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.

Asian Paints Unveils The Much Anticipated ‘colournext 2017’ Trends!

Mar 02, 2017

ColourNext, Asian Paints’ releases its 14th edition of annual colour & décor trends forecast this year. These significant discoveries are the result of a year-round scientific study, carried out by an expert panel of India’s top designers, architects, noted sociologists and advertising professionals.

They have studied the socio-economic and political environment, articulated, and visually-mapped the emerging patterns to arrive at four trends that will lead design this year: Local Pride, Bot Is Human, Elixir and Slow Living. Along with these themes, they are introducing a beautiful new shade, ‘Intense Ocean,’ as the colour that represents the mood of the year to come, the Colour of 2017.

This year’s Colour of the Year, Intense Ocean, is inspired by the duality of this enigmatic force of nature. Its ferocity and calmness, strength, and fragility. Intense Ocean is a wonderful blend of grey (representing detachment and composure), blue (representing depth and wisdom), and green (representing stability and endurance). 

Osram & Beaconsmind Ag To Launch Their ‘einstone Smart Retail’ App At The Euroshop Trade Fair

Mar 01, 2017

Osram reports that it has concluded its collaboration and partnership with beaconsmind AG, the first iBeacon full-service provider based in Switzerland. beaconsmind AG will present the Einstone solution portfolio using Osram LED lighting at the EuroShop trade fair from March 5 to 9, 2017.

Osram and beaconsmind are granting retailers a glimpse into their technological future with the ability to deliver personalized direct marketing, in addition to offering detailed analyses and integration of sales channels. Retailers can now achieve this technological potential in their shop environment thanks to “Einstone Smart Retail.”

The solution package uses LED lighting equipped with an iBeacon visual light communications chip that makes LED fixtures act like location beacons. Each luminaire transmits data about its particular location within the store. An Einstone app on customer smartphones translates digital photos of the LED lighting above into data about where the customer is located within the store. Additionally, the app also tracks the customer’s previous purchases, store items in stock and their locations on the shelves. 

Tjx Companies, Inc. To Launch New Home Concept Store Similar To Homegoods

Feb 28, 2017

TJX Companies, Inc., which is the parent company to HomeGoods, Marshalls, T.J.Maxx to name a few, has cornered the market in off-price products. The company's fourth-quarter earnings report showed impressive growth through their statistics stating decor-lovers flocking to HomeGoods in herds, scooping up everything from servingware to wall art.

To capitalize on their winning retail formula and to tap on the “significantly underpenetrated” US home market, TJX Cos. President and CEO, Ernie Herrman just announced the launch of their new home concept store similar to HomeGoods in the upcoming year. Based on the company’s earnings, Mr. Herrman remains confident of their customers accepting the new brand with open arms. In the meantime, the company plans to add even more HomeGoods stores this year while also opening four new-format home concept stores. 

Oma To Design The Next Mpavilion, Australia!

Feb 27, 2017

Founder Rem Koolhaas and Managing Partner David Gianotten of Dutch firm, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) will design the fourth annual MPavilion. Commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, the 2017 MPavilion will be OMA’s first completed project in Australia.

Located in Melbourne’s historic Queen Victoria Gardens, the MPavilion serves as a design and cultural laboratory that hosts talks, workshops, performances, and installations that are free and open to the public from October to February. The announcement of OMA’s commission comes shortly after the closing of the 2016 MPavilion – a wooden structure by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. OMA’s design details are still under wraps, as their pavilion will open only on October 3, 2017.

“We are excited to design a cultural heart for [Melbourne]—a space of public engagement that will spark creativity and discussion, and that will act as a theatre for ideas,” Koolhaas and Gianotten remarked in a joint statement.