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Donald Trump’s ‘Prototypes’ in San Diego becomes art

President Donald Trump’s “Prototypes” in San Diego, California might soon gain the status of a national monument.Eight types of walls have been chosen to expand the barrier between Mexico and California. During the election campaign, Trump suggested tha
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Donald Trump’s ‘Prototypes’ in San Diego becomes art

President Donald Trump’s “Prototypes” in San Diego, California might soon gain the status of a national monument.Eight types of walls have been chosen to expand the barrier between Mexico and California. During the election campaign, Trump suggested that this barrier be enlarged by getting Mexico to foot the bill. The Prototypes project is a temporary work of landscape art, but the MAGA non-profit organization is working towards making it a historical and permanent monument, protected by the 1906 Antiquities Act. The association organizes tours between San Diego (California) and Tijuana (Mexico), on fixed dates, to show the different types of walls in the context of the border.Following Trump’s request for Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, Customs and Border Protection issued two requests for proposals for the design of walls with the aim of building a number of prototypes, and went on to shortlist eight such prototypes from six companies. Four of them are built out of reinforced concrete and four others use different construction materials.The building of these walls was completed in a month on October 26, 2017. Safety tests commenced soon after to monitor attempts to “dig, scale or violate” the walls. The choice and final design will be followed by construction of 2000 miles of wall. The MAGA organization is appealing for these walls not to be demolished and is asking for them to be considered as works of art with a historical memory. However, it appears that it has been the United States that has paid for the walls, and not Mexico, as President Trump provocatively suggested, noted Domus.  

Donald Trump’s ‘Prototypes’ in San Diego becomes art

President Donald Trump’s “Prototypes” in San Diego, California might soon gain the status of a national monument.Eight types of walls have been chosen to expand the barrier between Mexico and California. During the election campaign, Trump suggested tha
Architecture & Design

Donald Trump’s ‘Prototypes’ in San Diego becomes art

President Donald Trump’s “Prototypes” in San Diego, California might soon gain the status of a national monument.Eight types of walls have been chosen to expand the barrier between Mexico and California. During the election campaign, Trump suggested that this barrier be enlarged by getting Mexico to foot the bill. The Prototypes project is a temporary work of landscape art, but the MAGA non-profit organization is working towards making it a historical and permanent monument, protected by the 1906 Antiquities Act. The association organizes tours between San Diego (California) and Tijuana (Mexico), on fixed dates, to show the different types of walls in the context of the border.Following Trump’s request for Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, Customs and Border Protection issued two requests for proposals for the design of walls with the aim of building a number of prototypes, and went on to shortlist eight such prototypes from six companies. Four of them are built out of reinforced concrete and four others use different construction materials.The building of these walls was completed in a month on October 26, 2017. Safety tests commenced soon after to monitor attempts to “dig, scale or violate” the walls. The choice and final design will be followed by construction of 2000 miles of wall. The MAGA organization is appealing for these walls not to be demolished and is asking for them to be considered as works of art with a historical memory. However, it appears that it has been the United States that has paid for the walls, and not Mexico, as President Trump provocatively suggested, noted Domus.  

‘Homage to Detail’ at the Prague Academy of Arts and Design

Prague Academy of Arts and Design is hosting Okolo’s “Homage to Detail,” an exhibition featuring modernist architecture in all its glory.Adam Štěch, design curator and writer, has always been passionate about 20th- century architecture. His work draw
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‘Homage to Detail’ at the Prague Academy of Arts and Design

Prague Academy of Arts and Design is hosting Okolo’s “Homage to Detail,” an exhibition featuring modernist architecture in all its glory.Adam Štěch, design curator and writer, has always been passionate about 20th- century architecture. His work draws inspiration from his extensive trips across Europe and beyond in search of hidden modernist gems. Founding members of the Okolo collaborative, Štěch has teamed up with graphic designers Jan Kloss and Matěj Činčera to put together “Homage to Detail,” an exhibition that celebrates his finds.For the exhibition, Štěch has created an atlas of architectural and interior details after painstakingly going through his large photographic archive of modernist architecture, which he developed organically through 10 years’ worth of travels. Lighting, seating, railings, doors, storage, tables, windows, and more are presented in the exhibition through photos carefully arranged on a long table. These items not only represent a meticulous study of modernist detailing but also recount stories of the versatile skills of the modernist architects.The exhibition is on view through February 17, 2018, at the Prague Academy of Arts and Design, Gallery UM, UMPRUM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Prague 1, Czech Republic, noted Wallpaper. 

‘Homage to Detail’ at the Prague Academy of Arts and Design

Prague Academy of Arts and Design is hosting Okolo’s “Homage to Detail,” an exhibition featuring modernist architecture in all its glory.Adam Štěch, design curator and writer, has always been passionate about 20th- century architecture. His work draw
Architecture & Design

‘Homage to Detail’ at the Prague Academy of Arts and Design

Prague Academy of Arts and Design is hosting Okolo’s “Homage to Detail,” an exhibition featuring modernist architecture in all its glory.Adam Štěch, design curator and writer, has always been passionate about 20th- century architecture. His work draws inspiration from his extensive trips across Europe and beyond in search of hidden modernist gems. Founding members of the Okolo collaborative, Štěch has teamed up with graphic designers Jan Kloss and Matěj Činčera to put together “Homage to Detail,” an exhibition that celebrates his finds.For the exhibition, Štěch has created an atlas of architectural and interior details after painstakingly going through his large photographic archive of modernist architecture, which he developed organically through 10 years’ worth of travels. Lighting, seating, railings, doors, storage, tables, windows, and more are presented in the exhibition through photos carefully arranged on a long table. These items not only represent a meticulous study of modernist detailing but also recount stories of the versatile skills of the modernist architects.The exhibition is on view through February 17, 2018, at the Prague Academy of Arts and Design, Gallery UM, UMPRUM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Prague 1, Czech Republic, noted Wallpaper. 

Recent Polymer Art Acquisitions at Racine Art Museum

The Racine Art Museum is going to host an exhibition of works titled “Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions,” which runs through June 2018.The show features new artworks since the donation of over 200 polymer pieces in 2011. The collection has been expanded b
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Recent Polymer Art Acquisitions at Racine Art Museum

The Racine Art Museum is going to host an exhibition of works titled “Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions,” which runs through June 2018.The show features new artworks since the donation of over 200 polymer pieces in 2011. The collection has been expanded by adding upon existing bodies of work and incorporating different types of objects or broadening the scope of years represented. The exhibition includes pieces that were part of the original gift that established RAM’s polymer collection considered to be the largest in the world. “Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions” combines artworks based on material commonality. Upholding the museum’s desire to look at the field in a broad context, polymer objects will continue to be exhibited alongside craft made with other media.Art jewelry makes up a major portion of the holdings in this material. There are also other examples such as sculpture, furniture with polymer veneers, and vessels. The highlights of the display include a teapot by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Seeking Solace, which is the first piece purchased with RAM’s Polymer Art Acquisition and Care Fund. The fund was established to support the pieces that are already in the museum’s holdings and acquire new polymer works.Racine Art Museum, RAM in downtown Racine and the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts together seek to elevate the stature of contemporary crafts to that of fine arts. It aims to do this by organizing and hosting significant works in craft media with painting, sculpture, and photography. The campuses also provide educational art programming.“Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions” runs from January 28 through June 24, 2018 at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street, Racine, WI 53403. For details, visit: https://www.ramart.org/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition. 

Children’s Chairs at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Die Neue Sammlung in Munich is hosting an exhibition of works titled “Only Chairs? Children’s Chairs from Sammlung Neuwald” at the Pinakothek der Moderne. The show runs through February 2018.The exhibition explores the concept of children’s seating th
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Children’s Chairs at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Die Neue Sammlung in Munich is hosting an exhibition of works titled “Only Chairs? Children’s Chairs from Sammlung Neuwald” at the Pinakothek der Moderne. The show runs through February 2018.The exhibition explores the concept of children’s seating through various examples on display. The selection on view consists of a collection of children’s chairs belonging to Munich resident Gisela Neuwald. These provide an insight into the range of practical, imaginative, and innovative design solutions. Since the 1970s, Mrs. Neuwald has brought together over 290 objects from across the world both classics of modern design as well as curiosities and folk art. The collection was evaluated and classified as a research project carried out over the course of several years by the Furniture Design program in the Department of Architecture at TUM. The installation at the Pinakothek der Moderne inspired by this project showcases a selection of the most important designs. It explores the development of children’s chairs from the Biedermeier period to the present day.The invention of chair dates back Classical Antiquity, but seating for children was designed at a much later period. Initially, these were reserved for the aristocracy and bourgeoisie. But over the course of the 19th century with the advent of industrialization and the schooling system the children’s chair soon emerged as a design category. Through the years starting from the Thonet company who pioneered by making modern seating available to the common masses to the challenges of designing children’s chairs have given rise to a broad variety of seating objects. This category includes from scaled-down design classics to innovative seating objects that may be both sat on and played with.“Only Chairs? Children’s Chairs from Sammlung Neuwald” runs from December 7, 2017, through February 4, 2018, at Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Str. 40, 80333 München, Germany.For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/283607/museum-overviewClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition. 

‘Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design’ at Vitra Design Museum

Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany is hosting an exhibition of works titled “Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design.”The show features a comprehensive overview of the complete oeuvre and shared the life of designer duo couple. On display
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‘Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design’ at Vitra Design Museum

Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany is hosting an exhibition of works titled “Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design.”The show features a comprehensive overview of the complete oeuvre and shared the life of designer duo couple. On display is a large scale of original works such as films, photographs, furniture, drawings, sculptures, paintings, textiles, graphic design, models, and stage props. This retrospective sheds light on the synergy between the personalities of Charles and Ray Eames. Their relationship formed the foundation of a lifetime of work and made them arguably the most successful design duo in history. “Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design” displays more than 500 objects and exhibits. These include an extremely rare plywood sculptures created by Ray Eames, models of the Eames House and the IBM Pavilion, a reproduction of the room installation created by the Eameses for “An Exhibition For Modern Living,” and media installations such as “Glimpses of the USA” or “G.E.M.”Charles and Ray Eames gained popularity and recognition through their furniture designs. At first, they focused their efforts on plywood, exploring the limits of its capacity to be molded into complex shapes. By the late 1940s, they had started experimenting with the increasingly popular material of plastic, creating the fiberglass chairs that became part of homes and public spaces. Over the years, pieces that are now considered to be iconic were created such as the Eames Lounge Chair, the Aluminium Group and the series of Wire Chairs and bases. The couple paid an extraordinary amount of time to every detail of their designs from start to finish.“Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design” runs through February 25, 2018, at Vitra Design Museum, Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany.For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/757373/slideshow-videosClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition. 

Whirligig Park: A Playground for Folk Art in North Carolina

North Carolina’s Whirligig Park in downtown Wilson presents Vollis Simpson’s colorful kinetic steel sculptures. Whirligig Park opened in November 2017 in downtown Wilson, a small city of about 50,000 people. The park contains 31 brightly painted fol
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Whirligig Park: A Playground for Folk Art in North Carolina

North Carolina’s Whirligig Park in downtown Wilson presents Vollis Simpson’s colorful kinetic steel sculptures. Whirligig Park opened in November 2017 in downtown Wilson, a small city of about 50,000 people. The park contains 31 brightly painted folk art constructions, made mostly of steel and with industrial-quality engineering, all of which spin and turn with the wind. The park is a $10 million civic project, attempted to lure tourists to Wilson, with professional landscaping by the Durham firm now known as Surface 678. Its layout alludes to Wilson’s former status as the largest tobacco market in the country.Simpson enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After coming back home, he made a living pulling farmers’ tractors out of gullies and became an expert all-purpose rigger. He duplicated his Pacific windmill, the one he had built for the GIs in Saipan, on his property at Wiggins Mill Road in Lucama, about 11 miles from the park’s location. This gave Simpson the idea of building similarly huge gadgets and it took him the next three decades to do so. The Wilson city leaders’ desire for a tourist attraction led to the purchasing of the work by a public-private entity in 2010.Simpson’s Whirligigs employ everything from HVAC fans to stovepipes, I-beams to textile-mill rollers, to all-important ball bearings. Small fragments of reflective road signs give the work glitter at night and the clever constructivist imagery depicts airplanes from Simpson’s past, noted The Wall Street Journal. 

Experiments and Explorations Rule This Year’s FOG Design+Art

FOG Design+Art opens today with a highly curated selection of design and visual arts exhibitions at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. 45 leading international galleries have been chosen from a total of 95 entries to participate in the fair that celebrates Sa
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Experiments and Explorations Rule This Year’s FOG Design+Art

FOG Design+Art opens today with a highly curated selection of design and visual arts exhibitions at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. 45 leading international galleries have been chosen from a total of 95 entries to participate in the fair that celebrates San Francisco’s long-standing history as the hub for innovation and experiments in design and arts. We get Douglas Durkin, Fog Design+Art Steering Committee Member, to share his insights into the upcoming design trends and the show stealers at the fair’s fifth edition. Edited excerpts:1. What are the themes and trends to watch out for at FOG Design+Art 2018?I think we should be on the lookout for greater experimentation in the world of design. Beauty and function does not seem to be driving this discussion, more explorations of form and materiality…as well, given our current political climate, continued dialogues about race in our country, and the now long overdue discussion of harassment towards women, the art world is poised to make some real responses. 2. What are your observations about the major changes or shift in the world of design since the festival’s first edition?When we started FOG Design+Art in 2014, we had a greater focus on vintage design of the 20th century. In the last five years, we’ve seen a real swing from our new dealers, as well as returning dealers whose programs were historical in nature, towards contemporary design, with an eye towards exploration and experimentation. Whether in ceramics, furniture, objects, or work that is based in technology, what has been revered as beauty is being challenged in interesting ways.3. Would you like to predict the future of design in the next five years?Given the above, I think the next five years will be a period of review: In this flurry of new form and new ideas that the market is particularly interested in right now, it will be interesting to see what work sticks so to speak, and what will ultimately be forgotten. With that said, design that is not only functional, but beautiful I think will always hold a special place of reverence for collectors. 4. How do you go about selecting the galleries?Our application process has become quite involved. Of course, given the small scale of FOG (only 45 dealers total) and a first look at repeat dealers, competition for space has become very intense. We have also dedicated the fair to showing about 50%/50% between design and art and so we have some very real built in limitations that we’re dealing with. In terms of design, we are looking to limit repetition with our galleries focused on historical 20th century (so we only have one gallery dealing in Scandinavian works, and only one dealing in post-war French works, as an example), and have taken a very critical eye towards contemporary design dealers. We feel we’ve done a very good job of bringing in the best from these worlds.  In terms of art, we have experienced a huge influx of applications from dealers around the world seeking entry. The application process really makes the difference. We are less interested in dealers of the secondary market, and more interested in fresh perspectives and diverse price points. We’re also trying to strike a balance between powerhouse galleries, and smaller yet important dealers. And in both case, booth aesthetics are critical.  It’s a small fair with a spacious layout. We require not only quality in the works being offered, but for the booth to be visually engaging.5. Who do you think will be the show stealers this year?Kim Hostler of Hostler Burrows NY is bringing some exciting new ceramic artists that she has not exhibited before. Ugo Casati of Chicago, who had a standout booth last year, will be bringing his critical program mixing important Italian 1950’s design, with some contemporary work as well. Marian Goodman of NY will be bringing an impressive and elegant Giuseppe Penone sculpture. Gavin Brown Enterprises is bring an exciting lineup of three artists, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Martin Creed, and Alex KatzFOG Design+Art 2018 runs from January 11 to 14, 2018 at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the top picks from the fair. 

Experiments and Explorations Rule This Year’s FOG Design+Art

FOG Design+Art opens today with a highly curated selection of design and visual arts exhibitions at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. 45 leading international galleries have been chosen from a total of 95 entries to participate in the fair that celebrates Sa
Architecture & Design

Experiments and Explorations Rule This Year’s FOG Design+Art

FOG Design+Art opens today with a highly curated selection of design and visual arts exhibitions at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. 45 leading international galleries have been chosen from a total of 95 entries to participate in the fair that celebrates San Francisco’s long-standing history as the hub for innovation and experiments in design and arts. We get Douglas Durkin, Fog Design+Art Steering Committee Member, to share his insights into the upcoming design trends and the show stealers at the fair’s fifth edition. Edited excerpts:1. What are the themes and trends to watch out for at FOG Design+Art 2018?I think we should be on the lookout for greater experimentation in the world of design. Beauty and function does not seem to be driving this discussion, more explorations of form and materiality…as well, given our current political climate, continued dialogues about race in our country, and the now long overdue discussion of harassment towards women, the art world is poised to make some real responses. 2. What are your observations about the major changes or shift in the world of design since the festival’s first edition?When we started FOG Design+Art in 2014, we had a greater focus on vintage design of the 20th century. In the last five years, we’ve seen a real swing from our new dealers, as well as returning dealers whose programs were historical in nature, towards contemporary design, with an eye towards exploration and experimentation. Whether in ceramics, furniture, objects, or work that is based in technology, what has been revered as beauty is being challenged in interesting ways.3. Would you like to predict the future of design in the next five years?Given the above, I think the next five years will be a period of review: In this flurry of new form and new ideas that the market is particularly interested in right now, it will be interesting to see what work sticks so to speak, and what will ultimately be forgotten. With that said, design that is not only functional, but beautiful I think will always hold a special place of reverence for collectors. 4. How do you go about selecting the galleries?Our application process has become quite involved. Of course, given the small scale of FOG (only 45 dealers total) and a first look at repeat dealers, competition for space has become very intense. We have also dedicated the fair to showing about 50%/50% between design and art and so we have some very real built in limitations that we’re dealing with. In terms of design, we are looking to limit repetition with our galleries focused on historical 20th century (so we only have one gallery dealing in Scandinavian works, and only one dealing in post-war French works, as an example), and have taken a very critical eye towards contemporary design dealers. We feel we’ve done a very good job of bringing in the best from these worlds.  In terms of art, we have experienced a huge influx of applications from dealers around the world seeking entry. The application process really makes the difference. We are less interested in dealers of the secondary market, and more interested in fresh perspectives and diverse price points. We’re also trying to strike a balance between powerhouse galleries, and smaller yet important dealers. And in both case, booth aesthetics are critical.  It’s a small fair with a spacious layout. We require not only quality in the works being offered, but for the booth to be visually engaging.5. Who do you think will be the show stealers this year?Kim Hostler of Hostler Burrows NY is bringing some exciting new ceramic artists that she has not exhibited before. Ugo Casati of Chicago, who had a standout booth last year, will be bringing his critical program mixing important Italian 1950’s design, with some contemporary work as well. Marian Goodman of NY will be bringing an impressive and elegant Giuseppe Penone sculpture. Gavin Brown Enterprises is bring an exciting lineup of three artists, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Martin Creed, and Alex KatzFOG Design+Art 2018 runs from January 11 to 14, 2018 at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the top picks from the fair. 

MAD Architects’ Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

The Chaoyang Park Plaza’s high towers and lower buildings by MAD Architects in Beijing resemble rocks and mountains, creating a mysterious atmosphere. The project has been awarded the LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council.The building is
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MAD Architects’ Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

The Chaoyang Park Plaza’s high towers and lower buildings by MAD Architects in Beijing resemble rocks and mountains, creating a mysterious atmosphere. The project has been awarded the LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council.The building is shaped by smooth, curved surfaces of black and white elements and is evocative of a traditional Chinese ink landscape painting. The project introduces two asymmetrical twin tower office buildings on the north side of the site that sit at the base of the park’s lake, growing out of the water like two mountain peaks. The low-rise commercial buildings appear as mountain rocks that have endured long-term erosion. They seem to be randomly placed, but their strategic relationship to one another forms a secluded, but open urban garden, offering a place where people can meet within nature in the middle of the city.Japanese graphic artist Kenya Hara led the design of the signage system. The two multi-story Armani apartments to the southwest offer the residential units more natural sunlight as a result of the staggered balconies. The vertical fins seen on the exterior glass facade function as an energy efficient ventilation and filtration system, drawing fresh air indoors. The landscape that weaves itself in between the buildings incorporates traditional Eastern landscape elements such as pine trees, bamboo, rocks, and ponds that imply a deeper connection between the architecture and classical space, noted Domus.  

Assemble and Matthew Raw’s ‘Clay Station’ in London

Transport for London enlisted Assemble architects to revamp a derelict kiosk outside the Seven Sisters station in north London.The station, part of the Art on the Underground program, now has a vibrant hybrid of art, design, and architecture titled “Clay St
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Assemble and Matthew Raw’s ‘Clay Station’ in London

Transport for London enlisted Assemble architects to revamp a derelict kiosk outside the Seven Sisters station in north London.The station, part of the Art on the Underground program, now has a vibrant hybrid of art, design, and architecture titled “Clay Station” at its entrance. Assemble worked with London-based ceramicist Matthew Raw to revamp a kiosk that will be rented out to businesses for commercial opportunities. “The project was about making something that doesn’t look like it takes itself too seriously, just something overtly fun and enjoyable to improve the day to day commute,” said Adam Willis, architect at Assemble.The collaboration was an attempt to blend the heritage of London’s iconic underground with cutting-edge contemporary craft. “It’s a celebration of tiling and clay on the Underground and on London’s infrastructure,’ added Willis. Together, they worked to develop a technique of embedding and distributing color through the tiles within the clay, producing a marbled effect of the combined colors — a canary yellow with a dense steel blue, and a dusty evergreen with white. The color is kneaded into the body of the clay with a clear glaze over the top. Assemble overhauled the design of the kiosk by adding benches, an overhanging roof, and a tower to make it more prominent.Eleanor Pinfield, head of Art on the Underground, said, “For Assemble, the process is part of the outcome. It’s so important to them that projects have a life and a social function, and it’s important to us that it doesn’t just become a beautiful static building, but that it becomes part of the fabric of the community,” noted Wallpaper.   

A Peek into Magen H Gallery’s Collection for the Upcoming FOG Design + Art 2018

Magen H Gallery will be presenting a retrospective of works by French furniture designer and craftsman Pierre Chapo (1927 - 1987) at the upcoming FOG Design + Art festival in San Francisco. Also presented will be works of celebrated architect and designers Je
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A Peek into Magen H Gallery’s Collection for the Upcoming FOG Design + Art 2018

Magen H Gallery will be presenting a retrospective of works by French furniture designer and craftsman Pierre Chapo (1927 - 1987) at the upcoming FOG Design + Art festival in San Francisco. Also presented will be works of celebrated architect and designers Jean Prouvé, Pierre Guariche, Charlotte Perriand, Jacques Mauplot, and Pierre Sabatier.Pierre Chapo’s retrospective includes a selection of tables, chairs, benches, and desk created between 1960 and 1970. Most of these works are unique or commissioned pieces that have never been exhibited before. The master craftsman holds a prominent position in the history of 20th-century design and is revered for passing on the traditional art of French cabinet-making. His designs, rooted in tradition, are famous for their simplicity, quality, and joinery.FOG Design + Art 2018 will be returning with its fifth edition at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco from January 11 to 14. The four-day festival will present an ensemble of 45 international galleries exhibiting their collections from the twentieth century and contemporary design and visual arts. FOG Design + Art 2018 runs from January 11, 2018, through January 14, 2018, at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco.For more details, visit: https://fogfair.com/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the design works.

‘Aesthetics of Change’ at MAK Museum Wien

The MAK Museum Wien is currently hosting an exhibition of works titled “Aesthetics of Change. 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.”The show explores the ethos and cosmos of an Austrian cultural university that is at once the richest in trad
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‘Aesthetics of Change’ at MAK Museum Wien

The MAK Museum Wien is currently hosting an exhibition of works titled “Aesthetics of Change. 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.”The show explores the ethos and cosmos of an Austrian cultural university that is at once the richest in tradition and among the most visionary. The exhibition is divided into two parts and is a cooperation between the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the MAK. On view are around 400 objects that reveal numerous highlights of its 150-year history in the lower MAK Exhibition Hall while the upper MAK Exhibition Hall presents the future of art and education in the midst of a backdrop of social and technological upheavals. The show examines the current and futuristic scientific approaches by means of striking visualizations of research findings. “Aesthetics of Change. 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna” marks the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.The exhibition was designed by BWM Architects, in particular, Johann Moser and Sanja Utech and depicts a type of encyclopedia of the Angewandte. The objects and themes are placed in an alphabetical order that allow visitors to forge their own connections in terms of the content. As curator Gerald Bast pointed out about the show: “Thus, while we are speculating about the future, we want to create an environment that comes into focus in the future through experimentation with creative competencies, novel approaches, and new technologies. The exhibition will increase awareness that the 21st century not only is bringing a technological revolution of historically unique dimensions but also will be a century of creativity.”“Aesthetics of Change. 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna” runs through April 15, 2018 at MAK Museum Wien, Stubenring 5, 1010 Wien, Austria.For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/290235/museum-overviewClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition. 

Nordic Design for Children at V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood in London will soon be hosting an exhibition of works titled “Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today.”The show features most progressive Nordic designs, architecture, and art for children. It include
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Nordic Design for Children at V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood in London will soon be hosting an exhibition of works titled “Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today.”The show features most progressive Nordic designs, architecture, and art for children. It includes works by designers such as Arne Jacobsen, IKEA, Alvar Aalto, BabyBjörn, Tetra Pak and Helly Hansen. The exhibition borrows its title from the book, “The Century of the Child” by Swedish social theorist, Ellen Key. This book was first published in 1900. In this book, the author envisioned that during the 20th century, children would become the center of adult’s attention. The show centers on Key’s ideas focusing on encouraging children’s creativity, education, and rights that has subsequently permeated Nordic designs. The highlights of the show include a Finnish Baby Box. Finland was the first to create a ‘baby box’ for newborns in 1937, furniture for children, Alvar Aalto’s classic plywood chair to Opsvik’s seminal Tripp Trapp chair, and a miniature Puckelball Pitch, among others.Ellen Key (1849-1926) was a Swedish social reformer and writer. She achieved international acclaim for her progressive views on the rights, development, and well-being of children. Key’s works drew on the diverse views of contemporary art movements and writers campaigning for social reform. Her work was a watershed at the time and even today about how protecting and nurturing children is at the heart of our society.“Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today” runs from March 30 through September 2, 2018, at V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA, UK.For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/289380/museum-overviewClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition. 

Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today at V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood in London will soon be hosting an exhibition of works titled “Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today.”The show features most progressive Nordic designs, architecture, and art for children. It include
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Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today at V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood in London will soon be hosting an exhibition of works titled “Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today.”The show features most progressive Nordic designs, architecture, and art for children. It includes works by designers such as Arne Jacobsen, IKEA, Alvar Aalto, BabyBjörn, Tetra Pak and Helly Hansen. The exhibition borrows its title from the book, “The Century of the Child” by Swedish social theorist, Ellen Key. This book was first published in 1900. In this book, the author envisioned that during the 20th century, children would become the center of adult’s attention. The show centers on Key’s ideas focusing on encouraging children’s creativity, education, and rights that has subsequently permeated Nordic designs. The highlights of the show include a Finnish Baby Box. Finland was the first to create a ‘baby box’ for newborns in 1937, furniture for children, Alvar Aalto’s classic plywood chair to Opsvik’s seminal Tripp Trapp chair, and a miniature Puckelball Pitch, among others.Ellen Key (1849-1926) was a Swedish social reformer and writer. She achieved international acclaim for her progressive views on the rights, development, and well-being of children. Key’s works drew on the diverse views of contemporary art movements and writers campaigning for social reform. Her work was a watershed at the time and even today about how protecting and nurturing children is at the heart of our society.“Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today” runs from March 30 through September 2, 2018, at V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA, UK.For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/289380/museum-overviewClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition. 

World’s Tallest Lego Skyscraper in Tel Aviv

The 35.96-meter tall Lego structure that stands in Tel Aviv’s city center, Rabin Square, is the world’s tallest. It took around half a million plastic building blocks and thousands of volunteers and Lego enthusiasts to create the record-breaking feat, not
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World’s Tallest Lego Skyscraper in Tel Aviv

The 35.96-meter tall Lego structure that stands in Tel Aviv’s city center, Rabin Square, is the world’s tallest. It took around half a million plastic building blocks and thousands of volunteers and Lego enthusiasts to create the record-breaking feat, noted ArchDaily.The month-long event was sponsored by Tel Aviv City Hall along with Young Engineers, a group that advocated learning through model construction. More than two dozen community organizations participated to stack together different sections of the structure, created over a period of two weeks. According to a spokesperson for the mayor’s office, “the building blocks were donated by residents, companies and some were purchased using municipality funds.” The toy skyscraper was completed using cranes and cable wires for support.The multi-colored tower is built in memory of Omer Sayag, an eight-year-old who loved playing with toy blocks before he succumbed to cancer in 2014.The measurements and drone images of Omer Tower have been submitted to Guinness World Records for validation. The previous record is held by the 35.05-meter tower that was built by an Italian subsidiary of Lego for Milan World Expo. 

‘33 Beginnings – 100 Years of Finnish Design’ at Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

The Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, is currently hosting an exhibition of works titled “33 Beginnings – 100 Years of Finnish Design.”The show takes a look at the past and present of Finnish design. A new way of thinking and execution representing the sym
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‘33 Beginnings – 100 Years of Finnish Design’ at Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

The Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, is currently hosting an exhibition of works titled “33 Beginnings – 100 Years of Finnish Design.”The show takes a look at the past and present of Finnish design. A new way of thinking and execution representing the symbol of a fresh era was ingrained in each piece. The exhibition looks at 100 years and features key elements that influenced the Finnish society. The selection of works on display has had a long journey from the initial idea to the user. This process of careful preparation has led to the creation of successful products and living classics. The objects on view are still in use today and despite the time period they are from. According to Suvi Saloniemi, curator of the exhibition, “The exhibition has been curated specifically for the Russian audience. The examples of works highlight commonalities shared by our two cultures, such as storytelling, ornaments, arctic moods and handicraft skills, wood construction, and sauna culture.”Finnish society has been one of the most egalitarian in the world. In 1906, it was one of the first European countries to allow women to vote. The democratic principles of the country are also based on the designs of the everyday life objects. Finnish design is available for everyone, regardless of the age, gender or background.“33 Beginnings – 100 Years of Finnish Design” runs through November 4, 2018, at Multimedia Art Museum, Ulitsa Ostozhenka, 16, Moskva, Russia, 119034.For details, visit: www.mamm-mdf.ru/en/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

Dutch designers put a new spin on floating architecture

Beladon, a property developer, combines expertise in maritime technology and agriculture to build floating farms for alternative fresh food production in Rotterdam, one of the world’s biggest ports.Public Domain Architects has proposed floating homes as a s
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Dutch designers put a new spin on floating architecture

Beladon, a property developer, combines expertise in maritime technology and agriculture to build floating farms for alternative fresh food production in Rotterdam, one of the world’s biggest ports.Public Domain Architects has proposed floating homes as a solution for a flood-prone new development area.Aqua Dock is a co-operative venture involving the municipality, the port authority, and the RDM Centre of Expertise of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences that provides a test site for innovation in floating structures. The emerging Floating Community in the city’s Rijnhaven area gears up to test a flock of Wikkelboats. Modeled after the Wikkelhouse, they will act as a showcase for new products and services that reduce carbon footprints.In France, a recent competition, “Reinventing the Seine,” has made 41 underused riverside sites in Paris, Rouen, and Le Havre available for creative revision. The Barges & Berges project comprises of youth hostels, a co-working space, and a sports centre housed on stilt structures and barges that will be shared by Paris and Le Havre. Denizen Works’ floating church and community hub and Gensler’s proposal for UK Parliament’s temporary quarters on the Thames in London, contribute to the advancement of waterborne architecture in Europe, noted Wallpaper. 

CityLife Shopping District by Zaha Hadid Architects opens in Milan

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the CityLife Shopping District has been opened to the public in Milan, Italy. The shopping center, at a whopping 32,000 sq.m., forms part of the CityLife development in the district surrounding the Tre Torri station on the M
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CityLife Shopping District by Zaha Hadid Architects opens in Milan

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the CityLife Shopping District has been opened to the public in Milan, Italy. The shopping center, at a whopping 32,000 sq.m., forms part of the CityLife development in the district surrounding the Tre Torri station on the M5 line of Milan’s metro.The shopping center is three-storeyed, and the extensive use of bamboo makes it one of the most defining design factors of the complex. It flows from the flooring and extends into columns that reach the ceiling in one swift wave-like motion. The dark honey-colored bamboo swells into counters in the food halls which feature new Italian and international restaurants, additionally bringing in the sense of warmth to the shopping galleries. The shopping district opens up onto the Tre Torri Piazza, designed by One Works, and an open-air pedestrian shopping street designed by architect Mauro Galantino.It connects to the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed mixed-use 44-storey Generali Tower that is set to complete in 2018. It also includes a public park, central plaza, and a residential area spanning 90 acres. Located at Milan’s old trade fair grounds, the whole CityLife complex is one of Europe’s largest redevelopment projects, noted Wallpaper. 

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