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: : DesignClass : :

Todd Oldham : :  American designer,

Todd Oldham (born October 22, 1961) is an American-born designer and president of L-7 Designs Inc.
His fun, lighthearted approach to fashion and style has become known to millions through his fashion lines,
interior designs, books and by appearing in television shows.

Oldham launched his first clothing line in 1989 and won the Council of Fashion Designer Perry Ellis Award
for New Fashion Talent in 1991. In 1998, Oldham moved to  with his business partner, Tony Longoria.
Oldham served as creative consultant to Escada in the late 1990s. He launched a perfume line in 1995 and
designed a clothing line for Target (2002–2003). In 1995, he produced a clothing line associated with the
Warner Brothers film Batman Forever. Oldham designed furniture and home accessories for
La-Z-Boy Furniture (2003–2007) and served as creative director for Old Navy.

Oldham designed The Hotel of South Beach in 1999 [see following images ] He is currently designing the annex to the hotel.
Oldham has become widely known to American TV audiences through his many television appearances,
most notably as host of Todd Time on MTV’s House of Style in the 1990s. He hosted Fashionably Loud on
MTV in 1999 and recently served as mentor to contestants on Bravo’s Top Design.

Oldham is also actively involved in book publishing. He has produced a number of books on various aspects
of style for Ammo Books as part of the Place Space series. Books in the series include photos and essays on
filmmaker John Waters, the artist compound in upstate New York owned by Joe Holtzman (the founder of Nest magazine),
and the Rhode Island School of Design’s off-campus housing and Bedrock City. Oldham has also created
Hand Made ModernWithout Boundaries, and various other titles. In June 2007, Oldham released a
monograph of artist Charley Harper’s work titled An Illustrated Life.

[ http://www.toddoldham.com/ ]

: : DesignPlan? : :

So – a little levity is called for…..what do you think of this?

This story – the story of Nikolai Sutyagin – has been reported fairly widely …. one can find numerous
reports by doing a Google search. But, being such an oddity, seemed appropriate to me, for this
week’s post…… part of the story goes as follows:

This imposing building is believed to be the world’s tallest wooden house rising 13 floors to reach 144ft.
The house is also crumbling, incomplete and under threat of demolition from city authorities who are eager
to end Nikolai Sutyagin’s 15 year project. Driven to inspiration by his formative years spent in a Soviet communal flat,
Sutyagin felt lonely living by himself. Building began in 1992 and was only going to reach two stories high, however,
convinced by a trip to see wooden houses in Japan and Norway, he decided he had not used enough roof space
efficiently enough and decided to keep building. He firstly added three floors, but was not keen on the outcome,
so he added more floors and just kept goind, he calls the finished project a “happy accident”.
For the one-time gangster, who has spent four years in jail on racketeering charges,
Nikolai Sutyagin’s home is certainly different. Not only would his house be a perfect love nest,
but it could even accommodate the 18 executives of his construction company.

Now penniless Sutyagin lives in four poorly heated rooms at the bottom of his wooden log cabin with his wife.
Many neighbours consider the building a monstrosity, others feel it is a glorified barn, fire hazard and eyesore
but Sutyagin is determined to save his building and has erected a roof around the second floor that he says
allows him to claim that everything above is decoration.

Who said, ‘Money doesn’t buy you good taste.”?

They were right.

: : DesignProjects : :

Barcelona-based Guallart Architects have created their own beautiful topography of hexagonal wooden platforms on
the craggy, inhospitable Spanish coastline beside the town of Vinaròs. The winning entry of a national design competition,
the Microcoasts are based on the scale of the human body and were designed to be appropriated by the public as they wish.


: : DesignGraphique : :

World-renowned graphic designer Max Erdenberger designed this poster to raise money for aid and disaster relief
for quake-stricken Japan : :

It is a very clever play on the Japanese flag with the red cross inverted into the center…..bravo!


: : DesignResources : :

Under normal circumstances, this category attempts to provide the reader with sensible links to
everyday products/resources …. items which, as a designer, or a consumer –  one might want to
specify, or acquire for one’s self……

And, that still applies to the product shown here – it’s just that for most of us, we’d have to
trade our car, or boat, for this …… cel-phone : :

Offered in  either stainless steel ($˜10,000.00) or, in gold (˜$59,000.00) it has all the normal call functions,
text functions and other basic applications, such as World Clock, Alarm, Notes, To-do list, Calendar, Calculator and Converter.

And, of course, as an added bonus – at those prices one probably wouldn’t ever have to worry about the annoying cost of a data plan……

Yves Béhar – designer extraordinaire – founder of fuseproject [www.fuseproject.com]

“Designers need to develop a new relationship with the world,” says Yves Behar. He sees a bigger role for design in the future,
and the opportunity for designers to be true participants in both for profit businesses, but also non-profit important causes.
“Humanistic design must tap into the “giving” element of our profession. It must be deeply in-tune with the needs
to create a sustainable future, deeply connected with emotional needs, and deeply self-expressive.”

: : Piana : :  by David Chipperfield for ALESSI

Sir David Chipperfield CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA British, born 1953, London David Chipperfield studied at Kingston School
of Art and the Architectural Association in London. After graduating he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen,
Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. David Chipperfield Architects was established in 1984 and the practice currently
has over 200 staff at its offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The practice has won numerous national and
international competitions and many international awards and citations for design excellence, including RIBA and AIA awards
and the Stirling Prize 2007. In 1999 David Chipperfield was awarded the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal. I
n 2004 David Chipperfield was made an Honorary Member of the Florence Academy of Art and Design,
and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to architecture.
He was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2006, and in 2007 he was made an
Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and an Honorary Member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA).
He was elected a Royal Academician (RA) in 2008 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University.
In 2009 David Chipperfield was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany –
the highest tribute that can be paid to individuals for service to the nation – and in the UK New Year Honours 2010
was named Knight Bachelor for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. The same year he was awarded
the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts and the Grand DAI Award (Verband Deutscher Architekten- und Ingenieurvereine)
for Building Culture. David Chipperfield received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2011.
Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen.
David Chipperfield has taught and lectured worldwide. He has been Professor of Architecture at the
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, and Visiting Professor at several schools of architecture in
Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, and is an Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts London.


Hear hear, I say!

: : Elizabeth Lucas Company : :

The Elizabeth Lucas Company, Lc

340 Walnut Avenue, P.O. Box 6369, Ketchum, Idaho 83340

Tel 208.928.7444 Fax 208.928.7447


Check it out : :

These are cushions/pillows – like I had to tell you that……

: : VagabondVintage: :

Vagabond Vintage
1660-A Chattahoochee Ave. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: 404.351.6484
Fax: 404.351.8645

: : DesignArts : :

Functioning, DesignArt, however…. as one can see. This staircase, wildy unique, is the work of Vincent Dubourg : :

‘I like the idea of creating something beautiful out of something broken,’ says artist Vincent Dubourg.
In his work, seemingly destroyed objects are also instilled with a life of their own. This apparently dilapidated
but actually fully functioning staircase appears to rip through the floor of a Knightsbridge home and thrust
its way through the roof.Cast in steel and aluminium, this startling private commission is realised with extraordinary detail.
Look closely and you’ll spot the banisters disappearing into the walls, and on the ground floor, the supporting branches of wood
(actually aluminium) appear to rip up panels of the parquetflooring as they sprout from the ground.
A hand-made maquette of the staircase is currently on show at the artist’s solo exhibition atCarpenters Workshop Gallery in London.


: : DesignAwards : :

The James Dyson Award 2011 competition has just been announced.

From the official web-site,  www.jamesdysonaward.org, comes the following description:

The 2011 international James Dyson Award is now open for entries – challenging young engineers
and designers to develop problem solving inventions. Previous winners of the award have tackled a
range of challenges: from a buoyancy aid inspired by a grenade launcher to a kitchen faucet which
can extinguish a blaze in your home.

The award, run in eighteen countries, celebrates ingenuity and creativity with the winner receiving
$16,000 to develop their invention and $16,000 for their university. Entries from university level students
of product design, industrial design and engineering are accepted through August 2, 2011.

Kim Hoffman, a graduate from the Academy of Art University in California, was named runner up in the
international leg of the award with the Sea Kettle, an emergency life raft which uses natural sunlight to desalinate water.
Hoffman found inspiration from stories of people who suffer from dehydration while being stranded at sea.

The US winner, Christine Outram and a team of MIT students invented the Copenhagen Wheel –
a wheel that turns a regular bike into a smart, electric hybrid. Controlled through a rider’s smart phone,
the wheel allows riders to capture the energy dissipated when breaking and cycling and save it for when they need a boost.
The Copenhagen Wheel is currently in final prototyping phase and will go commercial in June 2011.

“Put faith in frustrations and solve the problems that cause them,” said James Dyson, commencing the 2011 award.
“We’re looking for the people who rather than accept a problem, go further to design a simple and effective solution.

The James Dyson Award champions the ideas of young designers and engineers – encouraging them to develop
inventions, defy their critics, and turn them into commercial successes for themselves and their economy.”

Entrants will submit footage, images and sketches to www.jamesdysonaward.org, along with stories detailing
their design process and inspiration. Their ideas will be scrutinized by judges around the world and Dyson
engineers before James Dyson announces the international winner on November 8, 2011.


“Design something that solves a problem”


International Winner:
– £10,000 the student or student team (of up to four members)
– £10,000 for their university department
– James Dyson Award trophy and Certificate

Two International Runners-up:
– £2,000 each
– James Dyson Award Certificate

Twelve International Finalists:
– James Dyson Award Certificate

National Winners:
– £1,000 each
– James Dyson Award Certificate

Up to nine National Finalists from each country:
– James Dyson Award Certificate


The James Dyson Award is open to product design, industrial design and engineering university level
students (or graduates within 4 years of graduation) who have studied in the following countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia,
the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK
and USA.
See the Terms and Conditions for full entry criteria.

: : DesignArchitecture : :

Mestia, Georgia

Design for a small regional airport terminal : :

The new built airport is part of Georgia’s ambitious plans to develop tourism in Mestia.
The beautiful medieval town with its stone defensive towers is part of UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites
and also famous as ski-resort. With the unveiling of the airport on December 24th the building
was designed and constructed within 3 months.

J Meyer H.  – Architects
[ http://www.jmayerh.de/home.htm ]

: : DesignTools : :

Well, perhaps I need to apologise – then again, maybe not…..see, once again, the tool which
I place before you is based on the iPad……

Consider – youspend a great deal of time writing – your next great novel – the design specs for
a current project – poetry of the world/for the world…..whatever. And you decide to do so using
your iPad (and why not?). There are a number of good writing apps: :

MyJournal, Notes Plus, Noteshelf (my favourite), Noterize, PhatPad……etc.

However, as you are in front of your desktop (or laptop) computer, you are using, let’s say, Word…..

How do you get your Word file onto your iPad so you can continue to write on the train, for example….

you could e-mail it to yourself, or save it to iWork.com…..

Once you have your iPad fired up, you can access the file from iWork.com or save it to Pages
on your iPad.

And, so – you continue to write/edit, etc…..and then you need to get it back onto your laptop/desktop…..
one of the easiest ways is to use DropBox, or, again iWork.com…..

The transfer is quite seamless and very easy to work with……

And that’s it……simple, huh?

Yes, Gracie – ’tis……

Finally – I had promised you an interview – actually to have started last week…… however,
my interviewees have been rather busy.  Robert Martin spent an interesting but exhausting weel at
the High Point, North Carolina Market show….we did meet yesterday, at Décor. And I was happy
to receive about 5 lbs of brochures, show guides, magazines, etc – all from the show. Plus, I spent
2 hours photographing some stunning pieces that Décor has in the store right now….

But – it will not happen this week……I do promise you – a great issue, next week.
Some fabulous styles, new trends in furniture, lighting an d home fashions – all next week.

In fact, I gave serious consideration to publishing a completely separate Hight Point Market Week
issue….but, more importantly, I want to maintain the same consistent format, and quality, you have come to
expect from DesignPlan.

So – next week will be rich – some fabulous things to see…..hope you check in to take a look for yourselves.



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