What’s On: Tokyo Designers Week

During an inspiring trip to Tokyo this week, our Editor’s managed to stop by Tokyo Designers Week – Japan’s largest design and interiors event, held each year in Meiji Jingu Gaien Gardens, in the Shibuya area of the city. This year, the fair incorporated a lively program music and performance, as well as workshops and an awards show, making the 2013 ...
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New Luxuries: Droog in Russia

A new exhibition in Russia by Dutch design collective Droog hopes to challenge and reconsider current ideas on luxury. Droog's All in One carpet is "reconfigurable" to fit any room size While the term “luxury” is often associated with precious and ostentatious materials and timely handicraft, Droog believe that an object’s functionality and meaning should also be considered when valuing an object. Entitled ...
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Future Talent: “Art Cities of the Future” by Phaidon

An exciting new book by British publishing house, Phaidon explores twelve emerging global cities to keep an eye on in terms of contemporary art. Entitled Art Cities of the Future, this weighty hardback looks at a number of photographers, sculptors, installation, video and performance artists, from cities including Beirut, Istanbul, Bogotá, Delhi, Johannesburg, Lagos, Seoul and Singapore that are currently impacting ...
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Art as Life: A Night at the Bauhaus

Fans of Germany’s most famous design school - the Bauhaus - can now stay in former student lodgings, in the city of Dessau-Roßlau. The renovated building, completed in 1926, comprises 20 separate, basic flats, with communal showers and restrooms throughout the hallway - in keeping with the movement’s functional and minimalist style. According to the Bauhaus website, some rooms have been redesigned ...
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Visual Review: Triptease Travel App

Like the Tourisms website featured earlier this year, Triptease is a new kind of travel review app that puts personal photography at the heart of the reviews. Developed by former social media expert, Charlie Osmond, Triptease is a social and visual antidote to the text-heavy review sites currently available online. Users are invited to create a profile, and then upload a photo ...
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Blue Sky Thinking: Daan Roosegaarde’s Smog Vacuum Cleaner for Beijing

We’re very intrigued by Dutch designer, Dan Roosegaarde’s latest project proposal for an electronic vacuum cleaner that could tackle Beijing’s excess smog problem. Inspired by the veil of thick smog that notoriously blankets the city most days, Roosegaarde is currently in talks with Beijing’s mayor, Guo Jinlong, to create a public park to introduce and showcase the technology. So far a ...
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Dutch Design Week 2013 in Eindhoven

Stylesight flew to Eindhoven for the first weekend of Dutch Design Week 2013, with high hopes for inspiration and fresh air - and we weren't disappointed. The city welcomed us with sunshine, and we were among the first visitors to set foot into the ever-elegant Witte Dame for the Design Academy Graduation Show. This year the direction was highly conceptual with ...
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Emerging Art Talent: New Sensations at Victoria House & Frieze

In conjunction with Frieze London this year, the New Sensations exhibition has opened at Victoria House, showcasing the best graduating art talent from across the UK and Ireland. Shortlisted for this year’s prize are finalists Michal Baror from the prestigious Royal College of Art, Glenn Kennedy and Rosie O’Grady from Glasgow School of Art, and Jack Stanton, a graduate of The ...
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Luxury Car: Thom Browne for Infiniti Q50 and Gilt

American fashion designer Thom Browne has turned his hand to automotive design, recently custom designing the Q50 model for Japanese car brand, Infiniti. The collaboration is in partnership with online luxury retailer, Gilt.com, and will see a limited number of the “luxury-class sedan” available for purchase via Gilt in December this year. The car itself features a mirrored-chrome exterior body, while the ...
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What’s On: The Wool School for Wool Week 2013

The brilliant Wool Week initiative returns to the UK for a third year on Monday, and with the crisp chill of late autumn already in the air, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this dynamic and resourceful material in a week-long program of events and installations across London. On Monday, Stylesight will be attending the Wool School event at The ...
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New Balance: Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton & The School of Life

Writer, philosopher and founder of The School of Life, Alain de Botton has just published his latest book, Art as Therapy - a self-help guide that explores the ways art and culture can help us to re-balance our psyche. Exploring the purpose of art, Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong, examine the ways art can be used as a ...
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Clever Dining: BIOMAT Restaurant at Vienna Design Week 2013

Food waste has been a hot topic among designers for years, and we’ve seen a slew of projects crop up in recent months endeavoring to tackle this global issue, such as the online community Foodsharing, in Germany, and the Wikicells edible packaging concept. Previewed during Vienna Design Week earlier this month, BIOMAT by product designer Vera Wiedermann, was a concept restaurant ...
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World Architecture Festival: Australian Garden Wins World Landscape of the Year 2013

A botanical garden just outside of Melbourne in Australia has been awarded with the World Landscape of the Year title during this year’s World Architecture Festival in Singapore. The Australia Garden, designed by practice Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson, landscape designer and plant expert, features over “170,000 plants across 1700 species,” according to Dezeen, and takes inspiration from Australia’s vast, bio-diverse and mostly ...
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What’s On: Wallpaper* Handmade and Jaguar at Harrods

Last week our London team attended the opening of the Wallpaper* Handmade satellite exhibition at Harrods in London – an epic window display created in collaboration with iconic British car brand, Jaguar. On display until October 22, the installation comprises over 80 “handmade” pieces by some of the world’s most revered contemporary brands and designers, including Konstantin Grcic, Hermes, Brioni, Sou ...
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We love… Alex Chinneck’s Sliding House Facade

Bringing a bit of humor and sunshine to the UK office this Friday afternoon is artist and designer, Alex Chinneck’s latest installation - a house facade that appears to be sliding down into its own front garden. Entitled "From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes," Chinneck’s artwork adorns a formerly abandoned house in the Cliftonville area ...
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