Initiated by the National Ceramic Museum, Wieki Somers’ take on the traditional teapot has become a real conversation piece, made from real water rat fur, stainless steel and – er, bone china.
High Tea Pot, by Wieki Somers
A special window display at Selfridges by the design studio Postlerferguson. The studio made a 1:1 replica of a concorde jet engine using paper and foam. They based the design of the rolls-royce/snecma olympus 593 engine off a repair manual they bought on ebay for 6 Pounds.
A collection of ceramic boxes with cork tops
Rolling , Large, Small and Triangle, Limited edition of 8 pieces, by Adrien Rovero, for Galerie kreo in cooperation with the ECAL
We are charmed by these very 60′s enameled steel chairs by designed by John Risley.
Set of five chairs, 1965, by John Risley, at Auction (Estimate: $5,000–7,000), Wright
Rare molded plywood sculpture created by Charles and Ray Eames and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Design for Use, in 1944.
Untitled sculpture, 1943, by Charles and Ray Eames, Sold at Auction for $365,500, at Christies
The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts jointly present this first major museum retrospective of architect Eero Saarinen’s short but prolific career. Saarinen was one of the most celebrated, unorthodox, and controversial masters of 20th-century architecture. In many ways he was the architect of what has been dubbed “the American century,” the post-World War II era when the United States emerged as an influential world superpower.
Exhibition: Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, September 13 – January 4, at Target Gallery The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Jeff Koons invades …the gilded chambers and sculpted gardens of the Château de Versailles …in recent years has displayed only a few select works of contemporary artists. The exhibition of 17 Koons sculptures marks the first time that the chateau built by Louis XIV has organized so ambitious a retrospective of one contemporary artist.
Not everyone here was as pleased by the installation. Several dozen people demonstrated outside the palace gates early Wednesday, a protest organized by the National Union of Writers of France, a little-known, right-wing group dedicated to artistic purity in France. The group’s chairman demanded that the exhibit be canceled.
Exhibition: Jeff Koons at Versailles
via: New York Times
Field, Terracotta variable size, approx 35,000 elements, by Antony Gormley
Among the most important furniture designs of the 20th century, Eames’ and Saarinen’s prize-winning entry for seating in the famous Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1941 was comprised of various armchairs, a sectional sofa and the present side chair. With their single-piece compound-moulded plywood seat shells, the chair designs were exceptionally innovative and signalled a totally new direction in modern furniture.
Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen chair from the Museum of Modern Art Organic Design Competition 1940 manufactured by Haskelite Corporation/Heywood-Wakefield (Estimate: $15,000–20,000) at Wright
Since the introduction of CAD drawings everything has been easier and more precise, but simultaneously more rigorous and rigid. What could never have been possible by hand can now be done with digital drawings. Even the most complicated forms and daring joints have become simple.
These are the More than good errors, sought not to make mistakes but to stimulate the search for fresh forms and slight distortions, minute misalignments, missing symmetries and so on. Because making mistakes also means searching when the answer is not clear; it means wandering in order to arrive. Error as the spring of composition can give rise to more surprising, sensitive and exciting objects.
The technique, dating from Etruscan times, is called bucchero. Using dark grayish clay, it is done in three exclusively manual phases. The piece is worked on the lathe, smoothed with boxwood sticks to polish its surface and baked at a high temperature.
The evident imprecision’s in the showcases are not only deliberate in their structure, but actually pursued with great effort, for they are very difficult to achieve. The attainment of slight obliquities entailed the use of advanced manufacturing technologies such as laser cutting and other numeric control systems normally adopted to get straight and absolutely regular lines. We had to examine them so carefully and to understand them so thoroughly that we could bend them to the accomplishment of our own more than good errors.
More Than Good Errors, Limited Editions, by Michele De Lucchi, for Design Gallery Milano