updated September 4, 2014

News Safe soy

Uniboard, based in Laval, Quebec, released Nu Green Soya, a water-resistant particleboard with no added formaldehyde (NAF), using patented water-based soy and proprietary cross-linking resins.

News CAD or chisel?

Industrial designer Geoff Ledford delves into the pros and cons of developing prototypes using CAD/3D-printing technology or traditional hand-building tools.

News Isokon at 80

Videos sponsored by London-based retailer Skandium document the 80th anniversary of Isokon and recent developments in the design and manufacture of Isokon furniture.

News Walnut's worth

The Woodworking Network reports the average price for all grades and thicknesses of US kiln-dried walnut increased 26 per cent during the last 12 months across all regions.

News Day details

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation website provides a timeline of the British designers' work, with links to news, films and publications.

Find Learn right

The UK's Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) publishes a 12-page booklet that advocates purchasing school furniture to meet the needs of today's learning environments instead of using the "cost driven approach."

News Design development

Andrew Davidson of the UK's Design Council lists five actions he believes "could help (design) education to continue to evolve, thrive and serve students, the institutions and the design industry."

News Outdoor design

Manufacturer Gandia Blasco (Valencia, Spain) sponsors an international outdoor furniture design contest for designers aged 18 to 35 years. Deadline September 26.

News Danish details

The Association of Danish Wood and Furniture Industries produced a video with three different perspectives of Danish furniture from the US, Japan and Denmark.

News Illegal lead

Australian retailer (smow) used a portable XRF analyser to compare the physical properties of a French-made Tolix® stool to a "knock off" and found the copy had elevated levels of lead in the paint and welds and other quality and mechanical issues.

News Drill down

Steve Hoefer provides a beginner's guide to choose the correct drill bit to bore accurate, clean holes in a variety of materials.

News Folded forms

Produced from 100 per cent post-consumer recyclable cardboard, Melbourne-based Foldtheory's flat-pack Freefold stool becomes bench seats and tables when joined together.

News UK curriculum crit

Richard Green, UK's D&T Association chief executive, writes in Design Week about the new K-12 design curriculum to be implemented in September.

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