News for the Week of May 26


Cow Benches by Julia Lohmann, one of four recipients of this year’s Designer of the Future award at Design Miami/Basel

Symposia, Conferences & Trade Shows

Design Miami/Basel
Basel, Switzerland
June 3–June 5, 2008

This adjunct to the popular Art Basel fair brings together the world’s most influential designers, dealers, collectors, curators, and critics to celebrate the best in design. This year’s show features installations by 29 leading historical and contemporary design galleries, as well as Design Talks, Satellite Exhibitions, and the Designers of the Future Award. www.designmiami.com

Synergy: DMI Brand/Design 20 Conference
Cincinnati, OH
June 11–June 13, 2008

This conference explores how design, brand, and business can be powerfully combined to connect to the entire customer experience. Featured speakers include Cindy P. Tripp, global marketing director at Procter & Gamble, on design thinking; Michael Moore, senior interior design manager at Marriott Hotels, on the partnership between executive management and design management; Rosaline Yin, director of brand and graphic design at Kodak, on disruptive global opportunity; and Patrick Newbery, general manager at Method, on the evolution of brand experience. www.dmi.org

Go See

Out There
Kingston-Upon-Thames, England
June 7–June 13, 2008

Kingston University Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture undergraduate degree show. www.kingston.ac.uk/design

Andrea Branzi: Open Enclosures
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
Paris, France
Through June 22, 2008

The Cartier Foundation in Paris commissioned Italian architect and designer Andrea Branzi to produce two audacious installations in glass and metal that incorporate natural elements, such as flowers, tree branches, and hemp, along with the voice of Patti Smith in conversation with the Cartier Foundation building’s architect, Jean Nouvel. www.fondation.cartier.com

Connecting Coordinates: Points, Lines and Planes:
New Constructions from Sonjie Feliciano Solomon

I.O.I – Items of Importance
Brooklyn, NY
June 4–June 30, 2008

Solomon uses industrial design principals and tools to manipulate and map points in space. She then employs painstaking, repetitive hand construction and finishing to complete each piece. Here, sheer fabric is pieced together to create three-dimensional quilts of soft, rolling landscapes. Composed only of fabric and thread, the structure comes from the sewn seams, and the pieces are collapsible for storage or shipping. www.ioi-nyc.com

Pierre Charpin & Alessandro Mendini
Galerie Kreo
Paris, France
Through July 25

Exhibition of work by the noted designers, who are, respectively, French and Italian. www.galeriekreo.com

Meet the Author: Bob Gill
The Conran Shop
New York, NY
June 14th, 2008 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
 
Illustrator Bob Gill, an original founder of Pentagram, will read from his new book, What Colour is Your World? (Phaidon Press), a restored 1960s classic that encourages children to look at color in a new way. Father’s Day–themed coloring projects, book signing, and a raffle of original signed and framed Bob Gill drawings to follow. This event is free and open to the public; all ages welcome. RSVP@conranusa.com www.conranusa.com

Eminent Domain: Contemporary Photography and the City
The New York Public Library
New York, NY
Through August 29, 2008

Features the recent photographic projects of fine New York–based artists that deal with the life of the city in terms of passage (of seasons and time, people and place) and exchange (between individual and collective, interior and exterior). Works are by Thomas Holton, Bettina Johae, Reiner Leist, Zoe Leonard, and Ethan Levitas. www.nypl.org

Competitions

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

Small Firms/Great Projects
Deadline: June 30, 2008

Sponsored by AIA San Francisco, this annual competition is open to architecture, landscape architecture and interior design firms in the Bay Area with 19 or fewer employees. www.aiasf.org

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