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Exhibition: Modernism in Miniature: Points of View

The architectural model gained new prominence after a period of decline when it became a popular tool for design education and practice in the early twentieth century. This revival is usually associated with the turn towards objectivity and the search for expressive means to communicate ideas in three dimensions–but how was the model transformed in the age of its mechanical reproducibility?

Modernism in Miniature: Points of View explores the encounter between photography and model-making between 1920-1960. It focuses on model photography as a distinctive genre and suggests that the so-called ‘model boom’ was inextricably bound up with the explosion of modern mass media.

The objects on display illustrate a variety of visual practices ranging from straight records of study models to hyper-realist photomontage. Channelled by the illustrated press, miniatures reached out to a wide public and, in some cases, acquired enduring cult status. By revisiting a widespread yet oft-neglected imagery, the exhibition provokes questions about the relationship between media in architectural culture and the specific impact of photography on the perception of the miniature.

Modernism in Miniature: Points of View, September 22 – January 8, at Octagonal Gallery, The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montréal, Québec

Textile Field: An Installation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

“During the London Design Festival, The Victoria & Albert Museum invited us to intervene in any space we wanted within the Museum: the result is Textile Field an installation 30 meters long and 8 meters wide which takes over 240m sq of the floor of the famous Raphael Cartoons Gallery.

“An invitation to lascivious reverie. Our intention is to propose a different, casual approach to freely experience what can be a quite intimidating environment, such as a museum. We conceived an expansive, coloured foam and textile piece with gentle inclinations to produce a sensual field on which to comfortably lounge while meditating on the surrounding Raphael Cartoons. Everyone can immerse into this temporary installation, for a minute, an hour or more, that is the idea. No efforts, no apprehension just contemplation.”

Textile Field, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, in collaboration with Kvadrat, at Victoria & Albert Museum, Photography © Studio Bouroullec & V&A Images, Victoria and Albert Museum

Kronish House by Richard Neutra Headed for Demolition

The Kronish House, one of a handful of Beverly Hills residences designed by Modernist architect Richard Neutra, appears headed for demolition. Please Sign the petition to save the Kronish House

The house, which is not visible from the street, has been “terribly neglected, but the bones are still there,” said Dion Neutra, an architect who teamed up with his late father, Richard Neutra, on the project. “The new owner thinks it would be more valuable to tear it down and have empty land.”

Dion Neutra and the Los Angeles Conservancy say the loss of the Kronish House would be akin to the 2002 demolition of Neutra’s 1963 Maslon House in Rancho Mirage. That 5,000-square-foot, six-bedroom landmark was flattened even after assurances from a real estate agent that the new owner was thinking of restoring it. Preservationists across the nation protested the loss.

Unlike Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach and several other cities, Beverly Hills has no preservation ordinance.

“The city of Beverly Hills currently has no way to even examine the situation before it’s too late,” said Linda Dishman, the conservancy’s executive director. “They’re taking important steps toward providing the ‘carrot’ through preservation incentives like the Mills Act, but they have no ‘stick’ in the form of protections.”

Named for its original owner, real estate developer Herbert Kronish, and built in 1954, the one-story house sits at the end of a 250-foot-long driveway on a two-acre “flag” lot. With 6,891 square feet of living space, six bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms, the contemporary home is one of the architect’s largest in Southern California, according to Dion Neutra.

Kronish House, via: Los Angeles Times Read more: Richard and Dion Neutra Architecture

Exhibition: Jean Prouvé 1901-1984: Industrial Beauty


Jean Prouvé Giving a lecture at the CNAM
© Fonds Jean Prouvé

Recliner, 1928
Arch. dep. Meurthe-et-Moselle, Fonds des Ateliers © SCE Jean Prouvé

Granipoli table, 1939

Protoype shell of a house located outside the domestic arts hall, 1951
© Fonds Jean Prouvé

Tropical house in Mondtada Maxéville
© Fonds Jean Prouvé

(left): Silla de Madera Desmontable, 1941 (right): Sillón de Dirrección nl. 352, 1951

Detachable Cabin
Arch. dep. Meurthe-et-Moselle, Fonds des Ateliers © SCE Jean Prouvé

Design for Citröen Bus Station, 1933
Arch. dep. Meurthe-et-Moselle, Fonds des Ateliers © SCE Jean Prouvé

Curated by the British architect Norman Foster and by the Professor of Architecture Projects Luis Fernández-Galiano, the exhibition revisits the whole of Jean Prouvé’s career.

From the originality of his earlier furniture to the sophistication of his later constructive systems, the oeuvre of the French genius is an example of committed engagement with prefabrication and industrialisation, and also serves as a bottomless source of inspiration.

The exhibition follows a chronological layout in ten sections, each one featuring original drawings and photographs accompanied by critical texts. The selection includes a wide range of furniture, architecture models and fragments of buildings, like his celebrated 6×6 house: a spectacular 1:1 scale prototype that is in turn a manifesto of Prouvé’s interest in lightness and prefabrication in architecture.

Jean Prouvé 1901-1984: Industrial Beauty
September 1 – November 12 at Ivorypress Art + Books Space, Madrid, Spain
via: designboom

Thin Black Lines + Dancing Squares by nendo

A solo show at the Taiwanese government-sponsored National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute featuring two collections. ‘thin black lines’ is a collection of furniture formed from ‘still black’, so we wanted to use ‘active black on white’ for the exhibition space. The drawings on the floor flow like river water around the exhibition stands. ‘dancing squares’ is a collection based on the concept of ‘active white’, so we wanted a space that expressed the idea of ‘still black on white’. Our room-sized sketch, affixed to walls and floor, uses a fish-eye lens-like effect as though viewers are seeing it through a tiny water drop.

Exhibition: Thin Black Lines + Dancing Squares, by nendo, at National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI), Taiwan

Exhibition: Time Art Directed By Tokujin Yoshioka for Cartier

From their designs to their movements, Cartier watches are unique. They are an enduring combination of the unexpected and the classical. The exhibition at Museum Bellerive traces Cartier’s constant quest for excellence in the manufacturing of complicated watches. Creating such timepieces is a challenge that calls for technical and aesthetic creativity as well as exceptional expertise, all of which enable Cartier to take its place as a genuine creator of fine watchmaking marvels. From a Tortue single pushpiece chronograph created in 1929, to a contemporary Santos 100 Skeleton watch, Cartier interprets complications in its own inimitable way, always with a sense of elegance. The exhibition will showcase over 100 timepieces from the historical Cartier Collection and 20 contemporary fine watches, illustrating the creativity of the movements, the savoir faire and the spirit of innovation.

“Time
Like light, wind, scent, and air, we can neither see time nor hold it, yet its beautiful rhythm beats throughout each day of our lives.”
- Tokujin Yoshioka

Time Art, Directed By Tokujin Yoshioka, for Cartier, at Bellerive Museum, Ein Haus Des Museum Für Gestaltung Zürich, Switzerland, August 26 – November 6

Works in China by Michael Young

Hong Kong-based Michael Young has been amongst the most successful and influential designers of his generation. Works in China – Part 1 Design Art is an exhibition showcasing the latest and most iconic works of Michael Young’s 20-year industrial design career, plus the launch of his book Works in China written by John Heskett. The book delves into the process of design documenting a number of Young’s products from the initial sketches, right through to the finished products. An eye-opening look at the staggering amount of work that goes into producing everything around us and must-read for anyone interested in design.

“This is my first show in 10 years. I started out making one offs in London as it was all that one could make back then, but it was a passion. After years of mass production it’s refreshing to go back to my roots and play a little.”
- Michael Young

Works in China – Part 1 Design Art, by Michael Young Studio, 29 June – 17 July, at The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

Lea Ceramiche Presents Dotted Conversation by Patrick Norguet

Lines and Waves are the revolutionary protagonists of the installation conceived by the French designer for Lea Ceramiche. A micro-architecture, comprised of 3 communicating modules, stands out at the centre of the space and with a play on perspectives is surprising in the flexibility of the material covering it: super slim laminated porcelain Slimtech slabs only 3 mm thick. They however allow a large 300x100cm format, produced with advanced Lea Full HD technology which allows all types of decorative designs to be printed on glazed porcelain.

The Lines pattern, a composition of lines and vertical strokes which overlay and follow one another, first of all drawn by hand, then converted graphically by computer into countless punctiform elements, confers vibration, as well as depth, to the surface and intensifies the sensuality of the material through colour variation. Inviting visitors to enter the narrow and quiet passages and become totally immersed amongst the materials. A sensory conversation between design and technology.

Dotted Conversation, 16th – 20th June, Deco Design / Lea Ceramicheby, Paris Patrick Norguet, for Lea Ceramiche

Exhibition: Jean Prouvé by G-Star Raw for Vitra

Prouvé RAW is a collection of newly interpreted furniture classics from French designer and artisan Jean Prouvé. The designs of Jean Prouvé have been a source of inspiration for the creative team at G-Star for quite some time. This appreciation of and fascination with the artist was the starting point for Prouvé RAW in collaboration with Vitra. Thanks to the cooperation of G-Star, the Prouvé family and Vitra, Prouvé’s most famous designs have been re-issued with a contemporary flair, while some of his lesser-known designs have been rediscovered.

Jean Prouvé by G-Star Raw, June 15th – July 31st, daily 12 – 2:00 pm, at the Fire Station by Zaha Hadid on the Vitra Campus in Weil

Exhibition: Objet Préféré by Fabrica

Fabrica features Objet Préféré, with an exceptional collection of fifteen furniture pieces designed by Fabrica. The fifteen amazing furniture pieces have been created following a workshop between young Fabrica designers and personnel such as craftsmen, technicians, and office staff of the Grand-Hornu Images Cultural Center in Belgium.

Objet Préféré, by Fabrica, Sunday May 29 – Sunday October 23, Grand-Hornu, Belgium
Photography by Gustavo Millon, via: Yatzer

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