Tuesday, June 22, 2010

6th Biennale for Young Greek Architects - September 2010

The committee for choosing the works of young Greek Architects to participate in the 6th Biennale for Young Greek Architects, organised by the Hellenic Institute of Architecture and held this September at Benaki Museum in Athens has picked unanimously 75 works out of 368 submissions, the most works ever picked for the show. The criteria were their high design and construction quality but also their originality. The selections also cover a wide variety of categories.

Half of the projects chosen are already constructed, while the rest are still only at the design phase. The fact that many of the submitted projects have already received other architectural awards, some of them international, is very encouraging for the future of Greek Architecture.

The selection of the proposals on display was carried out by architects Nikos Kalogirou, Lois Papadopoulos, Dimitris Papalexopoulos and Elias Konstantopoulos.

The exhibition of the 75 projects will be held at the Benaki Museum at Pireus St., from the 16th of September to the 17th of October.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dressed with success

These days the fashion calendar is showing Milan. The menswear collections for 2010 are under full sway and the usual protagonists jostle for their place in the sun. The image that caught my eye among hundreds of photos covering the event in various websites and blogs is the one above, from the master of the fashion photo, Mr. Sartorialist himself, Scott Schuman. The restrained elegance and minimalism of Prada is paired with small details that make this look fresh and coveted. This is the way to go, no gimmicks, no frills. And you can duplicate it at home without paying an arm and a leg.

Photo courtesy of The Sartorialist. All rights reserved.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The mysteriously beautiful lamps of Roger Borg

Roger Borg is an American designer, who specializes mainly in designing lamps but also extends his work to include sculpture and paintings. His lamp designs are of course very sculptural and unique, mainly influenced by the source of light used and transofrming that into shapes. A very characteristic example of this is his Split Stack series.

Here he uses neon light as the lamps sole material, transforming it into a minimal chandelier shape. In his words:

"this lamp focuses on the conflicting nature of the three dimensional cylinder and its transition into a two dimensional plane. the further its arms extend outward from the center, the more accentuated this dichotomy becomes. As to the name, it is a twofold reference to its split personality vacillating between flatness and three dimensionality, as well as relating to its form, which traces the separation of a single line into two, and then the subsequent cleaving of those branches."

Find more about Roger and his work in his website (thanks to designspotter).

Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Design Shop wins Gold European Design Award!

What better way to return to posting in my design blog after a long hiatus (sorry to all readers for this) than to celebrate the Gold European Design Award - Single Poster Design category that The Design Shop won in Rotterdam this year for the poster they designed for Design Walk 2009! Kudos to all involved and I am so happy to see Dionysis Livanis smiling as he receives the award! They also got a silver award for brand logo design (for Arca)! Congratulations and let's hope that more awards will be coming for Greek designers everywhere!