Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Charles & Ray Eames - Competition

You can win an Eames chair today - details below!!!

To celebrate the Eames film screenings at ACMI, Living Edge are generously offering an authentic Eames Rocker from Herman Miller, as pictured above, for one lucky TDF reader!  Ahhh, AMAZING!  In addition, ACMI have kindly offered 3 x doublepasses to see the film!
1st prize – 1 authentic Eames by Herman Miller Rocking Chair in white (RRP $795.00), plus doublepass to Eames : the Architect and the Painter showing at ACMI June 1st – 17th 2012.
2 x runners up will each win a doublepass to Eames : the Architect and the Painter.
To be in the running, simply leave your comment the 'designfiles' blog before 10.00pm Melbourne time today, Tuesday May 29th 2012.  This giveaway is open to Australian residents only.  Prize includes delivery to capital cities Australia wide (addresses outside of capital cities may attract an additional freight charge).  Winners will be drawn at random and notified by email tomorrow.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Salone Satellite 2012 - Highlights

Salone Satellite 2012 featured a huge number of stands from all over the world. This was my first visit and I did my best to capture some of the stands. Here is a summary of more than 30 of the stands to inspire and encourage your own creative works in furniture.

Salone Satellite 2012. Milan.

Salone Satellite 2012 - Highlights summary video showing images of over 30 stands.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Justin Thompson - Buick Lacrosse

The recent trip to China provided my first opportunity to see first hand the Buick Lacrosse designed by Monash University industrial design alumnus Justin Thompson. Justin worked with PATAC in Shanghai on the program and has shared this experience with my industrial design students at RMIT. Justin is currently a Design Manager at the GM Holden studio in Melbourne.

GM Buick Lacrosse designed by Monash University industrial design alumnus Justin Thompson.

Jeff Nasca, Mike Pevovar, Richard Duff and Justin Thompson of General Motors Design with the 2010 Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 13, 2009. 

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Salone Satellite 2012 - Video Melbourne Movement

It has taken a bit of time but finally uploaded a short video of the Melbourne Movement stand from Salone Satellite 2012.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Dimitri Stronghilis - Hume Weekly

RMIT industrial design graduate Dimitri Stronghilis features on the cover of this weeks Hume Weekly. Dimitri was in my studio last year and deserves the attention this feature article will generate for his career.  The Affinity lamp is featured on previous posts here.

RMIT alumnus industrial designer Dimitri Stronghilis featured in Hume Weekly magazine.

Dimitri Stornghilis with his Affinty lamp.

agIdeas - Design Management Institute drinks.

The Design Management Institute Night Out drinks on the Yarra river in Melbourne tonight ended day one of agIdeas 2012. We enjoyed the mild Melbourne night at the Riverland Bar Federation Square and an ale or two.

Mark Watson and Dr Gjoko Muratovski at the Design Management Institute Night Out drinks in Melbourne.

agIdeas - Research Conference

This blog was established last year to link with the agIdeas research conference and Sanky who spoke at the main conference inspired it to flourish. Today was year two and my Monash University colleague Robbie Napper presented as part of a program titled Design for Business and Industry.

agIdeas research conference 2012.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Southeast University - Monash Industrial Design

Southeast University Si Pailou Campus was the location for meetings we held this week to discuss the Southeast University/Monash University Master of industrial Design program to be delivered in China. Professor Shane Murray - Dean of the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture,  Associate Professor Arthur de Bono - Head of the Department of Design, and Ian Wong - Program Director - Master of Industrial Design met with colleagues from Southeast University.

Dr Haiyan Wang, Professor Xue Chengqi, Associate Professor Arthur de Bono, Southeast University President Dr Yi Hong, Ian Wong, Cui Tjian, and Professor Yunfei Chen,  at the Southeast University Si Pailou campus.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Phillip Zmood - Qilin Concept Car China

The Qilin was the first concept car designed in China and was launched at the Shanghai Motor Show in 1999. RMIT alumnus industrial designer Phillip Zmood worked in Shanghai with GM partners Patac on the Qilin concept car project. The Qilin project was one of many career highlights from Phillip Zmood's illustrious career that featured in the 2010 exhibition at Melbourne Museaum,  Zmood - Designing Holdens.

The first Chinese designed concept car the Qilin from Patac in Shanghai China. 1999.

Magazine cover featuring the Qilin concept car for China. 1999.

Australian automotive designer Phillip Zmood working on the Qilin concept car for China at Patac in Shanghai. 1999.

Automotive designer Phillip Zmood with his archive material of the China project the Qilin. 1999.

Shanghai Now print media coverage of Qilin release 1999.

Zmood - Designing Holden exhibition 2010 curated by Ian Wong.

Link to more Phillip Zmood posts here.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Slow Seating - Milan Design Week

The exhibition Slow Seating - Contemporary Chinese Design was a highlight of the Tortona District of Milan Design Week recently. Beijing Design Week brought the exhibition to Milan which was curated by designer Zhu Xiaojie.

Slow Seating exhibition - Milan Design Week 2012

Slow Seating exhibition - Milan Design Week 2012

Zhu Xiaojie curator of the exhibition Slow Seating - Contemporary Chinese Design pictured with his own chair design.

Slow Seating exhibition - Milan Design Week 2012

Slow Seating exhibition - Milan Design Week 2012

Slow Seating exhibition - Milan Design Week 2012

Slow Seating exhibition - Milan Design Week 2012

Slow Seating exhibition - Milan Design Week 2012

Official opening Slow Seating Exhibition - Milan Design Week 2012. 

Video of Slow Seating exhibition from Abitareweb.

Holden Design - Sarah McLean

Sarah McLean is a graduate from Swinburne University Product Design Engineering program and is featured here in the latest Holden Design video series "A look inside".

Swinburne University alumnus Sarah McLean.

Swinburne University Product Design Engineering alumnus Sarah McLean.

Holden Design - Ben Last

Holden Design video series featuring Monash University industrial design alumnus Ben Last.

Holden industrial designer Ben Last.

Monash University alumni industrial designer Ben Last.

See more videos in the Holden  'A look inside' series here

Holden Design - Frank Rudolph

Holden Design video series featuring Frank Rudolph and the EN-V electric network vehicle concept.

Industrial designer Frank Rudolph pictured with early concept sketch for the EN-V concept electric networked vehicle.

Holden Design video featuring designer Frank Rudolph.

Industrial designer Frank Rudolph with prototype of EN-V electric networked vehicle designed in Australia.

See more videos in the Holden  'A look inside' series here

Holden Design - Careers at Holden

Holden Design have just released as series called 'A look inside'.

Holden Design video.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Monash University Industrial Design - Blue Sky

The vivid blue sky at Monash University Caulfield campus this week welcomed Professor Mark Armstrong to Melbourne and to his new role as the Eva and Marc Besen International Chair in Design in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. Mark has begun to use his industry knowledge and contacts to contribute to Monash University’s design-based research capability and the position is structured in such a way as to allow Mark to continue his very hands on role at his design consultancy Blue Sky.

Associate Professor Arthur de Bono welcomes to Monash University the Eva and Marc Besen International Chair in Design, Professor Mark Armstrong.

Iconic Olympic torch designed by Mark Armstrong and Blue Sky for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Helen Kontouris - Alessi Scoop Egg Cup

RMIT alumnus Helen Kontouris's Scoop Egg Cup and Spoon for Alessi is now in a store near you.

Helen Kontouris designed Scoop Egg Cup and Spoon for Alessi.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Monash University - Clayton

Today was my first official visit to the Monash University Clayton Campus to attend meetings regarding the upcoming trip to the new Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School Campus in China.

Monash University Clayton campus.

Bernie Walsh - Wacom Lab success

Concept sketching by industrial design students in the RMIT wacom lab has proven to be highly successful with graduates and undergraduates attaining industry positions with GM Holden. Bernie Walsh is to be congratulated for the success of this facility in providing the high quality outcomes acknowledged by industry. It is also a credit to Bernie that past students, Ryan Fonceca and Glen Tay, are supporting current students by attending evening elective classes and sharing their industry skills. Ryan was successful earlier this year being recruited by GM as a designer in the advanced design studio. Glen Tay is currently an intern with GM Holden, also in the advanced design studio.

Concept sketch by industrial designer Bernie Walsh

Concept sketch on wacom tablet by Bernie Walsh.

Automotive design sketch by Ryan Fonceca.

Ryan Fonceca demonstrates automotive design sketching in the RMIT wacom lab.

Concept car sketch by Glen Tay.

Glen Tay demonstrates sketching in the RMIT wacom lab.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

VW - People's Car Project

Concepts for future transport in China has been explored by the People's Car project by VW. The hover car concept is explained in the video below.

New concept hover car from the VW Peoples Project Car China 2012

China Volkswagen concept car.

VW Peoples Car Project rear view.

Video of VW concept car - People's Car Project 2012.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Royal College of Art - Milan Design Week 2012

The Royal College of Art was Paradise in Ventura Lambrate during Milan Design Week.

Royal College of Art exhibition during Milan Design Week.

Automotive design from the Royal College of Art, London.

Polymer wood table from designers at the Royal College of Art.

CobaltNiche - AFL Cup

The AFL Premiership Cup represents the ultimate prize in Australia’s biggest sporting competition. Eighteen teams play 22 rounds and a gruelling finals campaign for the right to hold this cup aloft in victory. Industrial design consultancy CobaltNiche asked, does the current cup live up to this role?

The new Premiership Cup concept combines tradition with bold forms and the latest manufacturing and communications technologies.

AFL Premiership Cup concept by CobaltNiche.

Leading industrial design consultancy CobaltNiche concept for AFL Premiership Cup.

Link here for CobaltNiche full story.


Sunday, 6 May 2012

Salone Satellite 2012 - Jim Hannon-Tan

Melbourne Movement and RMIT University alumnus industrial designer Jim Hannon-Tan made time in a busy Milan Design Week to visit Salone Satellite this year to assist current Melbourne Movement members. Jim spent time individually with members discussing his experience as a Melbourne Movement exhibitor and took great interest in the work on display. Jim has designed products for Alessi and is currently working with the Marcel Wanders studio in Amsterdam. Dusko and Jasna were fortunate to be heading to Amsterdam following the Salone Satellite so Jim generously invited them to visit the studio and the Moooi showroom.

Alessi Piccantino Chilli Cruncher designed RMIT University alumnus by Jim Hannon-Tan.

Melbourne Movement and RMIT University alumnus Jim Hannon-Tan meets current Melbourne Movement members including Dusko Lapcevic (pictured) and Jasna Manolios in Milan and Amsterdam. 

Nut Splitter for Alessi by RMIT University alumnus industrial designer Jim Hannon-Tan.

Moooi showroom in Amsterdam.