Next week, From Now On will be working from South Africa, with the British Council Connect ZA team, to launch the The Maker Library Network on the EXPO events stage of Design Indaba. and as part of the events opening the World Design Capital 2014.

The project has developed exponentially since our small sketch last October. Six Maker Libraries across the UK and South Africa are ready to go as the foundation for a new open design platform that connects makers across the UK and South Africa. To do so, we’re setting up a series of stimulating creative environments that combine a makespace, gallery and library, and regularly collaborate with an online community of makers and mentors.

The British Council team will also be launching an Open Call in search of new librarians in South Africa to join and set up their own Maker Libraries and grow the network. If you are in Cape Town, come visit our librarians Heath Nash and Tetsuo Mukai from Study O Portable at Guild, or Thingking at Design Indaba. In the UK, please check out our MLs at Makerversity London with Candyce, at MAKlab in Glasgow with Richard, or in the courtyard of GRAS in Edinburgh with Gunnar and Stuart. More info on the Open Call Soon.


Fixperts will have pride of place at this year’s London Design Festival invited by Disegno and Brompton Design District to participate in its inaugural 3-day design market on Exhibition Road September 19-21. Come visit and join the Fixperts who will be there to explain, ask and listen to ideas on how this unexpected project can grow.

The LDF team has also enterprisingly invited Fixperts co-founders James Carrigan and Daniel Charny to present the creative social initiative to an expert panel and the international audience of the Global Design Forum, in a new format titled:’Five by Five: Ideas to shake the world’. Having launched the Fixperts pilot during the LDF last year it will be a very exciting way to wrap up an incredible first year !


A new design of now with over 50 fix films from around the world and behind the scenes research was launched as Fixperts films showcased at RSA Future Maker . The day-long drop-in Maker Market Place at Somerset house driven by RSA’s Design Directors included various creative technologists running workshops and talks around making and Circular Economy. Fixperts recently featured in DAMn and Disegno presented the most recent contributions – a series of FixFilms from Tongji University in China.

Curating for THE GREAT RECOVERY, Inviting BRIGHT SPARKS and Launching

Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) Design Directors Nat Hunter and Sophie Matthews commissioned Daniel Charny to curate the stand of their new perception changing initiative The Great Recovery at 100% Design 2012. The stand, designed by Thomas.Matthews, presented a collaboration with Islington Council’s repair and reuse shop Bright Sparks founded by Diye Wariebi of Digibridge combining a 3d printer making missing parts (see first pict below of Jim with his Emaker Huxley). Other exhibits included new designs reusing discarded components by recent RCA graduate Gaspard Tine-Beres and hosted the launch of pilot project (more about how this project soon).


FROM-NOW-ON have been appointed by the Design Museum London as Content and Interpretation Consultants to work with them on the strategy, policies and display of their permanent collections. This is part of the comprehensive goundwork preparing for the  museum’s very exciting new development project to move to the former Commonwealth Institute building.


First round of trials for the live online masterclasses completed, learnt much and lots to look forward to. The first round of masters to brave the new format included: Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh/Sugru , Simon Waterfall/FrayConny Freyer/TroikaAsa Bruno/Ron Arad Architects. We are working on the next set of classes that will be available for the autumn season.


Concept and creative direction by Daniel Charny, From Now On.

Commissioned and produced by: British Council, Arts & Architecture. Project development and design: ÅbäkeBERG and Editing consultant Damian Barr. LDF version design team included: Jérôme Rigaud, Bannocks&Hill, Jonathan Attenborough and Oliver Bishop-Young.

Shortlisted in the Design Museum’s Interactive category, The Incidental is a community-generated website and news pamphlet was created for Milan and London Design Festival by and for the design community.  It was developed as a new service replacing the traditional gallery exhibition model of previous years and was the fruit of a rich collaboration between curators, writers, digital and graphic designers. First launched in April 2009, for the Milan Furniture Fair it reached an estimated 20,000 people from over 50 countries, offering opinion, reviews, news and recommendations by tapping into peoples reactions to what they were experiencing in the fair events. During the 2009 London Design Festival The Incidental included an open-house publishing base and encouraged people to drop by, comment, record, tweet, email, text and use a mixture of digital and physical forms of communication to add to the user-generated content, which was then distributed through the four editions, daily redesigned, self printed, folded and packaged during the festival.



1851 + 1946 + 1981 = DESIGNERS FROM BRITAIN

‘1851 + 1946 + 1981 = Designers From Britian’ was the chapter title initially suggested for an essay charting out the key influences that have lead to the current world leading talent of product designers coming from Britain and its design education system. Now titled ‘Can Britain Still Make It’ it is the title for the product and furniture chapter by Daniel Charny for  Design in Britain.  Introduction by Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum with contributions from Wally Olins, Simon Waterfall, Susannah Frankel, Rick Poynor, Daniel Charny, Andrew Nahum, Paola Antonelli. Yet to be published by Octopus publishing group this new book: “with each chapter written by an international expert in that field, is the most comprehensive account of what it is that has given Britain a special place in design.” (from

MY PERFECT NEIGHBOURS at the Korean Cultural Centre

The Korean Design Foundation have invited Daniel Charny as guest curator, along side artist curator Zinoo Park, to nominate projects that deal with ‘sharing’. The international collaborative exhibition will open during the London Design Festival at the central space of the Korean Cultural Center near Trafalgar Square. Charny chose four projects that are all to do with sharing physical space: Wallfa by Jordi Canudas; Drop by Olivia Decaris; Landspace by Nic Rysenbry and YOUMAY by Walking Chair. The exhibition will include a rich selection of European and South Korean designers conducting live events and presenting exciting new work of an experimental nature. It is part of the KDF’s ongoing international programme DesignMADE.

Exhibition open: 22nd September – 8th October 2009


Daniel Charny & Gabriel Klasmer developed a physical and slideshow version of a 2003 photographic project inspired by football sports photogrphy. The pieces are installed at NOWHERE/NOW/HERE an exhibition into alternative investigations in design curated by Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo for LABoral in Gijon Asturias.

Furniture is often thought of as given types that relate to a task or support an occasion. Sports Furniture is about choreographing the body into dramatic physical situations, such as those of footballers at the height of exerted effort. Their shape frozen by photography becomes a heroic depiction of human form. Good sports photography captures these moments that are so full of energy and human expression. The body in relation to the ball becomes a study of intent. These supports are the exact opposite of the transient sport moment; they offer the user an imaginative scenario in which they can place themselves in that heroic moment.