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You can’t tell from the image above, but these people are actually suspended in mid air inside a church in Pula, Croatia. It’s part of Tuft, an installation by the Croatian-Austrian design collection Numen/For Use, which will hang from the ceiling until the end of the month. From the outside the piece looks like an outdoor speaker system, the kind used in an air raid or, on the other hand, the kind used in Muslim countries for daily calls to prayer. Inside, however, the cozy, dimly lit carpeted play space looks more like a 70s-era lounge. But none of these ideas seem to connect, so I hunted down the artist’s statement.
“Tuft is an evolution of the tape concept into a more permanent, self-standing, transferable structure. Adhesive tape is used to generate the primary form of the object. The organic surface of the carpet is later achieved through precise division of the shape in two-dimensional segments, enabling traditional tufting technology. The development and production were executed in a Croatian factory Regeneracija, a former regional industrial giant.
“Rough, industrial surface of the back side of the carpet is deliberately exposed to serve as a counterpoint to the invitingly soft, carnal interior. The result is a surreal simultaneous feeling of anxiety and thrill whilst entering into the installation.”
I guess I couldn’t have been more off base, though I a dark red 70s lounge does have a certain carnal look. All interpretation aside, I’m most impressed by the fact that this installation was born from an investigation into adhesive tape.
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15 march > 10 june 2012 | berlin | david hockney, a bigger splash | 1947
Berliner Festspiele and Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum present the exhibition “Pacific Standard Time – Art in Los Angeles, 1950-1980” which include artists John Baldessari, David Hockney, Edward Kienholz and Ed Ruscha. In addition, the Berlin exhibition shows over 50 photographs by Julius Shulman ¬– the most important American photographer of architecture in the post-war period. For more than thirty years he photographed Modernist houses – built by Richard Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright, or Frank Gehry – thus making many of them into architectural icons. The exhibition shows some of his key works. [ julius schulman film ]
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julius schulman photographer | albert frey architect | raymond loewy house 1947 | photo curtesy palm springs museum
exhibition: Pacific standard time.
Art in los angeles 1950–1980.
venue: martin gropius bau | berlin
date: 15 march > 10 june 2012
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When birch tree forests are pruned or agricultural cultivations of fruit trees are picked, they are dispersed or burned. I have always been fascinated by these parts of nature, that continue to give off a grand expressive force, more powerful when they are combined with modern, perfect and industrial materials. They become mysterious, always diverse, unique, unrepeatable and somewhat sacred presences.
Trees, trunks and branches are part of our ancient culture but also of actual culture, because in the age of globalization, design searches to trace recognizable ‘anthropologoical’ platforms.
The collection, ‘Trees’ consists to place simple, everyday objects, books, and images next to the strange presence of branches and trunks, like in the reality of the world.
In a short time, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris has already treated us to a regular and rich demonstration of Design Art: in March Andrea Branzi will be given space to express himself as a free and committed thinker with this new collection « Trees ».
In a space that was once the Galerie de France, a place where contemporary art flourished, Catherine Thieck will come back to pose a few objects from her own collection on the shelves of Andrea Branzi. Works by Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi, Méret Oppenheim and Rebecca Horn will fill the shelves of an artist whose personality and preoccupations have remained consistently at the avant-garde of the architecture and design world.
The Italian architect and designer Andrea Branzi, born in 1938, was ahead of his time in Florence in 1966 when he set up Archizoom associati, the first, internationally renowned avant-garde group. In order to define this remarkable character, one must use the vocabulary of projects: theoretical research, new design, experimental laboratory, leeway, mass creativity, new organization… He also he coordinates and curates exhibitions, he regularly exhibits his personal work , publishes manifestos, teaches generations of students and participates in conferences all over the world.
« Trees » represents a continuation of his thinking on architecture. He creates a minimalist space of shelves, veritable pieces of micro-architecture made from aluminum that spread out in neo-plastic bursts like a Mondrian. However, through the splits in the frame, Andrea Branzi introduces trunks and twigs gathered in the wild. This strange encounter that began in the eighties with « Animali domestici », questions the duality of the nature-culture relationship. With « Trees », he adds a dimension, an extra slice of soul, as nature becomes art.
opening: saturday 10 march 4 > 9pm
exhibition: andrea branzi | trees
exhibition dates: 10 march > 16 may 2012
venue: carpenters workshop gallery | rue de la Verrerie, marais, 75004, paris | t / +33 (0)1 42 78 80 92
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whether you love molière, want to look like you love molière or just appreciate a nice mustache, this bust of the famous french playwright is the finishing touch your grand library needs.
This isn’t just some trendy take on antique sculpture, this is the real deal. First created in biscuit porcelain (aka white unglazed porcelain) in 1899 at the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, this bust is actually classified historic. The Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres was founded by Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson (better known as the Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France) in 1740 in Vincennes, moving to the town of Sèvres in 1756. Widely known as a patron of the arts and literature, this unusually powerful, practical, and accomplished eighteenth century woman also planned the building of the Petit Trianon at Versailles, as well as the nation’s respected Ecole Militaire.
Since then, the porcelain foundry has produced a number of magnificent works, but not all of them are available for purchase online. Get your 18″ Molière for $12,500 and show the world you know a legacy of human accomplishment when you see one.
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the ciclotte stationary bicycle would not appear out of place in a museum.
Which is exactly where its aesthetics hail from. Designer Luca Schieppati took his Ciclò — a concept bike that the Milan Design Museum liked enough to include in its permanent collection—and transformed it into an exercise machine. Push the pedals and the epicycloid crank system spins the magnetized main wheel. This in turn generates a magnetic field and plenty of thigh-burning resistance.
designer: luca schieppati
producer: ciclotte group
material: carbon fiber
bae sehwa fits into that small gap between furniture design and art.
When he presented his work at this year’s Art Basel, he was known as an artist, but Sehwa himself prefers the term ‘furniture artist.’ He first made a name for himself with his series of Lighting Tables that look like plain birch wood until you plug them in to reveal the pattern underneath.
His recent work, however, leans towards more craft-based, one-of-kind furniture, made entirely out of wood. The work that blew away the crowds at Art Basel are from his Steam series that includes lighting and “sittable” pieces made from bent wood.
designer: bae sehwa
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classic design is always in style, but have you found yourself wondering which of your bauhaus or mid-century favorites are still in production, and if so, where you can get them?
above: frank gehry’s wiggle side chair
above: george nelson’s home desk
above: george nakashima’s straight chair
above: marcel breuer’s wassily lounge chair
The answer to that is Edition20, a searchable database of all the best 20th-century goods that are still being produced under their original license. No links to knock-off manufacturers or reproductions or vintage classics that are no longer made.
The site itself is straightforward, easy to navigate and totally addictive. Even the most lukewarm design interest will be sparked by the labyrinthine path sure to ensue after the first click. George Nelson’s 1958 Home Desk by Vitra leads you to Frank Gehry’s 1972 Wiggle Side Chair, which leads you to his other work for Knoll, which can lead you to anything from George Nakashima’s 1948 Straight Chair to Marcel Breuer’s 1928 Wassily Lounge Chair to any of the famous pieces by Harry Bertoia, Mies van der Rohe or Eero Saarinen. And that’s just the chairs. For serious research or just a midday diversion, Edition20 satisfies.
george nelson’s home desk
frank gehry’s wiggle side chair
george nakashima’s straight chair
marcel breuer’s wassily lounge chair
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when i rounded the corner of tomomi sayuda’s booth at ICFF she was holding a handful of translucent eggs and placing them into the pods of her light and sound-based sculpture, sending her captivated audience atwitter.
The sculpture itself is a round, nest-like structure made of very soft spun yarn. It’s called Oshibe, the Japanese word for stamen, which is what each pod, five in all, were initially inspired by.
When each egg is placed in a stamen it glows and emits “tender, ambient sound.” The combined effect when all five are in action is like birds quietly chirping in a forest. Unlike the other products as ICFF, Oshibe might not serve a specific purpose or solve a problem, but touching the nest, placing the eggs and listening to the sound they make instantly relaxes you and sets your mind at ease, which is more than can be said about even the most cutting edge designs ICFF had to offer.
Designer: tomomi sayuda
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it’s halloween. it’s candy. it’s mad science.
above: gummy bear periodic table.
above: gummy worm chromosomes.
Artist: kevin van aelst
Value item: Stocking stuffer under $25.
For the pencil sharpener crowd a set of 12 multi-stripe pencils with rubber tops in a matching presentation box.
100% wood, 100% graphite, 100% rigid cardboard box. $12.00US
Designer: Paul Smith (UK)