Discover young designers and makers in the Pacific Northwest


Picture taken at the Bellevue Arts Museum by Charlie Schuck, pieces by Studio Gorm, Eugene, OR

Bellevue Arts Museum explores the unique character of Northwest design in The New Frontier

The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest on view April 17 – August 16, 2015

The Bellevue Arts Museum, a leading destination in the Pacific Northwest, from April 17 to August 16, 2015 hosts The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest. The exhibition presents works by emerging designer-makers with nearly 30 design studios from British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon contributing to the exhibition. Examining the materials, processes, and creative strategies that define their practices, the exhibition acts as a catalyst for the discussion of how objects and products are conceived and created here; who is making them; and how the field of local design is reflective of our unique region. More

Keilhauer’s New Collections


Keilhauer offers a complete range of seating and tables to accommodate all types of meetings – from private, formal conference rooms, to lounge areas in public spaces, to casual chats around a coffee table. Designed by world-renowned furniture designers with scrupulous attention to detail, Keilhauer products are engineered and manufactured out of its two Toronto, Ontario facilities and are built for long life with a conscientious focus on environmental design principles. This year for NeoCon, Keilhauer proudly introduces two new collections – Wheels and Chemistry, and a new, highly customizable product – Collo, all designed by Austrian-based design firm, EOOS. More

2015 Design Schools Workshop: Design Forever


This year’s Design Schools Workshop was very successful. The theme “Design Forever” was particularly inspiring and led the students to think about an important subject and engage in interesting dialogs. The 3 schools involved this year, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Art Center College of Design and Centro Mexico had all participated previously (It was SCAD’s second time, Centro Mexico’s third time and Art Center College of Design’s forth time). The 15 students successfully embraced the challenges of collaborating, which can sometimes be more complicated than competing. Lego Group’s Creative Director, Jeremy Brazeal recognizes, “what a great challenge and opportunity this design charette was. I was impressed at how without knowing each other they were all able to use their different diverse backgrounds and perspectives as a positive opportunity and not a deterrent. Once these students begin their careers the ability to collaborate, share ideas and know when to let go of their own perspectives to let the perspectives of others in will be paramount to success.” More

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Design Forum: New Design Education Challenges

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The Design Forum at Industry City closed the 12-day exhibitions and programming at WantedDesign Brooklyn. It included the Parsons Festival and schools exhibitions from ENSCI – les ateliers, Pratt Institute as well as from EPFL+ECAL Lab. The forum focused on design education and new challenges in educating design students, in the U.S. and abroad, with presentations from Lego Creative Director Jeremy Brazeal on the “Creative Curse” as well as a panel discussion introduced by Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons School of Design. Special thanks to Keilhauer for supporting the program.
Read “On Design Education” by Joel Towers and “Creative Curse” by Jeremy Brazeal!

Visual Magnetics at WantedDesign 2015: Transforming How We Use Walls


Visual Magnetics’ collection for architecture and design, Dynamic Spaces, was a highlight of this year’s WantedDesign festival. From the opening night, where founders Claire Pijoulat and Odile Hainaut unveiled a transforming magnetic entryway wall that told the story the festival’s five year history, to installations at WantedDesign Brooklyn with Dusen Dusen and the Design Schools Workshop, and Visual Magnetics’ exhibit at WantedDesign Manhattan, the materials innovation company shifted views within the international design community on what walls can do and how they can work better for creatives. More