Design News is your tiny dose of design, technology and other important news, curated monthly by Interwoven Design. In this series we share the latest on our favorite topics, including exhibits in NYC, sustainable design, technology, and design for disassembly. In this issue: some museum and gallery exhibits to enjoy, and a tech company that embraces design for disassembly.
Barber Osgerby presents ‘Signals’
Designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have designed a series of lamps inspired by the form of the cone. Their new solo show at London’s Galerie kreo is ‘Signals’, where the Barber Osgerby exhibition features floor, wall, and pendant lamps made of aluminum and hand-blown glass. The designs are a compelling blend of the industrial fixtures and the artisanal glass. The elements share clean geometry while the delicate, organic transparency of the sconces is in contrast with the rigid, glossy base. The color and opacity variation in the glass modulates the quality of light beautifully.
Hard, Soft, and All Lit Up with Nowhere to Go
The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum has collaborated with the New York-based studio Objects of Common Interest to create an exhibit inspired by “moments of unfamiliar simplicity”. Senior curator Dakin Hart writes, “despite often having no explicit, or essential, purpose, and even though their works are clearly in search of something more than function and attention, they never wander far from an unidentifiable usefulness.” On view September 15, 2021 through February 13, 2022.
*While this exhibit has ended the images and thoughtful curator statement are well worth investigating.
via Noguchi Museum
Preassembled or DIY modular laptop
Tech company Framework has designed a modular laptop that was created with disassembly and repair as priority features. The ability to replace components reduces e-waste and ultimately increases the lifespan of the product. Tools for disassembly are included in the product kit, and customers can purchase a preassembled or DIY version to encourage building and interaction. Individual components can be more readily recycled than the usual hybrid monsters. The laptop is not just a product but a system that supports a circular economic system.
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