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December 04, 2004

Shed Your Home Office

The biggest bitch about a home office is you just can't get away from your place of work. That's why we're so intrigued by this pre-fab "shed" by MetroShed. Modern designer David Ballinger has created a minimalist outdoor marvel of treated wood supports, acrylic roof panels and hurricane-grade sliding doors that provide a life-style oasis for your backyard. The standard 8 x 8 unit is architecturally sound and aesthetically pleasing and is priced at an attractive $7,000 (the 8 x 19 model is $16k). The models are shown with furniture by les premiers des moderns: Phillipe Starck, Le Corbusier, Mies van Der Rohe, Arne Jacobsen, Charles & Ray Eames & Eileen Gray. Of course if the home office is in the backyard, you might have to change out of those jammies.

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Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest

You've got 12 months to apply, but use those months to plan and construct the most gorgeous kitchen using Sub-Zero and Wolf products -- and you will have a chance to win. The contest is SZ's and Wolf's 7th bi-annual (every other year) quest to recognize members of the design community who have elevated the profession of kitchen design. Builders, designers and architects can compete for over $110,000 in cash prizes for regional, national, international and student categories. Winners receive an all-expenses paid, four-day celebration in a warm and sun-drenched resort in Spring 2006. And, winners will be momentarily memorialized on the Sub-Zero and Wolf websites, as well be published in the Great American Kitchen book. All design and construction must be fully completed within the contest period of Jan. 1, 2004 to Dec. 31, 2005. Details and entry form are available on the Wolf and Sub-Zero sites.

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December 03, 2004

How Does Your Talent Garden Grow?

How do design newbies break into the biz? Pure Design - a contemporary furniture and accessories manufacturer utilizing the aptitude of freelance designers. Working without boundaries and insisting on unlimited creative freedom, Pure Design seeks out the untapped resources in the design world by hosting competitions around the world. Their latest finds are Shimon Watanbe and Masahiro Minami.

Pure Design's limitless approach has resulted in the attainment of invaluable and innovative designs and products. So why aren't more manufacturers seeking out these same newcomers? Have manufacturers become so accustomed to working within limits that they can't see outside the carefully designed modern box? How does your company find new talent?

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December 02, 2004

Where are the women designers?

Bernice "Ray" Eames, Eileen Gray, Charlotte Perriand, Nanna Ditzel, Greta Magnusson Grossman and Gae Aulenti make up the Mothers of Modern Design. Notwithstanding that most made their names a century ago, just who is following in their footsteps? Young Angela Adams is certainly making a name for herself as she evolves from textiles to furnishings, but where are the rest of the women? The Association of Women Industrial Designers cajoles, educates, enthuses and otherwise looks to promote young women designers. Does the industry not appreciate the designs of women? Do women not produce marketable products? What is the reason for so few women in residential contemporary design?

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