Newsletter 06.2009

Dear Readers

French designer Pierre Paulin, one of the great designers of the past century, died on 13 June at the age of 81. We wish to express our condolences to his family and look back at his major body of work.

At the start of June the DMY Festival took place in Berlin. Both young and established designers presented their works, this year collected for the first time in two main locations. We were there and collected some impressions of this well-curated design event for you.

In Paris shortly afterwards dealers, manufacturers and schools of design took the opportunity of the Designer´s Days, which this year have 'Secrets de Design' as their theme, to fill their showrooms and display areas with elaborate installations. Our video will offer you a short 'Tour de Paris'.

Be inspired!

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DMY Berlin
This year's international design festival frees Berlin from its past improvisatory image

For five whole days the organisers of the DMY Festival invited designers and a specialist public from all over the world to a colourful design spectacle by the Spree.
We were impressed this year by DMY Berlin in its role as a presenter and communicator of design. The DMY has now achieved a credible position as a pure design event, without leaving the unpleasant after-taste of being simply a product trade fair in disguise. With an enormous increase in the number of exhibitors and a much wider programme of events the festival has escaped from its 'new kid on the block' image, and has established itself as a well-curated platform for progressive design concepts.

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Appearing this year for the first time: DMY Allstars at the IMA Design Village, Photo: Tobias Götz

Focusing the exhibition on two main locations this year has proved itself to be a good decision, with the DMY Youngsters show at the Arena in Treptow for the first time being supplemented by an exhibition featuring the DMY Allstars at the IMA Design Village, an old brick factory in the heart of Berlin Kreuzberg. Here 150 more or less established designers, related festivals and curated exhibitions -for example Designhuis from the Netherlands -presented their creations. In the Arena up-and-coming designers and schools of design showed their works on a generous area of 7000 m². The size of the area provided plenty of space for extensive installations and created an inspiring atmosphere -- giving it a decisive advantage over the effective but less original Milan 'box system' of the Salone Satellite. Another attractive feature was the refreshing mixture of established and up-and-coming designers, which rather undermined the differentiation between Allstars and Youngsters. As a result it was difficult to define specific differences between the two locations.

DMY Symposium: Li Edelkoort, Daniel Schwaag, Arik Levy, Photos: Federico Testa

The attraction of the festival in terms of content was accentuated above all by a well chosen accompanying program: the DMY Symposium in the slightly shabby but all the more charming 'Kunstfabrik' included lectures, roundtable discussions and workshops led by prestigious designers such as Chris Bangle, Arik Levy and the well-known trend researcher Li Edelkoort, who had previously surveyed the work of the Youngsters in the Arena. One thematic focus of the symposium was 'Alternative Strategies'. On this subject, for example, the designer Jerszy Seymour, a resident of Berlin, explained his almost 'situationist' interpretation of product design. With his often improvised and amateurishly implemented objects the Canadian calls into question the mechanisms of industrial production techniques. The Israeli designer Ronen Kadushin responded to the challenge of finding alternative design strategies with his interdisciplinary concept of 'open design', in which he transfers to product design the open source idea -- in other words the global and creative cooperation among designers, manufacturers and dealers.
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'The Idea of a Tree' by mischer'traxler won one of the three DMY Awards
Designer's Days Paris
The industry meets in Paris

The Designer´s Days have been taking place in Paris for some eight years now, with premium manufacturers and dealers turning their showrooms and exhibition space into an elaborate backdrop for design and creating a central meeting point for the international industry. We were there and have put together a number of impressions as a video record for you.
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Impressions from Paris
Merci, Pierre Paulin!
On 13 June the great designer died in the circle of his loved ones at the age of 81

Pierre Paulin was one of the outstanding designers of the 20th century and, together with Verner Panton, he pioneered the design revolution of the 1960s. He died in Montpellier on 13 June, at the age of 81.
Born in Paris in 1927, Pierre Paulin initially studied at the Camondo School of Art. Work by the young designer appeared as early as the 1950s -- reduced chairs and desks that attracted the attention of Thonet France, which included them in its range. Together with Thonet Paulin also developed his first upholstered furniture, the work which would later bring him international fame. For the 'CM 194' armchair, which is today being produced once more by Ligne Roset, he for the first time applied upholstery techniques copied from automobile production, using an elasticated material as upholstery fabric.
In the 1960s he perfected this technique in designs for Artifort and created such sculptural icons as the 'Ribbon' and 'Tongue' armchairs or the 'Mushroom' chair, which became part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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In the last few years of his life Pierre Paulin lived in seclusion at his house in the Cévennes

In the 1970s Paulin attracted a great deal of attention with the highly modern interior that he designed for the Elysée Palace on behalf of the then president Pompidou. This 'Pumpkin' chair, for example, originated in the surroundings of the private art gallery of Claude and Georges Pompidou. Further commissions from the centre of power in Paris followed, leading to designs by Paulin for the furnishing of Francois Mitterand's office and a dining room for Jaques Chirac.

Pierre Paulin dedicated 60 years of his life to architecture and furniture design. In his last few years he lived a secluded life with his family in the Cévennes. May posterity treasure and continue to preserve with gratitude his designs, which were as elegant as they were radical.
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YAMoPo 2009: Ranking by ArchDaily

ArchDaily, one of the most relevant online architecture magazines, recently published their second YAMoPo 'Architecture Sites' ranking. We are flattered and proud to be ranked as the third most popular architecture site this time.

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What ArchDaily wrote:

It's been a year and a couple of months since we first started ArchDaily. With the one mission of "broadcasting architecture worldwide" we have already published 1,200 architecture related posts and our readers have engaged with more than 12,000 comments in architecture related discussions.

Architecture is the most frequent word we use. We are architects and we love architecture. With this in mind, we have again decided to search and rank the best sites devoted to architecture only. This is not an easy job and of course it can be considered a subjective topic (as it is with every ranking). In order to reduce subjective observations, this year we have decided to consider only a recognized third party ranking system:
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