Special exhibition: “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2012/2013″

From well-designed exterior luminaires and shallow swing garden furniture, to a helicopter and drawing pencils: In its special exhibition “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2012/2013”, the red dot design museum in Essen (Germany) presents contemporary product design from 3 till 29 July 2012.

Every exhibit has been evaluated by international design experts during a several days lasting process, before being awarded the sought-after red dot seal. They won over the jury panel of the “red dot award: product design 2012” with qualities such as ecological sustainability, outstanding functionality or their emotional and symbolic content. The innovations come from 49 countries and will be exhibited on two floors for the first time.

Further information: red-dot.de/museum-essen

Online exhibition

International People Plant Symposium in the Netherlands from September 6th to 8th 2012

The symposium will take place at Castle ‘de Berckt’ during the Floriade World Horticultural Exposition in Venlo, the Netherlands, on September 6th, 7th and 8th 2012.

Kasteel ‘de Berckt’ is a beautifully situated convention center, only 8 km from the Floriade grounds.The theme of the IPPS 2012 is “Diversity: Toward a new Vision of Nature” and the focus will be on the benefits of nature on health and well-being.

As there is a growing dynamic knowledge of the influence of nature and gardening on people, this symposium intends to bring together individuals and groups from a vast array of sectors, all with a common interest in nature, health, horticulture, horticultural therapy and therapeutic horticulture.

“Diversity” provides a unique opportunity for individuals and organisations to gain exposure and share with a large and focused audience of like-minded people from across the world.

The organizing committee is currently arranging the program and creating a cultural program that will make the symposium an experience to remember.

Further information: IPPS2012.com

Green industry employment increasing in the United States

For the first time the Bureau of Labor Statistics has come up with an official count of environmentally friendly jobs.

The report was published in March 2012 and its figures are from 2010. The analysis says that more than 3.1 million people in the United States are employed in green jobs, 2.3 million in the private sector and 860.300 in the public sector. Environmental groups cheered the report as an affirmation that green jobs are a real factor in nation´s economic growth. “These green jobs are very real and important to our rebuilding economy, said Cai Steger, energy policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

For further information: bls.gov

 

 

grow – Inspiring international artists

The international trade fair for the garden industry is also exploring new ideas when it comes to its advertising campaigns.

In collaboration with the Egger Grey agency in Berlin, spoga+gafa will be presenting five international artists who have gained inspiration from the event’s central theme “grow” and have interpreted it in their own special way through their illustrations.


Acci Baba
From a very young age, the Japan native has worked on refining his skills in traditional calligraphy. His mother, who is also his biggest mentor, introduced him to this historic art form. Acci spent some time in San Francisco before he found success with his artwork in Tokyo. He currently lives with his family in Berlin. 

Apo Fousek
Apo is an extraordinarily talented artist, skater and surfer. When he’s not working, you will find him riding the waves in Brazil or California. The environmental activist is a celebrated artist of the Brazilian underground.

Matthias Gephart
Dada, pop and subculture? Based in his adopted hometown of Berlin, Matthias combines various styles with a graffiti background from his time in Germany’s Ruhr region. His illustrations have been recognised with the “Red Dot Design Award” and the “Art Directors Club Award”, already appearing in multiple international media publications. 

Neil Duerden
The illustrator and designer is regarded as an expert on the theme of “mixed media”. He has a superb command of pixels and vectors in equal measure. Based in Manchester, Neil lets his imagination run free when creating pieces of work for international clients.

Stephanie Wiehle
This artist from Berlin always had a soft spot for pen and paper. It thus came as no surprise that she channelled this talent into becoming an illustrator. Whether with pen, fineliner, graphite or paintbrush, Stephanie loves to draw by hand. She has a particular interest in typography, where her fondness for a detailed, playful style can be further explored.

 

A planted royal crown for the jubilee of the Queen

To commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Royal Parks has installed a magnificent floral crown in St James’s Park at the end of May.

The Royal Parks are enjoyed by many for the diversity and quality of their horticultural displays and plant collections. This display reflects The Royal Parks’ commitment to horticultural excellence and will be enjoyed by visitors celebrating the Jubilee in St James’s Park.

It took five weeks to construct the floral crown which is 4 meters tall and 2.5 meters wide. Weighing approximately five tonnes, the crown will sparkle with the brilliant blooms of 13,500 plants in the colours of the coronation crown’s sapphires, tourmalines, amethysts, topazes, citrines and gold. The display even features a planted red cushion.

This planted crown is supported by a steel framework that took four weeks to construct. The 13,500 Kernock Park plants were grown in Cornwall and took a week to put in place. The crown will be carefully looked after by skilled gardeners working for The Royal Parks.

For further information: royalparks.org.uk