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Jeff Koons Does Paris

Jeff Koons invades …the gilded chambers and sculpted gardens of the Château de Versailles …in recent years has displayed only a few select works of contemporary artists. The exhibition of 17 Koons sculptures marks the first time that the chateau built by Louis XIV has organized so ambitious a retrospective of one contemporary artist.
Not everyone here was as pleased by the installation. Several dozen people demonstrated outside the palace gates early Wednesday, a protest organized by the National Union of Writers of France, a little-known, right-wing group dedicated to artistic purity in France. The group’s chairman demanded that the exhibit be canceled.

Exhibition: Jeff Koons at Versailles
via: New York Times

Rare Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen Chair up for Auction

Among the most important furniture designs of the 20th century, Eames’ and Saarinen’s prize-winning entry for seating in the famous Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1941 was comprised of various armchairs, a sectional sofa and the present side chair. With their single-piece compound-moulded plywood seat shells, the chair designs were exceptionally innovative and signalled a totally new direction in modern furniture.

Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen chair from the Museum of Modern Art Organic Design Competition 1940 manufactured by Haskelite Corporation/Heywood-Wakefield (Estimate: $15,000–20,000) at Wright

Jeff Koons Puppy Vase Available for $7,500.00

 

Gagosian has released an edition of 3000 porcelain puppy vases signed and numbered by the artist Jeff Koons. Having first made a splash on the contemporary art scene back in 1998, the design took cues from Koons’s mongo-sized puppy sculpture (1992), which was filled with over seventeen thousand flowers. “The vase is a symbol of love, warmth, and happiness,” says Koons.

Puppy Vase, $7,500, by Jeff Koons, re-issued by Gagosian Gallery
via: V Magazine

Eruptions of Fire at the Bird’s Nest, Beijing

New images have emerged of the fire and light display over the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.

Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium, August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China, Photos by Bill Luan

Espasso—Unique Furniture from Brazil

Espasso is dedicated to modern and contemporary design from Brazil, with showrooms in New York and Los Angeles, the company is focused on the very niche market for Brazilian furniture. Their selection of designers, range from mid-century modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer, Ricardo Fasanello, Sergio Rodrigues and Joaquim Tenreiro to emerging and established designers like Isay Weinfeld, Carlos Motta and Arthur Casas.

Espasso Showroom, New York and Los Angeles, USA.

Marc Newson’s Space Tourism – Designed for Comfort

The spaceplane was unveiled in Paris by its manufacturer, Astrium, part of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, as the latest challenger in the space tourism market. Like its archrival Virgin Galactic, where the designer is Philippe Starck, Astrium plans to take people into space and straight back again. It expects to charge up to , or about $265,000, for a ticket when commercial flights start in 2012. Another competitor, Space Adventures, will offer multimillion-dollar eight-day holidays at a space station.

Spaceplane, €200,000 per trip, by Marc Newson
Read more at IHT

 

Exhibit: A Survey of Current German Design

A new exhibit offers a thematic cross-section of classic and contemporary ideas by German designers and companies. The exhibits are arranged in rigorous German fashion: structured and linked in “Werkbund Crates”, organized by theme: material, position, function, system or tool.

Exhibition: Design Deutschland. case study 08, from July 25 – Oct. 5, 2008, Neues Museum Nuremberg, Germany

Walker House in Sydney up for Sale

Modeled largely on the groundbreaking 1946 Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, California, this private one acre estate is a little more than 30 minutes to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Walker House, Sydney, Australia, $10 million AUD, at Remax
Via: Contemporist

Transforming Tate Modern, by Herzog & de Meuron

Tate Modern is about to get an addition designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the new building will add a 65% increase in display space, to their already expansive facility transformed from a disused power station in 2000

New Development of Tate Modern, Bankside, London, United Kingdom, by Herzog & de Meuron, for Tate Modern

Zaha Hadid’s Oxford Extension Branded ‘Awkward’

Zaha Hadid’s proposed extension to the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College in Oxford has been branded ‘awkward’ and ‘in constant competition with its neighbours’ by CABE, the commission’s design review panel.

We are not always fans of Hadid’s work but this solution seems entirely suitable, if a bit radical for this setting — better awkward than mediocre.

Oxford College Extension, Oxford, United Kingdom by Zaha Hadid, full story at Architects Journal

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