Hábitat Valencia

Valencia, 28.september-02.october.2010

Ineke Hans

“Cosas” by Patricia Urquiola

Sketches, prototypes, objects of inspiration and finished pieces presented in a colloquial, simple way in a large unfinished cardboard box. A personal selection of "things" reflecting the Urquiola universe with the purpose of explaining the evolution of her work from the initial idea to the final product. The show was divided into three sections: an archive with images, objects and materials from various design and architecture projects; a central part with a selection of products displayed at different levels on a platform of wooden slats, and a mobile rail that transported the prototypes of each one of the pieces. A spectacular story that invited the spectators to make their own interpretation and involved them in the working process of one of the most relevant designers on the international scene.

 

www.feriahabitatvalencia.com

 

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Ineke Hans

Nude 2010

Twenty-five young designers and studios, together with four Spanish design schools, have participated in the ninth edition of the Nude show, part of the Hábitat Valencia Fair. On this occasion, the selection committee has emphasised the "simplicity and creativity of the ideas submitted and their considerable practical applications", most of them signed by young professionals from the Valencian Community, Barcelona and Madrid. Internationally, projects have been received from Switzerland and France, and the Goldsmiths University of London and the Royal College of Art (United Kingdom) have also participated. A novelty of the show was the collaboration with the Odosdesign studio to promote the Citynude activity, an urban design route through the streets of Valencia involving exhibitors from previous editions of Nude. In addition, the Nude Hotel, a space curated by Alberto Arza, has sought to favour the exchange of ideas among young designers and has in turn become a showroom where they were able to showcase and sell their creations. In addition, the four Nude-Bancaja bursaries have been awarded, which went to Ham&Cheese, Cuatro Cuatros and La Otra Cristina Serrano.

 

www.feriahabitatvalencia.com/nude/nude.aspx

 

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Ineke Hans

To the table!

A show that portrays the relationship between food and design through a selection of projects produced in the past ten years. The fact is that eating generates a vast number of products in a diversity of sectors, from furniture and electrical appliances to household wares and packaging, among others. Beyond the objects, the show features a few proposals that reflect the changes in our habits, such as the website www.naranjasecologicas.com, an example that encompasses two major transformations: the interest in the consumption of eco-friendly products and internet shopping. The exhibition route is structured into three fields: Shopping, with innovative products and services that go for a more technological kitchen but still calls for local products: Preparing, with strategies and products that help to resolve everyday problems and that demonstrate how behind food a variety of philosophies of life are concealed; and Serving, which focuses on the rituals generated around the act of eating in the different cultures.

 

www.feriahabitatvalencia.com

 

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Ineke Hans

Barometer of Trends

What has definitively gone out of fashion? For what function has no satisfactory solution yet been found? What are the indispensable values when choosing a product? Those were the three questions that SIDI asked of visitors and professionals attending the fair in order to glean their opinion on the latest trends in equipment for the habitat. The most varied answers were collected on post-its stuck on three large white walls. Design and durability, comfort, quality and price were some of the values that stand out in a product. The extractor hood, the vacuum cleaner or the ironing board were among the articles that did not properly fulfil their function, while the colour ivory, the bidet, Chinese products or ostentation were some of the answers to the question of what has gone out of fashion. A draw was held among the participants to win two Manolete armchairs designed by Alberto Liévore for Perobell, one bookcase from the Praq-Tik programme by Josep Turell for Arlex and 20 watches from the Eduardo Chillida and Miquel Milà collection edited by the Joan Brossa Foundation.

 

www.sidi.es

 

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Ineke Hans

CIPAI

The first edition of the Latin American Congress on Interior Architecture turned into a platform for an analysis and reflection on interior architecture and the design of the habitat. In order to oppose different points of view, the Interior Designers' Association of the Valencian Community invited expert professionals with consolidated careers such as the architects Bruno Erpicum or Arthur Casas, interior designers such as Isabel López and Sophie Popelier and architects and designers such as Patricia Urquiola, Jean-Marie Massaud and Roberto Palomba. The most cosmopolitan vision of the congress was provided by Shashi Caan, president of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, and the most conceptual aspect of interior design was provided by Miguel Rodriguez Casellas and the King&Miranda studio, charged with the closing act through their paper “Under the skin of things”. In parallel to the papers given, a series of debating tables were organised with twenty-one participants from Spain and Latin America, among which were professionals such as Estudio Mínim, Joan Lao, Héctor Ruiz, Alberto Liévore, Pepe Cosín, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, Francesc Rifé, Fernando Salas, Marcel Benedito and Salvador Villalba.

 

www.congresocipai.com

 

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