lászló moholy-nagy (b. 1895, borsód, austria-hungary; d. 1946, chicago) believed in the potential of art as a vehicle for social transformation, working hand in hand with technology for the betterment of humanity. a restless innovator, moholy-nagy experimented with a wide variety of mediums, moving fluidly between the fine and applied arts in pursuit of his quest to illuminate the interrelatedness of life, art, and technology. an artist, educator, and writer who defied categorization, he expressed his theories in numerous influential writings that continue to inspire artists and designers today.
photo > city of helsinki media bank | image ©malcolm reading con- sultants
The premise: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking a visionary design for a proposed Guggenheim museum in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. The shortlist for this open, two-stage competition will be announced on 2 December 2014. Following Stage Two, the winner will be announced in June 2015. [ stage one gallery ] [ guggenheim wants museum in south beach ]
courtesy of helsinki city planning depart- ment
We’re back in Chicago. For those still in town and looking for more we liked the following:
[ wanteddesign ] terminal stores 269 11th ave
This fourth-year iteration of ‘Wanted’ is comprised of collectives, emerging/big gun design, student competitions, product launches and more.
qc design / booth 34
A collective of 12+ designers from Quebec pull their resources together to make their road show affordable. [ qc design ]
chicagoland in new york / booth 4
Funded by grants and Kickstarter to come to ICFF the group’s focus is on the collaboration between designer and local (Chicago) manufacturing. [ chicagoland ]
DesignApplause interviews Giulio (Cappellini), Philippe Nigro (Ligne Roset), Giulio Iacchetti (Alessi) and David Trubridge.
[ west village ]
Herman Miller and maharam conceive a tribute to Alexander Girard, Herman Miller’s director of design from 1952 to 73. The tribute is in the form of an exhibit loaded with archival artifacts of the prolific Girard. You’ll also see new interpretations of iconic furniture with the help of maharam’s textiles. The space also is conceived to be an oasis, as visitor’s are encouraged to come in and chill and have a refreshment. Alexander Girard: An Uncommon Vision will be open to the public thru 28 May. 446 West 14th Street.
[ times square ]
Vitra introduces us to the new (two weeks old) Dutch boutique hotel citizenM. Probably because citizenM continues their collaborations with architecture firm concrete, book store MENDO and… Swiss design label Vitra. The lobby is topped by their rooftop bar and sky gym. [ citizenM ] 218 west 50th.
[ soho ]
There’s a faith of (Italian) flagship showrooms offsite in SoHo. The Poltrona Frau Group three showrooms are right next to each other. Cappellini / 152 wooster | Cassina / 151 wooster | Poltrona Frau / 145 wooster. Also Alessi / 130 greene street | Flos / 152 greene
string lights | michael anastassiades | flos
[ javits center ]
We only found one booth of emerging designers in Javits: Christopher Gentner and Felicia Ferrone. We know both very well. This is their first ‘booth’, first collection(s). Christopher earned his reputation by building high quality furniture for designers and architects. He’s now applying this knowledge to his own designs. Felicia is an architect by training and apprenticed under Antonio Citterio. [ gentner ] [ fferone ]
artek usa / booth 1804
brazilian furniture / 1472 & 1572
emeco / 1732
flavor paper / 1032
fritz hansen / 2022
jasper morrison ‘the good life’ / 1644
lasvit / 826
nanimarquina / 1104
samuel heath / 1548
tom dixon / 1318
vitra / 1704
wilsonart / 2248 & 2353
wolf gordon / 1332
[ upper eastside ]
italian futurism, 1909-1944: reconstructing the universe | 1071 5th ave
skyscrapers and tunnels (gratticieli e tunnel) | fortunato depero | 1930
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New York’s MoMA and Guggenheim celebrating major anniversaries. At MoMA, a ninetieth, “Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity,” and an eightieth anniversary of the founding of the Modern. At the Guggenheim a fiftieth, “Frank Lloyd Wright’s still astonishingly audacious building, now freshly restored, with a stirring retrospective of paintings by Vasily Kandinsky. via the new republic [CM]
Fifty years after the opening of the acclaimed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao celebrates this iconic building’s golden anniversary by presenting Frank Lloyd Wright, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition that Europe has ever dedicated to one of the greatest architectural geniuses of the 20th century.