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updated August 15, 2017

flagQ&A

North Carolina-based Sustainable Furnishings Council promotes a What's it made of? questionnaire professionals can use to ask suppliers about flame-retardant chemicals, fluorinated stain treatments, antimicrobials, vinyl and VOCs (including formaldehyde).

flagCradle creation

Fabricated from a single sheet of recycled polypropylene, the Plano Chair won the Cradle Product Design Challenge for Netherlands-based design studio Brandes en Meurs.

flagChair copyright

IPKat blog posts copyright protection rules for minimalist furniture that resulted from a recent court decision about Swiss artist and industrial designer Max Bill's work.

flagBest of CA

Toronto's Design Exchange sponsors an Emerging Designer competition open to Canadians ages 18 to 35. Deadline September 1.

flagDesign displayed

Located in several converted industrial spaces, the London Design Fair brings together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries, including over 300 independent designers and studios. September 21-24.

flagVancouver makes

Online magazine The Tyee reports on Vancouver's "Space," a coworking studio for industrial designers.

flagNorth now

Toronto's Design Exchange sponsors Northern Touch, an exhibit of products few consumers would recognize as Canadian designs.

flagPure talent

imm cologne 2018 hosts Pure Talents, a competition for young designers worldwide. Deadline 22 September.

flagPly presented

The Spectator reviews the Victoria and Albert museum's new exhibit, Plywood: Material of the Modern World. Until November 12.

flagflagRebel and poet

Vitra Design Museum celebrates the work of Austro-Italian designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) with the exhibit Ettore Sottsass – Rebel and Poet. Until September 24.

flagEstonia exhibit

Estonia's Tallinn Design Festival includes the work of furniture designers Simo Heikkilä (Finland) and Toivo Raidmets (Estonia).

flagBauhaus online

The Harvard Art Museums provide access to an extensive images database of their Bauhaus furniture collection.

flagDreyfuss data

Chicago-based IA Collaborative initiated a kickstarter campaign to reprint Humanscale, an extensive collection of human factors data Henry Dreyfuss Associates developed in the 1970s.

flagIndaba interview

Design Indaba interviews London-based designer Yinka Ilori, who specializes in up-cycling vintage furniture.

flagMayors map

Skift blog reports how US city mayors plan to develop innovation districts to accelerate urban economic development and catalyze job growth.

flagNude noted

Hosted by Feria Hábitat in Valencia, Spain, salon nude showcases 24 international design practices and design schools.

flagTrees move

A new study, covered by The Atlantic magazine, shows about three-quarters of common eastern American hardwood species shifted their population centre west (and some north) since 1980.

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