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Design a retro bin competiton!

Leading housewares brand Brabantia, world renowned for bringing stylish design to all aspects of kitchen and homeware, is delighted to announce a partnership with the National Design Academy (NDA).

This month Brabantia, supported by the NDA, launched a Design Your Bin competition to find an aspiring designer to create a new design for its 2013 Retro Bin range. The competition is open to all budding creatives throughout the globe – age, experience and location are no barriers.

David Slater, Sales Director at Brabantia, said: “We are delighted to be working with the creative talent from the UK’s largest and most prestigious interior design school.  Brabantia is in search of a world-class design that will go into production in 2013 and we are looking forward to seeing the creative concepts from the students at the National Design Academy.”

All students from the NDA who submit a design will enter a sub competition managed by the academy where the winning designer will receive a ‘one of a kind’ Brabantia retro bin featuring their bespoke design. To ensure your entry is included in the NDA sub comp you must email your design to pr2@nda.ac.uk as well as entering it on the main competition website (details below).

Anthony Rayworth, Director of Studies at NDA, said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for our students to show off their creative talents, and it offers a real challenge to be able to create  a design that will both stand out and work well in most kitchens. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the designs as they come in.”

The competition is also open to all members of the general public. Anyone with creative flair can submit a design – it could be a favourite photo, a piece of fine art, urban graffiti street art, or a detailed illustration or textile.  The winning design will go into production in 2013.

There are six categories: Modern art, Street art, Photography, Illustration, Textiles and handmade and Montage. Any medium will be accepted as long as it can be uploaded and reproduced digitally.  Designs need to be uploaded via www.designyourbin.com in JPG format by 10 June 2012.

As well as getting to see their design produced and on sale as part of Brabantia’s range next year, the overall winner selected by Brabantia’s international design panel will also receive a bin featuring their design and 1,500 Euros worth of Brabantia products.

Visitors to the Design Your Bin site are invited to vote for their favourite design. The designer with the most votes will win Brabantia products worth 1,000 Euros.

The winners of the six individual categories as selected by Brabantia’s design panel will each receive their choice of either a London or I’ve Bin Romantic Retro Bin.

All entries are displayed in the Gallery, where the general public can vote for their favourite designs. So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to join the ranks of the Brabantia designers?

Find out how to take part here.

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Design of the day


A walking piece of art, sexyness and style. She gives Lady Gaga a run for her money! Pandemonia is her name. It’s still unclear who she actually is, but what is clear is that she’s AMAZING!

7 Foot tall, with an inflatable head and an interesting wardrobe, this pop art phenomenon has made a number of striking appearances at exhibitions and press events, including Damien Hurst’s’ Nothing Else Matters. White Cube Masons Yard.

She’ll also be showing off her female form at this years London Fashion Week… eeek! I’m gutted I wont be there to see what she’ll wear. If any designhub readers catch a glimpse of Pandemonia let us know!


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Trendsetters of 2011 hit the Birmingham Interiors show

AFTER TRAIPSING through a maze of modern and high-end interiors at this years Birmingham Interiors Show, it all started to become like a buffet table at your Nan’s 70th. You know,  garlic bread, canapes and cheesecake repeated over and over. There wasn’t anything which was different or hooked me in, until I stumbled across The Designers Block tucked away in the corner of hall 2. Continue reading


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Design of the day

The V&A Chandelier

Another great find from the Victoria & Albert museum is this huge thirty foot glass chandelier hanging in the main entrance. Created by American artist Dale Chihuly in 2001, the piece reminds me of the snakes from Medusa’s head squirming around and hissing.

The glass from the beautiful (formally known as) Ice Blue and Spring Green Chandelier is hand blown and takes several days to clean by a team of technicians. This masterpiece cements the V&A’s commitment to modern design.

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