Lamp Opens Entries For The Lighting Design Competition 2017

Mar 17, 2017

LAMP (Lighting Architecture Movement Project) prepares for its fifth international lighting design competition by opening its entries starting June 1st 2017, and ending on December 15th 2017. This competition aims to introduce a broader audience to lighting design while promoting and connecting emerging talents to new markets. Each year the competition challenges designers to approach their lighting fixtures with the guidance of a theme, which for 2017-2018 is ‘Balance’. The competition accepts entries from students, emerging and established designers. Vouching for the credibility of the platform, LAMP’s panel of judges has included Michael Anastassiades, Tom Dixon, Niels Bendtsen (Bensen), Omer Arbel (Bocci), Jakub Zak (Patricia Urquiola Studio), Joana Bover (Bover), John Patkau (Patkau Architects), Rosie Li (Roll & Hill), and the team from ANDLIGHT (Lukas Peet, Caine Heintzman and Matt Davis), to name a few.

Changing the dynamics this year, LAMP will host the competition in 2017 and the event in 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.

Visit for competition details and entry requirements.

The American Hardwood Export Council Launches Its Collaborative Furniture ‘seed To Seat’ At Design Days Dubai 2017

Mar 16, 2017

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, unveiled its ‘Seed to Seat’ collaborative furniture at ‘Design Days Dubai’, the Middle East and South Asia’s only annual fair dedicated to collectible modern and contemporary design, from March 14th to March 17th 2017.

Asked to design ‘something to sit on’, prominent designers from UAE including Fadi Sarieddine, Anna Szonyi, Bruce Paget, Pallavi Dean and more, partnered with AMBB Furniture Manufacturing and created seven unique pieces using American tulipwood, red oak and cherry. 

Architects Michael Green & Jim Taggart To Launch Their Revolutionary Book On Tall Wood Buildings

Mar 14, 2017

21st century building innovation combined with changing codes worldwide are contributing to a wood revolution and the advancement of the tall wood movement. Wood being a renewable, carbon-sequestering product, offers an evolving medium that is both complex and a new frontier for design.
Michael Green, Principal Architect, Michael Green Architecture and Jim Taggart, Editor, Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine (SABMag) have co-authored the newly released publication that provides an introduction to the technology behind Tall Wood Construction Systems. The book includes 13 case studies that elaborate upon the beauty and specifications of wood buildings around the world.
Releasing on 30th March in Vancouver, Michael and Jim are anticipated to discuss the recent evolutions in mass timber design, construction, and performance, and the future of tall wood.

Steelcase And Microsoft Unveil 5 Spaces To Boost Workplace Creativity

Mar 10, 2017

Steelcase and Microsoft have partnered to develop a range of technologically forward spaces recognising the role of creativity in an organisation’s success and how it is impacted by the integration of technology and furniture in the office.

Microsoft also announced that select Steelcase dealers have become authorized resellers of Microsoft's Surface Hub, an interactive white board to share ideas, in the US and Canada. Five initial Creative Spaces integrated with Microsoft’s Surface devices and Azure IoT technology, are currently on display at the Steelcase WorkLife Center in New York City: Focus Studio, Duo Studio, Ideation Hub, Maker Commons, and Respite Room.

Design Shanghai And Xintiandi Collaborate To Bring The Best Of Local And Global Design To The City

Mar 09, 2017

Asia’s leading international design event Design Shanghai, taking place at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from 8th to 11th March, has teamed up with famous landmark Shanghai Xintiandi to bring the best of international and local design across the city.

World-renowned brands including Duxiana, hülsta, Perrier-Jouët, UPM have confirmed their presence alongside leading international artists such as Lee Lee Nam, Arnd Christian Müller, Rob Pepper and Jayson Atienza, and Chinese design brands, designers and artists such as Song Tao, Zhengguang Hou, Xinyue Du, Jamy Yang, Hung-Chun Wang, Zhoujie Zhang, ZIZAOSHE, Moreless, since 2020, Fnji and A&Alison.

Alongside Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi Design Festival and as part of the Design Shanghai in the City initiative, coaches will take visitors on design tours starting at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre and ending at Xintiandi every day from 1pm to 9pm from 8th to 11th March 2017. The tours will offer a variety of stops at interesting design showrooms and galleries, including Domus Aurea, HAY, etc. 

Spanish Trio Trumps International Celebrity Architects In The Quest Of The Pritzker Architecture Prize

Mar 08, 2017

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vialta, Partners at RCR Arquitectes, from Spain's Catalonia region, have been named as the 2017 winners of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, for work that demonstrated an unyielding commitment to place and its narrative, to create spaces that were in discourse with their respective contexts.

"Their works range from public and private spaces to cultural venues and educational institutions, and their ability to intensely relate the environment specific to each site is a testament to their process and deep integrity," said Tom Pritzker, Chairman of the sponsor, Hyatt Foundation.

Created by Jay A. Pritzker and wife, Cindy, in 1979 and also known as the Nobel Prize of Architecture, the award this year will be presented to the Spanish trio on 20th May at their ceremony in Tokyo, Japan. 

Rst Brands Announces Kelli Ellis As Brand Ambassador For Their New Outdoor Products Range

Mar 07, 2017

RST Brands announces signing celebrity designer, Kelli Ellis, as the brand ambassador of their new outdoor living products. 

The award-winning designer will be featured in a number of social and digital marketing campaigns create styled outdoor spaces with RST Brand’s collections and represent RST Brands at select high profile industry events.

Lenny Vainberg, Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, RST Brands opines that “Kelli will help establish a strong presence within the design community, position RST Brands as the leader in quality, comfort, value and style for outdoor living in the online marketplace, and drive end user brand awareness.”

RST Brands outdoor collections include the popular Portofino™ available at Costco, Deco™, Cannes™, Knoxville™,and Barcelo™modular outdoor collections which allow customers to quickly personalize their frame style and footprint with RST Brand’s patented fabric options. The collections also include RST Brand’s Resort Collection™used for light commercial applications.

Kone Corporation Wins The Order For Building Riyadh’s Metro

Mar 07, 2017

KONE Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry has won the order to supply 418 elevators and escalators for the line 3 of Riyadh Metro in the capital of Saudi Arabia, which is commissioned by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA).

KONE will equip Riyadh’s metro line 3, which is the longest out of the 6 lines in the project stretching along a 41km spread across 22 stations. The order will comprise 262 KONE escalators and 156 KONE elevators of which 96 will be scenic. The solutions will be equipped with KONE E-Link monitoring systems.

Recognising Riyadh as the center of fast-paced infrastructure developments with its metro being one of the world’s biggest infrastructure projects, Pierre Liautaud, Executive Vice President for KONE South Europe, Middle East and Africa takes pride in partnering on a project that fulfills “the demands of” Riyadh’s commuter base.

Having booked the order in the fourth quarter of 2016, the line is expected to be in operation by the end of this decade. 

The Selected Artistic Directors Of 2018 Venice Biennale Win The 2017 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals!

Mar 06, 2017

Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara, directors of Grafton Architects, have been recognized along with three other individuals as winners of the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals. The award, presented by the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, honours “the exemplary contributions of recipients to the endeavors in which Jefferson excelled and held in high regard”, including Law, Citizen Leadership, Global Innovation, and Architecture.

“As founding partners of Grafton Architects, Farrell and McNamara have built an international award-winning practice that has made substantial contributions to culture and education and have embodied their values in profound works of architecture,” said Ila Berman, dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

This is the third honor received by Farrell and McNamara this year, having already been selected as the artistic directors of the 2018 Venice Biennale, as well as winning the inaugural RIBA International Prize for Grafton’s Engineering and Technology University (UTEC) in Lima. 

This Italian Fashion House Dives Into The Home Design Space!

Mar 03, 2017

This January, Etro, the fashion brand best known for its paisley prints, moved deeper into the home space with a collection of wallpapers. The fashion house already offered select home products including bedding, pillows, and fabric, but its latest addition marks a larger leap toward decor.

The wallpaper line, crafted in collaboration with German manufacturer Rasch, comprises four designs and a handful of coordinating solids, all of which are adaptations of Etro's textile prints, resized and rendered in slightly more muted palettes than the brand's fashion and home accessory offerings. The launch is largely the brainchild of Jacopo Etro, son of Etro founder Gerolamo and the brand's current creative director of accessories, leather, home, and textiles.