news+finds
updated August 20, 2019

flagCentre seat upgrade

Wired Magazine describes designer Molon Labe's newly certified three-row aircraft seat configuration.

flagNo tip

The American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) expects to publish a revised voluntary tip-over standard for clothing storage units 27 inches and higher.

flagLondon designs

The 2019 London Design Festival guide lists hundreds of events, including the major furniture tradeshows 100% Design, Design Junction and London Design Fair. September 14-22.

flagBetter bins

The NYC Department of Sanitation unveiled two prototype litter baskets from this year's BetterBin design contest.

flagDry dowels?

Engineering research on the use of compressed wood dowels in adhesive-free cross laminated timber (CLT) might have potential applications for furniture joints.

flagIsokon acquired

Dezeen reports British furniture manufacturer Very Good & Proper acquired plywood furniture specialist Isokon Plus to consolidate production in Walthamstow, east London.

flagOffshore options

The University of Chicago's Stigler Center blog describes how multinational corporations contributed to the decline of US manufacturing by offshoring their production.

flagGreen awards deadline

Applications for the international Green Product Award (established manufacturers and studios) and the Green Concept Award (start-ups and students) must be made by October 1, 2019.

flagMbele made

Design Indaba provides links to articles describing the hand-painted work of Siyanda Mbele, a furniture designer based in Umlazi, South Africa.

flagAalo action

"Designed in Canada" modular furniture producer, Aalo Design, cancelled a Kickstarter campaign for its new product line.

flagPolish profiles

Dezeen magazine reports on 10 emerging Polish designers exhibiting at this year's Lódz Design Festival.

flagWaste-not ways

The Guardian investigates the global waste crisis and various solutions, including automated sorting, tax measures and reusable containers.

flag flagIneke's ideas

Ambiente Blog's recent interview of Dutch designer Ineke Hans includes her statement: "A good design must itself explain how it works."

flagChair challenge

Slovenia's Festival of Wood sponsors the (primal)chair contest of designs "made predominately from materials present in Slovenia." Deadline: September 1.

flagDrying data

The US Department of Agriculture offers a free 73-page PDF booklet to download titled Estimates of Air Drying Times for Several Hardwoods and Softwood.

flagKartell collaboration

Autodesk's Intelligent Generative Design software "co-designed" Philippe Starck's new I.A. chair for Kartell and evaluates the pros and cons of numerous iterations of a prototype's design and construction.

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