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taliaYstudio, Lobmeyr and Dezeen have teamed up for a CrystalJellies giveaway!

I love giveaways! I love competitions to win designy things I can´t either get at my local store or even afford.

Which is why I´m SO happy that Lobmeyr agrees and together we have teamed up with the wonderful peeps at Dezeen to organise a competition for their readers to be in for a chance to win one of four CrystalJellies!

The competition in on until November 4th. Good Luck!

(Photo was taken by the great Leonid Rath at our launch as part of the Wien Products Collection 2015, in the most beautiful Rubens Saal at Vienna´s Kunsthistorisches Museum)

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iSalone 2015 - Post-Festival-Fever

JellyJewel by taliaYstudio and SuperSense

JellyJewel by taliaYstudio and SuperSense

Milano Design Week 2015 was a dream - it was long, intense, hectic, warm, sunny days and starry nights. It was hard work and hard play. It was the yearly international celebration of thousands of designers, design curators, design journalists coming together and being niche-happy for themselves and each other, feeling like one in a million by being one of a million.

I have to admit I hardly saw any design at all, as I was mostly lifting polaroids and engaging with the visitors at our booth in Ventura Lambrate for our project JellyJewel in collaboration with Vienna´s SUPER SENSE. But if the evening conversations are anything to go by I´m not sure I missed anything since whatever was worth seeing was being published online in realtime and, according to many, looked better digitalised.

If analog design viewing has been overtaken by the digital pixels and stories, why go to a design fair at all? Mostly everyone I have gotten in contact with after the fair was over, wrote back with quotes along the lines of "most fun ever". That´s the real Why of design festivals - because their bloody fun. They´re an indulgence of festival madness surrounded by beautiful objects made by your old-and-new design heroes but probably by their ghostwriters, framed by design discourse but mostly by Negroni´s and Aperol Spritz, festival day in festival day out. It´s like jumping into a visual sensual swimming pool except you´re not surrounded by water, you´re indulging in design objects, with design people, for a whole 8 days. It´s a booth-dinner-after-party cycle for 8 days straight in some of the most obscure and beautiful palazzo´s/rooftops/museums of the city, unless you come early and leave late which means it´s 10 days, and you´re reunited with friends you only see once a year and who bring new friends. And because this is a design festival, you´re working all the time - everyone is a potential collaborator/contractor/curator/publisher of your work, so you learn to switch from fun mode to work mode back to fun mode within seconds without ruining the flow.

Design festivals exist partly for getting direct feedback from the audience about a product, pre-launch. But they are more about getting real person-to-person contact with the people in our niche industry: designers/curators/producers/critics, the lot. You can see all the unaffordable design online, but the digital will never replace the value of conversation, of interaction, of creating analog memories between people. Plus, a little party never hurt anyone.


 

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Soulbottles sells 40,000 units!

40,000 units sold = €40,000 raised for water charities

40,000 units sold = €40,000 raised for water charities

We´re so proud of our clients Soulbottles, who recently confirmed having sold 40,000 units of their Soulbottle, a bottle designed by taliaYstudio! Congratulations!

Back in the Winter of 2012, two young guns in their early twenties, Georg Tarne and Paul Kupfer, approached the studio with the briefing to design a durable glass water bottle - the only product they planned to sell to launch their company Soulbottles.

Their mission: to make drinking tap water sexy by creating a beautiful refillable glass bottle for restaurants as well as for on-the-go and so reduce the amount of plastic in retail. Their social impact: for every bottle sold, 1€ of that sale goes directly to NGO´s dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to rural areas of this earth. Their business plan: to grow and engage an online community of budding graphic designers and curators that create and crowd-curate the art that is burnt onto the glass bottles´ "cylindrical canvas".  Their budget for the studio´s design service: close to zero.

I was seduced to take on the challenge by the enthusiasm of these young boys, and because every year the studio takes on one "social project": giving design services, from research to design consultancy to full blown product design, for little or no money to companies and organisations with high environmental and social impact but no budget.

I´m proud that the bottle we designed has raised €40,000 for water-related NGO´s, and very happy for the success of the Soulboys for enduring with their business - well deserved congratulations xxx

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Talia Radford hosts an ideation workshop during Fast Company´s Innovation by Design Conference

Thanks to Noah Robinschon, executive editor of Fast Company, for tweeting this! During yesterday´s Fast Company conference, Talia was invited to host one of the tables during lunch for selected guests. Obviously she got the post-it notes out and started an ideation session! For us, it´s all about knowledge transfer and a mutual interest in sharing creative processes and food-for-thought.

If you´re interested in one of our ideation sessions to help you bring your projects forward, get in touch!

 

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Innovation by Design Conference and Awards

After a full two days of Fast Company´s workshops, lectures and podium discussions, last night we celebrated the Innovation by Design Awards. 

Even though our KissCam did not win in it´s Experimental Category, we´re super happy for the guys from MIT´s Tangible Media Groups InForm project for a well-deserved win, and super inspired to have spent the whole evening together excited about each other´s projects and generally interacting with some of the most creative minds in the industry.

Thanks so much to Fast Company for their incredible efforts to set-up a tip-top conference. I´m definately going to put it on my calendar for next year, and I urge you to do the same.

Two lovely and unforgettable details about last night: finding out that John Maeda was part of the Jury for our category; and finally reuniting and celebrating with former taliaYstudio team member Kickie Chudikova, who worked on the KissCam project before moving to her dream city of NYC. #almostthemost #doubletrouble fever was all around. <3

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