Dutch Trees and Sheep (studio Juergen Bey Rotterdam) make a collection of Furniture that changes the Gallery Pierre Bergé & Associés into a temporary test house. Slats, felt and capable hands have worked together and shared knowledge to compose a temporary apartment made of slats and a sewing machine.
Hangman is inspired by 19th century orchard ladders, this decorative accent is also great for hanging clothes on. Paul Loebach writes about his work, “I’m interested in design as the study of form for the basic purpose of giving objects meaning. Design is a semiotic language and must therefore hold a balance between the continuity of recognizable imagery, and the poetic shift of innovation.
Richard Avedon is a photographer in the real sense of the word. He never tries to be anything else but someone who takes pictures. Now, four years after his death at the age of 81, a grand retrospective of Avedon's work is on show in Berlin. The exhibition titled "Richard Avedon -- Photos 1946-2004 -- A Retrospective". (picture Alberto Giacometti 1958)
Are you interested in innovative designs, new applications or the latest trends? The fair interieur 08 in Kortrijk has started 17 october and runs till the 26 october 2008. I have some special finds from young designers for you:
1. Find your signature product
Hermès has their scarf, Lacoste has their polo shirt. Identify your signature product or service. Internet is big and thick so you need a sharp edge. A collaboration with another specialist – from a different field of business – will create a unique offer as well a big surprise, that will draw media attention.
2. Make sure your welcome page communicates. A commercial web concept needs to be much more direct compared to a physical company. What are you selling, what’s the price of it? Write out your concept in editable text (i e not flash or similar) on page one as well as in the headline/frame of your web page. Display your concept in a 1,2,3-process. Don’t sit on your information. Share it! This will make you an authority.
3. Create a blog linking to your web page. Or even
better, collaborate with a well known blogger blogging from your page.
This will make your content more dynamic and increase search.
4. Google Adwords and Analytics Good for traffic, but be careful with your budget – use only a few keywords if you don’t want to pay for a lot of irrelevant clicks. Monitor it with Google Analytics.
5. Organise your e-mail network and communicate what you do continuously. Create an e-mail signature explaining your concept in a short line of text. Did someone write or say something good about you? – enclose hyperlinks. And don’t neglect Facebook. It’s easy to call it an adult toy. But also easy enough to use as a marketing tool.
6. Be brave – contact the best in your field. If you get along, ask for a quote or a good luck to publish on your site.
7. Think local. Just because everyone can see you doesn’t mean they will. Instead, start by building success in a small community, and go from there.
8. Overkill. As a webshop, replace human touch with small or big surprise, like the amuse (or the birthday cake) at the restaurant.
9. Banner advertising. Good for an ”I’ve seen that” effect. But before counting clicks consider; how many banners do you really click on?
10. Get real. The more internet based your concept is, the more it will gain from an ambassador in the real world.
Do you know the french designer duo Tsé & Tsé? Since 1989 Catherine Lévy and Sigolène Prébois work together as an designduo and as a manufacture. Her website is really bizarre, images flicker across the screen... But the products are simply beautiful! The cornet lamp is a pleasure to behold: graceful, it hangs from its translucent wire. It is often dressed in white porcelain, either mat and velvet-like.
At least, today lines and shapes announce the newest book of the artist series! In this issue they feature artists from Sweden!! Elisabeth Dunker, Camilla Engman, Karin Eriksson, Sandra Juto and Albert Sjöstam. How cool is this!!?? I can't wait but I hope the postman always rings twice...
Thanks to Maria & Lena!
Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, Nina now works out of a
studio in Brooklyn, New York. Nina started making jewelry while
studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute, NY in 2002. Ever
since she has been thrilled to share her life with a demanding,
wonderful, strange, funny and spoiled child called Toujours Toi .
(picture below: sticky fingers bracelet)