StockFood and The FAB Awards, the world’s only creative awards programme specializing in Food & Beverages have opened a unique new competition for 2008, especially designed for young creative individuals: the “FAB Futures Award” sponsored by StockFood. Young creative talents worldwide under 30 years of age are invited to create either a print ad (advertisement or poster) or packaging for a fictitious Food & Beverage brand, using one of 10 chosen StockFood images. Closing date is the 15th March 2008.
The winner will be invited to the celebratory award presentation in London in May 2008, where the participant will attend the awards dinner as a guest of StockFood and The FAB Award in and will be honoured in front of an international expert audience. Log on to www.stockfood.com for more information. (Information courtesy: Grapheast Computers Dubai)
For a change the French are imitating arch-rival Britain by introducing a free admission policy to 18 French national museums including The Louvre (above), in a bid to encourage more French people to visit them. (I suppose they are so busy with food and fashion, that they have forgotten all about the museums). Normally the entre fee is about 6-9 Euros. This is an experiment by the French Government that will run until June 30 this year for French nationals as well foreign tourists.
Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture is back with a new installation, venue and different designers. The exhibition that will open in April 2008 will feature Vivienne Westwood, Alexander Mcqueen and Hussein Chalayan among other designers and will focus on the visual and conceptual similarities between fashion and architecture since the 80s. The architecture fraternity will be represented by Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, David Adjaye and Thomas Heatherwick. The installation has been designed by some of the most edgy designers such as Boudicca, Comme des Garcon, Martin Margiela, Victor & Rolf, Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe.
It’s intersting to note that some of the most famous fashion designers originally trained as architects such as the late Gianfranco Ferre and former Gucci creative head Tom Ford. Last year the exhibition ran at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
The exhibition will run from April 24 to August 10 2008 at Somerset House, Strand, London. For more information visit www.somersethouse.org
Mark your calendars. Here’s a little round-up of most of the important design events/furniture fairs for the year 2008. A couple of dates are yet to be confirmed but there’re tentative dates to help you plan your schedule better. See you there!
- IMM Cologne, Germany, January, 14-20, 2008 http://www.imm-cologne.com
- The Office Exhibition, Dubai February 4-6, 2008 www.dmgdubai.com
- Stockholm Furniture Fair, February 6-10, 2008 http://www.stockholmfurniturefair.com
- Design Indaba in South Africa, February 23-29, 2008 http://www.designindaba.com
- Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, April 16-21, 2008 www.cosmit.it
- International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), New York, May 17-20, 2008 www.icff.com
- Art Basel, Switzerland, June 4-8, 2008 http://www.art.ch
- Abitare il Tempo, Verona, Italy, September 18-22, 2008 www.abitareiltempo.com
- 100% Design London September 18-21, 2008 www.100percentdesign.co.uk
- Tent London September 18-21, 2008 www.tentlondon.co.uk
- Dutch Design Week in Eindhovan, The Netherlands, October 1-31, 2008 (dates to be confirmed) www.dutchdesignweek.nl
- Orgatec (Office Design), Cologne, Germany, October 21-25, 2008 www.orgatec.com
- 100% Design Tokyo, October 30-November 4, 2008 www.100percentdesign.jp
- Art Basel Miami, December 4-7, 2008 www.artbaselmiamibeach.com
Bahraini artist Jamal Abdul Rahim is presenting his exhibition titled Memory of the beautiful time at Meem Gallery in Dubai. Rahim is a renowned artist who has previosuly exhibited throughtout Europe and the Middle East. In his current exhibition, Rahim portrays famous personalities of the 60s such as Che Guevara, Om Kolthoum, Fairouz and Nasser in a vividly modern interpretation.
Meem Gallery has been bringing in some of the most acclaimed Middle Eastern artists to Dubai such as Rima Farah, Ali Omar Ermes, Nja Mahadoui and many more since it opened in 2006.
The exhibition will run at Meem Gallery until January 18, 2008. Call (04) 3477883 for more details.
Clash of the titans? Koolhaas and Foster defend their designs for two separate projects in Ras Al Kahaimah (RAK Gateway) and Abu Dhabi (Masdar Zone) that are incidentally similar. Read this story in Building Design at the link below.
Next month Norman Foster will be speaking about his no-carbon, no-waste city and sustainable architecture at the World Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. January 21-23, 2008.
Last night I watched the hit documentary-Helvetica by Gary Hustwit at traffic. Well-made with many interesting anecdotes and interviews with well-known typeface designers, including icons such as Massimo Vignelli, Vim Crouwel and my favourites Erik Spiekermann and Stefan Seigmaster, the documentary had me glued to the chair (in this case the cool chair one by Konstantin Grcic) for 90 minutes. The ubiquitous typeface, which was created in a small foundry celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year and has been the most influential font of our visual culture. I also learnt the difference between serif and sans-serif fonts!
Screenings are free happening at 7:30 pm until December 16. Seats are limited and on first come-first-served-basis. So reserve yours now. Oh! and the really nice people at the gallery also serve soft drinks and popcorn for a true cinema experience and it’s all on the house. Call traffic at 04-3418494
To know more about Helvetica, check out the following link: