Thursday, 28 January 2010

Campaign: details

Inspired moments from this weeks browsing_________

Spiral stair: the rainbow house- currently for rent through ModernHouse

Campaign: Very Jetson's

The Campaign Studio went a bit crazy for Phils new 3d glasses.

The glasses represent watching a 40inch LCD screen 6feet away. All link in with the iPhone & various consoles.

It is clear to see what we will all be wearing in the year 2020......


Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Campaign loves: Aesop

We have been fans of Aesop for some time now. Even more so when you are lucky to have lots bought for you as a fabulous gift.

The new redchurch street. E1 shop is now opening adding to the luxe Studio Ilse, Mayfair offering for the Australian brand.

Lots more happening world wide, with fantastic interiors.

We are huge fans of the March Studio concepts in Australia & Singapore.


Campaign: Happy New Year 2010

First and foremost a huge Happy New Year to all from everyone [+plus Effie Star] in the Campaign studio.

Sorry for our delay in blogging in 2010. January in the design world is pretty full busy on as I am sure you are all aware .

Campaign has just turned 01 Yrs old and to top such a great year, we have just found out that the Dr. Martens store has been put up for 2 design awards: The Design Week Awards & AJ Awards.

We are currently busy packing up and organizing the move to our new studio.

Lots to tell, more to come


Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai)

The first real architectural news of the year which kept reaching our ears was the opening of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the worlds first 1/2 mile tower.
Designed and engineered by Skidmire Owens & Merrell. The tower was privately funded and can be seen 95kms away.

The tower itself comes up just half a mile short of Frank Lloyld Wrights 1 mile high tower vision Illinois skyscraper to be the focal point of Broadacre City, crazy but wonderful piece of tower design, never realised. The unfortunate and indeed obvious design matter in Burj Khalifa tower is that architecture really became a secondary factor, this tower is hugely engineering led. No right angles are seen, curves convex in and then out lead the way. Design to deflect wind away from the structure. A wonderful feet of enginering and one which has implemented the tallest tower in the world to date. I wonder now the tower is built and the bar has been raised, can architecture take over the baton and deliver a tower of this scale.
It also remains to be seen if an emblem of this scale is again to be required, all this tower seems to act as is a trophy, unfortunately one which only illustrates Dubai's current state of financial affairs.

some tower facts via S.O.M
Completion Year: 2010 Site Area: 104,210 m2 Project Area: 464,515 m2 Building Height: 828 m

Mile High Illinois facts:
Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright intended his Mile High Illinois skyscraper to be the focal point of Broadacre City, the theoretical city, he began planning in the 1920s. Because the Broadacre project was an exploration of horizontal space, a one-mile-high skyscraper might at first seem out of place—but by the 1950s Wright had decided that some cities were “incorrigible,” and that even Broadacre City could use a tall building as a cultural and social hub. The foundation of Wright’s building was a massive column, shaped like an inverted tripod, sunk deeply into the ground. This supported a slender, tapering tower with cantilevered floors. In keeping with his belief that architecture ought to be organic, Wright likened this system to a tree trunk with branches. He planned to use gold-tinted metal on the facade to highlight angular surfaces along balconies and parapets and specified Plexiglas for window glazing. Inside the building, mechanical systems were to be housed inside hollow cantilevered beams. To reach the building’s upper floors, Wright proposed atomic-powered elevators that could carry 100 people.

Ipad launches

Here at Campaign we were excited but perhaps a little unsure about this. Seems like mac have had to push the button on a 8 year old patent. Could this be the first form of commercial mac products ?

First review of the evening via The Guardian__

Apple iPad: the first review

You may wonder what the Apple iPad is for. The answer: everything, but could that be too much?

Apple iPad being played with

Apple iPad is finally shown off. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Like everything Apple designs, the iPad is intended to satisfy our cravings for simplicity and clarity. Steve Jobs had already sneered at the idea of ­netbooks, labelling the cheap, low-powered ­laptops that have proved phenomenally popular with consumers slow and clunky – but it's clear that this is the ­market the iPad is aiming for.

On the surface it appears to be little more than an oversized iPhone, a flat, black screen with a single button but underneath it wants to be a laptop.

As one of a small group of people given a sneak, hands-on preview of the iPad, my first impressions were good: it's hefty but not heavy, feeling solid and responsive in the hand. The screen is about the size of a large paperback, but it's just half an inch deep. That big, glassy screen does leave it vulnerable to breakages, but could also prove ­liberating for people who are used to toting a laptop around with them.

Using it will be familiar to anybody who has tried an iPhone: it uses the same combination of swipes, pokes, jabs and sweeps of the finger of its smaller cousin. Sweep your hand across its reactive 9.7-inch screen, though, and everything feels more satisfying and natural.

The big problem I had was in trying to understand what the iPad was for: the answer, it seems, is everything.

It attempts to do almost everything that your laptop can, while also offering almost everything your smartphone can do as well. Surfing the web was a breeze, while it plays video smoothly and ­handles a variety of games pretty well. You can use any of the existing iPhone applications straight away, though it is disappointing when you realise that they become blocky and almost childlike when expanded to fill the larger screen.

Switched into ebook mode, the way the iPad emulates the printed page feels fairly natural, if not entirely on a par with rival ebook readers such as Amazon's Kindle. The backlit screen doesn't come anywhere near the clarity of electronic ink, which means it's going to prove a lot harder on the eyes of bookworms(it's great for reading in bed, one Apple flunky told me, keen to stress the positive side). But what it loses here, it makes up for with the addition of ­colour and even video. When you get down to business, the iPad might not be enough for heavy users. The on-screen keyboard will take a little getting used to: unlike the thumb-driven flash of text messaging, typing on the iPad requires either a single finger stab or putting it down on a flat surface. But for casual entertainment, it manages to do plenty very well: the sort of thing likely to tempt customers who want a ­lightweight laptop but doesn't really need it to do any heavy lifting.

For anyone who loves new technology, getting the first touch of a new Apple device is a little like laying hands on the Shroud of Turin, or seeing a unicorn: the first experience of a mythical object imbued with miraculous properties.

Jobs trumpeted it as exactly that, a magical device that will change the way we use computers in our everyday lives. And while playing with the iPad was not exactly a religious experience, it's not hard to see that the gadget, or at least the ideas it contains, will be with us for a long time to come.


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