Made from cardboard tubes, the Paper Tower by Shigeru Ban is expected to sell for between £50,000 and £70,000 at auction next week. The tower is made of articulated metal joints, similar in design to the system used by Ban in his construction of a bridge, boathouse and various pavilions around the world. This 22m tall structure was commissioned as part of Size + Matter, a London Design Festival.
Paper Tower by Shigeru Ban, Photography Southbank Centre London Flickr set
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, Directed by Eric Bricker
British designer Jasper Morrison has launched a collection of watches for Swiss brand Rado. A chronograph reduced to the essential. Three hands, two counters, date at 3 o’clock, all lying under the flat sapphire crystal and activated through the gently curved rectangular ceramic pushers. The steel colored indexes and hands with white luminous sparkle together with the sunbrushed finish of the dial, a continuous entrancing and alluring play of light. The basic models feature only the minimum, the fundamental.
Named after the animal in the Chukchi language, Umka is a hand-polished polar bear sculpture cut from a solid block of aircraft grade aluminum by Scott Wilson. Umka and Kera are part of Humanscale’s Faces in the Wild live and online auctions to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund.
The digital archives of Google Books now hosts over 1,860 issues of LIFE magazine, other unpublished photos are also available on Google, including seldom seen images of Charles and Ray Eames at their Pacific Palisades home, also known as Case Study House No. 8. Other LIFE features include Raymond Loewy’s Palm Springs Pad.
Paul Smith has designed a bottle for Evian which will be on sale in limited amounts until Christmas. The London based designer describes the package as “…a nice glass bottle with colourful stripes around the top, printed with organic ink!”
Evian Bottle, by Paul Smith
A small shop has opened in a unused area of Jasper Morrison’s studio in London.
“The shop was opened because we had some extra space in our new office, and after the Super Normal exhibition (at Axis Gallery Tokyo) I wanted a continuation of the contact that it provided me, with everyday, useful things. My feeling is that design which follows the current ‘entertainment’ model which attaches more importance to media exposure than to the real-life performance of an object has run its course, and that it’s time for designers to shape up and design things which have built-in long-term performance. The shop is an idealistic showroom for those things, rather than a commercial venture, though you may leave with less money than you arrived!”
- Jasper Morrison
Mirage.studio.7 has a collection of fictional architects in movies. Our favorite is Gary Cooper in The Fountainhead, an adaptation of the novel by Ayn Rand.
“Statistics quit charts and graphs to reincarnate in a curious set of containers, whether jars or urns, creating a radical representation of our human bondage in this world. Birth is the base and death the apex of these enameled terra cotta pagodas, whose contours change in phase with the age rings that translate life expectancy. From bottom to top there are 100 strata, shaped in solid or void, but the top end is always a sharp tip.”
- Mathieu Lehanneur
Exhibition: The Age of the World, by Mathieu Lehanneur, Issey Miyake, Paris, October 2009 during Fashion Week
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