‘Erwin Hauer is one of the most creative and important artists working in the three-dimensional idiom during the second half of the twentieth century. He is a sculptor’s sculptor, a creator of flawless form that dazzles those who toil in this world. But that alone is not his achievement. He is an artist of wide breadth, who has been a perpetual student, investigating those new realms where his work carried him, always adding to what he has already developed…..his geometric and architectural sculptures cannot be overestimated for their effect upon architechs and countless Yale students who carried his thinking and forms into the world, affecting even larger groups.’
Elliot Offner, Smith College
Hauer worked with Florence Knoll on the Look Magazine office (1960), designing perforated and light-diffusing architectural surfaces. Originally developed in 1950, Continua screens were made of masonry materials painstakingly cast in complex molds.
Erwin Hauer continues his work as a sculptor and is Professor emeritus at the Yale University School of Art. Much of his work has been forgotten or lost.
Partitions and Screens, by Erwin Hauer, for Erwin Hauer
Buy the Book: Erwin Hauer: Continua-Architectural Screen and Walls
More a Marvel of Engineering, Torre de Collserola functions as a highly adaptable communications tower and an innovation for an entirely new structural concept: a hybrid concrete and steel-braced tube. This required a base diameter of only 4.5 metres, dramatically minimizing its impact on the mountainside.
Torre de Collserola, Barcelona, Spain by Foster and Partners
New hotels in Japan are meeting the demanding expectations of the modern traveller by taking a cue from the country’s traditional ‘ryokan’ or traditional inn. Architects and designers have to incorporate modern comforts into the existing structures of Japanese-style accommodation. Ginzan Onsen Fujiya Hotel is perhaps one of the finest examples of combining old and new Japan.
Ginzan Onsen Fujiya, Yamagata, Japan, by Kengo Kuma & Associates
The Anemi Hotel is located on the Island of Folegandros, Greece. With respect for traditional Cycladic architecture, this hotel maintains a very nordic style.
Anemi Hotel, Greece (nordic room rates), Link: Anemi
“Taizo Kuroda’s ‘pure white’ reflects the colour of his spirit in the unceasing pursuit of truth”.
Tadao Ando. Architect.
“According to Japanese Kegon Buddhism, the oneness of the universe is the result of all the phenomena making it up fusing together. All existence depends upon the unification of opposites. Thus form exists only in relation to formlessness, the tangible only to the intangible; “something” can only be because there is also “nothing.” The moment the opposites are united, they become real. A shape derives from the moment formlessness encounters form.”
hmm – something to think about when gazing at these ceramics.
$1,500 to $8,000 by Taizo Kuroda
X2 Resorts - Thailand first chain of design hotels. X2 KUI BURI is located on the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 3 hours drive from Bangkok, a fresh change indeed.
X2 Resorts , Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.
Equilibrio di una Relazione Vitale, (sold for $28,000), by Angelo Mangiarotti, at Wright
The remote alpine village of Vals is best known to the world at large as the home of Switzerland’s popular Valser mineral water. Since 1996, though, architecture fanatics and spa connoisseurs have known Vals as the home of Peter Zumthor’s Therme spa, an ultra-modernist design statement in grey Valser quartzite, a place that somehow crafts a near-religious experience out of little more than stone, water and judiciously applied light. The combinations of light and shade, open and enclosed spaces and linear elements make for a highly sensuous and restorative experience.
Therme Vals, by Peter Zumthor,
+ Therme Vals
Often overlooked and a common sight in every sushi bar and maybe even lurking in the back of your refrigerator, this package design is now included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA). The dispenser is equipped with the essential functions as a soy sauce dispenser such as easy to pour (on two sides!) and a non-drip spout. The company has shipped to date over 250-million units.
Designed in 1961 by Kenji Ekuan. (Japanese, born 1929) and GK Design Group. Kikkoman Soy Sauce Dispenser. Glass and polystyrene plastic, Manufactured by Kikkoman Corporation, Japan.
Kikkoman Soy Sauce Dispenser, by Kenji Ekuan, for GK Design Group