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Spire Wins People’s Design Award

COOPER HEWITT'S 2014 NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS GALAThe people have spoken, and selected Spire as the winner of the 2014 People’s Design Award, announced by presenter Bruce Mau at the Cooper-Hewitt‘s National Design Awards ceremony and gala held last night in New York. Designed by Zhao Zhao (pictured), Spire—a wearable device that senses and tracks physical movement, position, and breathing patterns—takes its place alongside past winners such as PackH2O, Trek’s Lime Bike, and Toms Shoes.

The mission of Spire, which began shipping this month after three years of R&D, is to “change the way the world breathes.” Data from the device, which is zapped to a mobile app, can provide the wearer with insights about his or her daily activity and state of mind, according to the San Francisco-based team. The app also can help users to boost their activity, relaxation, and focus. Spire bested a slate of 20 nominated works, ranging from elegant and inventive consumer products (Drift Light, Lumio, Soma Water Bottle) and eco-friendly construction materials (Mushroom Building Blocks) to emergency tools (SAM Junctional Tourniquet) and design solutions for human and environmental problems (Deka Arm, Ecozoom Stove).

Dwell on Design Debuts in NYC

Dwell on Design has swapped coasts. Writer Nancy Lazarus visited the anti-tradeshow in its inaugural outing in Gotham.

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Architect Daniel Libeskind in conversation with Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron for yesterday’s Dwell on Design keynote. (Photos courtesy Dwell Media)

Dwell on Design has arrived in New York. The three-day event, a long-running hit in Los Angeles, runs through Saturday in SoHo. The design summit includes discussions on topics ‘du jour’ with industry leaders, an open mic forum for up-and-coming designers, a book fair, and installations of innovative products. But don’t call it a trade show.

“Dwell on Design NY has been a long time in the planning,” said Dwell president and CEO Michela O’Connor Abrams. “New York didn’t need another trade show, we needed to galvanize voices and use brands as a focal point of ongoing discussions on local topics, like post-Sandy design and the Freedom Tower,” she added. “We made sure no one brought a trade show booth. Instead, the installations here are meant to bring the brands to life by making art out of building products.”
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Quote of Note | Emmanuelle Alt

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“This story [for the June/July 2014 issue of Vogue Paris] began with Inez [van Lamsweerde] and me exchanging images by e-mail. Sometimes it comes from almost nothing; it might just be a color. When you’re shooting in the sun—you know that strong blue sky in St. Barths—you need a contrast. So I might say, ‘What do you think about red and white?’ And Inez is like, ‘Oh, yeah, sure!’ I’ll send a picture of a red shoe and a René Gruau illustration, which is full of red, and just a silhouette or a little sketch. It’s not always photographs—often it’s a painting or a frame-grab from a YouTube film. Very quickly, we’ll start to build up an image of a woman, and then we can discuss the casting. Some photographers will keep changing their casting or think they need a stronger idea. But Inez isn’t someone who hesitates. It’s like three phone calls and everything is booked.”

-Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt in an interview with Penny Martin, editor of The Gentlewoman, that appears in the latest, fashion-themed issue of Aperture

Design Jobs: Country Living, Adfero Group, Guerrero Howe Custom Media

This week, Country Living is hiring an assistant photo editor, while Adfero Group needs an art director. Guerrero Howe Custom Media is seeking a graphic designer, and Harvard Business Publishing is on the hunt for a graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Visionaire Teams with John Baldessari, Samsung for ‘Celebrity Selfie’ Art Issue

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blue visionaire“I’ll probably be most remembered for putting dots over people’s faces, so its funny to do an issue devoted to the selfies of famous people,” says John Baldessari, who has applied his signature “color interventions” to a suite of celebrity self-portraits for the latest issue of Visionaire. The sixty-fourth incarnation of the shape-shifting publication, creating in partnership with Samsung, is now available in three editions—Red, Green, and Blue—each with a distinct set of portraits tucked in a canvas-clad portfolio that folds out to become a display case. After meeting with Baldessari in his Venice Beach studio, Visionaire founders Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos recruited the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Cameron Diaz, Miley Cyrus, Marina Abramovic, KAWS, Bill Cunningham, and Gisele Bündchen to contribute self-portraits that were printed in black and white and then altered with embossed shapes and colors created by Baldessari. The resulting images range from the exotic (as when a turbaned Lupita Nyong’o gains a second chapeau in a floating, noseless face) to the serene (the clasped hands of Ed Ruscha, amidst a yellow orb and swoosh of orange). “Now we live in an age of self-celebration and constant surveillance in which nearly everyone carries some form of camera,” notes Dean. “It seems ironic and hilarious that an artist so famous for putting dots over people’s faces would devote an issue to the technology that celebrates face-time.”
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Quote of Note | Fran Lebowitz

(Rodolfo Martinez)“This is an era of immense originality and innovation in machinery. Which is very sad to a person like me, because I don’t care. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but it’s not interesting to me. These things weren’t imaginable when I was young. It’s almost as if all of humanity is concentrated on this, and we’re being used for the transmission of these things; that’s what bothers me. You’re 25. Do something that angers me, or surprises me. Don’t keep rediscovering things. Now the culture is made of old things, it’s a collage. Art made out of art is not art. You’re supposed to make art out of life. You go into studios and you see these mood boards or whatever? You think you saw that at Saint Laurent‘s studio? It’s other people’s art. I call that stealing.”

Fran Lebowitz interviewed by Paper‘s David Hershkovits

Wanted: Designer Who May Already Have Won Ten Million Dollars!

While we can’t guarantee it will make you any more likely to receive an early morning visit from the Prize Patrol (and in all likelihood employees are ineligible for company sweepstakes), we hereby alert you to the fact that Publishers Clearing House, they of the plentiful pay-by-installment magazine subscriptions and cash prize promises, is looking for a senior web designer-slash-art director to join its Port Washington, New York office. The winning candidates’ responsibilities will include planning, designing, coding, and executing mobile and web-based material, emails, and interactive experiences (many of them probably depicting giant piles of cash!). And don’t forget to ask in advance to be paid by direct desposit rather than in giant novelty checks.

Learn more about and apply for this Senior Web Designer/Art Director, Publishers Clearing House job or view all the current mediabistro.com design/art/photo jobs.

John Galliano Named Creative Director of Maison Martin Margiela

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gallianoRenzo Rosso has a reputation for talking trash, but like any billionaire, he deploys compliments with military precision. “Who wouldn’t like to work with him?” the mogul said last month of designer John Galliano. “If he ever got back his name, I would be the first to produce his collections.” Fast-forward a few weeks, past Rosso’s firm denials and the Milan spring 2015 collections he enthusiastically appraised from the front row (sometimes beside Kanye West), and it’s official: Galliano is the new creative director of…Maison Martin Margiela.

Rosso’s Only The Brave (OTB), which owns Diesel, Viktor & Rolf, and Marni, as well as production and distribution powerhouse Staff International, acquired Margiela in 2002, seven years before the departure of its enigmatic Belgian founder. The Paris-based house has maintained its artsy appeal, both preserving and advancing Margiela’s minimal yet experimental bent, which dabbles in Warholian cult of personality, albeit a collective one, while celebrating sartorial anonymity. Galliano, a puckish chameleon whose obsession with historical and cultural references fueled his dazzling, scandal-capped tenure at Dior, would seem an ill fit for a house that loves nothing more than sheathing quotidian objects in white cotton, but Rosso sees it differently: “Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul.” Loosen up those lab coats, avant-gardistes, for there is a Gibraltar-born toreador-ringmaster in the maison. He is your new pirate king.

Pass the Mvstard: New Design Marketplace Debuts

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Between Quirky and Kickstarter comes Mvstard, which aims to offer a new way to discover, shop for, and support design. Launched last month to coincide with London Design Week, the web-based platform was born out of a frustration with the current process for getting product to market. “We found it difficult to introduce new products at a sensible cost without scale, and tough to get scale without big investment,” says founder James Coombes. “We believed there was a better way.” Sign up to help solve the chicken-and-egg scale issue and directly support designers by committing to pre-purchase products you love. The opening selection includes an iPhone-charging desk lamp, a mobile made of varnished leaves, and a nifty cast-aluminum stool.

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Nan Goldin, Martin Parr Among 2014 Lucie Award Honorees

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Nan Goldin, Guido on the dock, Venice (1998)

The Lucies, presented annually to honor statuette-worthy achievements in photography, turn twelve this year, and in the run-up to the glittering November 2 gala at Carnegie Hall (tickets now on sale), the Lucie Foundation has announced the 2014 honorees:

• Lifetime Achievement: Jane Bown
• Achievement in Fine Art: Carrie Mae Weems
• Achievement in Documentary: Martin Parr
• Achievement in Photojournalism: Nick Ut
• Achievement in Portraiture: Nan Goldin
• Visionary Award: Pedro Meyer

Top winners of the 2014 International Photography Awards juried competition will be announced at the gala, as will the winners of the Lucie Foundation’s Support Category Awards, including Print Advertising Campaign of the Year, Fashion Layout of the Year, and Picture Editor of the Year.

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