Initiated by N°111 with François Bauchet and Eric Jourdan, the Quatrième Mur was one of the ‘off’ exhibitions which spearheaded the event during the St Etienne Design Biennial 2010. In a former cinema and with this mysterious title, three ex- Saint Etienne students invited two of their ex-lecturers for a collective exhibition in the shape of ‘tribute-thanks-transmission’ with a result which lecturers and pupils alike can be proud of. The installation comprised everyday objects which, through their design and varying scales, gave rhythm and composition to the scenic space. The objective was to encourage the spectator to observe the objects from our domestic environment from a different angle and to reconsider the relationship between objects.
Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza, best known for designing museums and galleries, has presented a series of wood sculpture.
Exposição Esculturas, by Álvaro Siza, Porto, Portugal, Photography by Fernando Guerra
Rocket presents the first gallery exhibition of furniture by the London-based Japanese designer Tomoko Azumi and her tna design studio. Models, drawings and watercolour sketches relating to collaborations with several international furniture-makers will be exhibited. The exhibition will document the evolution of the new Azumi dining table – a collaboration between Rocket and Benchmark Furniture.
Exhibition: Tomoko Azumi | Objective, 18 September – 20 November, at Rocket, London, UK
La Cristallerie Val Saint Lambert has re-indroduced itself at the Maison & Objet fair in Paris. Creneau International designed the packaging of the two century old Crystal factory, to reflect the Company’s new brand identity. The new campaign reflects the heritage and spirit of the Belgian Brand.
After Rock and Absent Nature a new exhibition by Arik Levy stays in the continuity of the “natural non-natural”. The investigation, imaginary and interpretation of these issues, grow this time, around the concepts of “parallel” and “opposed”. By presenting the concretization of these ideas for the very first time, the exhibition illustrates various forms of expression related to geotectonic… Arik’s perception of such levels is not only geological, but also emotional, visual, social, architectural, as well as urban and genetic.
“What I feel and see are complete images of objects, buildings, mountain splitting into layers the same way an iceberg will detach from the North Pole creaking open and starting drifting in the space. Each element slides over the other in perfect harmony of total chaos. Construct to deconstruct, built to destroy, and constantly being on the borderline between balance and in balance, stability and catastrophe, magic and power.”
- Arik Levy
Exhibition: Geotectonic by, Arik Levy, 16 September – 6 November, at Mitterrand+Cramer, Geneva, Switzerland
There is an abundance of animated GIFs on the web, but our favorite by far is this black & white Braun Clock face. Mezmorizing.
Berlin is playing host to REALSTADT.Wünsche als Wirklichkeit [Realstadt.Wishes Knocking on Reality's Doors]. The focal point in this exhibition will be not only the concept of the City but also the way we deal with the City. It is the wishes of very many different actors playing an active part in shaping the City that are central to the exhibition: mundane wishes and spectacular ones, idealistic and economic ones, local and global ones. Cities, after all, are built from wishes, animated by wishes and pulsing with wishes.
A vast array of around 300 architectural and planning models and 80 exemplary projects from all over Germany testify to the wish for change and the energy needed to make it happen. In response to a nationwide call, these models were submitted by local authorities, town planning offices, universities, planning initiatives and individuals. The prize-winning projects of the competition “National Prize for Integrated Urban Development and Baukultur”, which was organised in 2009 by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development represented important points of reference. They include blueprints for extensive urban redevelopments and pinpoint interventions, realized concepts and shelved competition entries, participatory processes and bold individual statements.
Realstadt.Wünsche als Wirklichkeit is staged in the 8,000 m2 turbine hall of the power station Kraftwerk Berlin-Mitte, which was built in 1961. For REALSTADT it is making its debut as an exhibition venue. Its stark austerity lends overwhelming resonance to the exhibition’s urban impulses. These are being displayed on two levels and evoke something like the potential of normalcy.
Exhibition: Realstadt.Wünsche als Wirklichkeit, October 2 – November 28,
at Kraftwerk Mitte, Berlin
Curated by Norman Foster and Luis Fernández-Galiano, the exhibition features drawings and models including the recently completed recreation of the Dymaxion car. Foster worked with Fuller for the last 12 years of his life and explains that Fuller ‘had a profound influence on my own work and thinking’. The new Dymaxion car was commissioned by Foster based on Fuller’s own drawings and prototypes. The prototype was built in East Sussex by the car restoration company Crosthwaite and Gardiner.
Santiago Calatrava collaborated with the New York City Ballet for their 2010 spring season festival of new choreography, “Architecture of Dance.” One of the major thrusts of ballet dance is to appear to defy gravity, so working with Calatrava, who is known for his architectural works suggesting flight, makes perfect sense. The ”Architecture of Dance” festival included seven world premiere ballets, five of which included sets designed by Calatrava. Four new scores were also commissioned for the festival. For the performances, eight new cocktails were created one for each choreographer, and a one for Santiago Calatrava: Sangria of Spanish Red Wine, Triple Sec, Rum, Vodka & Seasonal Fruits.
“Transport,” a thematic exhibition by Marc Newson at Gagosian Gallery, that brings together for the first time all of his major designs and realized products for transport and human locomotion since 1999.
Situating Aquariva by Marc Newson within the breadth and reach of Newson’s enduring obsession with human and mechanical locomotion, “Transport” explores the full range of his vehicle design. Some have been commissioned by leading international corporations specializing in automotive, aerospace, and nautical design, others designed for pure pleasure. From MN Special (2008), a lightweight carbon fiber bicycle designed for Biomega, to EADS Astrium Space-Plane prototype (2007) designed for commercial space tourism; from the mirror-like Nickel Surfboard (2006) designed for competitive tow-in surfing, to Kelvin40 (2003), a small, idiosyncratic jet plane named after the main character in Tarkovsky’s Solaris and commissioned by Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain; from the “convertible” Zvezdochka trainer for Nike (2004), designed for general use by Russian cosmonauts in the International Space Station and named after the fifth Russian dog in space, to the endearing Ford 021C urban concept car (1999), Newson’s imagination reveals a sense of playfulness and fun behind the requisite rigor of the modern design mind.
Newson approaches design as an experimental exercise in extreme structure and advanced technologies, combined with a highly tactile and exacting exploration of materials, processes, and skills. As an industrial designer, his reach is broad and diverse, from concept jets and cars to watches, footwear, jewelry, restaurants, and aircraft interiors. Since the outset of his career, he has also produced beautifully crafted, limited-edition furniture, including the iconic Lockheed Lounge (1986). In a world where the distinctions between art and design are becoming increasingly blurred Newson is a trailblazer, having pursued parallel activities in exclusive and mass production for more than twenty years.
As a kid obsessed with designing and making things, post-war Italian design was a huge source of inspiration. I was amazed by the seamless ability of designers and industry to produce every conceivable type of industrial product, from furniture to automobiles. My own career has undoubtedly been influenced by the Italians’ impact on so many areas of design.
Transport, by Marc Newson, September 14 – October 16, at Gagosian Gallery, New York