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Expo Milano 2015

Expo Milan

Launched May 1st –¬†with 145¬†countries participating, 184 days of events, and over 20 million visitors expected¬†– Expo Milano explores¬†the theme¬†‚ÄúFeeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” ¬†The New York Times recently¬†examined the feast of architectural styles at the worlds fair, which, James Biber architect of¬†the American Pavilion described as an “identity parade.” His design, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the People‚ÄĚ includes a vertical farm –¬†a¬†7,200 square-foot¬†crop wall growing 42 varieties of¬†vegetables, grains and herbs – and a boardwalk from repurposed Coney Island wood.

If Milan isn’t in your travel plans, you can still take a virtual tour, and follow their feed on Instagram.

Fabrica

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Founded in 1994 as a communications research center financed by Benetton, and based in Treviso (Italy), Fabrica has been a beacon to young artists and designers Рin visual communication, photography, interaction, music, video and journalism Рresulting in socially aware, often provocative work.

Within a new immersive website,¬†designed and developed by italian firm¬†Alquimia¬†WRG, a “social¬†stream” ¬†now offers a behind the scenes peek inside their lively creativity.

(Photo by Reed Young)

Destination is never a place…..

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Wert&Co.’s founders recently travelled to the state of Chiapas Mexico, spending time in the deeply beautiful Mayan culture. Known for it’s colorful and intricate clothing and textile design, there was much visual delight — but on a deeper level it was also rich in learnings about the complexity within societies.¬†For more imagery¬†follow¬†Judy’s instagram.

Evidence is piling up on the power of time off, not simply to disengage from our plugged in 24/7 lifestyle, but as a way to unleash creative thinking.  In a radical fashion, designer Stefan Sagmeister takes an extended sabbatical every seven years which he discussed in a popular TED talk about his motivations and the ideas that flow back into his work as a result.

Rose are Red….

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Lilacs, False blue,¬†White,¬†Purple, Color of lilac,¬†Your great puffs of flowers….

As the East Coast begins to thaw, we are counting the days in anticipation of trying the LikeThat Garden app which works like a Shazam for flowers. Available for free, it promises to turn even the most hardened urbanist into a botanist.

(Quote from¬†Poem ‘Lilacs’¬†by Amy Lowell)

Everything is Design. Everything!

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Organized by¬†curator Donald Albrecht¬†the¬†Museum of the City of New York¬†has put together a show devoted to legendary designer Paul Rand. The exhibit, the New York Times described as “entertaining and enlightening”¬†includes 150 pieces from over six decades shown in¬†chronological order. There are also several¬†related events, many co-sponsored by the AIGA, including¬†Branding: Why Good Design is Good Business¬†Wednesday, April 29

On view until July 19.

Universal Rational Form

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Innovative and renowned for its modern, functional¬†design there are few companies with such a lasting and relevant design legacy as Braun. Curated by das programm, obsessive German sellers of¬†Dieter Rams designs, Paris’s MODA¬†will will be hosting an¬†exhibition of posters by thirty-four leading graphic designers and studios challenged to respond to the iconic company’s systems design (classic 60s Braun designs are also on display).

Aisle one has a selection of images from the original 2013 exhibition in London.

(Moda, January 29th-February 27th)

Tiptoeing To Twenty Fifteen

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With Thanks for your Partnership & Warmest Wishes for a Very Happy Holiday & Peaceful New Year!

Reminiscing

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From Wooster to Duane, we’ve moved onwards and upwards (technically downwards) to a new Tribeca office.

Packing gave us the chance to revisit our library. We donated some books to design schools, but¬†have kept many others – their pages filled with memories of great people we’ve met, innovative¬†companies we’ve worked with, and new trends we‚Äôve played a role in. Our bookshelves are a¬†tapestry of our work at Wert&Co. – a patchwork of design, innovation, strategy and technology.

One thing ties it all together:  the human element, the talent, representing the past, present and future of design.

32 Days to the New Cooper Hewitt

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“Renovation” does not do justice to the changes that have been made to this beloved institution. Re-opening in just 32 days, the completely face-lifted, sixty-four room, one hundred plus year old mansion (as well as the Arthur Ross Terrace + Garden and two townhouses on East 90th St.)¬†seeks to¬†redefine the museum experience. Even their¬†font¬†was transformed.

A team of leading design firms joined forces to realize the project. Gluckman Mayner developed the vision for the interiors collaborating with Beyer Blinder Belle. Hood Design tied the garden to neighboring Central Park. Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed exhibitions and a new retail space; Thinc Design conceived the Tools exhibit and Local Projects created interactive media including an Immersion Room where visitors select digital images of wallpapers Рor sketch their own Рand project them onto the walls.

(Too impatient to wait for the the opening? You can download your own 3D model museum, and engineer your own design.)

Rainbow Retail

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We’ve been eagerly anticipating the launch of & Other Stories in the US, a brand better known across Europe. Their recent billboard on the streets of New York points to a wider trend in retail design these days – the beautiful colors of the rainbow. Recently spotted by trend firm WSGN at Benetton’s Moscow concept store, the theme repeats thru-out Kvadrat’s new Tokyo showroom¬†in both plexiglass and fabric.

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