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Maison & Objet Paris January 2016







The January edition of Maison & Objet, considered one of the most important design events in the world, held in Paris and other cities like Miami and Singapore has come to an end.

The event, held biannually on the months of January and September, offers professionals and design lovers multiple activities around design, decoration, interior design and home trends such as conferences, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, product launches and special events.

For five days, more than 69,000 visitors (50% French, 50% international) thronged the aisles of the Parc des Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte.

Photo Credit: Maison & Objet / Govin Sorel

imm Cologne and LivingInteriors 2016







imm Cologne, held in January is one of the most important furnishing fairs in the global furnishing market. Right from the beginning of every year the trade fair presents the new international furniture trends and surprises with numerous marketable innovations.

From 18 to 24 January 2016 at imm Cologne and LivingInteriors, a total of 1,185 companies from 50 countries presented the trends in furniture and furnishings for the coming year. Buyers from the trade with decision-making authority made for a dynamic trade fair during the first five days. With around 80,000 trade visitors from 128 countries, the event recorded a slight increase (4.8 percent) in trade fair visitor numbers compared to 2014. The proportion of visitors from abroad was 46 %.

Some of the trends observed in the event were:

Homes are becoming homier once again

Cosiness and a feeling of security are increasingly important in the home. There is also a clear enthusiasm for new combinations. Along with furniture and decorations, accessories and home textiles that suit people’s preferences when used individually are combined freely. The result is homes that are as unique as their inhabitants.

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A’ Design Award 2015 : Call for Entires


A’ Design Award and Competitions are organized and awarded annually and internationally in a wide range of categories to create awareness for good design. A’ Design Award is the worlds’ largest and most diffused design competition reaching over 200 countries each year.

The A’ Design Award aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products. A’ Design Award and Competitions are organized and awarded annually and internationally in multiple categories to reach a wide, design-oriented audience.

Some of the benefits of winning the award are:

Intense publicity to award winning designs, winner’s certificate, Yearbook Publication, Physical Exhibition of Selected Projects in Italy through the temporary MOOD: Museum of Design, Feedback notes by the Jury, Option to Sell Winning Designs, Inclusion in Designer Rankings & World Design Rankings.

Submission for the competition is now open in 100 design categories. Deadline is February 28th 2015. More info here.

Bogotá Design Festival


The Bogota Design Festival – BDF will be held in Bogotá, Colombia from March 3rd to the 7th and will gather in those four days diverse manifestations of design and other creative industries.

Annually more than 20 cities around the world replicate the model of Design Festival. The first event was London Design Festival in 2013. The event’s objective was and still is to connect citizens around design and innovation and also contribute to the cultural, professional and creative growth of the British capital.

For the first time in Colombia national and international companies part of the BDF will open their commercial areas to the public so visitors can appreciate design inside its original space.

The BDF was created as an initiative of creative industries incubator PRANA, a non-profit organization focused on helping creative entrepreneurs to accelerate the process of creation, growth and consolidation of their businesses.

In this first edition, the Festival will take place in three zones of the city from 76th street to 116th street. A map of the event is available on the Festival’s website.

OMA design plan for the CAN in Bogotá, Colombia.

OMA, one of the biggest architecture and urbanism companies in the world with offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Doha, won the competition to design the Centro Administrativo Nacional CAN in downtown Bogotá. The project will include government offices, parks, stores, restaurants a museum and a hospital. This project will be the second biggest in Latin America after Oscar Neimeyer’s Brasilia.

From OMA website:
“The Bogotá Centro Administrativo Nacional (CAN) is positioned as a new civic center, located at the midpoint of Calle 26 avenue, the city’s main axis that has symbolically charted its growth from the historic downtown to the airport and the international gateway of Colombia. With a footprint as large as the National Mall in Washington DC, this new city center will serve as the city’s government headquarters, with additional mixed use program of residential, educational, retail and cultural developments Hide

The proposed masterplan utilizes a curved, public space axis to connect the adjacent natural parks to Calle 26 and link the existing districts. With a single gesture, the arc achieves a unified system of green, infrastructural, and programmatic networks. The new axis divides the site into three districts: (1) an office zone that connects to the existing financial district, (2) an institutional/ governmental zone that is linked to the existing cultural spaces and recreational parks and (3) an educational campus connected to the existing university. These districts are unified by a green path that extends the meandering paths of the Simon Boliver Park to the National University plaza at other end of the site. This park axis will be programmed with cultural attractions and a bike path that will extend to Bogota’s highly successful pedestrian CicloVia network.

OMA’s proposal shifts the city’s historic downtown center, which Le Corbusier masterplanned between 1947 and 1951 – an early demonstration of the city’s longstanding commitment to urban planning. The CAN masterplan will be the largest built institutional masterplan in Latin America after Oscar Neimeyer’s Brasilia, built in the 1960s.”

Status: Competition 2013
Site: 870,000 m2

Program: 2,750,000 m2 of total buildable area / 29.2 Has of Public Open Space
982,000 m2 Government Offices
683,000 m2 Residential
650,000 m2 Offices
160,000 m2 University Campus
85,000 m2 Cultural (including Museum of Memory)
75,000 m2 Retail
60,000 m2 Hotel
55,000 m2 Hospital

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