updated July 22, 2014

Find Computers vs. humans

An article in Low-tech Magazine questions the sustainability of CNC production technology because it consumes more power than traditional "human-controlled machine tools."

News Design for Spain

The design brief for the 2014 Andreu International Design Award requests a seat and/or table that meets technical parameters established by the Spanish company. Deadline: December 1.

News IKEA sued

The Toronto star reports Zsemba Apron and Upholstery Ltd., based in Vaughan, Ontario, launched a $25 million breach of contract lawsuit against IKEA, claiming the world's largest furniture retailer unfairly cut prices and changed standards.

News IIDEX Woodshop

IIDEXCanada, the City of Toronto and sponsor Woodshop, a juried exhibition of 15 innovative wood prototypes made from ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) for display at IIDEXCanada, December 3-4, and two other Toronto locations. Deadline: August 1.

Book pick

New book 1968: Radical Italian Furniture, by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, rates a New York Times review by Gazelle Emami.

News Beware design

Co.Design and Brooklyn design studio Hyperakt sponsor this short video talk on the "dark side" of design by Paola Antonelli, senior architecture and design curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

News DWR has new owner

The Danbury News Times reports Michigan-based furniture manufacturer Herman Miller acquired 84 per cent ownership of modern furniture retailer Design Within Reach, based in Stamford, CT.

News 10 for 10

Terence Conran, co-founder of UK furniture manufacturer Benchmark, instigated the Wish List project at this year's London Design Festival, challenging 10 designers to produce 10 longed-for items for 10 of his friends.

News UK festival events

The 2014 London Design Festival releases an early list of over 30 furniture design-related events. September 13-21.

News Safer polymers

Greenbiz suggests five steps to help furniture designers reduce their products' chemical footprint.

News Design down under

Australian mid-century furniture shown on Australian Modern, Australian Culture Blog and D*Hub echoes designs produced in Canada during the same period, as described in Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design by Kirsty Grant, published by the National Gallery of Victoria.

News Sardine seating

According to the UK's Guardian, European aircraft manufacturer Airbus applied for a US patent for compact saddle-style seating with minimal leg room.

Find 1930s design leaders

The February 1934 issue of Fortune Magazine includes a nine-page illustrated article about American industrial design and designers.

News Pay workers more

The American Sustainable Business Council supports raising the US minimum wage, citing a recent national poll showing 67 percent of small business owners agree with an increase plus yearly adjustments for inflation.

Find UK-US collaboration

2012 pdf publication Out of the Woods documents UK Royal College of Art students' 12 chairs produced in cooperation with LCA software developer PE International, Benchmark Furniture and American Hardwood Export Council.

News Toronto trees save

A report by the Toronto-Dominion Bank Group claims Toronto's urban forest annually provides the city with over $80 million in environmental benefits and cost savings, or about $8 per tree.

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