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Widlund vacation house on ÷land
2012-05-11 16:45:00
The Widlund vacation house by Swedish architects Claesson Koivisto Rune is like a funnel of light, space and sea views. The location is the west coast of the Baltic island of ÷land. The white concrete box is “corsetted” in the middle, creating slightly sheared wall and roof angles. This gives the house both its direction and character, while also marking the difference between the rear private two-storey bedroom part and the communal double ceiling-height front part. Precast concrete is perhaps not the most common choice for a private house at this scale, but was ideal for achieving the ultimate precision in manufacturing tolerance and colour/finish, says Eero Koivisto from Claesson Koivisto Rune. The concrete is not painted or surface-pigmented but solid white, which gives it a wonderful glow. The joints between the concrete elements are carefully designed and positioned so that ? instead of interfering with ? they become part of the building’s geometry and expres...
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Leica X2 ? a classic camera in both looks and feel
2012-05-11 09:48:00
Leica has released the X2, a new addition to the X-line of compact digital cameras. At David Report we have tried the predecessor called†X1 a couple of times and have always been happy with the quality it delivers. The new X2 is handmade at Leica?s headquarters in Germany, and features a new APS-C-format professional CMOS image sensor with over 16.5 megapixels. In combination with the high-performance Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, a classic focal length for photojournalism, this sensor ensures maximum image quality and sparkling brilliance. The Leica X2?s large sensor and fast lens make it ideal for shooting in available light. Also the autofocus system has also been enhanced. The camera?s profile is complemented by numerous setting options from full manual control to automatic functions and an intuitive handling concept. These features make the Leica X2 the ideal premium-class compact camera for discerning photographers who wish to concentrate completely on their subjects a...
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Design Museum celebrates Louboutin?s 20 years of shoe making.
2012-05-05 16:59:00
Renowned shoe artist Christian Louboutin makes his mark at The Design Museum in London to celebrate the brand?s 20th Anniversary. The exhibition takes you through his journey from life as a cobbler through to travel inspirations, leaving fashion for garden design and finally creating the ultimate shoe of every woman?s dreams. With 200 pairs of shoes carefully selected for display from a period of two decades, each pair expresses its own personality of materials from feathers, lace, frills, studs and fur. Red velvet is draped over displays, shoe?s dangled around a carousel and light bulbs rimmed around mirrors. Walking through the exhibition feels like you?ve snuck into the backstage of a showgirl?s dressing room. There is a playful yet erotic atmosphere to this exhibition as you are soon guided from bright lights to no lights in the fetish department, which features Louboutin?s collaboration with David Lynch back in 2007. This area showcases designs that are merely a work of art rat...
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Instant payoff
2012-04-30 21:47:00
When implementing an aesthetic strategy, one of the initial consideration is deciding whether your are aiming for “instant presence” or “instant payoff”. †In my previous post,† I discussed the qualities of instant presence. Instant presence is an aesthetic experience that occurs as a result of extended payoff time, and a challenge of assumptions; the receiver is instantly very present, trying to grasp the complex product in front of his/ her eyes. This post will concern the counterpoint of instant presence: instant payoff. As a part of the design process, considering whether you are working with a product/ concept that requires instant payoff or an extended payoff time, is of importance. Does your product/ concept need to be easily decoded? Or would it add quality to the aesthetic experience to purposely prolong the payoff time? Instant payoff is connected to instant decoding, instant understanding, instant connection. When working with instant payoff as a st...
It?s Liquid ?
2012-04-28 13:17:00
There is noting permanent, but change. – Heraclitus (535-475 BC) According to the sociologist†Zygmunt†Bauman, we now live in a ?Liquid Society ? where reality keeps changing at a very fast pace and individuals need to adapt smartly to survive.†By splicing together an unending series of short-term projects, the episodes do not add up to the kind of sequence to which concepts like ?career? and ?progress? could be meaningfully applied. Such fragmented lives require individuals to be flexible and adaptable ? to be constantly ready and willing to change tactics at short notice, to abandon commitments and loyalties without regret and to pursue opportunities according to their current availability. Social form and institutions no longer have enough time to solidify and cannot serve as frames of reference for human actions and long-term life plans, so individuals have to find other ways to†organize their lives.†Therefore, the individual must act, plan actions and calculate the likely g...
More About: Life , Times , Identity
Magnetic bike lights from Copenhagen Parts
2012-04-23 11:14:00
There are very few good looking slimline bike lights. Copenhagen Parts wanted something that looked good, worked well and, most importantly, could be fitted and removed instantly. The answer was ? magnets. Magnets and steel tubes are an obvious match but we?ve spent a lot of time working on selecting the right components and perfecting the details so that they will fit to different tube diameters and stay there?. And the cleverness doesn?t end there. The lights turn on when placed on the bike and automatically switch off when removed, says Mads KjÝller Damkjśr, co-founder of the company.   We have been riding with the prototypes for 6 months. They are so easy to fit anywhere on the frame and they stay put ? regardless of the road surface. And they just pull off to keep them out of the grasp of thieves? says Anthony Forsyth, bike-geek and one of the designers for Copenhagen Parts. The only drawback is that they only work on steel frames. However the vast majority of people still...
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COURSERA ? changing the face of education globally
2012-04-23 10:07:00
Just this morning I read an article from yesterdays paper about Coursera – a new free online and interactive education system initiated by two American professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University in San Francisco. We offer high quality courses from the top universities, for free to everyone. We currently host courses from Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and University of Pennsylvania. We are changing the face of education globally, and we invite you to join us. While it seems almost to good to be true, it isn’t! Together the two have set out on a mission to transform and “revitalize” the world of university education and make it available to everyone who wants to join. When you join one of our classes, you’ll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you. We know that your life is busy, and that you have many commitments o...
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Design tourism at the Milan Design Week? and some memorable moments
2012-04-19 16:37:00
David Report is just back from two days at the Milan Design Week . We had the normal “Groundhog Day experience” (it’s our 23rd year in a row) – Milan in April is an epicenter of design where the latest products are presented for news-starving journalists and bloggers. As well†Milan Design Week is an “office party” for the design world.†But one thing that strike us is the growing design tourism. Milan Design Week is slowly turning into a huge festival, which hails design and offers plenty of parties during night time. Nothing wrong that design is turning social – for us Milan has for a long time been more about meetings and experiences than products anyway. But after a while you feel empty. It’s more about the world of design than the design of the world. More shape than content. More product than process. More fashion than long-term solutions. There are of course exceptions; Design Academy Eindhoven are showing†some really clever projec...
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A lamp with 3 million different globe shades
2012-04-16 14:12:00
Swedish design trio Front will present the†Surface Tension Lamp during the Milan Design Week 2012. Here are their words about the lamp: A bubble is brief, and bursts at your touch. But while it lasts, it catches the light and reflects the room like a multi-coloured temporary structure. We wanted to create a constantly changing lamp that combines the most ephemeral of lampshades with an LED light source that will last for 50000 hours. In the time it takes the LED to burn out, the lamp will have had 3 million different globe shades.
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Coherence light
2012-04-16 12:28:00
Coherence light by Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken is a conceptual project researching light and the reflection of light. It’s an experimentation as the exploded concept of a lamp, formed not only of multiple components, but by multiple objects too. The concept talks about light being an object you place on the table. Next to cutlery and dishes, you also set the table with the light source. This light source illuminates the massive dome suspended above, diffusing and softly reflecting the light back to the table.
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Curiosity object by GaŽlle Gabillet & Stťphane Villard
2012-04-13 15:18:00
GaŽlle Gabillet & Stťphane Villard have made a†Curiosity object which is both pieces of furniture and display windows. The lights act as small curiosity cabinets highlighting the beauty and strangeness of their subjects. These lights question what is to be looked at: the object or its content? Where are we supposed to be focusing our attention in this day and age, says†GaŽlle Gabillet & Stťphane Villard. We have chosen to present construction debris. Under these luminous bells, they become specimens of a strange preciousness.†From the displayed object, the glance shifts to the exhibiting object.
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The year of the dragon
2012-04-11 18:50:00
Shanghai based design brand Stellar Works now brings their cross-culturally inspired design universe to the European market presenting several collections at Galleria Cartiere Vannucci in Porta Romana during this year?s Milan International Furniture Fair. Stellar Works bridges the past and the present with an inspired eye for the future. Working with some of the world?s leading designers, Stellar Works is committed to creating novel collections inspired by craft and style traditions from around the world, eclectically mixing design elements, textures, materials and techniques and transforming them into new design typologies. The Stellar Works universe features designs by Japanese design studio INTENTIONALLIES, Scandinavian design studio SPACE CPH, American font foundry HOUSE INDUSTRIES, Japanese fashion designer JUNKO KOSHINO, Italian design legend CARLO FORCOLINI, Danish architects BōRGE MOGENSEN & VILHELM WOHLERT and Danish design studio OEO, the creative director of Stellar W...
Signature suites by Lagranja Design at the Madera hotel in Hong Kong
2012-04-02 15:23:00
Barcelona based design studio Lagranja has just finished the signature suites at the top four floors of a new hotel in Kowloon, a district in Hong Kong and probably the place with the highest population density in the planet. It’s called Hotel Madera, a Spanish name that leaves little room for doubt. An oasis of calm and Mediterranean warmth hung sixty meters from the bustle of the street. Lagranja designed nine suites, each one unique and full of details made exclusively for this project. The nightstands turned from oak wood blocks, or the wooden spoons carved by hand that are both a decorative element and a gift the guests can take home. The walls of the corridors are big lamps, the gym is at the same time ironic and funny. Photography: Andrew J. Loiterton  
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New monograph about Bouroullec brothers
2012-03-30 10:58:00
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have just announced the upcoming launch of their new book that†sets out the result of almost fifteen years of mutual collaboration.†Works†is a comprehensive monograph featuring a lot of images of their projects, models and drawings. It documents what Ronan and Erwan do by proposing an intuitive understanding, a flowing journey from a project to another. The book features crossed interviews between†Rolf Fehlbaum from Vitra,†Anders Byriel from Kvadrat, Eugenio Perazza from Magis, Didier Krzentowski from the kreo gallery and design critic Alice Rawthorn. Works††is published by Phaidon Press and will be available in May 2012. †
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Bellows luggage collection by Benjamin Hubert
2012-03-28 14:21:00
The Bellows luggage collection designed by Benjamin Hubert for†Nava will be launched during Salone Del Mobile 2012 in Milan. The activity will take place in the Nava flagship store on via Durini 23. The Bellows collection was originally shown as prototypes during Salone 2011 and is now available in 3 colours and 5 models. The launch will coincide with the unveiling of a new prototype timepiece in Milan.
Instant presence
2012-03-27 09:30:00
Continuing the thoughts of my previous post†- and thereby the development of the aesthetic strategy, I am working on at the moment -†I intend to discuss what extending the “payoff time” includes, and why doing so (or not doing so) can be a strategic parameter. By prolonging the time it takes the receiver to understand and “take in” the concept or product, you are forcing him/ her to be focused and present.†Instant presence is a part of the extended aesthetic experience. It takes time to decode a complex object or concept, or to understand previously unseen combinations or asymmetrical compositions. But as a designer it is a strategic move to seek to prolong the payoff time, as time spent decoding the design, makes the receiver feel connected to the concept or object. Payoff happens as an interaction between object and subject. There is a larger chance that the impression of the design stays with you, if you have had to, and wanted to, spend time understanding...
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Portable rechargeable solar lamp
2012-03-26 16:20:00
The O?SUN†NOMAD solar lamp has been designed to meet a need, or rather several very different needs, to improve the quality of life of its users and to promote sustainable development. NOMAD is designed by Alain Gilles. The NOMAD solar lamp has been designed for very different worlds. First of all, (A) to meet the needs of families in the world that do not have access to electricity, and in particular in developing countries, and at the same time to provide an alternative to kerosene lamps which have caused many accidents; (B) to be used in emergency situations: natural or humanitarian disasters; (C) but also to be used in Western countries by people who need to light a terrace or a garden shed and who will appreciate the flexibility of a rechargeable solar lamp, its contemporary look and, of course, its environmentally-friendly aspect. In developing countries, it will generally be used by families living in one room (such as a hut in Africa for example) and who need to use the lamp...
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A Good Hotel in San Francisco
2012-03-26 14:16:00
When travelling you will find hotels with different identities based on a lot of different thematic ideas. Good Hotel in San Francisco has a nice and important theme – doing good. Creative home made furniture in the reception area, bikes you can borrow, toilets that saves water and wise words here and there. On top of this it is situated in the Soma area, which offers interesting, somewhat rough,†surroundings. Here’s a bunch of images.      
Aesthetic strategy
2012-03-22 07:46:00
At the moment I am occupied with the thought of creating a model for an aesthetic strategy. A way of organizing a design process around e.g. the following questions: What kind of aesthetic experience do you want your receiver to attain?†Do you want your receiver to experience instant “payoff” (and thereby to be able to decode the purpose and structure of the object or concept instantaneously), or would you like your work to be a (more or less) challenging encounter; an encounter with a prolonged “payoff”? And, not to forget; why? What is the strategy behind your thoughts? Basically I think that you can work with planning the aesthetic experience as a part of the design process. And I think doing so makes a lot of sense; I view strong aesthetics as a competitive parameter of the future. However this demands quite a few initial considerations, as well as a thorough knowledge of your target group. How far can you go (keeping your receiver’s assumptions and...
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A poetic temporary snow drawing
2012-03-20 11:12:00
The artist Sonja Hinrichsen†recently made a beautiful large scale snow drawing†at Rabbit Ears Pass in Colorado. Like the tracks you did as kid, but this time with a far more poetic touch. Sonja made the snow drawing with the help of five choreographed†friends. Below are some †images of the snow drawing†by†Cedar Beauregard . I?m not so into making art that lasts. The world is saturated with manmade projects. I don?t think I need to add more things to the planet, says Sonja Hinrichsen.  
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1400 feet grass carpet by GaŽlle Villedary
2012-03-19 10:23:00
Artist GaŽlle Villedary recently made a nice installation called ?Tapis Rouge!?†in a small French town called†Jaujac. It was made as a celebration of their arts and nature trail programs.†GaŽlle Villedary wanted to†connect the center of the village to the rich natural surroundings.†Magic pictures below by David Monjou.  
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Another Side of Love by Miller Moon
2012-03-16 10:19:00
The MalmŲ based doom-pop band Miller Moon †is†releasing their first album called†Another Side of Love . David Carlson, editor-in-chief here at David Report is playing guitar in the band! Below is the video for the first single called Astray. Here’s some further info about the release written by Canadian music journalist Christian Patrick. Formed in the southern musical hub of MalmŲ, doom-poppers Miller Moon may seem like newcomers on the Swedish music scene. The four members, though, are far from it. Having kicked around in various bands throughout the past two decades, including Sing Sing & The Crime and The Love Kings, the men that make up Miller Moon have spent the better part of three years refining a sound that seems eerily familiar yet refreshingly relevant in today?s musical landscape. Singer Stefan Berg and his lyrical wit, moodiness, and Ian McCulloch-like tone help set the mood throughout the band?s soon-to-be-released debut album, Another Side of Love. As energeti...
A glass for all occasions by Matti Klenell for Iittala
2012-01-06 12:13:00
“Lempi” is a new drinking glass designed by Matti Klenell for Iittala. It is designed for the modern kitchen which often has limited storage space. This stackable glass not only saves space but also looks great on an open shelf: the round shape invites you to take hold of it. Lempi glass works for every occasion, whether you pour in a refreshing drink of juice or a relaxing glass of red wine. The†round form of the goblet accentuates the possibilities of the material; the thin upper rim of the blown bowl and the sturdier stem make it comfortable to hold and luxurious to drink from. This is the first time I design a drinking glass. Great fun since I am something of a glass nerd that regularly scan local flea markets for interesting design. I am familiar with the material though and has worked with it a lot in a more artistic, craft oriented way but this was quite different and I took on the assignment with great humility, says Matti Klenell. The stackability really adds so...
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Are you interested to be a guest blogger at David Report?
2012-01-04 15:56:00
A new year with new stories to be told. We are looking for guest bloggers from around the world that are interested to share their knowledge here at David Report . As a contributor you share our interest and curiosity about trends in the intersection of design, culture and business. It may be†everything from art, architecture, culture, design and fashion to food, innovation, music, sustainability and travel. Always with social relevance and†a humanistic and holistic perspective. Please drop us a mail at info{at}davidreport{dot}com or write a comment below if you are interested to contribute with relevant content. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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High-performance in-car charger for iPhone, iPad and other USB-powered devi
2012-01-04 13:00:00
Just Mobile has just launched High way, a Good Design awarded high-performance in-car charger for iPhone, iPad and other USB-powered devices. Highway plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter socket, revealing its diamond-tread aluminum head with subtle power light.†It as a built-in fuse to protect them from power surges Highway comes supplied with an Apple-certified coiled charging cable.  
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Plant a seed of form and function
2011-12-22 12:39:00
The new collection from†Almedahls finds inspiration in colour tinges and mix of materials. Textiles with botanical silhouettes in fruity colours and carpets with influences from nature and its toning colour effects. This year Almedahls design studio has worked in collaboration with the designers Anna Kraitz, Iris Maschek and Pia Holm. Our focus is working with textiles in rooms. The point is to add the qualities of the textiles to the room, such as patterns, screening, sound damping, comfort and colours, the trio at Almedahls Design studio says.
Bruce Nussbaum talks about his new book
2011-12-21 14:27:00
Bruce Nussbaum, author and Professor of Innovation and Design at Parsons, talked about his new book at the Designboost ? Design Beyond Design event which took place at Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In this video you will see Bruce Nussbaum talk about his thinking around the book, among other things new ways to frame design contexts and the importance of talking about failure. The event was a collaboration between Designboost, Cooper-Hewitt as the location host, Material ConneXion, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and Prime PR.
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Wish You Were Here by Veuve Clicquot
2011-12-20 18:03:00
Today Veuve Clicquot launched its multimedia, crowd-sourced platform called Wish You Were Here. This platform is part of Veuve Clicquot?s expanded effort to centralize and showcase its 100+ global programs, events and initiatives. “Wish You Were Here.”†visually captures†the most†inspiring moments from around the world and†celebrates the spirit and†lifestyle of Veuve Clicquot through travel, fashion, food, sport and design, via photos and videos submitted by the brand, official contributors and the public. Wish You Were Here is about connecting one’s experiences, through snapshots that serve as Veuve Clicquot enthusiasts’ postcards from all around the world, says†Stťphane Gerschel, head of global communications for Veuve Clicquot. Visitors can submit a photo or short video by emailing the content from a mobile†device or computer to†submit@clicquotworld.com
4 S
2011-12-19 08:30:00
Not just smart†† 4†S;† It is not the†speed, but all about the†society . Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it is really how it works. Most people may respond that is about functions. But again, that could be far beyond the technical†specifications. When you get something, you have to really grok what it is all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, do not just quickly swallow it. A personal assistant built into the latest iphone†is wowing owners with its ability to answer odd questions.†The new Siri feature was designed to respond to spoken requests for information such as the location of the nearest cinema. But gadget-lovers have discovered that its range of expertise is actually far wider. This voice-recognition app brings human responses and sometimes a touch of humor to any question the user might have. When one user asked about life’s meaning, he was informed: “All ev...
Copenhagen Ceramics
2011-12-17 15:48:00
Danish Ceramics have long enjoyed international attention and respect . With the opening of the gallery†Copenhagen Ceramics, you will yet again be able to experience the best of contemporary Danish Ceramics in the Danish capital.†The originators behind the gallery are Bente SkjÝttgaard, Steen Ipsen and Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl and their ambition with the project is to show the current developments on the Danish ceramics scene, rendering visible the diversity and high quality, that characterize the work presently being made.†The new exhibition venue opens its doors on January 5th 2012.†Address is Smallegade 46 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The project span the generations and by coupling the artists in unexpected ways we are setting the scene for surprises from even the more well-known artists, explain the originators. Our curatorial approach will be reflecting what we as professionals find exciting and boundary-exploring right at this moment, says the founders of Copenhagen Ceramics.
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