The celebrated ‘Villa Malaparte’ at Capri establishing a dialogue with the lodge in the Dolomites by the young DEMOGO architects; the university colleges in Urbino by Giancarlo De Carlo with the ‘Sugar Hill’ development by David Adjaye in Harlem ; ‘Casa Baldi’ by Paolo Portoghesi in Rome with the ‘space age’ house by Zaha Hadid in Russia; the ‘Bosco Verticale’ by Stefano Boeri in Milan with the ‘Moryama House’ in Tokyo; the house by Francesco Berarducci in Rome (in the Elio Petri’s film “Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto’) with a building designed in Johannesburg by Jo Noero.
cover image: Francesco Berarducci, Villa in via dei Colli della Farnesina, Roma, 1969
From the film “Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto”, with Gian Maria Volonté, directed by Elio Petri. Production: Marina Cicogna and Daniele Senatore
These are just a few of the duets in “AT HOME. Designs for contemporary living”, the new presentation of the museum’s architecture collection that recounts the evolution of the concept of habitation from the post-war years to the present day, analysed through the works of the great 20th century masters and those of the new figures emerging on the international architectural scene, at MAXXI from 17 April to April 2020.
Curated by Margherita Guccione, Director of MAXXI Architettura and Pippo Ciorra, Senior curator of MAXXI Architettura, the exhibition offers diverse and intersecting interpretative keys: from the individual to the collective through the duets, the site specific pavilions and a visual survey of auteur photographs.
“Between past and present – says Margherita Guccione – this reflection on habitation is an opportunity to highlight the centrality if the theme in both the works of the masters of the past and the latest projects by contemporary Italian and international architects that enrich the museum with extraordinary designs by the likes of Demogo,Adjae, Noero and Pezo Von Elkrichshausen among others. Today, as in the past, what emerges is the capacity of design to look forwards and prefigure the new models of contemporary housing.”
DEMOGO, Bivacco Fanton, (shelter) Dolomiti (BL), 2015. Photo Pietro Savorelli
Adalberto Libera, Casa Malaparte, Capri, 1938-40. Photo Andrea Jemolo
Carlo Scarpa, Casa Veritti, Udine, 1955-63. Courtesy CISA Fototeca Carlo Scarpa
Photo credit: Aldo Ballo, Gianantonio Battistella.
Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, ANM 2018 / Intervento sull’ordinario, Modica.
Photo Giulia Bruno.
AT HOME – Designs for contemporary living
MAXXI, via Guido Reni 4A, Rome
17 April 2019 / April 2020
Italian artist Maria Cristina Finucci created a large site-specific installation in Milan made out of about two tons of used plastic bottle caps. (more…)
During the Milan Design Week 2019, Brazilian design firm Estudio Campana (led by brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana) transformed a cloister of the Statale University palace in Milan into a large grass-covered installation. (more…)
At Milan Design Week 2019, Japanese design firm TAKT PROJECT, led by Satoshi Yoshiizumi, presents an intriguing lighting installation called “glow ⇄ grow”. (more…)
The SaloneSatellite Awards 2019 were announced.
The annual award, a collateral event at Salone del Mobile Milano, highlights the work of young designers (under 35 years old) from all over the world.
In this year’s edition, the prizes were assigned to projects focused on material-recycling processes and on their applications.
Below, the award-winning designers and their projects with the jury’s motivations.
SaloneSatellite AWARD 2019 – 10th EDITION
1st PRIZE – SaloneSatellite Award
Designer: KULI-KULI, Japan | Project: KOBE LEATHER
This Japanese studio is based in Kobe, famous for its meat. The designers, in collaboration with local tanners, decided to turn cowhide, not traditionally used, into a collection of new products. Motivation: Kobe Leather’s project is commendable because it is based on a process of recuperation, harnessing the material to create a design system applicable to a wide range of product types.
KULI-KULI – Project: KOBE LEATHER
2nd PRIZE – SaloneSatellite Award
Designer: STUDIO PHILIPP HAINKE, Germany | Project: HALO
The Halo chair concept was devised to showcase the strength and possibilities of a lightweight material made from hemp and casein, which the designer developed during his “Organico” research project. Motivation: The Halo chair is an example of design in its broadest sense, calling for the contemporaneous study of material, form, functionality and production method.
STUDIO PHILIPP HAINKE – Project: HALO chair
3rd PRIZE – SaloneSatellite Award
Designer: BAKU SAKASHITA, Japan | Project: 2.5 DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS
These 2.5-dimensional objects are 3D wire structures that look like 2D black lines drawn on flat paper. The optical illusion derives from the thinness of the wire, which is 0.3 mm in diameter. Motivation: The sophisticated artistic abstraction of the 2.5 Dimensional Object project is striking while demonstrating the scope for further different potential in terms of development and application.
BAKU SAKASHITA – Project: 2.5 DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS
Special Mention, RONG DESIGN LIBRARY – RESIDENCE PROGRAM AWARD
Designer: KOKO, Croatia | Project: KOKO LOKO
Koko Loko is designed for kids and every Loko is a combination of eight elements. Changing the combination varies their functionality and appearance. Motivation: The concept for this children’s furniture project is evidence of a desire to revisit traditions that is deserving of further exploration during a residency at the Rong Design Library.
KOKO – Project KOKO LOKO
Special Mention RONG DESIGN LIBRARY – RESIDENCE PROGRAM AWARD
Designer: STUDIOMIREI, Italy | Project: NEBULA LAMP.
These lamps, which resemble interstellar clouds of dust in space, are made of banana fiber. Studiomirei worked on fabric manipulation based on the intrinsic properties of the fabric.
Motivation: The designer’s approach to the study of materials, which shines clearly through this project, is deserving of the opportunity for further in-depth exploration and comparison offered by a residency at the Rong Design Library.
STUDIOMIREI – Project: NEBULA LAMP
INTESA SANPAOLO Special prize – 3rd edition Best Project on Food as a Design Object
Designer: MELBOURNE MOVEMENT / KRISTEN WANG, Australia | Project: RE.BEAN COFFEE STOOL.
Made from locally collected coffee grounds, the Re.Bean Coffee Stool not only derives a unique smell and tactility from being made from coffee, but it is also 100% biodegradable. Motivation: The project responds perfectly to the concept underpinning the SaloneSatellite 2010 theme, Food as a Design Object, bringing experimentation and functionality together.
MELBOURNE MOVEMENT / KRISTEN WANG – Project: RE.BEAN COFFEE STOOL.
At the Milan Design Week 2019, FLOS presents two new products designed by two masters of contemporary design. In both cases, more than lamps, they are unconventional lighting objects based on LED technology.
Noctambule, a collection of blown glass designed by Konstantin Grcic, is presented through an installation at the FLOS showroom in Corso Monforte 15.
The installation consists of a group of visually bold clusters made by combining a number of clear glass cylinders connected to one another by LED stripe rings at both ends. Inspired by nocturnal animals, almost invisible in the daylight, Noctambule is available in two versions – floor lamp and ceiling light – and can be completed with dome-shaped or cone-shaped “heads”.
On the other side, Philippe Starck plays with his own image, as well as with his status of “pop star of design” (in his installation Starck’s portrait transforms into the long-blond-haired head of a greyhound), to present his new “invention”, a cinema-inspired mirror equipped with a luminous frame entitled “La Plus Belle” (The Most Beautiful One).
The installation is on display at the FLOS Flagship Store in Corso Monforte 9 until April 14, 2019.
Above and cover image: Noctambule by Konstantin Grcic, FLOS showroom, Corso Monforte 15, Milan (April, 9-14, 2019) photos Federica Lusiardi / Inexhibit.
Above: La Plus Belle by Philippe Starck; FLOS Flagship Store, Corso Monforte 9, Milan (April, 9-14, 2019) photo courtesy of FLOS
La Plus Belle by Philippe Starck, FLOS Flagship Store, Corso Monforte 9, Milan (April, 9-14, 2019) Federica Lusiardi / Inexhibit.
Fashion brand COS and London-based French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani joined forces to create Conifera, a site-specific work made from 3D-printed bioplastics bricks installed at Palazzo Isimbardi during the 2019 Milan Design Week. (more…)
Spanish architectural firm Vaillo+Irigaray has won the competition to design the new Tourism Faculty building at the University of Malaga, Spain. (more…)
The Villa Emma Foundation has announced the results of an international design competition for a museum and memorial dedicated to 73 Jewish children who found refuge in Nonantola, Italy, during WWII. (more…)
Turkish firm Melike Altinisik Architects has recently won the competition to design the Robotic Science Museum in Seoul. (more…)
Japanese architect Junya Ishigami (b. 1974, Kanagawa Pref.) and Serpentine Galleries have revealed the first images of their Summer Pavilion to be installed at Kensington Gardens, London, from June 20 through October 6, 2019. (more…)
Until 6 May 2019, the Centre Pompidou in Paris presents a major retrospective dedicated to Victor Vasarely. (more…)
For the upcoming Milan design week – which will run from April 9 through 14, 2019 – “5VIE art + design” confirms its objective to promote high-quality design, art, and craftsmanship. (more…)
The installation “CASA OJALÁ / INHABITING THE INFINITE CHOICE” will be presented during the next Milan Design Week (April 9/14, 2019). (more…)
The Jury of the EU Mies Award 2019 has selected the five finalist works for this year’s edition of the prize. They are: PC CARITAS in Melle by architecten de vylder vinck taillieu ; Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre by selgascano ; Skanderbeg Square in Tirana by 51N4E, Anri Sala, Plant en Houtgoed and iRI ; Terrassenhaus Berlin/Lobe Block by Brandlhuber+ Emde, Burlon and Muck Petzet Architekten ; Transformation of 530 dwellings – Grand Parc Bordeaux by Lacaton & Vassal architects, Frédéric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture.
Two of them – PC Caritas in Belgium and Grand Parc Bordeaux in France – are adaptive reuse projects; the first of them has been capable to invent a new spatial typology which also creates a network of social relationships; the second one improve the living standards of 530 residential units also by adding a winter garden to each of them.
The theme of functional flexibility is well represented by the Terrassenhaus Berlin / Lobe Block, while the renovation of Skanderbeg Square, in Tirana, has been considered the cornerstone of the future urban renovation of the city.
Skanderbeg Square City – Tirana, Albania
Offices: 51N4E; Anri Sala; Plant en Houtgoed and iRI
The Skanderbeg Square public space renovation has been conceived from the beginning as the start of the urban renovation of Tirana. The project is particularly significant both as a new space in which the local community can gather every day and as a seminal work which can trigger, in the near future, the redevelopment of the urban areas nearby as well as of the streets which connect such areas to the newly renovated square. The green belt which encircles the Skanderbeg Square comprises twelve gardens whose design was developed in a number of public workshops.
51N4E; Anri Sala; Plant en Houtgoed and iRI, Skanderbeg Square City – Tirana, Albania; photos Filip Dujardin.
PC CARITAS – Melle, Belgium
Office: Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu
Dating back to the 19th century, The Sint-Jozef building is part of the Caritas di Melle psychiatric center. Abandoned for a long time, the building was saved from demolition and transformed into a hybrid between a closed and an open-air space. The collaborative design team – which comprised aDVVT architects, the medical staff, and the patients of the center – devised a place, part of a public park, which can be used by both the patients and the local community. The old building was restored, repaired and improved; the openings were enlarged to increase natural lighting, internal and external spaces were connected through a sequence of small courtyards, both protected and welcoming.
Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, PC CARITAS, Melle, Belgium, photos Filip Dujardin
Terrassenhaus Berlin / Lobe Block – Berlin, Germany
Offices: Brandlhuber+Emde, Burlon, and Muck Petzet Architekten
Terrassenhaus Berlin is a mixed-use building with two interesting elements. The first element is how external spaces have been maximized, thanks to a ziggurat-like design which allowed to create large terraces on each level and a public space on top of the building which can be reached through two long stairways. The second interesting point is the functional flexibility of the residential units, which only include central cores with elevators and bathrooms. Due to its stepped profile, the building contains units of different floor areas, from 26 square meters on the ground floor to 11 square meters on the top floor, as well as an art gallery, a co-working space, offices, a residence for artists, and workshops.
Brandlhuber+Emde, Burlon and Muck Petzet Architekten, Terrassenhaus Berlin / Lobe Block – Berlin, Germany, photos Erica Overmeer, David von Becker
Transformation of 530 dwellings – Grand Parc Bordeaux – Bordeaux, France
Offices: Lacaton & Vassal architectes; Frédéric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture
This is the renovation project of three 1960s residential blocks comprising 530 units in total.
The project’s aim was to improve the quality of life of the people living in each residential unit, maintaining their distinguishing features while at the same time adding new spaces when appropriate. A second facade with winter gardens and terraces was added to the old facade, thus expanding the size of the apartments and providing them with more daylight. The small windows of the old buildings were replaced by larger sliding doors opening onto the winter gardens. Another interesting aspect is that not a single resident was relocated during the renovation works, thanks to the modular prefabrication construction system adopted.
drawing: Lacaton & Vassal architectes; Frédéric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture
above and cover image:
Lacaton & Vassal architectes; Frédéric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture Transformation of 530 dwellings – Grand Parc Bordeaux, France. Photos Philippe Ruault
Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre – Plasencia, Spain
The Plasencia Auditorium, in the Extremadura region of Spain, was intended by selgascano as an opportunity to create a “protected island” within an urban expansion area. The small footprint of the ground floor of the building – which contains the auditorium’s stage and orchestra stalls – makes it look like an “alien” object gently landed on the ground.
The main entrance, located 17 meters above the ground floor level, can be reached through a panoramic footbridge which also provides spectacular views of the countryside and the Sierra de Gata mountains.
selgascano, Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre – Plasencia, Spain ; photos Iwan Baan
The 2019 edition of the Milan Furniture Fair pays tribute to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci in the 500th anniversary of his death.
Marco Balich, “AQUA. Leonardo’s Vision”, rendering.
During the celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Salone del Mobile.Milano presents the installations “AQUA” and “DE-SIGNO”.
“AQUA” will celebrate the originality and visionary depth of the artist’s scientific studies, “DE-SIGNO” presents the experience of Italian design and craftsmanship, from the time of the great Master to the present day.
Leonardo da Vinci ; Codex Atlanticus ; Shower of projectiles and sketch of a horse ; stylus tip, black pencil, pen and ink ; c. 1503-04, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milano. Photo Inexhibit.
Located at the “Conca dell’Incoronata” canal lock – where Leonardo is likely to have overseen the building work and designed the lock gates – “AQUA. Leonardo’s Vision” is a site-specific immersive experience conceived by Marco Balich and developed in partnership with Balich Worldwide Shows, which narrates a tiny fragment of the Renaissance and the future of Milan.
Marco Balich, “AQUA. Leonardo’s Vision”, axonometric view. Above: “AQUA. Leonardo’s Vision” courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano
“DE-SIGNO” will be an immersive installation that will marry the languages of film and
theatrical scenography in an inclusive and exciting way. It will house a show of images and
music illustrating Leonardo’s approach to design and the industriousness of the Renaissance
laboratories as related to the know-how of present-day design companies. Conceived by Davide Rampello and designed by architect Alessandro Colombo, the installation will occupy a 400-square-meter space. It will feature a monumental set, dominated by two wood portals hand-made by master sculptors and painters and inspired by Donato Bramante’s original drawings and studies. The Installation “DE-SIGNO” will be on view in the Pavilion 24 at the Salone del Mobile.Milano.
Davide Rampello and Alessandro Colombo, “DE-SIGNO”, internal view.
5 th – 14th April
Conca dell’Incoronata, Via San Marco
10.00 am – 10.00 pm
9 th – 14th April
Pavilion 24 – Fiera Milano, Rho
9.30 am – 6.30 pm
Zaha Hadid Design has created three collections of vases for Rosenthal, the leading brand of ceramic objects for the home, which in its 140-year-long history has collaborated with artists and designers such as Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Walter Gropius, and Werner Panton.
The Lapp collection comprises a family of vases of different sizes in varying combinations of matt and gloss ceramic finishes. Informed by the motion of liquid droplets flowing along a solid surface, the design creates openings and voids that allow for many different flower arrangements at the top – as well as on the sides – of the vase.
Defined by the fluid lines of Zaha Hadid’s sketching hand, the Weave vases incorporate delicate strokes that interweave and diverge to express their interplay of fluidity and symmetry.
The Strip collection includes three sculptural vases and two bowls of different sizes. A sequence of vertical strips with rhythmical offsets, the Strip collection transitions their square base into a circular top edge.
Zaha Hadid Design, Weave vases for Rosenthal
Zaha Hadid Design, Lapp vases for Rosenthal
Zaha Hadid Design, Strip vases for Rosenthal.
Images: courtesy of Zaha Hadid Design
Cover: Zaha Hadid Design, sketch for Weave vases, Rosenthal.
Serpentine Galleries in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, together with internationally acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye, have launched Serpentine Augmented Architecture: a global open call for creative practitioners to design ground-breaking architectural structures to be developed and experienced in augmented reality on site at the Serpentine Galleries.
Without the constraints of a physical location, entrants are invited to dream new architectures and propose complex or unbuildable structures which imagine new futures of the city and the urban environment, imagining new possibilities for the urban landscape.
A two-stage process, a shortlist of projects will receive mentorship from experts in architecture, engineering and immersive technology to test the feasibility of their proposals.
One applicant will then be commissioned to realize their full design in augmented reality which the public will be able to experience in Summer 2019 installed alongside the internationally celebrated Serpentine Pavilion 2019.
World class advisors will guide the process, with a selection committee that includes:
Virgil Abloh, Artist & Designer; Sir David Adjaye OBE, Architect and Trustee of the
Serpentine Galleries; Amira Gad, Curator, Exhibitions & Architecture, Serpentine
Galleries; Freya Murray, Creative Lead, Google Arts & Culture Lab; Hans Ulrich Obrist,
Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries; Yana Peel, CEO, Serpentine Galleries; Amit
Sood, Director, Google Arts & Culture; Ben Vickers, Chief Technology Officer,
Serpentine Galleries; Kay Watson, Digital Curator, Serpentine Galleries; Greg
Williams, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED UK.
For more information and to apply visit: augmentedarchitecture.org
Images © Cecilia Serafini
Fondazione Prada presents “Surrogati. Un amore ideale” (Surrogate. A Love Ideal), an exhibition curated by Melissa Harris, from 21 February to 22 July 2019 at the Osservatorio venue in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan. (more…)
From March 1 to September 1, 2019, the Triennale di Milano presents its XII International Exhibition, titled “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival”. (more…)
From February 10 through May 27, 2019 the Museum of Modern Art in NYC presents the exhibition “The Value of Good Design”. (more…)
International design and innovation office CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati presents “GUIDO“, a concept for a driverless robotic cafe. (more…)
Until March 24, 2019, Palazzo Fortuny in Venice presents the exhibition “Futuruins”. Originating from a collaboration among the City of Venice, the Venice Museums Foundation and the State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg the exhibition features over 250 works of art, from antiquity to the present. (more…)
In the next edition of Maison&Object Paris, the “Rising Talent Awards” looks eastwards, exploring China’s design scene. Following the success of the United Kingdom, Italy and Lebanon editions, China will showcase its Rising Talents at the Exhibition Centre – Paris Nord Villepinte, from 18 to 22 January 2019.
cover image: Mario Tsai, Pig Side Table
China’s burgeoning design scene reflects the country’s aim to become a global player in design, creativity and innovation. Life in today’s China moves quickly, and the design industry’s rapid development reflects wider society’s growth and progress. A decade of change is crafting a new Chinese aesthetic, with increasingly higher standards of professionalism and a renewed commitment to good craftsmanship, innovation and quality. This has impacted both how designers see themselves, and also how their work is viewed in China – and around the world.
The six personalities invited by MAISON&OBJET and DesignChain to sit on this year’s Rising Talents Selection Jury are: Neri&Hu, Luca Nichetto, Tom Dixon, LIU Xu, QU GuangCi, XING Tong-He.
This year’s selection process included five young designers selected by members of the Rising Talents Awards Jury, and one young designer selected via a Call For Entry.
Frank Chou, Chen Furong, Mario Tsai, Hongjie Yang, Ximi Li and Bentu rank as some of the brightest young design powers in the country today. Exemplifying talent, emotional depth and creativity, these six designers bring innovation and energy to their work. Some prefer a China-centric approach, others have absorbed multicultural influences by studying, working and living abroad. But all are committed to forming a new Chinese language of design.
Frank Chou – Growing up in China’s capital city, Frank Chou witnessed first-hand the dynamic changes afoot in his hometown over the past few decades. After graduating from Beijing Forest University, where he majored in Materials Science and Engineering, he travelled between China and Europe, accumulating international industry experience in furniture design, engineering and trade work. In 2012 he set up Frank Chou Design Studio, where he produces elegant, long-lasting, functional pieces which represent contemporary Chinese thinking, yet finely balance the needs of modern Oriental and future Oriental lifestyles.
Above: portrait of Frank Chou; the Middle chair, inspired by the traditional Chinese bamboo chair. Below: the modular Combo sofa.
Chen Furong – Founder of lighting, furniture and accessories brand WUU, Chen Furong designs timeless collections which blend handcrafted techniques with a modernist vision.
Born in Zhangzhou, he studied at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, majoring in Integrated Design. After graduation in 2012, he travelled with some friends more than 10,000 kilometres across China, interviewing local creatives for an exhibition called Metaphysics.
Furong founded his Xiamen-based studio in 2014 and later that year participated in Homeland magazine’s Artisanship Revival program, where he worked closely with local craft artists in Fuzhou, combining technology with traditional crafts.
Above: Chen Furong’s portrait; Axis table. Below: T Lamp series.
Mario Tsai prefers to “use less, design better”. After graduating from Beijing Forest University where he majored in Furniture Design and Manufacturing, Mario travelled around China and Nepal to experience different lifestyles. He moved to Hangzhou in 2013 where he opened a shop and, in 2014, set up the Mario Tsai Studio. He has since worked with clients from China and Europe, and has participated in furniture fairs globally. Sustainability and material research are key; he is committed to reducing excess material usage and improving both society and the environment through his works which include the aluminium tube-inspired Pig Side Table and the thoughtful Pure Desk.
Mario Tsai’s portrait; Pig side table.
Hongjie Yang was born and raised in China. He went on to study in the USA and at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands, where he received his Master’s Degree in Contextual Design. After living and travelling abroad for the past 12 years, he is currently based in the Netherlands. His powerful works, which explore the divide between nature and culture, have been widely exhibited in many countries including in the USA, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and China.
Above: portrait of Hongjie Yang ; Synthesis Monolith Coffee Table
Below: Synthesis Monolith Mirror
Ximi Li – Shanghai-based Ximi Li holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the China Academy of Art, Shanghai, and a Master’s Degree in Furniture Design from the Polytechnic University of Milan. He worked for leading designers Andrea Branzi and Luca Trazzi in Italy and, upon returning to Shanghai joined Neri & Hu, acting as Chief Designer for 6 years. In 2016 Ximi launched independent design studio Ximi Li and furniture brand URBANCRAFT.
Working to create timeless pieces that integrate East and West, Ximi is committed to global cultural fusion, quality and good craftsmanship. URBANCRAFT’s product lines include the award-winning stainless steel, leather and oak Jiazhuang (‘dowry’) dressing table inspired by the traditional Chinese jewellery box.
Above: Portrait of Ximi Li; Mirror Yuan. Below: Jiazhuang (‘dowry’) dressing table.
Bentu – Chen Xingyu founded design brand Bentu alongside Xu Gang, Peng Zeng and Chen Xingguang in 2011. Industrial Design graduate from Guangzhou University, Xingyu works to meet the problems raised by a rapidly developing society, recycling materials that others may deem waste – like coal cinder, construction waste and bone ash – and transforming them into furniture, lighting and accessories. His Guangzhou-based studio is known for experimentation, exploration and innovation, combining environmentally-friendly materials with commercial appeal, an approach which has won numerous awards, including a 2017 Red Dot Design Award. Bentu’s latest Terrazzo Collection recycles ceramic waste and also offers hope for a sustainable furniture industry in the city of Foshan, the world’s largest ceramic industry hub.
The collection looks to the original texture of terrazzo, and uses concrete, leftover stone aggregate and ceramic waste to make items like the Yuan Plantpot and the Tu and Planet Pendant Lamps.
Above: Portrait of Chen Xingyu; Planet Pendant lamps
Below: Pin, wall lamps.
Photos courtesy of Maison & Objet
“Swell“, the latest installation designed by Japanese design studio we+, is a magic which captures wind and light. (more…)
The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the list of 383 works competing for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. (more…)
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris highlighs the richness of Japan’s contributions to art and design with an exhibition titled “Japon-Japonismes, 1867-2018”.
cover image: Sato Oki “Cabbage” Chair, Nendo Editions, Japan, 2008
Musée des Arts Décoratifs © MAD Paris / Photo: Jean Tholance
Open through March 3, 2019, the exhibition takes place as part of the “Japonismes 2018 : les âmes en resonance” program, which showcase the diversity of Japanese culture through nearly 100 venues in Paris and other locations in celebration of 160 years of diplomatic relations between the Government of Japan and the Government of France.
Visitors have the opportunity to admire nearly 1,500 works of art spanning a wide variety of artistic media, including art and design, fashion, graphic arts and photography.
Sou Fujimoto, acclaimed Japanese architect well known for his Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 in London and the Musashino Art University Museum and Library in Tokyo, is responsible for the exhibition design, which extends over 2,200 m2 on three floors of the Rohan Wing.
“Japon-Japonismes, 1867-2018” presents the Musée de Arts Décoratifs’ collection of historic Japanese artworks – one of the most important in France – alongside Western Japanized creations.
The exhibition includes works by Hokusai, Emile Gallé, René Lalique, Kuramata Shiro, Charlotte Perriand and Tanaka Ikkō.
This exhibition is co-organized by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Japan Foundation
Chiyogami — Decorated paper ,Japan,19 th century
Musée des Arts Décoratifs © MAD Paris / Photo: Jean Tholance
Issey Miyake, « Nihon buyo », Série n°1, Printemps / Été 2016
© Issey Miyake INC. / photo Francis Giacobetti
Charlotte Perriand — Bamboo chaise longue Japan, 1940
Musée des Arts Décoratifs © MAD Paris / Photo: Jean Tholance Adagp, Paris, 2018
from November 15, 2018 through March 3, 2019
MAD – Musée des Arts Décoratifs – Site Rivoli
107-111, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
YAPE – autonomous electric vehicle for urban delivery, designed by Italian company e-Novia, has recently won the prestigious German Design Award 2019. (more…)
MAD Architects has been commissioned by the Droom en Daad Foundation to design a panoramic viewpoint on top of the historic Fenix warehouse in Rotterdam.
The site is on the Katendrecht peninsula, located on the southern banks in the port of Rotterdam, and was once home to one of the oldest Chinatowns in Europe. Around the 1900’s it was here that one could find opium kits, and that the first Chinese restaurant opened its doors in the Netherlands, and possibly in Europe.
In addition to the platform, MAD will design a theatrical staircase and a public atrium in the Fenix warehouse which will merge the ground and first floors with the observation deck on the roof.
In the future, the first floor of the Fenix warehouse – once one of the biggest warehouses in the world – will be used to present Rotterdam’s history of migration. Indeed, millions of migrants left Europe from these embankments, most of whom had Ellis Island as their final destination.
Ma Yansong, founder of MAD Architects: ‘We are proud to realize a dynamic transformation of the historical warehouse that will encourage people to move through the space, and be enjoyed by the community. It will lift body and mind, and be a place of pleasure and contemplation. The Fenix will inspire wonder and exploration about the past, the present, and the future.’
Wim Pijbes, director of the Droom en Daad foundation: ‘The Fenix Warehouse will become a landmark for all those millions who left Europe from the banks of the Maas, and for everybody arriving today. It offers a great future for Rotterdam’s past.’
Images: courtesy of MAD Architects
Cover image: Riccardo, Federica, and Gea dog visiting Arte Sella in Fall 2015
Arte Sella is an exceptional example of an open-air museum of the union of contemporary art and nature.
Located in a mountain valley, this sculpture park stretching 3 miles along a pine forest in the Trentino / South Tyrol region in Northern Italy is world-renowned for its outstanding and innovative vision of a contemporary art open to all, as well as for its thorough attention to the relationship between nature and humans (you find a link to our in-depth article about Arte Sella below).
Unfortunately, a recent calamitous event struck Sella Valley on October 29, 2018, destroying much of Arte Sella, its forest and its art park.
Maybe you’ll have the chance to visit this exceptional place of art and nature (an experience I warmly hope you can do once in your lifetime) or not, but, believe me, to support an organization committed to make art available art to all – families, children, singles -, and to raise attention to our natural environment, really needs our help.
An exceptionally violent storm destroyed almost half of the artworks in the art park, together with the entire forest on the South slope of Mount Armentera, Arte Sella’s brand new exhibition space opened in 2018, and the art garden of Villa Stroebe, thus leaving the institution in a bad financial situation, not to mention the sad psychological condition.
One of Arte Sella’s art installations destroyed by the October 2018 storm. Photo via Trento Today
I have visited Arte Sella three years ago and found there one of the most intriguing and captivating open-air art museums I have experienced in my entire life. I’m truly sad about how such a wonderful place could have suffered such a damage because of the climate change which is now hitting the previously pristine environment of the Italian Alps.
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Patrick Dougherty, Tana Libera Tutti, 2011- copyright Arte Sella – Photo Giacomo Bianchi
Until February 2019, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, in Denmark, hosts an exhibition dedicated to the Elemental Studio of Alejandro Aravena. This is the second of a series of monographic exhibitions of architecture entitled “The Architect’s Studio“. (more…)
Home Futures – at the Design Museum in London from 7 November 2018 – explores today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. (more…)
Originating from the collaboration between WeWork and BIG-Bjarke Ingels Studio, the first WeGrow school was recently opened in Manhattan. (more…)
The exhibition “LOW FORM. Imaginaries and Visions in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” takes place until 24 February 2019 at the MAXXI in Rome. (more…)
From October 10, 2018, through January 27, 2019, Barbican Art Gallery in London hosts the exhibition “Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde”. (more…)
Until January 2016, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein presents the work of young Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma. (more…)
Zaha Hadid Architects have been selected by the jury of the international design competition to build the new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall in Yekaterinburg, Russia. (more…)
From October 6, 2018, the Triennale di Milano hosts a major exhibition dedicated to Achille Castiglioni, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest Italian designers of all time.
The CCCB – Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona – presents the exhibition “Stanley Kubrick“. Retracing the creative career of the great director (1928-1999), the exhibition starts from his formative years, develops through materials related to the 12 films and closes with projects that have remained incomplete or have been continued from other directors. (more…)
From September 23, 2018, through May 5, 2019, the Cloister of Bramante in Rome hosts Dream, an exhibition in which some of the most recognized contemporary artists explore the world of dreams.
The “Picasso Metamorphosis” exhibition – taking place at the Royal Palace – Palazzo Reale in Milan from October 18, 2018, through February 19, 2019 – explores the interest in mythology and ancient art the great Spanish artist developed during his long and complex creative process. (more…)
Until February 3, 2019, The Museum of Modern Art – MoMA in New York presents “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done“, a major exhibition that looks anew at the formative moment in the1960s when a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers made use of a local church to present groundbreaking cross-disciplinary performances. (more…)
From September 26, 2018, through January 20, 2019, the New Museum in New York City presents a great retrospective exhibition on acclaimed, provocative British artist Sarah Lucas. (more…)
This fall, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents West by Midwest, an exhibition tracing how artists with ties to the Midwest helped shape art and culture on the West Coast (more…)
As of 29 November 2018, thirty artworks will light up the city center of Amsterdam for the seventh year in a row. For this years’ edition of Amsterdam Light Festival artists, designers and architects from sixteen different countries share their interpretation of the central theme ‘The Medium is the Message’. All participating artworks will be lit simultaneously during the 53-day-long festival. There will be one exhibition – in the historical center of Amsterdam – which can be experienced in different ways: by boat, by bike or on foot. This year, for the very first time, visitors can vote for their favorite light artwork. The Public Award will be presented to the artist of the winning artwork in the last weekend of the festival. Amsterdam Light Festival can be enjoyed until 20 January 2019.
Cover image: artist’s impression of the lighting installation by Peter Koros Design at the 7th Amsterdam Light Festival
A selection of the participating artists and artworks:
Ivana Jelić and Pavle Petrović (Serbia) found inspiration for their work Starry Night in Van Gogh’s famous painting of the same name. Since the beginning of the 21st century, as a result of the increase in light pollution, starry nights are less and less visible in urban areas. With the installation Starry Night, the Serbian duo gives Amsterdam its (artificial) starry night back, which reminds us of what we are missing out on.
Groupe LAPS (France) produces movies and (multi)media installations and often integrates the urban surrounding into their work. Exclusively for the festival, the French artist collective designed Spider on the Bridge: eighty spiders of two meters each, which together form one gigantic spider on the bridge between the Herengracht and Amstel. Light effects give the illusion that the creatures are crawling all over each other. Arachnophobic visitors are warned!
Amigo & amigo (Australia) – also known as Renzo B. Larriviere and Simone Chua – explores the relationship between sculptures and light with their technically complex artworks. Parabolic Lightcloud is a cloud of light made with impressive colors, patterns, and transitions. With this installation, the duo tries to picture human emotions and stimulate visitors to think about the impact of external impulses on our feelings and instincts. Moreover: the installation consists of 1.000 led lights and 800 meters of rope made out of recycled plastic from discarded bottles.
OGE Group (Israel) is an expert on light art, the founders Merav Eitan and Gaston Zahr are the artistic directors of Jerusalem Light Festival. Their work is characterized by the powerful way in which it arouses emotions, with Light a Wish as a clear example of that. The artwork pictures the moment you blow the fluff off a dandelion and make a wish while it scatters in the air. Eitan and Zahr cherish this childhood memory by making the dandelions float above de Herengracht, where everyone can make a wish during the festival.
Balmond Studio (United Kingdom) has become a friend of the festival. The studio’s innovative artworks are inspired by science, math, and biology. With Optilli, Balmond Studio creates an optical illusion and shows the subjective way our brain processes light as a source of information. As soon as the light is converted into impulses, our brain produces an image. The question is: is the displayed image correct?
Light as a medium, and remarkable stories about Amsterdam
From hundreds of submitted concepts, the festival jury selected thirty artworks. This years’ exhibition revolves around the theme ‘The Medium is the Message‘, the famous statement by the Canadian scientist and philosopher Marshall McLuhan. The idea behind his statement was simple: the way we send a message is at least as important as the message itself. The participating artists focused on questions such as: what role does light play as a medium or a message? And how can light create spaces that would otherwise have remained invisible? The city of Amsterdam as a medium for telling stories is also a central part of this edition.
On behalf of the festival, art historian Koen Kleijn went in search of remarkable stories about the city and from October onward they will be released as a ten-part series on the festival website. In his stories, Kleijn identifies the connection between the city and the central theme.
Some of the lighting installations on show at the 7th Amsterdam Light Festival – previews
Light a Wish by OGE Group
Parabolic Lightcloud by amigo & amigo
Portam Civitatis by Peter Snijder
Spider on the bridge by Groupe LAPS
7th Amsterdam Light Festival
29 November 2018 | 20 January 2019
From October 10 to December 31, 2018, the Centre Pompidou in Paris presents a major retrospective exhibition on acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando (b. 1941, Osaka). (more…)
The 2018 edition of LDF – London Design Festival runs in London from September 15 through 23, side by side with the second London Design Biennale which takes place at the Somerset House from September 4 through 23. (London Design Biennale 2018)
Also in the 2018 edition, LDF features a number of “landmark projects” – outdoor thematic installations placed in various locations across London. We present here three of them, that we deem particularly interesting.
From September 18 through 23, Trafalgar Square is the venue of “Please feed the Lions”, a multimedia installation conceived by artist and designer Es Devlin and made with the support of Google Arts & Culture.
The four bronze lions which, since 1867, guard Nelson’s Column, are joined by a fifth red-colored lion which interacts with the public. He does that by “roaring” words the public suggest him. During the day, such an ever-changing collective poem is displayed on a LED array installed in the lion’s mouth, while at night the words are projected both on the lion’s body and Nelson’s Column.
above and cover image: Es Devlin, Please feed the Lions, Trafalgar Square.
From September 15 through October 1, 2018, the newly-restored Sackler Courtyard of the Victoria & Albert Museum accommodates MultiPly, a temporary pavilion which presents two major problems of our time: housing crisis and climate change. MultiPly, consisting of re-usable walls made from 60 cubic meters of American Tulipwood, is an installation open to the public and an example of modular architecture. The project has been developed by American Hardwood Export Council, Waugh Thistleton Architects, and Arup.
The pavilion is made up of 17 modules composed of 102 cross-laminated timber (CLT) and a number of joints manufactured by the Construction Scotland Innovation Center (CSIC). Cross-laminated timber is an engineered wood which can be used also for the load-bearing structure of buildings. The panels consist of a number of wood layers, perpendicular to one another, and can be used to create high-resistance prefabricated walls with about a 30% reduction in construction times compared to traditional methods.
above: Waugh Thistleton Architects, MultiPly, V&A Museum.
Finsbury Avenue Square is the location of Alphabet. The installation, designed by London-based graphic design office Kellenberger-White, consist of twenty-six chairs, each shaped as a letter of the alphabet, which people can sit on freely. The project, made with the support of British Land, was inspired by the experimental work of László Moholy-Nagy, Marianne Brandt, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Max Bill, and Hans Gugelot, as well as by projects by Bruno Munari such as ‘Seeking Comfort in an Uncomfortable Chair’ (1944). The colors of the chairs were chosen from the palette of paints used for industrial metalwork, such as the “International Orange” used for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the “Cornflower Blue” of the Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge.
Above: Kellenberger-White, Alphabet, Finsbury Avenue Square.
London Design Festival
London,15 / 23 September, 2018
International design practice CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati is working with Indian non-profit organization WeRise to develop Livingboard, the prototype of a portable “motherboard system” to improve housing conditions in rural parts of India.
Livingboard encourages an open-source approach to design, allowing people to build their own dwellings on top of a prefabricated core.
The project revolves around the idea that housing should not be a static unit that is packaged and handed over to people, but rather should be conceived of as an ongoing project wherein the residents are co-creators. The first pilot is currently under study for development in the Indian state of Karnataka, near Bangalore.
Livingboard is a flexible “core” system to support the development of housing initiatives in any rural area of the world. This core must be positioned horizontally, constituting the floor of a 12-square meter room (3 x 4 m). It can provide, depending on the geography and infrastructure of the region in question, water storage and distribution, water treatment through filtration, waste management, heating, batteries to accumulate PVgenerated electricity and wi-fi connectivity. Also, from a structural point of view, it provides seismic isolation by separating the building’s superstructure from the substructure.
As Livingboard is compatible with different house designs, locals can build their homes on top of it, selecting from the motherboard’s basic functions and deciding on the housing structure to go around it in accordance with their needs and desires. Livingboard aims to become the focal point of domestic space, around which the house’s inhabitants can gather, cook, wash and read.
A project by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati for WeRise
CRA team: Carlo Ratti, Giovanni de Niederhausern, Saverio Panata, Emma Greer (Project Manager), Chiara Morandini (Project Lead), Anna Morani.
Renderings by CRA graphic team: Gary di Silvio, Gianluca Zimbardi, Pasquale Milieri
Images courtesy of CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati
The historical Teatro Sociale Como opens its doors to the public on the occasion of the first Lake Como Design Fair: a new event bringing together the works of Italian and international designers, editors and galleries. (more…)
From September 5, 2018, through February 3, 2019, a major retrospective exhibition on Marc Chagall takes place in Mantua, northern Italy. (more…)
With the exhibition “Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti archi-designer” the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris celebrates one of the most influential Italian architects and designers of the 20th century.
A multifaceted personality – an architect and designer with an artistic background, and also a long-time director of Domus magazine – after World War Two, Ponti combines international-style design with a personal approach based on a maniacal attention to product quality.
Furniture, textiles, ceramics, coffee machines, and flatware are just some products Gio Ponti conceived as a designer. A designer particularly attentive to craftsmanship at a time in which making a product through a non-industrialized process was considered obsolete.
“Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti archi-designer” covers Ponti’s entire career, from 1921 to 1978, presenting his manifold work – from buildings to product design, from pieces of furniture to light fixtures, from his research in the design of glass objects, pottery, and jewelry.
Over 500 pieces, some of which have never been previously exhibited, are featured in a multidisciplinary voyage across architecture, design, and installations. The exhibition has been designed by architects Wilmotte & Associés in collaboration with graphic designer Italo Lupi.
above and cover: Gio Ponti, Superleggera 699, Cassina, 1957 © Archivio Gio Ponti.
Arguably the most famous furniture designed by Ponti, the Superleggera chair, summarizes his approach aimed to combine modernity with materials and influences inherited from the traditional “middle class” furniture. Based on one of the most appreciated examples of “vernacular” Italian furniture – the Chiavari chair of Ligurian craftsmanship tradition, the Superleggera has been produced for over sixty years.
Gio Ponti and Giulia Ponti, Via Dezza, 1957, © Archivio Gio Ponti. The Ponti House in Milan’s via Dezza was Gio Ponti’s home in his later years. Designed by Gio Ponti, Antonio Fornaroli, and Alberto Rosselli, this house encapsulates the architect’s vision of modern housing together with its architectural innovations.
Gio Ponti, Tableware for Franco Pozzi, 1967, © Marco Arosio.
TUTTO PONTI, GIO PONTI ARCHI-DESIGNER
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
October 19, 2018 – February 10, 2019
The 96,000 m2 office development for the state-owned Shenzhen Energy Company is designed to look and feel at home in the cultural and business center of Shenzhen while standing out as a new social and sustainable landmark at the main axis of the city. (more…)
If you will be in the French Riviera this August, we strongly suggest you pay a visit to Saint Paul de Vence. (more…)
After the huge success of the first edition, in 2016, the second London Design Biennale promises to be one of the most exciting cultural events in London in fall 2018. (more…)
Designed by Spanish architect Carme Pinós, the MPavilion 2018 will be installed in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens from October 8, 2018, through February 3, 2019. (more…)
Zürich: the new Kunsthaus designed by David Chipperfield Architects is fast becoming a reality. The completion of the shell, in July 2018, reveals the full dimensions and proportions of the building. (more…)
Running from July 14 through October 28, 2018, the 10th edition of Liverpool Biennial – entitled Beautiful world, where are you? – invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil.
The title Beautiful world, where are you? comes from a poem by Friedrich Schiller (in German, Schöne Welt, wo bist du?) published in 1788, and thereafter set to music by Franz Schubert in 1819.
The period between the composition of Schiller’s poem and Schubert’s song saw great upheaval and profound change in Europe, from the French Revolution to the fall of the Napoleonic Empire.
Today, the poem continues to reflect a world gripped by deep uncertainty. It can be seen as a lament but also as an invitation to reconsider our past, advancing a new sense of beauty that can be shared in a more equitable way.
The curatorial team of Liverpool Biennial 2018, led by Kitty Scott and Sally Tallant, asked over 40 artists from 22 countries to present works that respond to the call Beautiful world, where are you?
Featured artists comprise Madiha Aijaz, Abbas Akhavan, Morehshin Allahyari, Francis Alÿs, Ei Arakawa, Kevin Beasley, Mohamed Bourouissa, Banu Cennetoğlu, Shannon Ebner, Paul Elliman, Inci Eviner, Aslan Gaisumov, Ryan Gander with Jamie Clark, Phoebe Edwards, Tianna Mehta, Maisie Williams and Joshua Yates, Joseph Grigely, Dale Harding, Holly Hendry, Lamia Joreige, Brian Jungen, Janice Kerbel, Duane Linklater, Mae-ling Lokko, Taus Makhacheva, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Naeem Mohaiemen, Paulina Olowska, George Osodi, Silke Otto-Knapp, Mathias Poledna, Annie Pootoogook, Reetu Sattar, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Iacopo Seri, Melanie Smith, The Serving Library, Agnès Varda, Joyce Wieland, Haegue Yang, Chou Yu-Cheng, and Rehana Zaman.
Kevin Beasley, Your face is/is not enough, 2016. Image courtesy the artist, Casey Kaplan, New York and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Agnès Varda, Ulysse (film still), 1982. Image courtesy the artist
Chou Yu-Cheng, Chemical Gilding, Keep Calm, Galvanise, Pray, Gradient, Ashes, Manifestation, Unequal, Dissatisfaction, Capitalise, Incense Burner, Survival, Agitation, Hit, Day Light, 2015. Installation view at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Image courtesy of the artist
The city of Liverpool provides the setting, comprising 21 venues – public spaces, galleries, museums and civic buildings – including Blackburne House, Bluecoat, FACT, Liverpool John Moores University’s Exhibition Research Lab, Open Eye Gallery, the Oratory, the Playhouse theater, RIBA North, Tate Liverpool, and Victoria Gallery & Museum (University of Liverpool).
Along with exhibitions and special art commissions, the program of the Liverpool Biennial 2018 includes talks, live performances, public discussions and roundtables, film screenings, and guided tours.
Liverpool Biennial 2018
July 14 – October 28, 2018
Liverpool, UK, various venues
The Bluecoat; photo Inexhibit
The Tale Liverpool; photo Infinite3d
A new space has been set up at the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. It’s a Black Box aimed to showcase the collection of toy robots donated by the chairman emeritus of Vitra, Rolf Fehlbaum. (more…)
As it happened in 2016, also during this year’s edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale the European Cultural Center presents the Time Space Existence exhibition (more…)
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