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Sep 28, 2011

2011 Oregon Manifest Winners Announced


Bike Craft, Design and innovation.
The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge is an innovative, pioneering design/build competition that is harnessing the power of American bicycle craftsmen and global design firms to create the next-wave bicycle for the everyday cyclist — a bike yet to be found on the retail floor.

In an unparalleled partnership, three global design firms – IDEO (Palo Alto, CA), Yves Behar and fuseproject (San Francisco, CA) and Ziba Design (Portland, OR) – have each paired with accomplished custom bike builders to push the boundaries of what a modern utility bike can be. The 2009 debut of the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge featured twenty-nine bicycle frame builders representing seven states across the nation. Builders presented best solutions to a transportation style bicycle, putting their entries to a rugged road test and under the scrutiny of a panel of seasoned bicycle experts. More than 5,000 people viewed the twelve winning solutions exhibited in the Oregon Manifest pop-up gallery in Portland, Oregon’s downtown Pearl District. The winner's of the Oregon Manifest Constructor's Design Challenge were awarded, as well as three incredible designs from collaborations with constructors with IDEO, Fuseproject and Ziba Design.



Sep 27, 2011

WALTER van Beirendonck Retrospective


Dream the world awake

The Antwerp Fashion Museum present the first large-scale retrospective exhibition of the work of fashion designer WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK. Over three decades, Van Beirendonck has built up an impressive international career. He is the maverick of the Antwerp fashion scene and became primarily known for his colourful designs, his spectacular fashion shows in Paris in the 1990s under the W.&L.T. label, and the critical messages on society he proclaims in his designs. His work combines the most diverse sources of inspiration, ranging from technology, art and pop culture to ethnography. In addition to many of the most exceptional silhouettes from Van Beirendonck’s collections, the exhibition provides an overview of the world he lives in, his sources of inspiration and his numerous other projects. By way of different themes, it takes a deeper look into the narrative character of his oeuvre, his fascination for ethnography, spiritualism and the supernatural, rituals, science fiction and technology. The exhibition reveals how Van Beirendonck examines the frontiers of beauty, creating his own interpretations of concepts imposed by society, for example, in terms of gender and sexuality, and how he incorporates topical themes, including ecology, Aids or mass consumerism into his collections and presentations. The exhibition  runs from September 14th, 2011 until February 19th, 2012. Catalogue will be published in collaboration with Lannoo Publishers (Dutch) & ACC (English), hardcover, 240 pages. (c) Photography: Ronald Stoop



Sep 26, 2011

Podtime - Versatile Sleep Pods


Original and innovative, a sleep pod has a wide range of uses but essentially offers a sanctuary for rest in an otherwise busy environment.

The standard pod is £1695 +VAT, though this reduces for multiples. We can provide a basic version for £875 +VAT, and an enhanced version priced according to the options selected. Open ventilation at each end means every pod has good air circulation and a fresh and roomy feel inside. The doors are available in tinted, frosted or solid finish, and are lockable to keep your things safe whilst you relax. The stock model comes with either a quality, fitted vinyl covered foam mattress or a standard single mattress, and has the following features as standard: Choice of colour (pod and doors) Alarm clock Digital radio and ipod dock Headphones Coat hanger Storage shelf Storage rack Mirror

Additional options are available at small extra costs such as a secure luggage compartment, TV and DVD, leather covered mattress, power point and a pull down soft paper couch roll for hygienic and rapid change (for vinyl mattress use). We’ll work together with you to create your perfect pod, branded if and as you wish.

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