news+finds
updated September 14, 2020

flagIn memorium

Terence Conran, the pioneering designer, retailer and restaurateur and creator of the Wish List project, died on September 12, 2020, aged 88.

flagHome help

The American Hardwood Export Council, Benchmark Furniture, and the Design Museum challenge nine international designers to create a table and seating for working from home.

flagDenton designs

Manchester, UK-based Tim Denton designed a flexible furniture collection for use in exhibitions and retail stores.

flagRISD in '48

A scan from the HathiTrust Digital Library shows the catalogue from a modern furniture exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1948.

flagDelusion data

Sanne Blauw's research finds "when people know more facts or have more skills, they have more resources from which to draw when deluding themselves," but a sense of curiosity helps them be more receptive to new information.

flag flagFSC awards

US or Canadian furniture projects that use FSC certified wood are eligible for the FSC Leadership Award. Deadline: September 25.

flagDesign for thinking

MIT mechanical engineer and continuing student, Connie Liu, provides her top seven reasons for design education's importance.

flagIkea investigated

UK's Tribune Magazine investigates the labour practices at Ikea Glasgow.

flagPost-war work

Dexigner blog reviews the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit, Modern in the Making: Post-War Craft and Design in British Columbia. Until January 03.

flagPandemic prototypes

Umbra and DesignTO challenges Canadian designers with the Work/Life prototype contest for solutions to our live-at-work environment during COVID-19. Deadline: September 25.

flagHome work

Traditional office furniture manufactures explain how COVID-19 restrictions increased demand for home office products.

flagPrepac plans

Vancouver-based Prepac Manufacturing Ltd. plans to expand its Ready-to-Assemble furniture line with a new $27.1 million facility in Whitsett, North Carolina.

flagIn memorium

Canadian-American documentary filmmaker and writer, Astra Taylor, compiled these tributes to anthropologist and activist David Graeber, who died September 2, 2020, at the age of 59.

flagMaterials matter

The Correspondent, online platform for "unbreaking news," contributes an article on how materials, like concrete, steel, plastic and fertilizer, shape our world.

flagIkea history

Ikea's museum includes back issues of its catalogue (from the 1950s onward) published for over 70 years in Ă„lmhult, Sweden.

flagAfrican art

Kathleen Meaney's essay in the DesignObserver examines how African motifs and culture influenced Western design development.

flagDutch design

ART VIEW surveys the exhibit, From Thonet to Dutch Design, at Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum. Until March 21.

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