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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-Dining-Table
Waywood – ‘Euclid’ Dining Table

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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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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
www.openstudycollege.com

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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.

Pre-requisites
> 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.

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

This is an intensive 5 day workshop (June 28th till July 2nd) based on support to help you realise and prototype new designs and concepts. Based in our comprehensive workshop you will have support from an experienced maker 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.

Pre-requisites
> 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/263/

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.

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Exhibition / Building and renovation fair Batibouw 2010 Brussels

I just visited the Batibouw fair 2010 in Brussels. Probably one of the biggest building and renovation fairs in Europe. It’s a great place for the interior designer to have a stroll. Although 11 pavilions large the place felt absolutely packed.
Below a few items I picked out.

The RainBrain from hansgrohe. A slick digital display controlling all showerheads, temperature and water volumes. User profiles can be stored and recalled at the touch of a button. There are shower programmes allowing for showerhead and temperature alternations and if you connect up some speakers you can even control via Bluetooth your mp3 player though this command panel. Pure luxury.

RainBrain by hansgrohe

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Jobs / Metropolitan Works Centre Manager (London Metropolitan University)

Metropolitan Works Centre Manager
£49,812 – £55,317 per annum inclusive
Full-time Contract Indefinite
Ref : 9A1110
Application Closing Date 01.02.2010

Metropolitan Works is a leader in Digital Design and Manufacturing technologies, providing knowledge, expertise and facilities to the UK’s designers, architects and artists from our purpose built centre in East London. We offer professional services to our commercial and academic clients via our ‘Bureau’ desk.

We are looking to appoint a Centre Manager to head up the overall operational and financial management of Metropolitan Works and lead our small team of staff through an exciting period of development and growth. Reporting to the Head of Enterprise Projects, you will oversee research and business development funding programmes while ensuring that commercial contracts and training programmes are delivered to the satisfaction of our external clients. You will be a team leader, have an eye for detail and track record in a customer focused environment.

Read the full job discription.

Apply

For more jobs search our job section

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Exhibition / Kortrijk ‘Interieur 08′, some product highlights

No huge innovations this year at the ‘Interieur’ fair in Kortrijk Belgium. I’ll mention a few things that may be of interest.

Grohe

Grohe dedicated his stand almost exclusively to his Ondus series. A series with a very sleek feel, Ipod like temperature controls and with finishes earlier found on electronic devices amongst them the Logitec television remotes (velvet black.) It’s nice to see these techniques filter through to the bathroom environment. Ondus presents a stylish digital integration which gives the user the possibilities to store his own profile of water flow and temperature at the flick of a button. The complete range can be found at ‘Ondus Grohe’

Oreca-Design

A few radiators from Oreca-design, Belgium caught my attention. More info can be found at Oreca-Design

Symo NV

Some outdoor products from Symo NV, Belgium worth mentioning.

FEEK

Feek, Belgium displayed an interesting process of foam coating. A process of a polyurethane based lacquer system applied to foam. It is sprayed on and can thus be applied to any shape. Evidently it is very flexible, has a rubbery feel to it and with the necessary care can be used outdoors as well. Some may recall the rubbery square stools of Arne Quinze. It is an affordable process for one-off applications and recently a magnetic process can be applied to put images into the lacquer. More info at www.feek.be

Under-Cover

Last but not least are the products of Under Cover. They produce plaster type composite shapes and profiles to be seamlessly integrated with the interior. These shapes can seamless integrate lights, radiators or doors. The composite is completely compatible with the contraction and expansion of plasterboard material. If minimalist is your thing you might want to take a look at www.under-cover.be

Seamless integration of radiators in colaboration with Jaga

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