News for the Week of May 12


Ransmeier & Floyd’s Gradient Dishrack, from the 2006 Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Triennial "Design Life Now"

Industry News

The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum invites you to submit ideas for its fourth Triennial exhibition, opening in 2010. The museum is looking for designers, firms, and projects from around the world that answer the question “Why design now?” Why is design an essential tool for solving some of today’s most urgent problems? What draws creative thinkers, makers, and problem solvers to this crucial field of discovery? Why should business leaders, policy makers, consumers, and citizens embrace design values? Please share your nominations with the exhibition’s curators, Cara McCarty, Matilda McQuaid, Cynthia E. Smith, and Ellen Lupton, who are looking for the best ideas coming from around the world. triennial.cooperhewitt.org/nominate

Frog Design announced plans to enhance its presence in Europe with the opening of a new studio in Amsterdam in September. Executive Creative Director Europe Cees van Dok will head up the new studio while continuing to oversee the digital media design, product design and technology teams in Frog’s additional European locations in Stuttgart and Milan. Frog currently has eight studios in the US, Europe, and in Asia. www.frogdesign.com

Symposia, Conferences & Trade Shows

Smart Models: Business Principles for Design Principals
May 17, 2008
New York City

Five graphic/interactive design firms. Five business models. Five departures from the expected. This one-day conference examines the overlap between smart design and business smarts. Featured speakers: Jason Fried (37signals), Matt Owens (Athletics), Joe Duffy and Eric Block (Duffy & Partners), Sylvia Harris (Sylvia Harris LLC), Douglas Riccardi (Memo Productions). smartmodels.aigany.org

I.D. Magazine Presents: What’s Wrong With American Furniture Design?
Design Within Reach
110 Greene Street, Soho
3-5PM
May 18, 2008

I.D. Magazine will present a panel discussion addressing the state of American furniture design this Sunday, during New York’s ICFF. Join us to hear five experts discuss the obstacles and opportunities facing our home-grown talent: Stephen Burks, furniture designer; Jason Miller, furniture designer; Derek Chen, designer and founder of Council Design; Jerry Helling, executive VP and creative director of Bernhardt Design; and David Alhadeff, owner of The Future Perfect. Moderated by Aric Chen.

Left/Brain/Right
May 19, 2008
New York City

Material ConneXion’s Andrew Dent and visionary trendspotter and educator Li Edelkoort deliver a pair of lectures on the greening of architecture and design. Dent will discuss the sustainable materials and technologies that are transforming design today; Edelkoort will speak on the new bridges between architecture and lifestyle in the context of green. Tickets are $300 ($30 for students). www.edelkoort.com or www.materialconnexion.com

Go See

Wendell Castle: New Work
Barry Friedman Ltd.
New York City
Through June 27, 2008
Recent projects from the studio furniture master. www.barryfriedmanltd.com

Techno Textiles: Inner Space to Outer Space
The Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis
May 16–July 27, 2008
Explores new developments in extreme textile engineering and sophisticated fabric use, from medical applications to space travel. www.goldstein.che.umn.edu

Multiplicity: The Art of the Furniture Prototype
Neuberger Museum
Purchase, NY
June 15–August 10, 2008

An international exhibition, cosponsored by The Furniture Society and the Neuberger Museum of Art, presents 22 original works selected through a competition open to studio furniture makers, artists, architects, and industrial designers in the United States and abroad.  The top three finalists will be exhibited at The Furniture Society booth at ICFF in New York, May 17–21. www.furnituresociety.org

SPRING THESIS SHOWS

Konstfack Degree Exhibition
Stockholm, Sweden
M.A. Exhibition, May 13–25
B.A. Exhibition, May 28–June 1
www.konstfack.se/varutstallning08

School of Visual Arts
Visual Arts Gallery
601 West 26th Street
New York City

It’s your last chance to catch “Pitch,” an exhibition of socially- and globally-minded designs created by 18 students graduating from the MFA Design Department at SVA! Curated by Dorothy Twining Globus, a faculty member at SVA and curator of exhibitions at the Museum of Arts & Design, “Pitch” will be on view through May 17. www.sva.edu/events

Competitions

Chicago International Poster Biennial
Deadline: May 27, 2008

The Chicago International Poster Biennial Association (CIPBA), a not-for-profit organization established to promote visual literacy, multiculturalism, and international cooperation through the poster work of artists from around the world, seeks contemporary posters published within the last two years for its inaugural competition. Posters may be submitted by any poster designers in the world; there is no entry fee. One hundred posters will be selected as winners. Three artists will receive medals, and one will be awarded the grand prize in the form of a gold medal. Competition entry information is available at www.chicagobiennial.org

Mohawk Show 9
Deadline: May 31, 2008

Designers are invited to submit work printed on Mohawk paper to compete for five best-of-show awards of $5,000 each (including one in the “Small Studio, Big Design Award” category, which recognizes design excellence in studios with five or fewer people). There is no entry fee and no limit to the number of entries per individual or organization. Entry forms at www.mohawkpaper.com

Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing and Criticism
Deadline: June 2, 2008

The Winterhouse Writing Awards seek to increase the understanding and appreciation of design, both within the profession and throughout American life. The award of $10,000, for a body of work by a writer under the age of 40, is open to critics, designers, educators, historians, journalists, and scholars who are U.S. citizens or full-time residents for at least three years. An education award of $1,000 is open to students (high school, undergraduate, or graduate) whose writing demonstrates extraordinary originality and promise. 2008 Jurors are Jessica Helfand, Michael Bierut, Kevin Lippert, and Judith Thurman. For information and applications: www.aiga.org/writingawards

Design 21: Social Design Network and Millennium Promise Challenge to Fight Poverty
Deadline: June 17, 2008

Social Design Network invites designers to create a web-based media campaign that reaches as many people as possible to raise awareness of the eight Millennium Development Goals, from eradicating extreme hunger and poverty to reducing child mortality to developing a global partnership for development. The winning design will receive $5,000; another $5,000 will be divided among jury and people’s choice prizes. Official rules and background on Millennium Promise and the Millennium Development Goals can be found on www.design21sdn.com/competitions/13

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