MillerGoodman @ Piet Hein Eek, Dutch Design Week 2012

When Piet Hein Eek called us up earlier this year to invite us to show in his Factory on the outskirts of Eindhoven nothing could prepare us for the scale of his operation. His 10,000sq metre factory started out as a Philips manufacturing plant. Town planners had decided to flatten it to develop a residential area but Piet managed to raise the finances to buy the site. After two years of incessant work Piet and his team have realised almost the impossible. The site includes a showroom, gallery space restaurant, factory, shop, office space for his team and spaces for other artisans to rent. We were made to feel part of the family and are happy to be exhibiting there as part of Dutch Design Week. Pop along if you can. 20th-28th October

 

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British Design Awards shortlist 2012

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for this years British Design Awards for our block toy FaceMaker. We are amongst 30 other designers and brands. Take a look here at the shortlist British design awards and of course it would make us happy if you voted for us here.

 

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Telegraph Magazine

A nice review of our recent exhibition in Milan in the Sunday Telegraph’s design special.
Text reads as follows. Best use of materials Miller Goodman is a design duo that specialises in products for children, from its PlayShapes made from colourful wooden blocks to a series of books made for Tate. Fun though these ‘totems’ may look, they are part of a series of art pieces that Zoe Miller and David Goodman made from salvaged materials and exhibited at Spazio Rossana Orlandi. The character and expression conveyed with offcuts of wood scraps of tin, old springs and bits of wood is extraordinary.

 

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Showing at Rossana Orlandi Milan

Wow what an amazing space Rossana Orlandi has and what a treat to be in Milan for design week. We are showing alongside 40 other designers in this beautiful old tie factory.

The work we have done for the exhibition reveals the creative process behind our latest book ‘Faces’, showcasing some of the original pieces made for the book, along with new works. The exhibited sculptures combine re-appropriated objects and old toy parts. Some of the pieces have articulated moving parts, allowing them to be configured in different ways. Also featured is a totem pole made from 196 blocks of ShapeMaker.

 

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FaceMakers have arrived!

Now available from us here and being sent out to our stockists. Explore your creativity and discover thousands of unique faces to be made with these 25 wooden blocks. Will you make the cowboy, the queen or a character only you can imagine? We hope you have fun playing! Please also remember to send in your creations so we can showcase them in our flickr group, link here.

 

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Milton Glasser Video “Art is work”

Artists give gifts to culture making us all feel connected.’Never lose your capacity for astonishment.’
Beautiful man, beautiful mind, beautiful work.

 

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FaceMaker Product Launch @ Home London and Maison & Objet Paris

Thought we’d share this image of some of our new creations made with our new block toy FaceMaker. All these faces were made with one set. We are super excited to be taking trade orders at Home London 15-17th Jan and Maison & Objet Paris 20-24th Jan. We can’t wait to see what faces everyone makes. Another cool thing is that ShapeMaker (our first block toy) and FaceMaker can be combined for even more possibilities.

 

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Seasons Greetings

Sleepy man, Santa, and Angel created using our New toy FaceMaker available Feb 2012.

 

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OUR NEW BOOK FACES IS OUT

Welcome to our wonderful world of faces…

We are very proud to announce the launch of our new book for Tate Publishing called “Faces”. Its been one of the hardest but most rewarding projects to date. Hence lack of blog posts

Book Description.

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Faces are all around us, everywhere we look. On every page of this inspiring and imaginative book the reader will encounter unusual and creative ways of making faces, using printing, collage, geometric shapes and sculpture. Surprising details are revealed by lifting flaps, looking through holes or turning the book upside-down. As well as being entertaining and engaging, “Faces” offers an insight into major modern art movements, including pop art, op art, abstraction, junk art and kinetic sculpture. The book’s designers reference key artists, including Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, and Eduardo Paolozzi as well as graphic designers of the 1950s and ’60s.

Available from our web shop link here or at Tate shops.

 

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