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Exhibition: Spaces Etc./An Exercise in Utility

Ron Gilad’s latest body of work, Spaces Etc./An Exercise in Utility has launched its own site.

Gilad refuses to be pigeonholed and is not interested in distinctions. Instead he moves with ease between disciplines and materials. Borrowing from the history of art and design, he draws references from the work of artists such as René Magritte, Giorgio de Chirico, and Marcel Duchamp, as well as a later generation of designers such as the Italian masters Enzo Mari, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, and Ettore Sottsass. Links can also be made to more recent innovators, especially the work of Jurgen Bey and Richard Hutten for Droog in the Netherlands. Like them he takes an intuitive, rather than a rationalist, approach to his practice imbuing his works with a diverse range of ideas that seek to radically alter the evaluation of an object beyond its utility.

Exhibition: Spaces Etc./An Exercise in Utility by Ron Gilad, April 29 – May 9, at Wright, Chicago, USA

Jean-Paul Gaultier Evian Collection by Baccarat

After the ready-to-wear edition of the bottle in 2009, designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier, Evian works with Baccarat to create five exclusive limited edition bottles. 5 unique bottles dressed transparently to evoke Evian’s best asset: purity. Bubbles bottle, drops bottle, tray bottle, reflection bottle and spring bottle: 5 exceptional creations presenting the tremendous savoir-faire of Baccarat artisans.

Designs will be presented at Colette March 16th-21st and at Maison Baccarat March 24th-30th before being auctioned next April 7th at 8pm at Artcurial.
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Abstract Reasoning Test

Can you identify this object? …Answer is here

Photography by James Day

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
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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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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*

Another Man Features Ant Farm and Jurgen Mayer H

The upcoming issue of Another Man magazine feature a profile on 60s badboys Ant Farm and Jurgen Mayer H, founder of the J Mayer H Studio talks to Alex Marashian about the optimistic, playful spirit of his work.

The latest issue of Another Man can be viewed online for free here

Another Man, An Other

Aurumania Gold Bike Crystal Edition

Made out of 24-carat gold and more than 600 Crystallized Swarovski elements, this hand-built track bicycle will set you back €80,000—with personal delivery of course.

Aurumania, Limited Edition of 10, On view at Normann Copenhagen Showroom, Copenhagen, Denmark, in April.

For Sale: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fawcett House

The southern edge of Los Banos [in the San Joaquin valley], where only dusty roads and distant silos interrupt the endless landscape of tilled Central Valley soil, seems an unlikely place to happen upon the work of America’s architectural icon. But past the cattle feedlot and leaning hay barn, deep in a field where winter wheat and cantaloupe mark the seasons, sits a ranch house designed by an aging Frank Lloyd Wright.

Fawcett House, 1961, Los Banos, California, $2.7 million, by Frank Lloyd Wright
Listing Agent: Crosby Doe Associates
Article: SF Gate

Bags Made from Seat Belts by 959

959 launches a collection of bags made entirely out of recycled seatbelts. 50 years since it first came into use the traditional seatbelt has found itself a new role in life with the new 959 bag range. The Company has kept the idea of the seatbelt whilst transforming it into a collection of bags made entirely out of material recovered from scrap yards.

Bag Collection, by 959

George Nelson Secretary by Herman Miller

Made from teak, aluminum, leather and enameled metal, this drop-front secretary conceals five drawers and illuminated storage and single door conceals storage compartment with one adjustable shelf and two drawers.

Secretary, by George Nelson, for Herman Miller, Estimate: $3,000–4,000 at auction: Wright

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