Welcome to ID-Sphere: a note from the editor

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Info / Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design

A Fine Furniture Show in Cheltenham for those who appreciate fine craftsmanship in decorative arts. This August from the 16th to the 25th Thirlestaine Long Gallery houses an eclectic exhibition of UK contemporary, bespoke, designer – maker furniture. The public is equally welcome at this anual event where they can meet renowned craftsmen face to face and learn about the intricacies of their trade.
For more details please visit www.celebrationofcraftsmanship.com

Waywood – ‘Euclid’ Dining Table


Short note / Glazz Nightclub – Queens, NY

Queens, NY (September 4, 2012)-Antonio Di Oronzo, principal of bluarch architecture + interiors + lighting, designs Glazz Nightclub, a venue in the heart of Queens, NY designed to offer the ultimate entertainment experience to the discerning Latin crowd in New York.

Glazz Nightclub

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Books / Interior Design – Theory and Process

Interior Design – Theory and Process

Anthony Sully (A&C Black May 2012)

Successful interior design requires resolving a multitude of logistical and creative problems to produce a coherent, functional and aesthetically pleasing environment. This book, the first of its kind, tackles the problem
from a theoretical approach and not in the conventional how-to or inspiring ideas fashion. Categorising design into nine key elements, including space, light, display, storage, and offering new terminology to describe each area, the author breaks new ground in the field of interior design in an approach that brings vitality and clear communication to a misunderstood and often free-wheeling design discipline.

Review by Lizzy Van Lysebeth, editor of ID-Sphere

The book is written by Anthony Sully an interior design educator and practitioner teaching in various colleges and universities in the UK and abroad whilst running his own interior design consultancy.

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Short Note / Renewing the “DuPont™ Corian® Experience”

A refined and enhanced colour palette for DuPont™ Corian® high-tech surface:

an exclusive resource for timeless sophistication and superior versatility in design

DuPont Corian 2012 Solid Colours

The 30 elegant and versatile solid colours of the 2012 colour palette of DuPont™ Corian® high-tech surface, now including a total of 72 tones

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Short note / Office refurbishment in Canary Wharf, London

An exciting project which targeted underutilised areas of existing offices at Canary Wharf and redesigned them to create a more inspiring working environment.

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Office refurbishment

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Competition / Domus Academy course competition

The prizes for these competitions are compensations towards your course admission (Ends May 4, 2012.)

A few of the course to which the competition is applicable:
Master in Business Design Competition
Master in Design Competition
Master in Interior and Living Design Competition
Master in Interaction Design Competition
Master in Service & Experience Design Competition

For more information see this word document

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ID / Lighting the interior of Adventure Bar & Lounge at Covent Garden by Light Bureau

A new Covent Garden venue, the fourth in central London owned and operated by the growing cocktail chain – Adventure Bar & Lounge. Light Bureau are please to have provided architectural lighting design to the 160msq subterranean basement bar in Bedford Street close to the piazza.

Working closely with interior designer, Sophie Hibberd, Light Bureau have produced a dramatic solution relying on some simple theatrical techniques whilst producing comfortable lighting to booths for customers to relax and drink.

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ID / Tron, a movie-inspired design show by Disney® and DuPont™ Corian®

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Corian® meets Disney®


April 2011 – Fantastic sculptures of iconic science-fiction motorcycles, surprising and eye-catching concepts of kitchen, bedroom, wellness, outdoor, home theatre areas and other environments inspired by the movie “TRON: Legacy”… the best of imagination, creativity, materials and technology … Disney® and DuPont™ Corian® lead the ranking of the best exhibitions at the 2011 Milan week of design with their big and spectacular “TRON designs CORIAN®” show.


Competition / Reifenhauser Extrusioneers® Innovation Contest

On April 4, 2011, an open contest on the subject of plastics extrusion started by Reifenhauser under the motto “Thinking outside the box“. This Extrusioneers® Innovation Contest“ is mainly intended for students. Closing date 14th of May 2011.

On our web platform www.extrusioneers-innovation-contest.com we are looking not only for the best ideas on products, processes and machines in plastics extrusion, but also for talented young professionals and out-of-the-box thinkers. All of the ideas entered may be commented and evaluated by the participants in order to encourage communication between all people involved. This refers also to Reifenhäuser experts who will take part in the exchange of ideas and provide feedback. The contest is open to participants worldwide – so the community language is English.

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Jobs / interior design Course Writer

Course Writer is required to write an Interior Design at Level 3 (NQF).

Open Study College is a progressive distance learning provider of a wide range of subjects providing high quality and learner support resulting in a great deal of learner satisfaction. We require writers to write entire courses including assessment and marking schemes (if you wish you can also be the tutor as well), therefore we are looking for trained professionals within your area of expertise.

If you have never done anything like this before and interested but a little unsure, please do contact the college for further guidance. You do not need a teaching qualification but it would be preferred if you have one or working towards one, but having a good subject knowledge and experience would be the most important criteria.

We will pay for each course written and the marking of each assessment. All courses will be accredited through a national awarding body to maintain quality, if interested please do not hesitate in contacting the college, along with a current CV.

Open Study College
0800 970 9131

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Article / A New Era for Lighting: Lighting Design Post Bulb Ban

Within 2 years of writing this article, the familiar shape of the light bulb as we know it will cease to be commercially available.

Designed by Thomas Edison (or Joseph Swann, depending on who you listen to), the incandescent light bulb works by running an electric current through a piece of resistive wire encapsulated within the familiar glass bulb to create light. It has become an iconic symbol to innovation and, literally, brilliant ideas.  It is much more than that though, it is arguably the nicest source of electric light available to us, and soon it may be gone.

2009 saw the introduction of EU legislation stating that all frosted lamps must be of class A energy standard and hence sounding the death knell for all frosted incandescent lamp sources. The EU reasons that compact fluorescent lamps offer the same quality of light as frosted incandescent sources! This year has seen the phasing out of the 60W version.

According to the EU ruling, there are no replacements for clear incandescent lamps so these can remain in circulation. However, the UK seems to be ahead of itself in this instance as the voluntary phasing out of all incandescent lamps is happening. At the end of this year we will also loose the 40W GLS lamp.

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Short note / 3form Europe launches Ditto™, an exciting new Modular Product

3form Europe launches Ditto™, an exciting new Modular Product that Offers Design Freedom with Opportunity to Create Playful, Organic, Structured Designs
Made with 40 Percent Pre-Consumer Recycled Content

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ID / Light Bureau Complete Hotel Verta a von Essen Hotel

The recent launch of Hotel Verta, situated on the River Thames at Battersea, South London marks the end of 3 years of architectural lighting design input for consultants Light Bureau..

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Short note / Mansfield Monk office Design in Fleet Place London

This was send to us by Mansfiels Monk achitecture and design studio, a 28,000 sq ft office design and fit-out in Fleet Place London. A modern interior design was created for the consolidation and relocation of the recruitment/marketing communications company, Penna Barkers with TCS, the HR creative agency, to larger premises at 5 Fleet Place. A new stainless steel staircase was inserted to link both floors and the two businesses. The interior design utilised corporate colours throughout to define separate business areas, give a sense of identity and add drama. The company now has a fresh, modern environment that unites the two businesses under the Penna brand yet reflects their individuality, creativity and passion.

Designed by Mansfied Monk
Main contractor: Citygreen

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Short note / A renovation on a shoestring budget

This project was send to us by David Smith, a graphic designer living in Brazil who under took a shoes string budget renovation.

Below a small descirption and some images of the results.

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ID / Light Bureau provide specialist lighting to KPMG’s building at Canary Wharf.

October 2010 marked the final migration for staff of international award winning accountancy firm KPMG to their new headquarters 15 Canada Square, London. The move marks the end of five years planning and development for KPMG and three years intensive work for the design team which includes London based architectural lighting consultants Light Bureau.

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Info / A one week free workshop access with tutor for London businesses

This is an intensive 5 day workshop (December 13th till December 17th) based on support to help you realise and prototype new designs and concepts. Based in a comprehensive workshop you will have support from an experienced designer to help you plan and make your own prototypes. These practical workshop support weeks are made available quarterly to businesses developing new products for production.

> This opportunity is available to London based businesses
> If you would like to be considered for a place on the supported week, please visit http://www.metropolitanworks.org/events/event_listings/detail/333/

Metropolitan Works is London’s leading Creative Industries Centre, helping designers and manufacturers develop ideas and bring new products to the marketplace through access to digital manufacturing, workshops, knowledge transfer, advice, courses and exhibitions. It is part of the London Metropolitan University.


ID / A ‘Living Lab’: a new generation of pizzeria by PizzaExpress

PizzaExpress is opening the doors to the first ‘new generation’ pizzeria, which will roll out across the UK from next year. In one of the boldest moves in its 45-year history, the brand is redefining the restaurant experience for the 21st Century, focusing on design, acoustics, service and food. The aim is to create a space that feeds great conversation – something that is at the heart of the brand’s mission – by both stimulating conversation and managing sound within the restaurant.

PizzyExpress Richmond

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Info / RIBA Sustainability Hub: Online Portal for Sustainability Information

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launched an online Sustainability Hub, designed to be a one-stop portal for sustainability information for architects, students, and educators.

This web-based resource, which offers users a platform for learning and discussion, was developed by the Institute to engage the architectural community with sustainability as an inspiration for design, and to pitch green design as an emerging business opportunity.

The content of the Sustainability Hub will initially be centred around four core elements:

– A comprehensive set of design strategies illustrating how to embed the strategy through the conceptual stages of design.

– Relevant and inspiring case studies focusing on the design process, not just the finished building.

– A blog introducing the latest projects and ideas relating to sustainability, content updates, and discussion regarding the experience of RIBA members. High-profile guest bloggers will also be featured alongside a number of regular contributors.

– An expanding series of short films tied into the design strategies, each focusing on one architect, building and design strategy.

The RIBA has ambitious plans for the future growth of the hub, to include book reviews, discussion platforms, related events, and a directory of education and CPD opportunities.

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Short note / Say Hello to WoJo™ – a revolutionary new sustainable textile

Starbucks store interiors are being further enhanced by a revolutionary new textile made from natural and renewable raw materials. Created by The Formary, a New Zealand- based design company, using a unique, upcycling1 process, Starbucks coffee sacks are combined with wool resulting in a new sustainable textile called “WoJo”.
WoJo, from wool and jute, the material used in coffee sacks, was conceptualised by The Formary, and has been brought to life for Starbucks in collaboration with UK weavers Camira and wool suppliers, Wools of New Zealand.

The revolutionary new WoJo fabric will be used in a range of Starbucks seating and forms part of the company’s commitment to ethical sourcing and environmental stewardship, at the same time as supporting wool farmers.

The new textile is being unveiled as part of UK Wool Week and will be featured at Starbucks flagship Conduit Street store in London’s West End.

Additionally, the organisers of UK Wool Week – The Campaign for Wool, convened by HRH The Prince of Wales, and The Society of British Interior Design (SBID) – have recognised Starbucks and The Formary with an award for Sustainable Product Innovation.

Heritage chair upholstered in WoJo™,
in Starbucks Conduit Street flagship store London
(during UK Wool Week 11-17 October 2010). .

Photographer: Courtesy of Starbucks

Cloak Chair by Room Two in WoJo™ midnight blue. .

Photographer: Dixson McCarthy Photographers


Books / BIDA Interior Designers Job Book

BIDA Interior Designers Job Book

Stephen Yakeley and Diana Yakeley (RIBA Publishing Sept. 2010)

The Interior Designer’s Job Book is the first book to set out the professional standard for running an interior design project. It does so step by step, in a sequence designed to complement the construction industry’s standard Plan of Work, providing guidance at every stage of a job from appraisal of the client’s requirements through to completion.

Suitable for all interior design projects – whether small or large – and for both interior designers working in an integrated design team and those acting as lead consultant, it brings a codified procedure and a professional rigour to the way your practice works and the way your projects run – vital for achieving a professional edge in a competitive field.

Its hands-on approach is supplemented by numerous model letters and specimen forms, which the designer can quickly adapt to any job in question. With guidance to the legal background and an introduction to the new concept of space planning, the Interior Designer’s Job Book should become standard reading for both new and established interior design practices, and a textbook for design school/university students on which to base their understanding of professional practice.

More Info about this book can be found at Riba Bookshops.


Info / Events and exhibition update

21st – 23rd September 2010

BLUM UK Headquarters, Mandeville Drive, Kingston, MK10 0AW

Kx v.10 is a unique three day kitchen component event showcasing the next generation of kitchen storage and accessory solutions from leading manufacturers and distributors.

Register online now at http://www.kxv10.co.uk

23-25 Sept 2010
100% Design London has teamed up with the Interior Design Association to produce a seminar programme focussing on the information needs of interior design professionals and practices working in the UK and international commercial interiors market with public and private sector clients. 23-25 Sept 2010 For more info visit >http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk

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Short note / A compressed beech wood chair

A chair designed by Sandro Lopez for the Elit Collection by PIRCHER


ID / Smart-ologic by Karim Rashid for Corian Dupont in Milan 2010

The exploration of “Smart-ologic Corian® Living”– an evocative home concept composed of garden, kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom – is an exciting journey, a plunge into a fascinating world of colours and shapes, a voyage in the discovery of the genius and solutions by Karim Rashid’s “smart design”.

“Smart-ologic Corian® Living” Video, let Karim do the talking.

The tour around “Smart-ologic Corian® Living”

The concepts are based on the formability and the sensorial quality of the wide range of current colours and types of DuPont™ Corian® techno-surface (including also the brand new 2010 Eco-Concrete and Eco-Terrazzo series with recycled content) and on a possible future bio-based evolution of DuPont™ Corian®, a high-tech surfacing material that has already received important independent certifications and recognitions for its environmental performance (like GreenGuard®, NAHB North American Builders Association, U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating System, ISO 14025 Green Choice, Ecospecifier, Scientific Certification Systems) and for its hygiene (like LGA QualiTest, NSF International and Royal Institute for Public Health).

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