The first special project by White Cube in Brazil, Facts and Systems (Fatos e Sistemas) is an exhibition of two new series of works. In one room, the artist will present dramatic body forms made from stacked, mild steel blocks that punctuate and articulate the gallery. In another room, he will present a group of linear sculptures made from 6mm steel road that continue his investigation into architectural space.
“Experiencing an object is dependent on the forces of the mind and soul. To perceive means to be moved, and to be moved means to form.”
- Johannes Itten
The main event at the Saloni 2012 is dedicated to those men, those companies and, in particular, to those hundreds of objects that laid the ground for the Italian design system and its aspirations. Taking the objects as a starting point, therefore, allowing them — whether they be useful, good-looking, useless, debateable — to demonstrate the great power contained within themselves is, basically, what “Design Dance” is all about, furthering the great Cosmit tradition of combining trade fair and commercial
mandate with art and communication.
“Design Dance” — a project by Michela Marelli and Francesca Molteni, enables the works by the protagonists of design to speak and act, dance even. The objects become actors and storytellers because, as with all the fruits of human creativity, they narrate the emotional run-up to their inception. Modern day objects and objects from the past, classical and modern, together with SaloneSatellite designs that have “come true” by going into production.
Many of the products from Salone Internazionale del Mobile exhibition will be presented at iSaloni WorldWide Moscow in October.
Design Dance, Teatro dell’Arte at the Triennale di Milano, April 17 – 22, 2012, Milan, Italy, Cosmit
Sited in the northeastern corner of the Singapore, the 2-1/2 storey house sits on a sunken piece of land facing a huge park next to the sea. It is a house designed for a middle-age couple that entertains frequently. The house is set low to the ground and all the bedrooms are placed on grade while the living spaces on the upper floors. The bedrooms on the lower floors gets the shade and privacy from the garden and the boundary walls while the communal space on top, connects with the park across the street. Capitalizing on the planning guidelines on Roof Eaves Setbacks, created a 2m wide apron all round the upper floor that stretches to form the car porch canopy. The band of cantilevered concrete is planted on top, elevating the garden to the upper floor while shading the bedrooms on the ground.
The Park House , Singapore, by Formwerkz Architects, Photography by Jeremy San
FK04 CALVERT is from a series of coffee tables, designed in 1951 by renowned modernist German architect and designer Ferdinand Kramer during his time in America. Part of his successful “Knock-Down” furniture series, the square FK04 CALVERT is an enduring and modern piece. The easily invertible and collapsible coffee table consists of a tabletop and two crossing invertible sheets serving as a base for the table. Similar to a clothing pattern, the components of the table are cut out of a single plywood sheet. The intrinsically simple cut out base of FK04 CALVERT reveals a sculptural quality to the table. E15 offers the re-edition or in oak or walnut veneer, clear lacquered and a variety of coloured lacquer.
Following a string of limited edition collaborations, Leica is back with a third in a line of special M-System cameras built with the help of renowned Parisian fashion house, Hermès. The partnership results in two special editions, with a total of 300 Edition Hermès digital rangefinders set to ship beginning in June for $25,000, while 100 “very special” Edition Hermès — Sèrire Limitèe Jean-Louis Dumas models will release in July for — $50,000. Both editions will be offered as complete kits, with the “cheaper” of the two built with soft calfskin leather with a silver chrome finish for its redesigned control points, complete with a Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. optic. The “other” arrives with three lenses, the Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH., a Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and a Leica APO-Summicron-M 90 mm f/2 ASPH — all with an anodized silver finish.
The Traverso Table is a tribute to the Frate table made by Enzo Mari.
“I exaggerated the idea of the beam as a key element. I tried to turn the beam in the central “spine” of the project. Without the beam the table doesn’t exist. On the front of the table you can clearly read the section that is both decorative but absolutely structural. I like to think about objects in which the structural and mechanical element, that is for this necessary, is also the focal point, the “decorative” point.”
- Francesco Faccin
The upper part of table is divided into two parts (made in wood or glass) to occupy very little space when it is dismantled. The structure is made of ash wood.
This rural home sits on an 80-acre agricultural site in California’s Central Coast wine region. The design directly responds to the wide diurnal temperature fluctuations of its arid climate. Masonry walls anchor the building to the earth and structure the primary living spaces, centering activity around a covered outdoor living room. The design integrates deep overhangs, passive ventilation, photovoltaic electricity, solar hot water and radiant heat.
Paso Robles Residence, Paso Robles, California, USA, by Aidlin Darling Design
The Variations collection, hovering between sophisticated objet and sculpture, to be interpreted together or individually, comprises a series of highly colourful pieces where glass-cutting principles and Baccarat savoir faire have been reinvented.
Variations rings the changes on an art de vivre as imagined by Patricia Urquiola. The collection transforms everyday ritual into the art of living, where objects from past and present coexist and combine for mutual magnification. Accented by acid colour hues, the glasses exude a relaxed, neo-pop vibe.
Variations Collection, by Patricia Urquiola, for Baccarat
A glissade is a manoeuvre deployed in skiing and mountaineering to control a breakneck plunge down a steep, snowy alpine slope. It’s an apt name to give a house like Maison Glissade, a rigorously elegant chalet in Collingwood, one of Ontario’s most popular ski areas, just an hour’s drive north of Toronto. Designed by Robert Kastelic and Kelly Buffey of Atelier Kastelic Buffey, the chalet is set almost at the base of a ski run. Standing in the spacious second floor, which combines a living room, a dining room, a kitchen and an office nook, all within a single sweep, one can see through the pitched windows to the blurred figures of skiers bounding down the hill, then drifting back up on the lift.
Triton Bar Stools by ClassiCon
Located in a Whistler neighborhood halfway up the mountainside, this house was designed for clients who appreciate the timber structure characteristic of a Whistler Chalet, but desired a unique family home for seven that would capture this ambience without its typical organization and aesthetic. Situated in a prominent site, the visual mass of the structure was diminished by making a substantial portion of the house appear to be below grade through the strategic removal of bedrock, and by the extension of the living room terrace over the garage. An upper courtyard deck area was also carved in to the massing to gather light centrally into the house. The result is a home that looks deceptively modest in relation to the neighboring properties.