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From galleries to studio to shops, Toronto Design Office Festival (or TO DO) is being celebrated throughout the city of Toronto this weekend.

The Festival kicked-off  earlier this week on January 18th and will continue until Sunday, January 24th.  A number of must-see events include the work of Japanese contemporary design Oji Masanori, one of Japan’s most internationally recognized designers, as well as a glimpse of future Toronto talent to come with Sheridan’s graduate Exhibition from their Craft and Design Furniture Program.

Oji Masanori Exhibiton
Oji Masanori Exhibiton
Sheridan College Furniture Craft and Design Exhibition
Sheridan College Furniture Craft and Design Exhibition

Other highlights include the Outside the Box event, featuring designers from 9 different North American who have filled standard banker’s boxes with items representing the design scene in their city – be it Seattle, Halifax, Chicago, New York or Edmonton.

There are also numerous interactive events taking place including the TO DO Talks Symposium this Saturday, January 23 (2:00-6:00 PM ) entitled: Do Good, Do Design, Do Things That Matter.  Here, multidisciplinary experts discuss how to get people thinking about how the world is made around them, where design not only ‘fits in,’ but also makes a difference.

TO DO Talks Symposium
TO DO Talks Symposium

And of course, where there is design and collaboration, there’s lots of fun. Some highlight from TO DO events this week below .

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TO DO 2016

 

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TO DO 2016

 

 

 

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In the past 10 years, the average Toronto condominium size has shrunk by over 100 square feet, a phenomena seen around the world as more than half the world’s population is now living in urban centres where real estate is expensive and space limited.

As the average urban dweller’s home becomes smaller and smaller, design needs to be smarter. In partnership with Umbra, the Umbra + TO DO Compact Living Product exhibition explores original house ware prototypes for contemporary compact living.

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By Char Kennedy

 

This exciting and dynamic exhibition features the work of a dozen contemporary Canadian designers who are striving to make compact living exceptional. The exhibit is on through January 24th, 2016 at the Umbra Store, 165 John Street, Toronto. You can find the full details here.

Designers featured in this exhibition include include Castor, Chifen Cheng, Liz Eeuwes, Fugitive Glue, Char Kennedy, Mercury Bureau, Oscar Kwong, Geof Ramsay, Six Point Un, Ange-line Tetrault, and TOMA. Some highlights below:

Angeline Tetrault
Ange-line Tetrault 
Oscar Kwong
Oscar Kwong

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Lyn Carter’s evocative textile exhibition the ‘11th Line’ is one of the over 80 events and exhibits being presented as part of this year’s edition of Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TODO), January 18-24, 2016. The ‘11th Line’ exhibition is on show at the Textile Museum of Canada.

Lyn Carter and Sigrún Hardardóttir | Refrain | 2014-15 (Video)
Lyn Carter and Sigrún Hardardóttir | Refrain | 2014-15 (Video)

The ‘11th Line’ title comes from name of the rural road where artist Lyn Carter lives and works. This exhibition explores one of the most fundamental elements – the stripe – and its graphic relationship to landscape, evoking horizon lines, road grids and furrowed fields. Integrating historical artifacts from the Textile Museum of Canada’s international collection that highlight the complex spatial organization of lines, bands and stripes, the artist’s highly crafted sewn sculptures, drawings on paper, video and digitally printed fabric are poetic translations of the rhythms and patterns of personal space and vernacular architectures that are part of daily experience.

Location: Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue
Time: Daily from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
See website for admission fees.
More information here.

Lyn Carter, Field (2015) Digitally printed synthetic poplin and wood
Lyn Carter, Field (2015) Digitally printed synthetic poplin and wood

 

Lyn Carter | Drawing #6 (Stand) 2015 Charcoal drawing/digital print on fabric
Lyn Carter | Drawing #6 (Stand) 2015
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A screening of the sweeping visual narrative ‘Strange & Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island’ will take place Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (6:30-8:30 PM) at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (January 18-24, 2016). This hour-long documentary captures the spirit of living and designing on the edge through the story of a striking architecture project on Fogo Island, Newfoundland.

Fogo Island is famed for its bold artist's studios
Fogo Island is famed for its bold artist’s studios

Though sparsely populated, the rugged coast of Fogo Island, Newfoundland is home to a world-class architectural project comprising four bold artist’s studios and the 26-room Fogo Island Inn. Designed by Norway-based Canadian architect Todd Saunders, this architectural project not only resonates with Fogo Island locals and visitors alike, but has also attracted worldwide interest and acclaim from architecture fans and critics.

The hour-long documentary unfolds over the construction of the Fogo Island Inn, capturing both the beautiful landscape and exceptional architecture. Both architect Todd Saunders and Zita Cobb of project initiator the Shorefast Foundation on Fogo Island, Newfoundland are featured.

Producer/director Katherine Knight and producer David Craig will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the screening.

Location: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM

More information here.

The film captures the construction of the Fogo Island Inn
The film captures the construction of the Fogo Island Inn

 

 

 

 

Strange & Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island

Toronto Design Offsite Festival, or TO DO as it is nicknamed, is an annual city-wide Fesitval for design in Toronto. As a Festival, design comes out of the studio and into the city, transforming the Toronto’s downtown into a hub for all things design. There are over 80 events and exhibitions across the city, so TO DO feels like it is everywhere! Plus, almost all these events and exhibitions are free to the public.

Below are some event highlights as well as an interview with TO DO Creative Director Deborah Wang, who tells us more about this inspiring event:

Archello: What are some of this year’s emerging trends or themes? Which projects stand out to you?

Deborah Wang: A lot of this year’s projects and works are unexpected and bold. We’ve observed a lot of pattern and colour, as well a focus on plant-matter. There are also works that address the state of living in an urban centre. Although we have a lot of space compared to major Asian cities, we are starting to live in more compact spaces, where furniture and objects that are multi-functional are increasingly valued. Another continued trend is the focus on what’s made (or can be made) in Toronto with our natural resources and capabilities.

Archello: What is unique about TO DO as an event?

DW: What’s unique about us is that we are created and run by designers; we are city-wide; and we are community-based. What you can experience at TO DO is diverse. From different kinds of objects and installations, from new designers to establishes one, from Toronto-based to Canada-wide and beyond, we aspire to offer a broad range of programming and engage a wide audience of designers and design-lovers.

Archello: What is unique about Canadian design and in your opinion resonates on a more global level?

DW: This is difficult to define. Canadian design is inspired by our landscape and history, but also informed by Canada’s diversity – especially in Toronto! Canadian design is also a bit modest. Maybe this comes from how we are known globally as a polite country. This doesn’t necessary mean there is a certain Canadian style, although there are definitely works that cohere as something similar to Scandinavian design. Perhaps this is more of a Canadian outlook or sensibility that is less overt aesthetically.

Archello: Which themes/trends from this year’s event do you anticipate seeing more of in the coming year?

DW: The trend towards “the local” we think will be more and more prevalent and important, as will our focus on how to live with less.

To explore more about this inspiring event and explored a detailed program, visit TO DO’s website. We’ve highlighted some of the events below.

Lyn Carter: 11th Line
Lyn Carter: 11th Line

 

'Outside the Box'
‘Outside the Box’

 

Sheridan College Furniture Craft and Design Exhibition
Sheridan College Furniture Craft and Design Exhibition

 

Strange & Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island
Strange & Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island

 

 

 

 

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THE BEST OF IIDEXCANADA

Archello was pleasant to be there introducing Archello Canada with already the largest Canadian project and product guides for the Canadian architecture and design industry. From the hometown of Archello, Toronto we bring the best of IIDEXCanada 2015.

Between all sophisticated brands we spotted Interface, Lauzon Flooring, Panda Windows & Doors, Rulon Internationals and many more.

A SELECTION OF THE BEST PICKS FROM IIDEXCANADA

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Feel free to check more here.

THE BEST OF GREENBUILD WASHINGTON

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Greenbuild is the premier event for sustainable building. Attending the event we have seen green, innovative, smart products, new strategies and technologies reinventing the future and the building industry with more creative angle into sustainability.

A SELECTION OF THE BEST PICKS FROM GREENBUILDING WASHINGTON

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ShadeLoc by Mechosystems

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BabyLED by USAI Lighting

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THE BEST OF ARCHITECT@WORK MILANO

c7047709-85af-4a06-97b3-ed45409676c6The very first edition of ARCHITECT@WORK Milano was a big hit. This year Archello joined forces again to experience an exciting event heavily attended by architects, interior architects and industry specifiers.

During the event high profile brands presented their novelties to all visitors that were gathered together for two successful days. Among them were brands like Villeroy & Bosch, Renson, Euramax, Interface and many more.

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THE BEST OF ARCHITECT@WORK PARIS

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The French edition of ARCHITECT@WORK was a nice experience to be part of. This year Archello visited the event again to see trending products and meet with architects, interior architects and industry specifiers. Meeting industry peers during the event Archello picked up innovative novelties from Mosa and Object Carpets.

A SELECTION OF THE BEST PRODUCTS FROM ARCHITECT@WORK PARIS

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN JANUARY, 2016

Toronto Offsite Design, Toronto

Interior Design Show, Toronto

IMM Cologne, Cologne

Material  Xperience, Rotterdam

ARCHITECT@WORK, London

Shall we meet for a coffee on one of the upcoming events? For appointments you can email us at service@archello.com with subject line of the event you want to meet at or give us a direct call at 1-647-550-1863 for North America and +31 (0) 69 93 055 for Europe.

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From top shows in Toronto, Singapore and Dubai to the ones in Milan, Archello presents a unique selection of high profile events in the architecture and design industry worth attending in 2016.

January

# Interior Design Show Toronto

January 18 – 24, 2016
Toronto, Canada During one three-day weekend each January, the Interior Design Show shapes the industry for the year to come – in North America and beyond. The 18th edition of Canada’s design fair celebrates leading brands, innovative speakers and rising local talents. Look for spotlights on Canadian-made products and small-batch designers, as well as Nichetto Studio’s never-before-seen exploration of urban dwellings and International Guest of Honour Wanda Jelmini’s Missoni retrospective.

Visit: http://www.interiordesignshow.com

# Toronto Offsite Design Festival

January 18 – 24, 2016
Toronto, CanadaThe Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is an annual city-wide platform for the exhibition and engagement of independent design in Toronto, showcasing unexpected prototypes, immersive installations, and unique programming, January 18-24, 2016. TO DO is an annual festival that celebrates the unique diversity of Canada’s energetic design scene. TO DO provides exposure for the country’s most promising designers and introduces the public to the practice of design with events featuring great thinkers, practitioners and educators. The not-for-profit festival attracts the international community to Toronto for one design-filled week of discovery every January.

Visit: http://todesignoffsite.com

#IMM Cologne

18 -24 January
Cologne, Germany The imm cologne isn’t just the very first interior design show of the year, it’s the first choice for renowned international exhibitors and decision-making professional visitors from all over the world as well. The imm cologne showcases inspiring interior design ideas for trendsetters and provides markets with new impetus. And the major innovation drivers, market leaders and brands will be there.

Visit: http://www.imm-cologne.com/

#Material Xperience

January 27 & 29
Rotterdam, the Netherlands Material Xperience, the yearly materials event for architects and other creative professionals, will take place from Wednesday, January 27th to Friday, January 29th, 2016. The theme of this upcoming edition will be ‘The Future is Here.’

‘The Future is Here’ will be presented in three themes: New Techniques, New Materials and New Energy Sources. Digital technology is a true evolution in the fields of design, manufacturing, distribution, maintenance and recycling. 3D printing, CNC milling, robotized folding/stacking/weaving and new building techniques offer exciting opportunities for a new language of form, materialization and ornament. Another development is the circular economy, where renewable resources and the recycling of plastics and minerals play a major role. There is also considerable development in the area of low-energy materials from microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria and algae, along with various residual materials coming from the agriculture and forestry industries. In addition, the latest innovations from the fields of energy generation and conservation will be presented. In short, there will be plenty to experience, discover, discuss, share and find in this edition of Material Xperience!

Visit: http://www.archello.com/en/event/material-xperience-2016-%E2%80%98-future-here%E2%80%99

February


# Surface Design Show

February 9 – 11, 2016
London, UK Surface Design Show is the place to find new and innovative surface solutions, materials and products. The show features the latest materials and products from over 130 exhibitors. The show gives you the unique opportunity to meet buyers working on both commercial and residential projects who are actively trying to source new, cutting edge and inspiring materials for their live projects.

Visit: http://www.surfacedesignshow.com

#IDF OMAN

February 15 – 17, 2016
Muscat, Oman Oman’s continuous development in the construction and the real estate sector, has witnessed the launch of numerous commercial, residential & tourism projects, thus creating a demand for interior & outdoor design, décor & furnishings. IDF Oman has created and extended a perfect platform for visitors to network with exhibitors showcasing advanced solutions and innovative products and services. The exhibition focuses on accessories, art, bathroom, building material, décor, furniture and furnishings, interior design, kitchen, lightings, luxury lifestyle, surfaces & finishes, textiles and carpets, commercial interiors and fit out, outdoor design & build, renovation, vastu & fengshui to compliment the on-going construction of major infrastructure projects in the Sultanate, making the exhibition a ‘One Stop Solution’. The key objective of the event is to create a platform to showcase products and services, to meet the growing demand, by bringing together all leading companies in the industry.

Visit: http://www.archello.com/en/event/idf-oman-2016

March


# Maison et Objet Asia

March 8 – 11, 2016
Singapore MAISON&OBJET ASIA chose Singapore, a strategic hub for the Asean region, to provide uncommon visibility for companies wishing to access the exclusive territories of New Luxury. The city-state itself is the gateway to the future of the upscale art of living. It is an exceptional showcase and a growth driver for companies wishing to benefit from the tremendous opportunities offered by the ebullience of Asian economies. The new annual trade event MAISON&OBJET ASIA provides effective solutions to customers in search of excellence and uniqueness. Some 272 European and Asian exhibitors inaugurated the Singapore with a high-level event, showcased across 6 000 m². The high-level talks at the Interior Design and Lifestyle Summit and its exceptional speakers thrilled over 3,500 participants.

The offer mesmerized ultra-qualified visitors. Within the prestigious Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, from March 10 to 13, 2014, the first session demonstrated the relevance and effectiveness of MAISON&OBJET’s strategy of international expansion. With a flow of nearly 14,000 local and international visitors, including buyers and specifiers, MAISON&OBJET ASIA as a trade platform has risen to its promise.

Visit: http://www.maison-objet.com/en/asia

April

# Feicon Batimat

April 12 – 16, 2016
Sao Paulo, Brazil FEICON BATIMAT is a benchmark event in Latin America’s civil construction industry. The ideal meeting for major brands to generate business with their main resellers and distributors to introduce launches, products and new technologies. In parallel with the event, the FEICON BATIMAT CONFERENCE will take place, promoting seminars for major organizations and reference companies, in addition to gathering internationally and nationally renowned professionals for technical talks, lectures, debate panels and case studies.

Visit: http://www.archello.com/en/event/feicon-batimat-2016

# Salone del Mobile

April 12 – 17, 2016
Milan, Italy The Salone del Mobile is the global benchmark for the Home Furnishing Sector. An invaluable tool for the industry as well as an ongoing, quite extraordinary promotional vehicle. The Salone made its first appearance in 1961, designed to promote Italian furniture and furnishing accessories on the export market, and it has continued to do so impeccably, ensuring that the quality of Italian furniture is known to all four corners of the earth, and continues so to do, with half of all its visitors coming from around the world. After the success of the 2015 edition – attended by 310,840 visitors – the Salone Internazionale del Mobile is reconfirmed as the acknowledged exclusive showcase for the latest in furnishing, with a vast range of top quality products in every conceivable style.

The next edition will be held from 12 to 17 April 2016.

Visit: http://salonemilano.it/it-it/

# Ventura Lambrate

April 14 – 19, 2016
Milan, Italy Ventura Lambrate 2016 will take place from 12th to 16th April during the Milan Design week. Six editions on and still going strong.

Visit: http://www.venturaprojects.com/

May


# ICFF

May 14 – 17, 2016
New York, USA ICFF features what’s best and what’s next in contemporary design, luxury interiors and high end furniture. Extraordinary styles by top international furniture brands and emerging new talent highlight unique furnishings, seating, wall covering, carpeting, accessories, lighting, kitchen, bath, outdoor furniture and more.

The North American platform for International design, ICFF takes over the Jacob K. Javits Center May 14-17, 2016, to present you with an array of exclusive custom international furniture, unique materials, high end kitchen and bath designs, novel concepts in residential, commercial and hospitality space lighting, luxury stone and wood custom flooring to apply to your next design challenge.

Architects, interior designers and developers will find singular designs and custom concepts perfect for residential, hospitality or commercial projects. Designers of better retail environments will discover materials, wall coverings, accessories and lighting that will combine to deliver that sought after high end effect.

 Visit: http://www.icff.com/

June

# NeoCon

June 15 – 17, 2016
Chicago, USA NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, taking place at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago since 1969. NeoCon today remains the premier platform for connecting, learning and doing business in the industry. The three-day event attracts nearly 50,000 design professionals and showcases more than 700 leading companies. With over 1 million square feet of exhibition space, the show launches thousands of new products and covers a spectrum of vertical markets including Workplace, Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail, Environmental, Government and Education. The exhibition is complemented by first-class educational programming featuring over 100 accredited seminars, association forums, keynote presentations and special events.

Visit: http://www.archello.com/en/event/neocon-2015

 

# Media Architecture Biennale

02 – 04 June, 2016
Sydney, Australia In 2016 the International Media Architecture Biennale (MAB’16) will take place in Sydney Australia at the brand new cultural precinct The Concourse, designed by multi-award-winning Australian architects fjmt. MAB’16 is presented in conjunction with Vivid Sydney and the International Conference on Designing Interactive Systems DIS 16 at QUT in Brisbane.

Visit: http://mab16.mediaarchitecture.org/

September

#Designjunction

September 22 – 26, 2016
London, UK
designjunction2015 welcomed a record breaking 26,000 visitors through the doors over 5 days during the London Design Festival. With more than 180 cutting-edge brands and shops, a host of striking installations, 10 mouth-watering eateries and flash factories across two Central London locations, designjunction2015 was the most ambitious, challenging and successful edition to date. Join designjunction2016 during 22- 26 September, 2016 in London to experience amazing design.

Visit: http://thedesignjunction.co.uk/london/

October


# Kortrijk Biennale

October 14 – 23, 2016                                                                                       Kortrijk, Belgium The preparations for the 25th Silver edition of the international Biennale INTERIEUR 2016 are in full swing. Join Kortrijk Biennale in October 2016.

Visit: http://www.interieur.be/

# UK Construction week

October 18 – 20, 2016
Birmingham, UKBringing together nine shows under one roof, UK Construction Week is the biggest construction trade event the UK has seen in years. Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 18 – 20 October 2016 the event unites over 1,000 exhibitors with an audience of over 55,000 visitors. The show is organised by Media 10, the UK’s biggest design and build event company, and celebrated its very first edition in 2015.

Visit: http://www.ukconstructionweek.com

# Orgatec

October 25 – 29, 2016
Cologne,  Germany How do we live and work today? What will our working environment look like in the future? What kind of environment do we need to fully unleash our creativity and tap our potential? As the industry’s leading international trade fair for modern working environments, ORGATEC presents the whole world of work. And that means it encompasses everything which contributes to the perfect interplay between work environment, work processes and working culture and actually makes creative ideas for the future possible.

You can look forward to new perspectives, inspiring concepts and market-leading solutions relating to all aspects of work.

Visit: http://www.orgatec.com/ORGATEC/index-2.php

November


# WAF

November 2016
Singapore In a truly unique format, keynote talks from the industry’s leading lights sit alongside crit presentations and judging of over 350 WAF award finalists, live judging and discussion. Learn more about the WAF delegate packages available to you. More than 2,200 architects from 60 countries attend WAF each year.

Visit: https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/

# Batimat

November 2 – 6, 2016
Paris, France In only 5 days, maximise your sales effectiveness in Batimat!

BATIMAT is the international show in the building industry. All the decision makers meet the contractors to choose their partners and find products/services for the buildings of today and tomorrow.

Visit: http://www.batimat.com/site/GB,C7481,I7481.htm

December

# IIDEX Canada  

December 2 – 3, 2016
Canada IIDEXCanada  is Canada’s National Design + Architecture Exposition & Conference and is proudly co-presented by IDC, Interior Designers of Canada and RAIC, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.  The annual show focuses on all areas of design including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, residential, education, architecture, landscape architecture, lighting and sustainability, wellness and accessibility.

Visit: http://www.iidexcanada.com

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Find out what is new for 2016!

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A few weeks ago archello visited global design event ICFF 2015. In New York we were lucky enough to sit down with leading designer Tom Dixon and design director Koray Malhan from Koleksiyon. We asked them about current changes in the profession and inspiration and their design process.

Tom Dixon, founder Tom Dixon

Archello: I’m interested in your choices in materiality and use of technology, what’s behind the product. I find it very interesting how you’re so precise and yet organic at the same time. How do you manage this?

Tom Dixon: That’s the biggest compliment I have had all year! My interest has always been making things, and I don’t make as much distinction between hand-made and heavily engineered as most other people do. I think it’s converging a lot right now anyway. From the influence’s perspective whether it is nature, sculpture or engineering, they’re all valid in my eyes, and I try to put them together, to make some kind of cohesive whole.

A: To me when I look at your work from the outside I think it has a personal approach, it has emotion in it, it has a craft sort of vernacular about it, but on the other hand it looks like perhaps technology is assisting you. Do you design by hand or computer?

TD: The thing that is changing now is the manufacturing industry rather than materials. The proximity of the designer to the more extraordinary high-tech engineering or heavy industry tools have now become miniaturized or digitized. It is changing irreversibly, the way that people are able to make stuff. Up till even 5 years ago the drift of American and British manufacturing to low labour economies seemed unstoppable. I can see the beginnings of a new industrial revolution, which is deconstructed all over the world and accessible to designers in a way that hasn’t been possible for hundreds of years.

What interests me in the idea of craft or industrial activity is that when I observe the people that work in my studio on computers, they spend three, eight, five years becoming experts in computers. That’s a craft in itself. I don’t actually see the distinction between an engineer that has learned how to craft an amazing innovative tool for plastics, which also takes ten years of hard craft, and somebody who is really good at wood work.

A: Would you like to share some thoughts with us from your new collection or any new big projects you’re working on?

TD: The hit of Milan was the MELT lamp, which is the fruit of five years of experimenting. For a long time I’ve been trying to crush these glass balls. They were so beautiful as kind of unique objects that I tried to sell them as more expensive objects. Unfortunately, in the crushing process the metallization gets damaged and because you can’t control the crushing, you can’t really put the light in the correct position. So I abandoned that project.

Last year I tripped over an interesting mold in a plastic factory, which was a white wobbly globe and I thought we’d have a go working with this one. Turns out it belongs to the girls from Front, the Swedish innovative girl brand, and they made it for a park in Stockholm as a one off art project. I just phoned them up and said ‘Allow me to use your molds and I’m gonna make something completely different with it.’ The trick after that was really working on the metallization, to get it to the point where it is semi metalized, like a two-way mirror. In the end we chose a very thin layer – maybe a couple of microns of copper – only metalized two thirds of the way down, so actually the bottom of it is clear, although it doesn’t appear that way. You can just about see when you look at it sideways. The other thing that’s astonishing is that everyone thinks that they’re hand-blown glass in different shapes, but it’s only the angle you’re looking that makes it look different from its neighbour.

Where I’ve been trying for four years to make this kind of unique object, I’ve managed to make an industrially produced object, which I didn’t even have to pay for the mold, by collaborating with some of my friends and produced what I wanted in a much simpler way then I would have been able do on my own. So the big lesson here is banging your head against a brick wall for a long time trying to find a solution, while often the solution is sitting in your back pocket without you even realizing. Sometimes it’s not even design going on, it’s between engineering, luck, and good fortune. But you know, you make your own luck.

Koray Malhan, creative director Koleksiyon

A: I would like to find out what’s your inspiration, talk about materiality, talk about technology, the interface now between the disciplines, art and design culture. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

KM: To start with, my family comes from sociology studies. My mother is a sociologist, my brother, sister. I also studied sociology as well as industrial design and architecture for two years in London. So the way I look at the whole office thing is not furniture, but more the understanding of human relationship with work across thousands of years. How it has changed and evolved.

In history there are two real revolutions that count. One involves society moving from a gathering society into an agrarian society, where families start to settle, and the second one being the industrial revolution. Now we call it the information society, knowledge society, technology society, but the real thing is the way we left our muscle power to the machines during the industrial revolution, now we leave our memory power to the machines. We have set up a digital system, which remembers better than our brain. It has a higher capacity then the human brain and has a higher speed to process information. Now the idea of ‘know how’ is irrelevant. It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t know, we should know, but the whole system already knows. The human power now is needed in creativity.

A: So where does your creative power come from?

KM: My inspiration comes from all other expressions of humanity, from theatre, from music, dance. There’s still so much to understand from what’s the language of the 21st century, how people write and read, how people watch, how people perceive what’s this century’s music as opposed to 19ths century music. When we will understand the structural differences in these linguistic patterns, then the way we design can take a more contemporary shift. The inspiration I think is life. I don’t say people, because this is a limited answer. But life is a more broad universe. Anything can be inspiration, from the cosmos, to the waves, the sun. It’s an endless inspiration but just to really understand the way of the universe, the rules of it, to be a part of it, to help it, to be more friendly with it. Not to overcome nature, but to be a humble part of it. Which we are, but we might sometimes not be aware of.

A: Everything now is recorded, posted, everything’s accessible all the time, everywhere. Do you think that in your own work, in the products that you produce, how do you stay ahead?

KM: The way I look at it, I love this change, because I think this makes things much more democratic. When I go back to the analogy of the music. Before it was recorded, it was for the privileged, it was played for the kings and the church, always the top privileged parts of the society, and they listened and experienced original Beethoven playing in their house in Wien. Nowadays by the time it’s recorded, it’s for everyone, and it’s a much more wider spread. Everyone can experience, can hear it, it’s much more democratic.

I go back and I listen to Beethoven or the sonatas, I listened to his sonatas for the past five years from 14 different pianists, and still if I listen I often discover parts I’ve never heard this part before. How can you listen to music for hundreds of times and still you’re surprised in the hundredth time as if you listening to it for the first time. How can you write music like this in 1802? It’s impossible, there are so many layers, it’s so complex, seems so easy, but it is also so universal. It speaks to everyone doesn’t matter if it’s German music, if it’s Swiss or Indian. Geographically or universally it connects to a cosmic language.

A: What’s your favorite product of everything you’ve designed?

KM: A recent one called Oblivion. It’s named after Astor Piazzolla’s tango, the best tango ever written if you ask me. The product is like a giant bomb in the work place. A huge thing that opens a large space which is not dedicated to a particular thing. It’s 6 meters in the diameter, it’s 4 and a half meters in height and works like a giant pod. It comes in different heights, different widths.

I tried to change this relationship between owning your place or using places. People generally are used to have “my desk, my pedestal, my chair.” If you have less of things that belong to me, and more that belong to us, in a communal way, I think this it is better.  I’ll try to make an example with a city. Imagine a city only with houses which people privately own and 90% is like this, and imagine a city where more than 80% is communal, the parks, the rivers, the lakes, streets, the more communal experience a city has, the richer the city is.

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