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The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
February 20–May 24, 2015
This February, the Hammer Museum will present the West Coast debut of Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, featuring the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, such as a handbag for Longchamp, to large-scale structures like the new distillery for Bombay Sapphire Gin.

 

 

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

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
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Thursday
Feb092012

More People=More Love for BIG's Valentine's Day Installation in Times Square

Image via BIG/Times Square AllianceThe Times Square Alliance has announced the winner for its annual Time Square’s Valentine’s installation…and it’s last year’s runner up. But last year’s near miss doesn’t really matter anymore, because the winning design from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is an interactive wonder.

BIG calls the 10-foot high sculpture “BIG♥NYC.” The design was assisted by Flatcut (the fabricator), Local Projects (the interaction designers), and Zumtobel (the lighting designers).

The sculpture employs 400 transparent, LED lit, acrylic tubes to form a cube suspending a red heart. When touched the heart grows brighter. More from the Times Square Alliance website: “The transparent tubes refract the lights of Times Square, creating a cluster of condensed city lights around the heart. The hovering heart will pulsate faster reflecting the chain of human energy in the heart of Times Square,” adding, “A single person can activate the beating heart, but joining hands with others will make the heart beat even faster to create a brightly burning heart.” That means more people equals more love, which is an idea we can get behind this Valentine’s Day or any other day.

Monday
Feb062012

Recently Completed Singapore Residential Project by Daniel Libeskind

Photography is © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd – a Keppel Land Company
Construction is complete on Reflections on Keppel Bay in Singapore, and Dezeen has a great set of photos of the newest additions Studio Daniel Libeskind’s portfolio. (The project is Libeskiund’s first residential project in Asia and the largest residential project for the firm to date.) The striking new residential complex totals two-million-square-feet, and includes six high-rise towers ranging from 24 and 41 stories. 
Photography is © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd – a Keppel Land Company
The project also includes 11 low-rise villa apartment blocks of six to 8 floors for a total of 1,129 units.
The high rises feature rooftop gardens and are connected by elevated bridges.
Photography is © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd – a Keppel Land Company
Studio Daniel Libeskind explains the unique dwellings at the heart of the project: “No two alike residences are experienced next to one another or seen from the same perspective; the result of this design is a fundamental shift in living in a high-rise where individuality and difference is not sacrificed.”
Photography is © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd – a Keppel Land Company
The architect also explains that the project is a creative response of the need to create dense but livable residential environments in the crowded country of Singapore: “rather than equally distributing the density across the site with similar building types, the design is composed of two distinct typologies of housing; the lower Villa blocks along the water front and the high-rise towers which over look them set just behind.”
Photography is © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd – a Keppel Land Company
Friday
Feb032012

NBBJ Offers Challenge for Super Bowl Sunday Design Fun


Getting excited for that most American of holidays, Super Bowl Sunday? With the admirable goal of combining sport and design, the NBBJ Columbus office created a parametric family accounting for the variation in dimensions for footballs used by the NFL, the NCAA, and other organizations. According to NBBJ, the designer, Kelvin Tam, “used some very interesting tricks and techniques for building the complex forms of the laces, seams and logo.” The family is available to download for further deconstruction.

Here is where you come in, via the Paradigm Shift blog: “Your challenge, should you choose to accept it? Anyone wish to tackle this complex form in the conceptual massing environment or Vasari? Feel free to DM me on Twitter and I will post the results here on gameday. Yes, if you use grasshopper/Rhino you may submit as well, I guess… wink, wink.”
Wednesday
Feb012012

Sasaki Architects Wins Parkitecture Competition for Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa

Image courtesy Sasaki ArchitectsSasaki Architects has been announced as the winner of the Parkitecture competition to redesign Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa. The winning designs straddle the engineered and the natural while connecting the community to its watershed with a new activity and education center.

Image courtesy Sasaki ArchitectsSasaki collaborated with Des Moines-based RDG Planning & Design and Minneapolis-based Applied Ecological Services on the competition entry. That partnership will continue through implementation. Next, the design team and Des Moines Water Works will begin a concept validation process. The vision plan will require private fundraising for implementation in the hopes of avoiding extra costs for water rate payers.

The competition, launched in June 2011, accepted 44 proposals and selected 5 finalists for further review and public comment. According to a Bustler post announcing Sasaki as the winning designer: “The competition sought proposals to integrate the ecological and social function of a park and river into a unified landscape; to inspire the community and to generate discussion about watershed issues/best practices; and offer innovative design solutions to address ecological and recreational challenges specific to Water Works Park.”

Image courtesy Sasaki ArchitectsThe Racoon River cuts across the 1,500-acre park, which also includes 3-mile-long infiltration gallery that provides Des Moines a major source of drinking water.

Image courtesy Sasaki ArchitectsSasaki’s winning creates two distinct sections of the park--the wild and the engineered--using the River as a natural boundary. The wild section offers horseback riding, hiking, and exploration in the park’s natural environment. The centerpiece of the engineered landscape is a recreational watercourse that links to interpretive programming about harvesting and cleaning drinking water. The engineered landscape also connects to city streets, literally connecting the role of water into the fabric of the Midwest urban environment.

Tuesday
Jan312012

Moss in SoHo to Shutter for Good 

The New York Times recently reported the sad news of the demise of SoHo "design mecca" Moss. Murray Moss opened the store in 1994 on Greene Street near Houston before moving to the current location's 7,000 square feet in 1999. According to the NYT article, the “old paradigm” of running a “free museum” no longer works for Moss. As for the future, the company will move to a “smaller, more versatile space yet to be determined, from which the two partners will continue to exhibit and sell new design. They also plan to open Moss Bureau, a consultancy that will allow Mr. Moss to monetize his position as a design deity.”
Moss has shuttered before—in November of 2010, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance shuttered the emporium for withholding taxes, but only temporarily.