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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

Sculptures by Pamela Sunday

Hand built ceramic sculptures in shapes inspired by nature.

Tangent, Hive, Cellular Sphere, by Pamela Sunday

Books: The Big Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal

In this enormous, beautiful book, we hear the full story of the meteoric rise of Heston Blumenthal and The Fat Duck, birthplace of snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream, and encounter the passion, perfection and weird science behind the man and the restaurant.

Heston Blumenthal is widely acknowledged to be a genius, and The Fat Duck has twice been voted the Best Restaurant in the World by a peer group of top chefs. But he is entirely self-taught, and the story of his restaurant has broken every rule in the book. His success has been borne out of his pure obsession, endless invention and a childish curiosity into how things work – whether it’s how smell affects taste, what different flavours mean to us on a biological level, or how temperature is distributed in the centre of a soufflé.

In the first section of The Big Fat Duck Cookbook, we learn the history of the restaurant, from its humble beginnings to its third Michelin star (the day Heston received the news of this he had been wondering how exactly he would be able to pay his staff that month). Next we meet 50 of his signature recipes – sardine on toast sorbet, salmon poached with liquorice, hot and iced tea, chocolate wine – which, while challenging for anyone not equipped with ice baths, dehydrators, vacuum pumps and nitrogen on tap, will inspire home cooks and chefs alike. Finally, we hear from the experts whose scientific know-how has contributed to Heston’s topsy-turvy world, on subjects as diverse as synaesthesia, creaminess and flavour expectation.

With an introduction by Harold McGee, incredible colour photographs throughout, illustrations by Dave McKean, multiple ribbons, real cloth binding and a gorgeous slip case, The Big Fat Duck Cookbook is not only the nearest thing to an autobiography from the world’s most fascinating chef, but also a stunning, colourful and joyous work of art.

The Big Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal Hardback, 532 pages, 340x290mm
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Barcelo Raval Hotel Opens

“For designers the Raval Hotel is what a candy shop is to a five year old.” Barcelona’s 5 star Raval Hotel, is now open after a 35 million Euro face lift.
 
Barceló Raval Hotel, Barcelona, Spain, by Jose Maria Guillen White
Photos by Jordi Miralles
via: Yatzer

DDR TV Tower Models from Domino Amsterdam

These models of actual Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR) Communication towers, were given to party apparachiks and visiting dignitaries during the opening ceremonies. Artisans in West Germany were later inspired by the form and the collection was enhanced.

TV Towers are available at Domino in Amsterdam—a store with a split personality: on one side is Domino Vintage (3rd photo down) which sells outstanding furniture, lamps, objects and art from both known and unknown designers from the 1950s to the 1980s, and on the other side, Domino con Amore (Photo above) which sells beautiful Italian hand-made shoes shirts and bags.

TV Towers, ca. 1940 – 1980, designers unknown, available at Domino Vintage

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

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