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Posts Tagged ‘Yves’

California Design Biennial: The Party

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Sure, it was tough to tear our eyes away from award-winning white walls of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, but it was a breezy Saturday night just begging for some alfresco design discourse. So after making careful note of the objects and the graphics of the California Design Biennial, we proceeded upstairs to the roof, which provides one of the best Stella Artois-drinking environments in Southern California.

Juror Michael Worthington held court with a bevy of CalArts faculty and grads, including Penny Pehl, James Moore, Caryn Aono and new Green Dragon Office hire Leslie Sun. On a more serious note, the salt-and-pepper-headed Sean Adams discussed hair styles with perpetual brunet Mr. Keedy.

A gang of our friends from the north (San Fran) were looking especially tanned and relaxed (no doubt due to an afternoon soaking up some much-needed sunshine). Eric Heiman and Adam Brodsley of Volume chatted with Jeremy Mende about dinner plans. Christopher Simmons and Stefan Bucher traded Y Conference notes at a nearby table.

Sadly, there was no sign of The Man With the Golden Curls in the house, but we did get to meet two of our local design heroes, the man behind the mighty mustache, Geoff McFetridge, and Atwater Pottery‘s Adam Silverman. Mine designer (and 2007 Project M participant) Tim Belonax had some hero-worship of his own going on, representing with a McFetridge “I’m rocking on your dime” tee. And to end the evening on a perfect Hollywood note, we met the delightful Constance Zimmer, aka Dana Gordon, Ari’s worthy foil on Entourage. What can we say? Nothing like great design to lure a crowd of the best California has to offer.

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Herman Miller Wants You to Be Yourself

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The Leaf Light seems to have ushered in more than just an era of Yves-worship. Herman Miller has launched an entire line based on the simple and sustainable premise, the Be Collection:

The wide-ranging portfolio includes an innovative personal heating/cooling unit (above), a pair of Yves Behar-designed lights, an enhancement of Herman Miller’s revolutionary Babble voice privacy technology, as well as new personal organization, and paper management tools. New keyboard platforms and monitor arms with a fresh approach to design and environmentally friendly materials complete the collection.

Visit the Be Collection site, or, if you’d like to be introduced to the collection and have a catchy whistled tune stuck in your head all day, watch this pretty little animation with illustrations by Felix Sockwell.

Sunday Recap: Tobi Wong, Trends, and Even More Yves!

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On the last day before the ICFF floor was opened to the public, bloggers rushed to cover the exhibits before they were swarmed by design-curious housewives pushing strollers. MoCoLoco hit the Wrong Store, where the party was actually outside on the sidewalk, Core 77 has photos of the Nat Sherman appetizers, more parties Saturday and Sunday and a sum up of the ICFF highlights, which opens with the awesome line “ICFF, as we all know, is a lot like IKEA.” Shuddddder.

Metropolis pushed a bunch of its content live, with Jade Chang and David Sokol on the floor. Sokol’s trolling for trends like Graphic Content and Material Marriages. Check out the photos from Day 1 and Day 2. The magazine’s “Rethinking Energy” conference is taking place today.

Chang’s doing these awesome little mini interviews named WeSeeYou@ICFF where she talks to people like the Artecnica founders, and where we learn not only what Yves is wearing but what kind of skateboard we can buy from Paul Smith so we can roll together forever.

All ICFF/Design Week posts here.

UnBeige Looks Back: A 2006 Musical Review

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Sung to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne”

Well, Ze got cool and Yves more hot,
Bierut was on our mind.
How could old Gehry be forgot,
UnBeige loves all design!

Pasadena to Aspen, far and near,
Austin was the best time,
Through the Midwest, HOW and Y we jet,
We travel for design!

In soccer, hockey and basketball,
Ugly” vs. “Pretty” online,
Even by Prince Charles and Scarlett,
You can’t escape design!

And spec’s bad for design, as feared,
Or not, or maybe it’s fine,
Except for these guys, you all should get
Paid more when you design!

Does gender matter? Are women stars?
Did Laura Bush miss the NDA 5?
We loved when Nussbaum threw a fit,
Who says it’s quiet in design?

Vanity Fair got design this year,
Newsweek and Food+Wine,
We’ll take the press but don’t forget
To credit who did design.

Brad Pitt became our poster child,
Adnan Hajj‘s clones got denied,
Sexy Heller‘s millionth book was writ,
What a year for old design!

So thanks for tips and linkage, dears,
You helped us make this rhyme,
We’ll see you in the new year with
More ways to waste your time!