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Vessels by Jennifer McCurdy

Vortex Vessel no.5, Wheat Bottle, by Jennifer McCurdy

Exhibition: Second Nature by Noriko Ambe

Exhibition: Second Nature, works by Noriko Ambe, directed by Tokujin Yoshioka at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo

E-Cyclorama Immersive Painting

The E-Cyclorama is a painting, but a painting that you’re immersed in, that you view from within. Painted on the inside of a huge cylinder, using one hundred and nine separate colours on more than seven hundred square feet of canvas, the E-cyclorama surrounds its audience, filling the field of vision with a rainbow of shifting colour. The colour moves through the spectrum, but the transitions are rendered in so subtle a way, that you can never be sure where one colour ends and the next begins. The effect is dynamic, an experience almost more like music than painting, more like surround-sound painting.

E-Cyclorama, Edinburgh Art Festival 2008, by Sanford Wurmfield,
via: Art Daily

Exhibition: Fragiles: Porcelain Glass & Ceramics Kuwait

After successfully touring the US and Europe making stops at Design Miami 2007 and Quinze & Milan’s Gallery 113 in Belgium in 2008, Fragiles eclectic showcase of contemporary porcelain, ceramic and glass design and artwork, will travel to the Al-Sabah Art & Design in Kuwait, a contemporary art and design gallery created by Villa Moda founder Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah.

Fragiles at the Al-Sabah Art & Design Gallery has been designed to occupy the new gallery space and introduces several new works by artists not shown in the previous exhibitions. The spectrum and quality of these innovative projects shows a current generation of designers and artists just how relevant and challenging working with these traditional materials can be.

Exhibition: Fragiles: Porcelain Glass & Ceramics, June 7 – July 5, Al-Sabah Art & Design Gallery, The Corniche, Arabian Gulf Road, Shaab, Kuwait

Zaha Hadid Silver Paintings

Zaha Hadid has consistently pushed the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Silver Paintings showcases Hadid’s discipline in a new light and medium. The title of the series refers to the surface of the works, which in their raw state resemble polished metal or mirrors, an effect created with a polyester skin treated with chrome and gelatine and then di-bonded.

Initially, the images are digitally generated, then photographed in their virtual state. Once the images are printed they are hand-painted in a medium that complements the subject. This might be stained glass paint (which creates the transparent and cathedral like feel), acrylic and Chinese lacquer (Opaque and POP qualities) or UV resistant ink combined with Vinyl (highly reflective). These techniques combine to suggest a gradual intersection between reflectivity and opacity, from one architectural feature to the next.

Silver Paintings, by Zaha Hadid, at Buchmann Galerie

Exhibition: John Lautner in Glasgow

Between Heaven and Earth: the Architecture of John Lautner shows work from the Lautner archive, held at the Getty Research Institute.

Known for his extensive and progressive residential work, Lautner’s hand was behind over 100 (some built, some unbuilt) projects, many of which are present in this show, which promises to be architectural heaven for the lovers of rare hand drawings, sketches and detailed models. A series of events have been organised to accompany and compliment the show, so if you are keen to find out more about the American architect, there is a number of happenings to choose from, from exhibition tours, to film screenings.

Between Heaven and Earth: the Architecture of John Lautner, originally curated by Nicholas Olsberg and Frank Escher, Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow, 20 March 2009 to 26 July
via: Wallpaper

Long overshadowed by modernist contemporaries Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, John Lautner and the homes he built in Southern California are set to receive unprecedented attention thanks to the publication of a book published by Rizzoli. The book details Lautner’s inspirations, philosophies and legacy, not the least of which is the Chemosphere, originally derided by some critics as a silly fantasy.
Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner, Edited by historian Nicholas Olsberg
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Bronze Sculpture by Tony Cragg

Born in Liverpool, Tony Cragg Lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany.

Sculpture by Tony Cragg, at Buchmann Galerie

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.
via: Wallpaper*

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

Luxury Vending Machine by Mari Balestrazzi

The automat — that ’50s-era icon of American ingenuity known for vending rubbery sandwiches from glass compartments — is back, and this time it’s boutique. Exhibit A: The most opulent and cheeky element of the Mondrian South Beach, a Marcel Wanders-designed hotel that opened in Miami in December, is a vending machine that now anchors the lobby. The Semi-Automatic was designed not by Wanders but by Mari Balestrazzi for the Morgans Hotel Group, to conquer the cliché of the gift shop.

via: The Moment, New York Times

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