The history and practice of Industrial Design in Victoria Australia is my research interest and this blog include posts related to this interest as well as my practice as a designer and design educator.
I was fortunate to be invited to attend the Domus Academy Winter School at RMIT in the early 1990s and even more fortunate to have Michele de Lucchi as a tutor. The exhibition Sampete Com'e - You know how it is in Ventura Lambrate featuring his work was a must see whilst trying the impossible, to see all that is on show, during the Design Week in Milan.
Perry King and Santiago Miranda founded King & Miranda Design in 1975. I was fortunate this week to meet Perry King at Salone Satellite and to visit the design studio in Milan to conduct an interview for my PhD.
I have particular interest in design practice and asked Perry to reflect on his UK education and how over time his practice was influenced or changed by his work in Milan. The influence of early career work with Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti and in particular the Valentine typewriter project were of great interest to me.
The collaboration between Perry King and Santiago Miranda over more than 37years has yielded a great many award winning projects for clients and is represented in the studio logo of two hands. The strength of this bond was evident in an instant as Perry and Santiago kindly agreed to shake hands for my photograph in the studio foyer.
Santiago Miranda and Perry King founders of King & Miranda Design.
Arin Chair - Winner of the iF Product Design Award for 2011 designed by King & Miranda.
Industrial designer Perry King discusses a concept prototype for the award winning Arin chair. Flos classic Jill lamp by King & Miranda also pictured.
Innovative wall heater panels for Runtal designed by King & Miranda and featured at Salone Mobile 2012.
Video here outlines innovative design developments behind the Runtal Folio heater panels.
This video provides insight into the King & Miranda Design studio practice.
I recognised immediately the Jill lamp for Flos in the studio meeting room as I prepared for my interview with Perry. During my studies in the early 1980s this lamp featured regularly in international design magazines and showrooms in Melbourne. Designed in 1978 the Jill lamp is a classic from Flos.
Jill lamp designed by Perry King and Santiago Miranda for Flos. 1978.
Original concept sketch for the design of the Jill lamp designed by Perry King and Santiago Miranda for Flos. 1978.
It is expected that innovation and creativity will be on display in the stands of Salone Satellite each year. The concept and fabrication technique behind furniture by Zhang Zhoujie delivered this year on this expectation. Steel plate is laser cut in unique faceted panels and hand formed and welded to create stools, chairs and tables.
Zhang Zhoujie grew up in the countryside of China, studied at the China Academy of Art and has completed an MA Industrial design at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London. He has his own studio in Shanghai where he explores eastern values, future technology and ways to combine various disciplines.
I first met Sae Ra Kang in 2008, which was my first year back at RMIT industrial design and she was in her final year. Sae Ra was in Malte Wagenfeld's experimental design studio and explored design innovation in screen doors like those on a typical Victorian terrace house. Sae Ra was a highly motivated student and volunteered to tutor in the first year communications course I was coordinating. Sae Ra has followed in the footsteps of RMIT alumni; Edward Kayser, Dean Holmes, Douglas Tomkin and Peter Russell Clarke by studying a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art. It was wonderful to see her at the Melbourne Movement stand at Salone Satellite this year.
RMIT alumnus industrial designer Sae Ra Kang at Salone Satellite with Melbourne Movement director and RMIT alumnus Ian Wong
RMIT University and Royal College of Art graduate industrial designer Sae Ra Kang with Melbourne Movement director Ian Wong.
Nutapult project by Sae Ra Kang
Nutapult project by Sae Ra Kang
Superform chair designed by industrial designer Sae Ra Kang.
Sam Jewell, Sae Ra Kang, Alicia Tam and Daniel Watson
StoryKey picture password system.
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On your first trip to Salone Satellite in Milan it is good to make friends and benefit from the experience of others. I was fortunate to meet Kimming Yap, a graduate from the Domus Academy, and his support and assistance was very much appreciated this past week. His design studio Creativeans with designers Khairul Hussin, Yulia Saksen, and Sharina Bi is based in both Milan and Singapore.
Monash University will soon begin enrolling students at its purpose-built graduate school near Shanghai, after becoming the first Australian university to be granted a licence to operate in China.
The landmark partnership with China's Southeast University (SEU) will provide advanced postgraduate education to more than 1400 students, and gives Monash a presence on the ground in one of the world's largest economies.
Monash University - Suzhou, China.
Following recent endorsement by China's Ministry of Education, the Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou) will officially welcome its first students later this year.
Located in Suzhou, near Shanghai, the Graduate School will feature postgraduate courses in a range of disciplines including nanotechnology, biomedicine, environmental science, transportation, industrial design, economics, and software, thermal and mechanical engineering.
Students will graduate with degrees from both SEU and Monash.
Vice-Chancellor and President, Monash University, Professor Ed Byrne said the partnership with China was the next step for a globally engaged university.
"This is an exciting development for both Monash and Southeast University," Professor Byrne said.
"The partnership allows us to prepare students to be international citizens, equipped to meet the rigours of a workforce in transition.
"China has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with an impressive record of innovation. This makes it an ideal location for a progressive university such as Monash."
Dean of the Monash Faculty of Engineering and Vice-President of the University's Indian and Chinese Initiative, Professor Tam Sridhar said the teaching strengths of SEU complemented those of Monash.
"This agreement reflects SEU's understanding of Monash University’s research and education excellence," Professor Sridhar said.
The Graduate School will accept 350 masters students and 150 PhD candidates each year, building to a capacity of more than 1400 by 2017.
Ranked among the top 500 universities in the world, SEU is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China.
Monash is Australia's largest university, with six Australian campuses, international campuses in Malaysia and South Africa, and research centres in India and Italy. It is currently ranked among the top one per cent of world universities.
RMIT industrial design alumnus Glen Taylor dropped in to the Melbourne Movement stand at Salone Satellite yesterday. Glen, who is one of my former students and also a graduate of RMIT multimedia, is now living in New York and has been working with the world leading industrial design website Core77.com for the past six years. It was great to see him and catch up after more than 15 years.
RMIT alumnus Glen Taylor visited Melbourne Movement stand at Salone Satellite 2012 in Milan.
Glen Taylor from Core77 discusses innovative details of the Trist stool by Tate Anson with Melbourne Movement director Ian Wong.
Industrial designer Perry King worked on the Valentine typewriter for Olivetti which is a twentieth century classic and also was the feature in the exhibition 'my valentine' at the Design Gallery recently.
Today whilst at the Salone Satellite Melbourne Movement stand in Milan I was visited by Perry King.
Industrial designer Perry King with researcher Ian Wong and the iconic Olivetti Valentine typewriter.
Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, spoke about the MOMA exhibition Talk to Me. This exhibition was about Design and the Communication between People and Objects, dedicated to the various systems and mechanisms and strange technological contraptions that enable and/or generate contact between people and objects.
Paola Antonelli presentation at Salone Satellite 2012.
PhD researcher Ian Wong and Paola Antonelli following her presentation at Salone Satellite 2012.
Furnitex is pleased to announce applications for VIVID 2012, Australia’s longest running design competition and innovation showcase for new and emerging designers, are now welcome. Australian based designers and students of design are invited to submit their new products in furniture or lighting.
Celebrating its 10th year in 2012, VIVID at Furnitex will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank, from Thursday 19 July 2012 until Sunday 22 July 2012. Furnitex is Australia’s largest furniture and furnishings trade fair, attracting over 17,000 qualified national and international trade visitors.
VIVID provides a much coveted industry platform for new design talent from across the country. To this date it has assisted over 400 designers with more than 700 products to kick-start their careers.
With the categories, student, concept and commercial and since 2008 a fourth award for the most sustainable product across all entries, VIVID is the biggest drawcard and most interesting and exciting part of the fair pulsing with creative energy and talent as the heart of Furnitex.
VIVID 2012 is a design event not to be missed. Applications now welcome.
Design Week in Milan 2012 is about discovery and whilst exploring Brera tonight the lights of the Andy Martin windows invited us in to explore. Generous hospitality and an exciting furniture project based on ceiling tile systems lead us to meet Australian architect Andy Martin. Andy is from Sydney, studied at the AA and has worked in Paris with Marc Newson. Whilst at the cocktail party at Brera we discussed his projects for design week in Milan 2012.
Andy Martin - Design Week Milan 2012
Andy Martin Brera studio - Milan Week 2012.
Andy Martin and Ian Wong in Milan during Design Week 2012
Elements from the Andy Martin project 'undergraduate shelving' from Milan 2012.