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Design Preis Schweiz Exhibition @ Cité du Temps - Design Talk:
How does Design influence Economy and vice versa?
The recently held DPS Design Talk brought together four Swiss design experts in front of an intrigued audience. The topics of this panel discussion was the influence between designers and the economy - a relation with many faces and forms.
Martin Heller is the director of the Museum of Design in Zurich, a cultural entrepreneur and author of many articles and books. He was the artistic director of the Swiss National Exposition in 2002 and part of the jury for the Design Preis Schweiz 2009.
Pierre Keller is the director of the renowned University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL). With his strong dedication and unconventional ideas, he has successfully built ECAL's reputation as a well known design university even beyond the borders of Switzerland.
Patrick Reymond, architect and designer, chairs the Federal Design Commission. He is also one of the partners of a design agency.
Heidi Wegener, former Administrative Director at the College of Art and Design Zurich; has been the curator of Design Preis Schweiz for many years until today.
The talk was moderated by Maroun Zahar, editor-in-chief of the Swiss design magazine Espaces Contemporains.
From left to right: Martin Heller, Heidi Wegener, Maroun Zahar, Patrick Reymond, Pierre Keller
To Pierre Keller, a successful relationship between design and economy is all about finding the right partner. “A good partner not only supports a designer financially but also with know-how and opportunities - that is just as important as money”, he said.
Martin Heller agreed with this definition: Superficial sponsoring and funding should best be replaced with an intelligent cooperation from which both sides can profit. However, this more intense partnership requires knowledge about each other’s needs and expectations.
Good sponsorship is much more than just giving money to designers - it is about creating publicity for them, giving them an opportunity to present their work and making the relationship beneficial for both parties.
“The partnership with private funders can be extremely fruitful because they usually expect more for their investments”, Heidi Wegener stated, “money given by the state is often less tied to high expectations”.
Therefore, Pierre Keller finds it very important to prepare his students for the reality of a designer’s career: “We cannot become too academic and we must never forget our future clients out there”.
Design has a vital function in today’s society - it connects culture to economy.
|Heidi Wegener presenting the exhibition|
The talk was followed by a happy hour. A young DJ provided musical entertainment with the pocket-sized DJ system Pacemaker that had won the Rado Product Design Award at the Design Preis Schweiz 2009. Thomas Schaad, the creator of the Pacemaker, was also present. He and the DJ had a good time discussing the advantages of this innovative gadget.
The guests - an inspiring mix of designers, students, and interested non-professionals - enjoyed debating with the design experts and took the opportunity to have a look at the Design Preis Schweiz exhibition.
The renowned Design Preis Schweiz presents its unique exhibiton in Geneva and invites major voices in Swiss design culture for a Design Talk.
As part of the touring exhibtion, the Design Preis Schweiz shows a selection of nominated projects in Geneva. This exhibition will last from January 28th to February 28th and is the kick off for its world tour.
It allows a unique impression of the vital design culture in Switzerland and makes an important contribution to making the works of Swiss Designers known to a larger public worldwide.
On February 25th 2010, Swiss design experts will discuss a relevant subject on the occasion of this exhibition. The participants are as follows:
The talk will be hosted by Maroun Zahar who is the editor in chief for the renowned Swiss desing magazine Espaces Contemporains.
The talk will be followed by a Happy Hour.
No registration necessary.
February 25th 2010, 6pm
Cité du Temps
Pont de la Machine 1
For more information about the Desing Preis Schweiz and its touring exhibiton please visit www.designpreis.ch
On December 8th 2009, the Swiss magazine "Hochparterre" and the national TV have honored nine projects in the fields of design, architecture and landscape in a glamorous award ceremony at the Museum of Design in Zurich.
The prestigious award itself is worth a second look: Designed by Zurich's sculptor Severin Müller they are shaped as rabbits.
Köbi Gantenbein, editor-in-chief for Hochparterre: «As every year, our specialists have found the best projects based on nomination from the juries." Consisting of renowned artists themselves, the juries have met for each category independently and have thoroughly discussed the numerous projects.
In the category architecture, the school building Leutschenbach in Zurich was awarded with the Golden Rabbit for its open and generous design. Jokingly called layer cake by the students, it is built almost completely from glass. "This building by architect Christian Kerez and civil engineer Joseph Schwartz is truly one of the most extraordinary structures we have seen in years", says the jury.
|(Photo: Dario Pfammatter)|
The Silver Rabbit for architecture went to the architects Kaschka Knapkiewicz and Axel Fickert for their remodeling of the residential area Stadtrain in Winterthur. In order to gain more living space, the architects enlarged the homes with extensions in the front yards. Even though the gardens became smaller, the inhabitants gain a quality invaluable in today's suburbs: privacy. The extensions serve as a protection from the neighboring buildings.
|(Photo: Heinz Unger)|
The owners of the Villa Chardonne (a pilot and a flight attendant) have always loved flying and longed to incorporate that passion into their home. The young designer from the Geneva design agency "Made in" have created a building that seems to fly over the lake of Geneva. Large windows allow a breathtaking sight over the lake and the alps. The jury was stunned with this courageous design and awarded it with the Bronze Rabbit for architecture.
|(Photo: made in Sàrl, Genève)|
The Golden Rabbit for design was awarded to a bicycle named Papalagi by Butch Gaudy. It is designed with the cyclist in mind, its frame strong and sturdy, yet very light. Made to be used, it is a bicycle for life. "We are honoring not only this particular design, but also Butch Gaudy's passion and know-how in this field", says the jury.
|(Photo: Reto Andreoli)|
The watch r5.5 from Rado was honored with the Silver Rabbit for design. Designed Jasper Morrison, the watch distinguishes itself through its discrete design and simple elegance as it is the credo of the British designer, as well as Rado's. "This is a watch without pomp and circumstance – as always, Jasper Morrison has kept faithful to his 'supernormal' designs", comments the jury. After already having re-interpreted the Ceramica watch and having created an award-winning watch-packaging, the r5.5 is the third step of the collaboration between Jasper Morrison and Rado.
Sometimes something as simple as a carpet can make the whole difference. Designer Frédéric Dedelley has taken up the structure of the ceiling in the Wasserkirche in Zurich and mirrored it in his carpet design with fine white lines. This church is no longer just a place of worship, but also a peaceful haven in the middle of the busy city. The seating is no longer fixed and can be used for events or readings. Designer Dedelley says: "I wanted the church to look generous and empty." Ready to be filled with meaning. The quiet design was awarded with the Bronze Rabbit for design.
|(Photo: Dominique K. Wehrli)|
The Golden Rabbit for landscape was awarded to the Liebefeld-Park in Köniz near Berne. Its simplicity is striking and leaves its visitors with a lot of possibilities. It is a park created for those who use it: "If any elements were missing, they could easily be integrated in this simple design at a later time", says the jury.
|(Photo: Bruno Augsburger)|
Once a silk mill, the Sidi-Areal in Winterthur is now a residential area - but it has kept its industrial origins. The landscape architects from Kuhn Truninger have included many metaphors in their design, such as the floor pattern in the courtyard reminding one of the industrial regularity in which the looms had been standing. This successful re-design was awarded with the Silver Rabbit for landscape.
|(Photo: Kuhn Truninger)|
The renovation of the old Averserstrasse in the Grisons was honored with the Bronze Rabbit. The street used to be the main road through the valley but was replaced with an urban road, forgotten and left to the elements. Now it has been restored to allow visitors to walk through the unique landscape of the valley on a unique path. The jury was impressed with the use of materials from the region and traditional constructions techniques.
|(Photo: Verein Alte Averserstrasse)|
Visit http://www.hochparterre.ch for more info, news and updates.
It is bound to be an evening of stimulating discussions and interesting encounters when prominent personalities from the worlds of design, culture, politics and business come together for the awards ceremony of this year's Design Preis Schweiz.
The prize in the category "Market" is awarded for products and services that have been successfully introduced to the market within the last two years. This year it went to Paolo Fancelli and his team for the development of the multipurpose transporter "Aebi VT450". This functional yet comfortable vehicle was designed with the driver in mind: "I want my products to improve the quality of life for the people who use them", designer Paolo Fancelli says.
Products and services that are shortly to be introduced to the market and projects by young designers who have yet to make a name for themselves on the market are awarded in the prize category "Newcomer". Originally designed as a sales display for bags, the modular shelf system "V30 Freitag Skid" by young designer Colin Schaefli impressed the international jury with its simplicity.
In the field of textiles, the "Textile Design Award" has been split up to reward two independent projects.
Young designer Thomas Schaad's project "Pacemaker" has been selected by the "Design Preis Schweiz" jury and granted with the "Rado Product Design Award". This award goes out to industrial products that are distinguished by an innovative approach to the materials or combination of materials, functionality or manufacturing technique. The "Pacemaker" is a portable, yet professionally designed DJ system no bigger than an MP3 player and can be used for mixing and playing music practically anywhere at anytime. It is a great example of an innovative blend of design, aesthetics as well as functionality.
One especially prestigious award at the Design Preis Schweiz is handed over to individual designers or design studios for their continuous services in the field of design: the "Merit". This year's winner is Albert Kriemler, a renowned fashion designer from St. Gallen whose label "Akris" is at the cutting edge of international fashion. More that just stylish, Albert Kriemler's work is also of outstanding quality. In the opinion of the jury, this made him the perfect ambassador "Swissness" in design.
Economic and cultural relevance are the features sought after.
In the light of top quality prize-winning work, the innovative effect of design as a business success factor will be reflected.
Interdisciplinary contacts will encourage dialogue between designers and companies.
Support will be provided for new visions, research projects and implementations in keeping with the market, enabling them to achieve breakthrough.
The Design Preis Schweiz both observes and makes an impression on the market, honours outstanding achievements and sees its role as that of giving uncompromising encouragement to adventurous ideas which will create new paths for the future of design.
A total of 330 projects were submitted, of which the nominators selected 36 to present to the panel of judges:
Konstantin Grcic, KGID / Martin Heller, Heller Enterprises / Ascan Mergenthaler, Herzog & de Meuron / Jasper Morrison, London / Lars Müller, Lars Müller Publishers / Eugenio Perazza, Magis / Robb Young, London / Daniel Zehntner, Eclat.
The experts will select the winners for following prize categories:
The award ceremony is to take place in Langenthal on November 6, 2009. At the same time, an exhibition of the prize-winning submissions and other nominated projects will be opened in the new “depot for design” in Langenthal from November 7th to December 20th, 2009. It will then be on display on a international roadshow in 2010.
See the nominations and winners: www.designpreis.ch
Radostar.com has supported the first ever Vienna Design Week Laboratory. This demonstration laboratory took the design process from the office to the public at large. Designers from various disciplines demonstrated the artistic process of their work and put their ideas and drafts on show.
Radostar.com invited Gabriela Chicherio, product designer from Zurich, to participate. She was selected by «Neigungsgruppe Design», the organizers of the Vienna Design Week.
From October 7th to 10th, they presented their «Atelier Couture» project in the VDW Laboratory. This project addresses such questions as:
Textiles normally promise comfort and warmth. But what happens if we take textiles and similar materials out of their normal context? What happens if we use them for structural purposes, for creating structures? What happens if we transfer normal processing methods to other materials?
|best internet application
Richard Vijgen, Thomas Kopperschlaeger
Atelier LaDurance, promotionele Japanse Denim-verpakking
Boy Bastiaens - Stormhand
|best interaction design
Rijkswaterstaat LEF Future Center
Richard Vijgen, Thomas Kopperschlaeger
|best integrated brand communication
La Bolleur, Timon van der Hijden, Zowie Jannink, Steie van Vugt
|best motion design
The Big Bank Theory
Postma Graphics & Motion
|best graphic design
|best corporate identity
11e Architectuur biënnale in Venetië
|best product mobility
|best product autonomous design
Studio Maarten Baas
|best consumer product
|best product fashion, jewellery & accessories
Mummification Herfst Winter 2009/2010
Iris van Herpen
|best product industrial
|best product living
|best private interior
Doepel Strijkers Architects i.s.m. LEX-Architecten
|best interior commercial
Bureau Ira Koers
|best public exterior
High Tech Campus
Juurlink [+] Geluk
|best interior cultural
Merry-go-round coat rack
Studio Wieki Somers
|best product public space
Urban Alliance, Jasper Klinkhamer (Studio Klink), Remco Wilcke (CUBE architect), Hans van Helden en Matthijs ten Berge (illuminate Outdoor Media), Matthias Oostrik
|best autonomous spatial design
For more information check www.dutchdesignawards.nl
100% Design Shanghai and IHDD 2009 kicked off with points of light,
part of a major installation by CRYSTALLIZED - Swarovsky Elements
DESIGNED IN CHINA: The Rado Young Design Prize
announced its two Grand Prize winners
Notable speakers this year include Alan Chan, Tony Chi,
Bertjan Pot and Barber Osgerby, who delivered the keynote talk
Shanghai, Oct. 15-17, 2009 - This year, organized by Reed Exhibitions, 100% Design Shanghai and International Home Décor & Design (IHDD) unveiled another stunning and dramatic entrance hall, an illuminated crystal matrix. Designed by Tobias Wong and Aric Chen, the creative directors of 100% Design Shanghai and sponsored by CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements, the concept, Points of Light, was built upon last year’s inaugural installation, which featured an empty grid of bamboo scaffolding and served as a metaphor for the emerging potential of contemporary Chinese design. The crystal matrix was imagining the void as the Points of Light by which contemporary Chinese design is beginning to materialize.
The exhibition also staged the launch of a major program, “DESIGNED IN CHINA: The Rado Young Design Prize”. In this competition, made possible thanks to the support of Rado, two Grand Prize Winners were selected by an international panel of jury [Yves Behar; chief designer and founder, fuseproject (San Francisco) -- Giulio Cappellini; creative director, Cappellini (Milan) -- Rossana Hu; founding partner, Neri & Hu Design and Research Office and Design Republic (Shanghai) -- Jiang Li; associate professor, Schoot of Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) -- Lyndon Neri; founding partner, Neri & Hu Design and Research Office and Design Republic (Shanghai) -- Alasdhair Willis; CEO, Established & Sons (London) -- Shaway Yeh; editorial director (lifestyle), Modern Weekly (Shanghai)].
|Shen Qianqian, with her piece the DIY Bench|
|Bao Zhang and Hu Lingling, with their design, the Solarium Clock|
Both winners are from the Student’s Category and their designs were recognized for the originality and creativity of their approach and for their choice and treatment of materials.
Internationally known designers also made their appearance at the three-day conference during the exhibition. Alan Chan kicked off the Conference program with his topic 100% Life, 100% Design. Tony Chi, whose projects in Shanghai include the Park Hyatt Shanghai and Yé Shanghai Restaurant also shared his experiences in hospitality design. Dutch DFA presented Bertjan Pot, a Dutch designer behind notable products from Moooi, Arco and Montis.The Keynote Talk was delivered this year by the design duo of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who are known for their fluent and reserved design style, and innovation with materials and technology.
As partner of Lodz Design Festival the organizers chose the winner of the Rado Young Design Prize and awarded it to the upcoming designer Jakub Sobiepanek at the opening party on Thursday, Octobre 15th. He received a Ceramica Chronograph for his project "The Lace Table", a modern and unique design interpretation of a daily object.
The design community radostar.com was introduced in Poland at the Lodz Design Festival and embraced by the polish designers and young talents. The profiles of Rado Young Design Prize winner Jakub Sobiepanek and other polish talents are a highly appreciated completion to the international platform of radostar.com.
Designer Jasper Morrison visited the Vienna Design Week 2009 on October 1st.
He attended the Rado Store Vienna with it's Tape Installation by local designers For Use/Numen. It inspired him to sign the blue chair of the Rado Store Vienna, which every partner of Vienna Design Week displays.
The Audi Design Award is the public award of the Dutch Design Awards. The selection committee, headed by Floris van Bommel, for the Audi Design Awards selects from all entries six designs that score high in terms of innovation, emotional perception, contemporary look & feel, styling in material and use of colour, originality, sustainability, functionality, user-friendliness, ergonomics, and safety.
The public determines the winner of the Audi Design Award through online voting via www.dutchdesignawards.nl. The name of the winner will be announced during the Award Show on October 17th. Audi Netherlands has initiated and adopted this award because they recognize the role of innovative design more than any other car brand. It is fort hat reason that design has been at the base of the brand for more than one hundred years.
This year's finalists are (in random order):
Rado Young Designer Award - High calibre finalists
Nominated for the originality and creativity of their approach and for their choice and treatment of materials, three candidates have been selected unanimously by a panel of experts in order to receive the Rado Young Designer Award.
In no particular order, they are:
Envisaging the future in a new light. Because of the inherent passion which comes with youth and the ability to use this to their advantage with their talent and look to the future, one of these three finalists will receive an amount of EURO 10,000 as well as communication and marketing support from Rado. Introduced during the 2008 Dutch Design Awards, this prize enables the watch brand to reaffirm its credibility and renew its support for the creation of tomorrow’s world.
The Award Show will take place on October 17 in Eindhoven.
For further information visit www.dutchdesignawards.nl.
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