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Sophie Lovell has returned from Milan with a detailed account of this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, and Mareike Gast visited DesignMarch 2013, the Icelandic design festival in Reykjavík, for us. In her Materials column for this issue Gast also investigates the pioneering world of printable organic electronics. The Australian design author, teacher and activist Anne-Marie Willis is already wellknown for her critical design statements. In her discourse essay she poses the essential question: what kind of regulatory function can and should design perform in times of approaching technological singularity.
And as always with our Agenda we present our detailed selection of the most important upcoming design events.
So in this spirit we would like to congratulate, from one “Best Ager” (vintage 1957) to another (vintage 1953), the German Design Council, who are currently celebrating its 60th birthday. On the 14th June they have their Design.Innovation.Europe conference in Frankfurt. The announcement for it states: “[…] The EU Commission has recognized the far-reaching importance of design. For this reason in 2011, as part of the European Design Innovation Initiative (EDII) a panel of experts was established, the European Design Leadership Board. It aims to heighten awareness of design as a driver of innovation, integrate design as an economic and growth factor in the future direction of European innovation policy, and create a joint platform for design policy […]”
In issue 15 in 1961 form reported on the founding of a liason committee, “whose representatives come from institutions belonging to the six EEC countries that are significantly responsible for the promotion of industrial design. The national representatives exchanged views about the situation and application areas of industrial design. Although the German Design Council was represented by a delegate at the conference in Brussels, the liasion committee’s office is still provisionally located at 57, rue d’Arlon in Brussels.”
Sometimes you just have to have a lot of patience, and that’s what we wish for too for the next 60 years.

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2D3D4D: Tom Kundig Collection, Luceplan, FF Videtur, Stelton, Pae White u. a. +++ Carte Blanche / Poster: Gesa Hansen / M/M (Paris) +++ On Show: Kultur:Stadt, DesignMarch 2013 +++ Books: Bio Design: Nature + Science + Creativity, Hello World, Some Magazine, Behind the Scenes – Stories from the Design Industry, Die große Transformation, The Bamboo Spoons of Alvaro Abreu, Zeitgemäß und zeitbeständig – Industrieformen von Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Jurriaan Schrofer –Restless typographer, Architektur für die russische Raumfahrt

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