Wednesday

Thought for the day

While exploring Stockholm yesterday we visited Stockholm's Cultural Centre  (housed within the National Museum) for a talk about Women Pioneers in Design. 

A fascinating talk around Sweedish female designers who until now were unknown and unrecognised for their design; due largely to their gender - Ouch! How lucky I am to be female in the 21st century.

Within the same space an exhibition 'the new map'  exhibited a collaborative project between 12 local manufacturers and 12 local designers. A match making process was used, ensuring everyone involved has an exciting, challenging experience. The overall project intention was to high light new 'working methods' and the power of collaboration within local small scale production. 

 The new map | collaborative working

The new map | collaborative working

 The new map | flyers for each collaboration  

The new map | flyers for each collaboration  

This approach to idea and product generation is intriguing to me as a maker or 'thinker with hands'. It is also something Barber&Osgerby talked about at their talk today 'Thinking and making' they went as far as to say, you are a better designer if you know and understand the manufacturing process. All the design projects they discussed (which ranged from Olympic torch to class room chair) moved, almost instantly from brief, to sketch then straight into prototyping.

 Barber&Osgerby

Barber&Osgerby

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