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Exhibition: Jean Prouvé 1901-1984: Industrial Beauty


Jean Prouvé Giving a lecture at the CNAM
© Fonds Jean Prouvé

Recliner, 1928
Arch. dep. Meurthe-et-Moselle, Fonds des Ateliers © SCE Jean Prouvé

Granipoli table, 1939

Protoype shell of a house located outside the domestic arts hall, 1951
© Fonds Jean Prouvé

Tropical house in Mondtada Maxéville
© Fonds Jean Prouvé

(left): Silla de Madera Desmontable, 1941 (right): Sillón de Dirrección nl. 352, 1951

Detachable Cabin
Arch. dep. Meurthe-et-Moselle, Fonds des Ateliers © SCE Jean Prouvé

Design for Citröen Bus Station, 1933
Arch. dep. Meurthe-et-Moselle, Fonds des Ateliers © SCE Jean Prouvé

Curated by the British architect Norman Foster and by the Professor of Architecture Projects Luis Fernández-Galiano, the exhibition revisits the whole of Jean Prouvé’s career.

From the originality of his earlier furniture to the sophistication of his later constructive systems, the oeuvre of the French genius is an example of committed engagement with prefabrication and industrialisation, and also serves as a bottomless source of inspiration.

The exhibition follows a chronological layout in ten sections, each one featuring original drawings and photographs accompanied by critical texts. The selection includes a wide range of furniture, architecture models and fragments of buildings, like his celebrated 6×6 house: a spectacular 1:1 scale prototype that is in turn a manifesto of Prouvé’s interest in lightness and prefabrication in architecture.

Jean Prouvé 1901-1984: Industrial Beauty
September 1 – November 12 at Ivorypress Art + Books Space, Madrid, Spain
via: designboom

Two Experiments by Taku Satoh

Designer Taku Satoh recreated a 3-dimensional version of the Japanese alphabet by stacking numerous layers of paper.

Exhibition: Two Experiments, by Taku Satoh Design Office
via: Spoon & Tamago

Triangles

Found Object, Vanves Flea Market, Paris, via: Mrs. Easton

Cube Illusion by Laszlo Tompa

The case is a simple cube, with a surface covered with no space matching geometric ornaments produced by CNC-woodturning. So beside the storage function there is originated a new, unusual, powerful abstract sculpture-looking furniture. At a first glance it’s not visible that the furniture hides a relatively large storage place inside due to the optical illusion of the ornaments. The case is diagonally symmetrical, so the storage section can be covered with the lid rotated 180 degrees. Cube Illusion was selected on IFDA Asahikawa 2011 as finalist.

Cube Illusion, 40 x 40 x 40 cm, cherry wood, by Laszlo Tompa, via: Contemporist

Sculpture by Axel Brechensbauer

Nature is not evil, it´s ugly. Thats why we have gardens.
It´s like ok, but we can do it a little bit better by arranging everything.
We are obsessed by tetris, order and man-made systems.

Mother Nature, Cliff bird, Model of Surroundings, Modern Painters, Endless Growth,
by Axel Brechensbauer

BMW 3.0 CLS by Alexander Calder

When race car driver and auctioneer Herve Poulain asked his friend, artist Alexander Calder, to paint the BMW 3.0 CLS that he would race in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race, it was the beginning of a truly gorgeous concept. Calder’s design of the BMW 3.0 CSL was the first Art Car ever, and one of his last works of art before he died in 1976. His rendition of the BMW Art Car boasts powerful colors and attractive curving expanses, which he applied generously to the wings, hood and roof.

Calder saw his art in action when he attended the Le Mans 24-hour race as a guest to witness his work’s premiere.

BMW 3.0 CLS Art Car, for the 1975 Le Mans Endurance Race, by Alexander Calder
via: City Furniture

Eye Exam Poster by Blue Ant Studio

Eye Exam, by Joel Pirela, Digital art, size: 11″x17″, Printed on 80 lb paper in matte finish, Hand signed and dated, Blue Ant Studio

L’Horloge d’une Vie de Travail by Julien Berthier

L’Horloge d’une vie de travail 1
Clock for calculating in real time the hours of work accumulated before retirement (1 minute divided into 60 seconds, 1 week divided into 35 hours, 1 quarter divided into 13 weeks and 40 years divided into 160 quarters). It can be set off by phone in order to meet the needs of today’s increasingly mobile worker. This clock introduces the notion of “individual time” (like “universal time”), which we accumulate only for ourselves. It becomes the reflection of a work system that is moving towards individualisation and is breaking up forms of solidarity by annihilating collective defence strategies.

L’Horloge d’une vie de travail 2
1 minute divided into 60 seconds, 1 week divided into 35 hours, 1 quarter divided into 13 weeks and 40 years and 1 quarter divided into 161 quarters (in keeping with the reform of the law on working time, which came into effect on 1 January 2009).

L’Horloge d’une vie de travail, by Julien Berthier

Exhibition: Objet Préféré by Fabrica

Fabrica features Objet Préféré, with an exceptional collection of fifteen furniture pieces designed by Fabrica. The fifteen amazing furniture pieces have been created following a workshop between young Fabrica designers and personnel such as craftsmen, technicians, and office staff of the Grand-Hornu Images Cultural Center in Belgium.

Objet Préféré, by Fabrica, Sunday May 29 – Sunday October 23, Grand-Hornu, Belgium
Photography by Gustavo Millon, via: Yatzer

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