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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Short note / Karim Rashid projects for Vondom

VONDOM is entering into other new phase in 2010, for enriching their design and make it more original, more
innovative and more chic, both for indoor as for outdoor spaces, VONDOM started the collaboration together with
the prestigious and multi-talented designer, KARIM RASHID.
¨I was more than thrilled because of the adventurous bold projects they have developed with other great designers as well as their quality, sensibility, and culture¨, said KARIM RASHID. He developed about 50 furniture objects for Vondom. Below a few samples of this collection.

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Books / Contemporary Architecture: Bars and Restaurants

Contemporary Architecture: Bars and Restaurants

Jacobe Kraue (Links International March 2010)

The wide array of designs presented in this volume offers a varied vision of the latest trends in bar and restaurant interiors. The selection is an excellent cross-section of some of most exciting dining rooms at the forefront of design. With the creative impulse given free reign these designs have inevitably been excellent testing grounds for studying different developments in architectural language, use of materials and volume design. Each project is elegantly illustrated with full-colour photographs, floor plans, sketches and detailed commentary from the respective design studios.

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Short note / New Interlam profiles

Some new patterns from Interlam are available. Apart from this interesting range of decorative panels, profiles can be carved in different substrates and it is also possible to embed your own design.
More patterns can be found at their website: http://www.interlam-design.com/

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Short note / DuPont™ Corian® showrooms in New York and Philadelphia

Located in the Flatiron district in New York and in the Marketplace Design Center in Philadelphia are the recently opened showrooms of DuPont™ Corian®.

These showrooms demonstrate the versatility and the functionality of DuPont™ Corian® (and other DuPont materials, like DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz surfaces, for example) through a variety of creative applications based on advanced design and fabrications techniques and solutions. The showrooms organize also design exhibitions in their premises.


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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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Books / BREAKOUT! Your Pathway to Success

BREAKOUT! Your Pathway to Success

Brit Hammer

By Brit HammerBREAKOUT! Your Pathway to Success takes up where Brit Hammer’s best-selling book, Mosaic: Finding Your Own Voice, leaves off—the business aspect of visual art. This book demystifies business terminology, sheds light on legal and money matters, and guides you how to: build a personal brand, harness the power of the Internet and social networking, and build streams of revenue.

The book’s aim is to help you build up your self-confidence and to take back your personal power while creating the art business of your dreams. Full of images of beautiful art, BREAKOUT! Your Pathway to Success is a business book worthy of display on your coffee table!

ID-Sphere users can get the electronic version of this book at a reduced price. Use the promotional code idsphere.
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Short note / Reitschule cafe, its interior design and refurbishment

Reitschule cafe: a project sent to us by the Thonet Press.

Seen from outside, the listed classical complex of the Reitschule cafe and the adjacent University Riding School remains unchanged in spite of the thorough refurbishment. However, the cafe’s interior has undergone a total redesign: floors, walls, room layout and a new staircase have been designed by the architects at Palais Mai, turning the cafe into a ‘modern classic‘.

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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.

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Article / Tips on installing waste and soil pipes

Installing domestic drain and soil pipes seem to be an easy job, no water pressures to account for or non-return and other valves to think about and regulation seems to be comprehensible to any construction worker. Just connect your pipes from point A, always go downwards and make sure you end up in the sewage and that’s it. Will it work? …It might. Will it work well? That’s a totally different ballgame. Although sticking some pipes together to drain the water seems fairly simple, a lot can go wrong when drain pipes are not installed the way they should be. Common problems with drain and soil pipes are clogs and smells and in order to avoid those providing sufficient air and keeping your waste flow under control is key.

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Books / Pinpoint: Key Facts + Figures for Sustainable Building

Pinpoint: Key Facts + Figures for Sustainable Building

Bruno Keller Stephan Rutz (Birkhäuser January 2010)

-PINPOINT brings building physics clearly into focus and enables practitioners to make rational use of their expertise while keeping their focus on the essentials.

-May be used “on site” as a manual by architects, civil engineers, and construction planners.

-High-quality edition, handsomely designed

Today, sustainable building means planning and producing structures that offer their users a high degree of comfort while only requiring a small amount of energy to operate. This entails: a high degree of thermal comfort, a good supply of daylight, good sound insulation with respect to both external and internal sources of noise, good room acoustics, the avoidance of any problems whatsoever with condensation or mold, and such a low energy requirement that especially gentle and efficient methods can be used to meet the remaining demand.

At first glance, it might seem quite difficult to fulfill all these requirements. Taken together, the various textbooks on building physics and building automation and the large number of EN and SIA standards now in existence are more confusing than they are useful.

By contrast, this manual presents the most important information on all the key aspects of sustainable building in concise and clearly organized form; makes it easy to put it into practice with the help of graphics, tables, and step-by-step instructions; illustrates it with examples; and supplements it with practical tips.

That is not to say that PINPOINT is intended to replace a textbook or standards collection. On the contrary, it is meant to help practitioners who already have a grasp of the basics make rational use of their expertise while keeping their focus on the essentials.

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Short note / Retro suspending stainless steel chair

If retro is your thing you may be interested in this suspending chair which follows the natural shape of the reclining body.
Made by west Sussex based Adrian Thornber in high grade stainless steel and available in a mirror or sateen polished finish, with or without sheepskin.
For more info visit www.nirvanachairs.com

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Books / MOSAIC: Finding your own voice

MOSAIC: Finding your own voice

Brit Hammer

By Brit HammerThis publication is by one of ID-Sphere’s contributors Brit Hammer. This illustrated work is overflowing with inspiration and information. The book delves into design and composition to help you find your own style and includes technical information just for artists interested in mosaic. The inspiration section features chapters on the works of fine art mosaicists Elaine M. Goodwin, Sonia King, Dugald MacInnes, Mo Ringey, and Brit Hammer-Dijcks. 200 pages (full-color eBook 198 pages).

ID-Sphere users can get the electronic version of this book at a reduced price. Use the promotional code idsphere.
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Article / Using color in interior design

This article has been updated since its first publication November 20th 2008. Article adapted from Mosaic: Finding Your Own Voice (2008).

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Light weight concrete mouldings with graphics

Another interesting company at 100% design was Grayconcrete.
The company produces custom made light weight concrete projects. Their fibre reinforced concrete can be used and moulded in a variety of ways, forms and colours, with built in patterns and graphics.
If you can think of it they can probably built it.
Have a look at some of their projects.
For more info visit: Grayconcrete

image: Redman Design/International Slavery Museum

image: Data Nature Associates/Manolo Blahnik Dublin Grayconcrete at 100% design

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Contemporary bathroom shower wiper by VIPP

Finally someone thought of producing this. I personally have been looking for a contemporary shower wiper for quite some time now. Nothing more annoying than delivering a slick looking minimalist bathroom in which the client puts a fluorescent yellow window wiper.

But the alternative will be here soon. This stylish stainless steel and rubber shower wiper produced by Danish manufacturer VIPP will hit the market this November 2009.

Stainless steel shower wiper by VIPP Stainless steel shower wiper by VIPP

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Interlam profiled surfaces at 100% design

Interlam showed an interesting range of decorative panels at 100% design. Profiles can be carved in different substrates and it is also possible to embed your own design.
Below you can find some profile images more can be found at their website at: http://www.interlam-design.com/

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Books: Compact Interiors: Architectural Design

Compact Interiors: Architectural Design

Carles Broto (Links International September 2009)

This fully illustrated work features dozens of apartment and loft interiors from around the world-all created by internationally renown architects and designers. The book focuses on the technical aspects of each project and on the ingenious solutions employed in adapting fixtures and furniture to a range of uses for more efficient uses of space. Each of the projects is beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs, floor plans, and sketches. Including every step of the design process-from conception to execution-this guide is indispensable for anyone working in the fields of architecture, interior design, interior decorating and furniture design.

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Books: Color Spaces

Color Spaces

FrIederike Tebbe Christiane Fath (Jovis Verlag September 2009)

How consciously do we experience colour, light and space? How do colours influence our perception, change the effect of something built and thereby shift the relations of space and our judgement? Friederike Tebbe examines the manifestations of colour, its perception, and interpretation in relation to her own architecture and in other practical and theoretical contexts.

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Tutorial / Selective Laser sintering (SLS) a rapid prototyping / manufacturing process

Below you will find a 7 min tutorial I made on SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) a rapid prototyping process which builds models up in layers by lasering only the parts that need to be solidified. It is an affordable process to model up prototypes or forms which would be difficult to produce with standard manufacturing processes. SLS builds up your model in Nylon which results in a fairly strong object which leaves many possibilities for post processing and finishes such as lacquering or metal plating. The dimensions for an SLS build depends on the capacity of the machine that will build it so make sure you check these dimensions first.

The movie is 27MB so please be patient for it to load. You might have to install the Windows Media Player add-on.


For more technical information on the process you can try these following links:

More information on Selective laser sintering: http://www.3trpd.co.uk/architecture/pdf/architectural-brochure.pdf

More information on Metal laser sintering: http://www.3trpd.co.uk/pdf/DMLS%20Brochure.pdf

More information on 3D Printing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing

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About the author

Interior designer Lizzy Van Lysebeth

Lizzy Van Lysebeth is a belgian furniture and interior designer living and working in London.

Before moving to London he worked with GK-Design in Tokyo and for various companies in Spain. In barcelona he was course director of a master in furniture design for an associated college to the university Ramon Llul.

In 1999 Lizzy became freelance and started Lizzy Design. In 2006 he moved to Chiswick, London were he lives with his wife and newly born son (Aug 08.)

Lizzy Design, Interior and Furniture Design
London, UK
www.lizzydesign.com

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Books: Smart Home Extensions

Smart Home Extensions

Carles Broto (Links International July 2009)

Smart Home Extensions gathers together 32 extensively detailed extensions from architects including Alison Brooks, 3RW Architects, Bob 361 Architects, Plasma Estudio and Herrman & Koch.
These projects have been carried out on both country houses and urban dwellings, temporary and permanent residences, and built in gardens, attics, patios, inner courtyards, backyards and even in the air. Extensions of a durable type and entirely temporary additions, containing anything from a single utility or service room, to a complete residence; all of these ventures are thoroughly documented at every step of the design process, both technically and graphically, from conception to completion.

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Radiators for kids

Radiator for kids from Project clima

 

This playful radiator was send to us by italian manufacturer Projectclima

Projectclima Radiator, ADACTO for "Kids" leaves space to the imagination of the youngest, so they can also give their contribution in designing and furnishing the room where they do spend most of their time.

ADACTO for "Kids", amuses the little ones and makes the grown up happy as, thanks to its modularity and an exceptional Thermal Power, it heats up the kids room as a traditional radiator.

And when the kids grow up ?
No worries ! Thanks to the interchangeable “cover” system, it is possible to update the look of the radiator with a more grown-up composition , whenever you want and without disconnecting it from the hydraulic system.

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Books: Smart Surfaces – and their Application in Architecture and Design

Smart Surfaces – and their Application in Architecture and Design

Edited by: Thorsten Klooster (Birkhäuser July 2009)

Whether luminous wallpaper, curtains that produce electricity, or self-cleaning windowpanes, more than ever before innovations in surface technologies are influencing and will continue to revolutionise the use of materials in architecture, interior design, and design.

The new smart surfaces expand considerably design possibilities for architects and designers. Their use leads to new typologies and concepts that can also do justice to changes in expectations for buildings and design.

The impression we have of a building or an object is increasingly determined by its surface qualities. Designers are thus confronted anew with the question of “appropriate materials” when dealing with smart surfaces.

Smart Surfaces brings these design fields into the creative focus of planners and designers, and emphasises concrete possibilities for applications. Planning fundamentals, including cost-benefit analyses, and questions related to building, including details of constructions, are presented in a clear and intelligible way. The various materials are introduced and their potentials assessed. Smart Surfaces not only offers a good overview of the themes but also provides inspiration for making use of these new surfaces.

A book for everyone who wishes to be inspired by the possibilities for innovative surface technologies.

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Books: Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment

Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment:
Non-Domestic Buildings

Nick C. Baker (Earthscan July 2009)

The Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment: Non-Domestic Buildings offers architects, engineers and a wide range of building professionals practical advice, illustrated by real examples. It moves from principles of sustainable refurbishment to specific design and engineering guidance. It emphasises the need for an integrated approach by showing how refurbishment measures interact with one and other, and with the occupants, and how performance is ultimately influenced by this interaction.

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Contemporary loft and interior design by Romolo Stanco

This was sent to us from the Romolo Stanco office.

It is Romolo’s own 120 m2 apartment which he designed on the top floor of the Hi-Fi house in Piacenza, Italy in March 2008.

Below a short synopsis of his project.

Romolo Stanco apartment Hi-FI house
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