updated December 10, 2014

News Cooper Hewitt returns

After three years of extensive renovations, New York's Cooper Hewitt reopens on December 12 with 60 per cent more gallery space and several new exhibits, including Beautiful Users, with insights into design thinking, ergonomics, anatomy and human behaviour, as documented in the accompanying catalogue.

News Colour captured

Techkon, a German manufacturer of opto-electronic measuring devices, introduces Color Catcher, a mobile phone app that captures colours and outputs data in Lab, sRGB or RAL Classic Colorbook formats.

News Back room revealed

Rob Kirkbride of MMQB explores Cranbrook Art Museum's 20,000-square-foot repository of classic furniture designs, including by Charles and Ray Eames and Niels Diffrient.

News Australian award

Australian citizens and designers with residency status can enter work for the Australian Furniture Design Award, which includes $20,000 cash, studio residency, product distribution, royalties, and more. Deadline: May 22.

News Design brief

The Graphic Designers of Canada petition the Canadian government to find an alternative to design contests that exploit students by providing little or no compensation.

News Icon selects

Icon Magazine names five nominees for its 2014 Furniture Design of the Year Award.

News KickStarter dispute

A KickStarter campaign promoting a range of Corelam™ products has resulted in an intellectual property dispute with UK-based Benjamin Hubert Ltd.

Find Race recorded

Established in 1945, the UK's Race Furniture Ltd. produces a 54-page catalogue showing the life work of post-war design pioneer Ernest Race (1913-64).

News Modern returns

Fast Company reports Ikea Sweden reintroduced several furniture designs from the 1950s to the 1970s such as the Ekenäset chair (approx. $200) and the Kläppa/Butterfly chair (approx. $40).

Find Italy makes

Domus magazine gives an overview of Make in Italy, from Programma 101 to Arduino, an exhibition-installation in Rome celebrating half-a-century of Italian inventions.

News NZ now

New Zealand's Dowse Art Museum exhibits Modern Revivals: Contemporary New Zealand Furniture, December 13 to March 22.

News Sit stand work

Canadian Interiors magazine reports how office furniture manufacturer Teknion applied lab-controlled studies of sit-stand workstations to their new Livello Counterbalance table.

News Out of reach

The New Statesman deliberates whether commercial interests and high tuition fees will spell the end of British art and design schools.

News Craftspeak

The UK Crafts Council produced an 11-page manifesto in support of craft and making in British education curricula.

News Signature win

The New York Times reports Toronto-based Canadian designer Andrew Jones's Fleurt stacking chair won New York Battery Park's design contest for a "signature chair."

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