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Inside IDEO Founder David Kelley’s Ettore Sottsass-Designed Home

In a recent 60 Minutes segment, Charlie Rose and producer Katherine Davis profiled IDEO co-founder David Kelley (and revealed that even Steve Jobs himself struggled in getting AT&T to activate one of the first iPhones). This part of the piece, in which Rose pays a visit to Kelley’s Ettore Sottsass-designed home near Palo Alto, ended up on the cutting room floor, but CBS has released it as an online extra. “It’s supposed to be a humble, private house, where you don’t make a big deal out of it,” Kelley tells Rose. “That’s why it’s so plain on the front.” Sottsass studded the living room with bluish green boxes, to break up the space and make it more cozy. Here, Kelley reveals what’s inside them. Plus, his teenage daughter has an entire little (Monopoly-style) house to herself. Notes Kelley, “Ettore thought that if you were a kid you should have your own house rather than your own room.”


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BusinessWeek and IDSA Say What’s the Big IDEA

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BusinessWeek has posted the winners of the 2007 IDEA Awards, the awards they co-sponsor with IDSA (who, by the way, are still looking for an executive director who can inhale strategic innovation). The winners are cut all different ways on the website, so you can see Responsible Style vs Great Enablers, and all the winners through the years. It’s an impressive list, according to Bruce “Menace II 8th Street” Nussbaum, who has dubbed this year’s awards “amazing.”

This year’s big winner was…The plane! The plane! The Eclipse 500 Very Light Jet won the most awards, including the coveted We Are Giving This Product Top Honors Simply Because It Was Designed By IDEO award. Also notable is the fact that IDEA has changed its name from Industrial Design Excellence Awards to International Design Excellence Awards. Which would be revolutionary if it wasn’t the exact same change another magazine made a few years back.

IDEO’s Planning a Quickie and You’re Invited

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The too-smart-for-their-own-good kids at IDEO are organizing what they’re calling a unique event celebrating unusual, stimulating thought and behavior.” And they’re calling it a Quickie. Stimulating, indeed.

Rapid-fire talks, performances, music and mind-candy are guaranteed from Wired’s Chris Anderson, Toychestra, 826 Valencia, Pixar’s Teddy Newton, the 25-woman choir Conspiracy of Venus, Jane McGonigal from the Institute for The Future, Visionary State author Erik Davis on Californian cults and someone called The Mighty Stallion. Stimulating, indeed.

For a good time, head to IDEO’s San Francisco office on June 6 from 6pm – 9pm, which is located at Pier 28 Annex The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Tell them you heard about it on UnBeige to get in. Actually tell them that UnBeige wants to know more, lots more, about this Mighty Stallion.

A full paragraph of additional directional information follows, for those who have problems finding their Quickies.

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