news+finds
updated July 09, 2018

flagYoung designers

imm cologne 2019 hosts Pure Talents, a competition for young designers worldwide. Deadline September 14.

flagKokuyo award

Japan's Kokuyo Awards recognize any stationery, furniture or tool used in working, learning and living scenes. Deadline August 30.

flagChoice chairs

The Frederick Parker Collection at London Metropolitan University holds 220 mostly historic chairs, dating from the reign of Charles II (c.1660) to Jane Atfield's recycled polyethylene side chair (c. 1993).

flag flagTariff tangles

Furniture Today reports Canada plans retaliatory tariffs on some US furniture in response to the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum.

flagPremier panel

The website of Austrian panel manufacturer ALFA shows how Thonet and other furniture manufactures used the company's solid three-layer wood panels.

flagHida award

The federation of furniture manufactures in Hida-Takayama, Japan, sponsors a design competition to use local lumber. Deadline July 20.

flagPlastics problem

This Scientific American article argues corporate lobbyists and poor government regulation created the plastic pollution crisis, not the individual consumer.

flagBorn to create

In this UK Guardian article Tham Khai Meng contends "everyone is born creative, but it is educated out of us at school."

flagTransat transaction

On June 20 an Eileen Gray transat armchair sold at Christie's New York auction for a record $1,596,500 US.

flagBig box bandits

Curbed blog investigates if Walmart sells knock-offs of classic mid-century modern furniture.

flagGuild gold

Wallpaper* magazine reports on 12 designs recently awarded the UK's Design Guild Mark for British furniture innovation, including Ernest Race's 1950 Antelope chair.

flagDesign decisions

The UK's Design Council publishes The Design Economy 2018, a report on design's vlaue in a wide variety of industries.

flagThree on form

A 24-page pdf essay by Ingrid Moortgat, University of Leuven, Belgium, explores the concept of "form follows function" through the work of Donald Judd, Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen.

flagDowel data

This technical paper studies factors that influence joint stiffness in dowel joints, including wood species, dowel size, loading and adhesives.

flagBook pick

Phaidon publishes Chair: 500 Designs That Matter, an exploration of seating from modern classics to 16th-century relics.

flagCanadian content

Metropolis magazine intervews Klaus Nienkämper about the growth of his Toronto-based furniture company over the past 50 years.

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