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
Claudio Silvestrin Architects have completed the new Princi bakery in Via Speronari (Duomo), in the heart of Milan. Silvestrin has chosen a sand-coloured porphyry stone that matches the colour of the bread-flour. Slabs of smooth porphyry cover the floor, while rough porphyry is used to texture the wall that faces the stretched 19m-long bronze counter. The mighty impact of this earth-wall is softened by the gentle features of a waterfall.
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
Z33 has presented an extensive exhibition entirely devoted to Studio Job. The Belgian gallery is continuing its journey exploring the edges between visual art and design.
Exhibition: Studio Job, at Z33
Georg Jensen silver from Denmark has a tactile quality all its own, probably because it is handmade. It gets only better with age, and the prices fetched at auction are also improving with age. Time to take a closer look of that Scandinavian silver tucked away in your closet.
Eel dish, model 1054, sterling silver, 1957, by Henning Koppel, sold at Objects D’affection auction for $102,000, at Wright
While the facade is the work of the French architect Jean Nouvel, each of the Hotel Puerta América’s 12 floors – from the elevator lobbies down to the blankets and bathrobes – has been conceived by powerhouse architects and design studios, among them Arata Isozaki, Norman Foster, Marc Newson, Ron Arad, Richard Gluckman, Javier Mariscal, Victorio & Lucchino and Zaha Hadid. With public spaces like the Black Tears restaurant designed by Christian Liaigre and the underground garage by Teresa Sapey, the Puerta América can bill itself as “12 floors with 19 stars.”
Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, Spain, $250 to between $1,500 and $3,900 for the suites, designed by Starchitects.
For nearly a century now the airline industry has been an important player in the field of architecture and design. For many architects and designers it is an honour to design something for this branch of industry, from stewardess’s (and stewards) uniforms to signposting, from a terminal to services and cutlery. Airworld gives a good picture of the history of air travel, with a focus on the developments that design and architecture have undergone.
This is the first time that this theme has been illuminated so widely from the perspective of architecture and design. The exhibition Airworld. Design and Architecture for Air Travel is organized by the Vitra Design Museum. The Stedelijk has added posters from its own collection and objects that are typical for Dutch design.