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What’s new in the world of design: October 2017

This month, playfulness and exploration is on our mind – and it seems the minds of many others in the design industry. As we look to what is new and exciting in the design industry, we explore a space that is all about imagination and one of the world’s most popular toys. We also see how one Melbourne-based company took inspiration from the circus for its latest range, explore paints inspired by pushing the boundaries and question “is fashion modern?”. Dive in…

1. Haymes launches Artisan collection

Haymes Paint’s new Artisan collection is designed to inspire bold use of paint. The range features textured finishes, which imitate concrete and stone, and can be used across a range of surfaces – both inside and out.

As Haymes Colour & Concept Manager Wendy Rennie explained:

“We want to offer exciting alternatives to our commercial segment offering up finishes that challenge and push the status quo by using these unique effects through texture, surface and colour.”

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Images from here.

2. Porcelain Bear’s Acrobat pendant light series

Melbourne-based lighting studio Porcelain Bear has launched its latest range: the ‘Acrobat pendent luminaire series’. The pieces are reminiscent of circus shows, where skilled performers swing from and balance at gravity defying heights. With names like ‘Back Flip’, ‘The Double Act’ and ‘The Forward Bend’, these pendants bring style and quirk.

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3. LEGO House launches

The Danish town of Billund – which is the home of the very first LEGO brick – can now make claim to a new attraction: the 12,000 square metre ‘LEGO House‘, filled with a staggering 25 million LEGO bricks.

The building is structured as 21 ‘bricks’ stacked on top of and across each other, creating spaces for ‘experience zones’. LEGO House took four years to build and measures 12,000 meters square.

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4. ‘Items: is fashion modern‘ at MoMA

While we have our own impressive fashion exhibition, ‘The House of Dior‘, currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria here in Australia, the Museum of Modern Art in New York is also focussing on fashion.

MoMA hasn’t held a fashion-centric exhibition since 1944, when architect Bernard Rudofsky curated the ‘Are clothes modern?’ show.

Now, 111 fashion items have be brought to the museum, to explore the present, past and, at times, the future of the clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries.

According to MoMA:

“Driven first and foremost by objects, not designers, the exhibition considers the many relationships between fashion and functionality, culture, aesthetics, politics, labor, identity, economy, and technology.”

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Images by Martin Seck