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updated October 26, 2020

flagRTA research

This Poznan University of Technology, Poland, report describes seven new engineering designs of RTA fasteners for wood panels.

flagPicnic praised

Canadian Architect reports local designers Nicole Marion and Chris Wiebeone win Winnipeg's 2020 Benchmark international design competition with their "humble picnic table."

flag flagTMW applied

The Bowater furniture range from UK-based Jan Hendzel Studio uses the TMW (thermally modified wood) process that darkens the colour of many species, though a recent paper from Duzce University, Turkey, reports bleaching solutions restore TMW's natural colour.

flagTMW properties

TMW (thermally modified wood) producer Westwood Corporation in Macon, Georgia, provides a handbook that lists mechanical and machining properties of their TMW type.

flag100% reused

Dexigner blog reports Italian furniture manufacturer Pedrali developed two chairs using 50 per cent post-consumer plastic waste and 50 per cent industrial plastic waste.

flag flagIn memorium

David Graeber

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.

flagIn memorium

Enzo Mari

Italian design legend Enzo Mari dies one day before his wife, Lea Vergine.

flag3D help

IKEA's ThisAbles project creates solutions for those with special needs and disabilities, including hardware and devices produced using low-cost 3D printers.

flagGreen award

The Berlin-based Green Product Award invites students to submit designs with no submission fees. Deadline: October 31 (students) / November 30 (others).

flagChair stories

Andreu World's Chairpedia comprises a history of chair design told through the "stories" behind 101 examples.

flagFive winners

A number of London's largest train stations, including London Bridge and Victoria, display the five winning entries of the 2019 London Festival of Architecture and Network Rail best benches competition.

flagFuture forests

Composite screen shot of Cam Brewer and Herb Hammond

Cam Brewer interviews ecoforester Herb Hammond, who points out that for every tree cut at BC's Harrop Proctor Community Forest "there's five to seven times the number of jobs produced compared to a tree cut in industrial forestry." (32:30)

flagData for design

The updated Visual Arts Data Service VADS lists over 370 examples of UK and international seating design.

flagBudapest scene

We Love Budapest website reviews the Design Without Borders exhibition at the Kiscelli Museum. Until November 15.

flagPrime for pellets?

The Narwal reports the Pacific BioEnergy plant in Prince George, BC, received permits to log prime old-growth forest in Lheidli T’enneh First Nation territory for possible use as low-value-added wood pellets.

flagShop and save

The Local reports on Ikea's initial second-hand store located at ReTuna, the world's first recycling shopping centre in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

flagRSA rewards

The UK's Royal Society for Arts sponsors A New Leaf, a £2,000 student design award to develop products that sustainably use local woodland resources. Deadline: March 10.

flagPost-war work

Gallery signage for exhibit

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

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