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Exhibition: Richard Neutra in Europe

Austro-American architect Richard Neutra (born 1892 in Vienna, died 1970 in Wuppertal), one of the most important representatives of “classic Modernism”, was best known for his houses in Southern California. His designs combined light metal structures with stucco elements to create light, pervious ensembles, which he embedded with great sensitivity in carefully arranged gardens and landscapes.

For the first time ever architectural projects will be shown that he realized in Europe in his 10 final creative years (1960 – 1970). He created eight villas, four in Switzerland, three in Germany and one in France.

Richard Neutra in Europe: Buildings and projects 1960 – 1970, 8 May – 1 August 2010, at MARTa Herford Museum, Herford, Germany
Photography (top to bottom): Iwan Baan, Karl-Hugo Schmölz, Unknown, Charles E. Young Research Library UCLA, Martin Hesse, and Martin Hesse.

Mozzarella Chair by Tatsuo Yamamoto

Tatsuo Yamamoto presents the Mozzarella Chair in Milan this year. The chair is made of stretchable fabric suspended by a stainless steel frame.

Mozzarella Chair, by Tatsuo Yamamoto

Exhibition: Greta Magnusson Grossman Retrospective

Swedish furniture designer and architect Greta Magnusson Grossman may not have achieved quite the fame of her contemporaries, Charles and Ray Eames, but, a decade after her death, she still has a devoted following. Now her star is being heralded in the first major retrospective of her work in Stockholm’s Arkitekturmuseet and the launch of a new book, Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts.

Greta Magnusson Grossman Retrospective, Arkitekturmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden
via: Wallpaper*

Breed and Retreat by Frederik Roijé

To eliminate the estrangement from our origin, respecting nature will be necessary. Designing a special place will give nature its space, even in urban society.
- Frederik Roijé

Exhibition: Breed and Retreat, Hen House, by Frederik Roijé, Ventura Lambrate Gallery, Milan Design Week 2010

Model: 56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron

“This box contains a numbered, limited edition interactive model of Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard Street, designed to be taken apart and reassembled as a means of exploring the tower’s radically innovative design. The building will contain 145 residences, each with its own unique floor plan and private outdoor space, in a veritable cascade of houses stacked in the sky, blending indoors and outdoors seamlessly together.”

Limited edition models of 56 Leonard Street were never available for sale to the public, however one was offered for sale recently on Ebay.

56 Leonard Street Model, by Herzog & de Meuron, via

Stellar by Tokujin Yoshioka for Swarovski Crystal Palace

Stellar by Tokujin Yoshioka for Swarovski Crystal Palace

Stellar by Tokujin Yoshioka for Swarovski Crystal Palace

Tokujin Yoshioka will exhibit Stellar, a new chandelier made from crystal at the Swarovski Crystal Palace during the upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan.

“In 2005, I designed a futuristic chandelier entitled “Stardust“, which expressed a scene where moving images being projected onto the dark night sky by an infinite particle of lights. Three years later, in 2008, I designed a stool “Eternal“. For this work, I had an image of bringing down the star cluster and its brilliant beauty from the sky and sealing them eternally in the transparent lump. This year, I intend to create a star, descended from the sky emitting many rays of light in the space; thus I would like to name this work “Stellar”.
- Tokujin Yoshioka

Stellar, Swarovski Crystal Palace, Salone del Mobile 2010, Milan, Italy, by Tokujin Yoshioka

Conoid Bench by George Nakashima

A walnut and hickory bench, made in 1979, recently sold at Sotheby’s, has shown that demand for George Nakashima’s work remains strong and outstanding pieces bring outstanding prices.

Conoid Bench, by George Nakashima, Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium: $74,500, at Sotheby’s 20th Century Design Auction

Kenneth Smythe Synergistic Synthesis XVII Sub B1 Chair

The upcoming Wright Modern Design auction includes this Synergistic Synthesis XVII Sub B1 Chair by San Francisco based designer, artist and scientist, Kenneth Smythe, who creates work originating from evolutionary models of nature. His furniture designs are essential forms derived from complex theories; the nature of Smythe’s process renders each work unique.

Synergistic Synthesis XVII Sub B1 Chair, Estimate: $2,000–3,000, by Kenneth Smythe,
at Wright Modern Design Auction, 23 March.

Pleated Star Wall Clock by George Nelson

Pleated Star Wall Clock by George Nelson

The upcoming Wright Modern Design auction includes this wall clock by George Nelson & Associates. Pleated Star clock was made in 1955 from lacquered wood and enameled aluminum by the Howard Miller Clock Company, Zeeland, Michigan.

Pleated Star Wall Clock, Estimate: $2,000–3,000, by George Nelson & Associates,
at Wright Modern Design Auction, 23 March.

See more: George Nelson Wall Clocks

Saint Tropez Lounge Chair by Christophe Pillet

Saint Tropez Lounge Chair by Christophe Pillet Porro

Christophe Pillet will present the Saint Tropez lounge chair at the upcoming Milan Furniture Fair, April 14 -19.

Saint Tropez Lounge Chair, by Christophe Pillet , for Porro

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