTS. Among the involved designers are Koichi Suzuno (co-founder of Torafu architects and designer of the famous « air vase ») and Norihiko Terayama (who founded Studio note after graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven and training at Studio Richard Hutten). (…)

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