“This was good material that just happens to be waste. We, as designers, didn’t have the time to take this material – which can be an asset – into consideration. Since I always found the garbage bins outside factories more interesting than what they were manufacturing, I decided to use material that adds an innovative sort of flavour,” she says. “It was my retirement plan, using material that had been ‘retired’,” she adds.
Source: Meet the woman whose Retyrement Plan is upskilling and empowering craftsmen in Mumbai
Credit: photo by Robert Venturi, courtesy Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
Even as the gender gap closes in architecture school — with nearly as many women graduating in architecture as men — research shows that across the world women are hired less, paid less and blocked from key creative positions at the top of firms.
Source: Women in architecture: ‘Now is our time’ – CNN Style
Getty Images: Julia Morgan gave California women space for leisure
Curbed’s favorite pieces about trailblazing women in the fields of architecture, design, urbanism, and beyond.
Source: International Women’s Day 2018: Our best reads on trailblazing women designers – Curbed
Set in an apartment in a newly remodeled early 19th-century house in the center of Bergamo, the kitchen is built largely from salvaged scaffolding wood with a dramatic back wall of iron sheeting that wraps around the range hood.
For 20 years now, Italy-based German interior designer and furniture maker Katrin Arens has been finding fresh uses for discarded wood. She’s still on the vanguard of the reclaimed movement: “I love reusing wood to make things that will last,” she tells us. “I aim for designs that are simple and clean without being cold.”
Source: Kitchen of the Week: The New Italian Country Kitchen by Katrin Arens, Scrap Wood Edition: Remodelista
As part of the current process to reuse the state hospital land, Jean Mineo, Public Art Consultant and Chair of the Medfield Cultural Council, is working to have these pumps artistically repurposed and placed on the grounds. Wicked Local photo/Caitlyn McGoff
With help from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, Mineo has been raising money to pay the artists for the project, as well as to promote the call for ideas. She added that the intent for the project is to take parts of the pumps and construct them into a visual piece to preserve a part of the town’s history with creative reuse.
via Making an old pipeline at Medfield State Hospital into art – News – Medfield Press – Medfield, MA.
In a world where there are millions of products and designs launch each year, the award was born out of the desire to underline the best designs and well designed products. The award-winning products and designs are highlighted to the international public via the A’ Design Award Gala-Night and Exhibition in Italy and they are communicated to all relevant press across the world.
A’ Design Award and Competition is organized under various categories based on locorno classification, economic sectors and industries. See the full list of design competition categories.
via A’ Design Award and Competition – Categories.
I like to think that each item carries someone’s life with it, including the care and time someone must have given it in order for it to arrive here.
I hope whoever owns it next will keep that in mind, and treat the object well.
Manoteca is a wooden house in a garden, a laboratory where old abandoned things and salvaged materials are taken care of, thought-of a second time, and re-assembled.
Everything is one-of-a-kind and unique, hand-crafted and treated with natural, non-toxic paints.
MANOTECA – Italian handmade pezzo unico.
Generally when we think of reclaimed, repurposed and recycled design, the image is one of thriftiness, resourcefulness and the environment. It’s an unsexy image that is still anathema to high net worthers who do not often (let’s be honest) have sustainability as a top priority. But how about we don’t call it sustainable for a minute… because this trend is now hitting the upper echelons and in the hands of global luxury brands and young designers it’s something quite different. And in the hands of artisans the otherwise unloved becomes fresh and new, interesting and unique.
via Sexing up sustainable design – Telegraph.