Found: Objects With Meaning is a new podcast series from Wallpaper* magazine in partnership with Vodafone Smart Tech. During six conversations with key creative figures, listeners find out about their personal and professional attachment to objects, from the stuff that surrounds them to the items that inspire them and the things that define them.
The series features guitarist Nile Rodgers, bicycle designer Yves Behar and former professional cyclist and clothing designer David Millar, a man who had everything, then lost it all...then found it again.
A winner of stages at all three Grand Tours - the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, and the Vuelta a España - Millar turned pro at the age of 20, joining the Cofidis team and winning the opening time trial on his Tour debut in 2000. In 2004 he was arrested, charged, and suspended from the sport for doping. For a while, he lost heart, his reputation, and his cycling mojo.
Following his ban, David returned to cycling in 2008 as rider and part-owner of the Garmin Slipstream team, as well as being a prominent anti-doping advocate. Finding form again, on his comeback he won a stage at the Giro d’Italia and captained the GB cycling team in the 2012 Olympics. Millar retired from professional racing in 2014 and now runs the cycling clothing and accessories brand CHPT3. He lives and works in Girona, Spain.
During the podcast Millar discusses his extraordinary career, the notion of positive materialism, the transformative technologies, favourite tools, and inspirational artworks that have changed his life, the dislocating sensations connected with loss, the meaning of absent things...and the unalloyed joy of rediscovery. 'Found: Objects With Meaning' is all about the creative and emotional force of the objects that we have and the ones that we’ve lost.
Constantly replacing our rogue and wayward stuff is wasteful, environmentally disrespectful, and massively inconvenient. The loss of beloved and significant personal possessions is painful, upsetting and expensive. Increasingly, keeping close to all the most important things in our lives has become an intelligent, sensible, and very necessary priority. Enter Vodafone's Curve, a GPS Smart Tracker device that can be attached to valuables and can even help people keep in touch with children and dogs. Connected by the Vodafone Smart SIM and managed via the intuitively designed Vodafone Smart App the Curve system differs from the more standard Bluetooth-only devices, by employing four different location technologies - GPS, Wi-Fi, Cellular and Bluetooth - to provide a more reliable connection and tracking process. Vodafone introduces a new tracking device designed specifically for bicycles, later on, this year.
Find the David Millar interview and the rest of the podcast series “Found: Objects With Meaning on wallpaper.com here: www.wallpaper.com/bespoke/vodafone-wallpaper-podcast from June 3.
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