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Exhibition: Lucie Rie Tokyo

The Lucie Rie exhibition is called U-Tsu-Wa, which means vessels, and brings together around 100 works of Lucie Riethe Austrian-born, London-based ceramicist, together with pieces by Scottish ceramicist Jennifer Lee and German woodworker Ernst Gamperl.
Issey Miyake enlisted the help of Tadao Ando for the exhibition design. Centre stage is a gigantic pool of water on which Rie’s ceramics appear to float, highlighting the delicate fragility of her ceramics.

U-Tsu-Wa, at 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, Japan 13 February 2009 to 10 May 2009.
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Cloud Chair by Richard Hutten

Dutch designer Richard Hutten will launch the aluminium Cloud Chair at Milan Design Week next month. The chair is polished, nickel-plated, cast aluminium. Produced in a limited edition by Ormond Editions of Geneva.

Cloud Chair, by Richard Hutten, Limited edition, for Ormond Editions

Sculptures by Pamela Sunday

Hand built ceramic sculptures in shapes inspired by nature.

Tangent, Hive, Cellular Sphere, by Pamela Sunday

Dymaxion Car Model by Buckminster Fuller & Isamu Noguchi

In 1929, Buckminster Fuller was introduced to an artist who shared his own mania for “comprehensivity”: Isamu Noguchi. Their first meeting at Romany Marie’s Tavern in New York City was a transformative experience for both men. Noguchi had just returned from studying in Europe on a Guggenheim fellowship, where he worked alongside Constantin Brancusi. For hours Noguchi would listen to Fuller’s orations at the tavern on the utopian possibilities of technology revolving around his “Dymaxion” house and automobile.
In later years, Fuller recalled that the aim of the “Dymaxion” transport project was “to develop an omni-medium transport vehicle to function in the sky, in negotiable terrain, or on water.” Using existing Ford Motor engines, Fuller postulated that by taking the conceptual basis of an airplane and applying the principles of wind resistance and the aerodynamic shape of fish, he could develop a new concept of the automobile. The word “Dymaxion” as an amalgamation of the words dynamism, maximum and ions, represented the energy that Fuller felt could be harnessed and used to advance the current simplistic concept of land transport.
Fuller originally sketched his stylized vehicle in 1927 and in 1932 looked to his friend, Noguchi, to sculpt the three-wheel model for the “Dymaxion” car based on these early drawings. The models were later painted by Fuller.
In the full-scale prototypes, Fuller abandoned the multi-terrain concept and sought to maximize the efficiency of existing technology, using rear wheel steering and aerodynamic shaping. The three realized “Dymaxion” cars were plagued by bad press following a fatal driving accident at the 1933 World’s Fair debut and the project was abandoned.

Dymaxion Car Model, Executed by Isamu Noguchi, Painted by Buckminster Fuller, Sold at Auction $92,500, at Sotheby’s

$240,000 Oak Sideboard by Charlotte Perriand

Works by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé are in demand. This storage unit designed by Charlotte Perriand was commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Cor through Galerie Steph Simon to accompany the Nuage Bibliothèque. Three sliding doors conceal storage compartment and two adjustable shelves.

Bloc bahut, 1959, by Charlotte Perriand, Ateliers Jean Prouvé for Galerie Steph Simon,
Sold at Auction for $240,000 Wright

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Meditation by Clement Meadmore

A sculpture by the Australian artist, Clement Meadmore is up for auction at Wright. Meadmore is best known for his distinct twists and turns in Corten steel, which naturally rusts as it ages. Meditation is fabricated from lacquered aluminum.

Meditation, 1974, by Clement Meadmore 1929-2005,
Auction Estimate: $70,000–90,000 at Wright

Architectural Renderings by Hugh Ferriss

Hugh Ferriss (1889 – 1962) was an American delineator (one who creates perspective drawings of buildings) and architect. According to Daniel Okrent, Ferriss never designed a single noteworthy building, but after his death a colleague said he ‘influenced my generation of architects’ more than any other man. Ferriss also influenced popular culture, for example Gotham City (the setting for Batman) and Kerry Conran’s “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”. “Just Imagine” (movie from 1930), strongly influenced by Hugh Ferriss’s book, Metropolis of Tomorrow (1929), takes the archetype vision of the future city as defined by a Manhattan-like skyline, and portrays it in all its beauty and majesty.

Drawings by Hugh Ferriss, view the Flickr Set
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Yes is More

‘Playful’, ‘controversial’, ‘cheeky’, ‘innovative’ and ‘provocative’ are just some of the terms used to describe BIG. Headed by Bjarke Ingels, this architectural company has in the space of a few years created prize-winning projects, a long list of innovative buildings and an international reputation, as well as taking an active part in current debates in society

This exhibition forms part of a pilot project called ‘Close up’, which through exhibitions, debates, seminars and teaching sessions takes a long, hard look at new tendencies, theories and challenges within Danish architecture.

Exhibiton: Yes is More, Architectural projects by BiG, 21 February – 31 May 2009, at Danish Architecture Centre (DAC),

Sol LeWitt Cube Structures

Sol LeWitt helped establish Conceptualism and Minimalism as dominant movements of the postwar era. Many of LeWitt’s works explore the variations possible within the basic structure of a cube. The permutations are simple, clear and logical.

“Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.”
- Sol LeWitt

Cube Without a Cube, $21,600 (top two) and K 1 2 3 4 5 6 #2, $132,000 (bottom)
by Sol LeWitt 1928-2007, Sold at Auction at Wright

Riding Hood & Wolves, Happy Days by Bendetta Mori Ubaldini

Two installations are on display for Bendetta Mori Ubaldini’s solo show at Fat Galerie. Riding Hood and wolves, and Happy Days, both fill the space with a symbolic and poetic narrative. “They have no internal structure so their presence is almost absent, giving them a sense of wonder, magic”. Creating images in 3 Dimensions, Ubaldini experiments in colour and light on the transparent material enhancing this effect and capturing the imagination of the viewers. In addition to chicken wire works, she now also makes what she calls “ugly art”: scultpures and body image made with balloons. These pieces function as a self-critique of the fantasy and beauty of the animal sculptures.

Riding Hood and Wolves and Happy Days by Bendetta Mori Ubaldini, at Fat Galerie
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