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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
We’ve written before about Olafur Eliasson, the New York Times writes about a new project called “The New York City Waterfalls” a public art project of four man-made waterfalls rising from New York Harbor, some as high as the Statue of Liberty. Organized by the nonprofit Public Art Fund and the City of New York.
The New York City Waterfalls, by Olafur Eliasson