Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Italian fashion house Marni is making a foray into furniture design. The label will present a collection of 100 colourful chairs at this year's Salon del Mobile in Milan as part of a charitable initiative. The chairs, made of bright strands of woven PVC threads on metal frames, were crafted by Columbian ex-prisoners as part of a social rehabilitation programme. The chairs are selling for between €200-450 with the proceeds going to ICAM, a support group for the children of imprisoned mothers.
Image: Marni's range of chairs made by ex-prisoners
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The much-loved icon the Routemaster is back on the streets of London. The new design by Heatherwick studio reinstates a distinctive feature of the 1950s bus - the 'hop on hop off' service - but as the Guardian reports, the new state-of-the-art Routemaster is more than a nostaligic throwback. Read more...
Image: the new Routemaster bus, design by Heatherwick studio, along with the original 1950s Routemaster
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Mikhail Kalashnikov's AK-47 is one of the London Design Museum's 14 new acquisitions currently on view in This is Design, an exhibition of the world's most influential objects. Introduced to the Soviet army at the end of World War II, the AK-47 revolutionised the assault rifle and today continues to be one of the most widely used (and deadliest) weapons around due to its simple, rugged design (it only has 8 moving parts) and cheap production costs.
In a 2003 interview with the Guardian, Kalashnikov acknowledged his deadly legacy to the world. "I made it to protect the motherland," he said. "And then they spread the weapon [around the word] - not because I wanted them to." Now the question is should one of the world's deadliest killing machines be celebrated in a design museum?