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Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

Archtoberfest San Diego 2014
October 1–30, 2014
Archtoberfest San Diego 2014 is a collaboratively-operated initiative aimed at establishing an annual, month-long program of public events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning and sustainability.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 2014
The primary goal of the New Urbanism Film Festival is to renew the dialogue about urban planning with a broader audience. The Festival brings in movies, short films, speakers, on the topics of architecture, public health, bicycle advocacy, urban design, public transit, inner-city gardens, to name a few. 

 

Competitions

Deadline: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Aug272013

Designing the Future: A Conversation with Brodie Neill

The Supernova table, part of Made in Ratio's debut collection designed by Brodie Neill, has already been lauded in design circles. Image courtesy Made in Ratio.Launched just this spring, Made in Ratio has quickly begun making a name for itself in the design world. The London-based company's Supernova table garnered a Product of the Year Award and the firm itself was heralded as Newcomer of the Year at the Mixology Awards, work in the contract field. The collection started off big, with creative director Brodie Neill creating a range of seating, lighting, tables and storage that play with color, form and material. Today, we're delighted to share Brodie's thoughts on becoming a designer and his design process as part of our series highlighting younger designers. If you're in London next month for the Design Festival, Made in Ratio will be showing at designjunction. Stop by and check out the pieces. 

What inspired you to become a designer?

It was a gradual evolution rather than a sudden awakening. I was always creative and building furniture was a passion of mine as a teenager. I loved learning about how things went together and then reworking them. The decision to pursue a career in design was a natural progression from what I loved most. It just made sense. 

Describe your aesthetic in 3 words . . . 

Organic, sculptural, tactile. The designs are visually provocative but also engaging to the user.  

Where did you learn your craft? 

I grew up in Tasmania and studied product design there with a very hands-on, artisanal approach. The emphasis was on being a designer-maker and producing your own designs. You learned how to bring your ideas into being along the way and that’s stayed with me. As my designs are quite experimental in form, they are also quite experimental in how they’re made. As you design the form you’re also designing the process. I also did a master’s degree in the US and studied more digitally. Being able to explore complex 3D forms and virtual depth really expands the imagination. It’s good to learn how what you see on screen will sit in a physical space. 

Made in Ratio's Creative director Brodie Neill. Image courtesy Made in Ratio.

How did Made in Ratio come about?

Made in Ratio came about after a series of conversations between myself and a colleague about starting a new kind of design company. Made in Ratio offers an opportunity to take a collection of designs right through from inception from production.We’re aiming to deliver intelligent design directly to our customers, unencumbered by industry conventions. A lot of my designs really do re-think the production process and often that sort of engineering task involves a bit of head scratching and extra thought. Sometimes when you’re challenged the end result is more interesting. 

Can you give an example of that from the launch collection?  

The plywood chaise and chair go beyond what is expected of a plywood piece. We experimented with folding it in on itself to make entirely self-supporting, organic shapes. It took quite a while to find a production partner who would take on such a project. Fortunately we found someone who was as adventurous as us. People are often reticent to move beyond what they already know.

What sets Made in Ratio apart from other design brands? 

Our approach is what differentiates us from other design studios. We follow things to the Nth degree to seek perfection. Hard sweat and toil are involved. It’s almost like the design goes further because it doesn’t just stop at an idea. It actually is seen through the entire process of prototyping, production and design. Recently, We’ve been really toiling to get a lamp right, going through every component, laboring each bit. We tried to rush the last piece and we looked at it said ‘no, no. The bottom bit’s got to be as perfect as the rest.’ And then, of course, we started re-evaluating the whole thing from the top down!  

Who are your design heroes?

I always admire people who work tirelessly to achieve perfection, like the Eames’.  

What do hope your design legacy will be?

I hope Made in Ratio will become known as a source of well designed, innovative, beautifully made pieces that push the envelope in terms of what furniture can be. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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