1. Zoe Coombes, “Dirt from Glass Cages”


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    Zoe Coombes will speak about her experiences working in the world of contemporary furniture design. Reflecting on both the rate of change within digitized production, and the all-too-contemporary question of how best to learn from the past, Zoe’s talk will pose questions about the future of work and desire in a robotized age. Zoe Coombes is the co-founder of Cmmnwlth, the studio name under which she and her partner David Boira produce furniture, art and that which lies between. Zoe received her Masters degree in Architecture from Columbia University and shortly thereafter began working at the smaller, more detailed scale of furniture. Dedicated to an investigation of contemporary tools and their intersection with craft-based processes of production, the studio has been commissioned by culture-driven clients such as Issey Miyake, Warp Records and the Museum of Modern Art, and currently designs for the American furniture label, MatterMade. http://dcrit.sva.edu/view/events/lecture-with-zoe-coombes/

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    • Design Indaba's 2009 Speakers on South Africa


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      International visitors to Design Indaba 2009 in Cape Town were touched by South African hospitality, impressed by the natural beauty of this country and fascinated by the fusion of cultures that gives South Africa its unique spirit. Design Indaba Conference speakers from across the world talk about the vibrant energy, the optimism of South Africa’s people and the relaxed atmosphere they experienced when visiting this year. Both South Africa and Design Indaba received glowing compliments from speakers hosted in this land of contrasts, described by design activist Bruce Mau, as being “a place where different worlds come together”.

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