What does Design mean to you ? This crowdsourced wall offers a selection of items that have a special meaning. Some things are here because they do their job well. Some have been nominated because they are beautiful, and others because they carry special memories. Any piece of design that matters needs to offer at least one of these qualities.
EXHIBITIONISM -The Rolling Stones is this summer’s must-see show, having opened to critical acclaim at London’s Saatchi Gallery.
Unlocking their vast archive, this exhibition is a Rolling Stones treasure trove, curated over 9 thematic gallery spaces with 500 items from original stage costumes, rare instruments and lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, and never before released audio and behind-the-scenes footage.
Featuring striking couture images of renowned photographer Cathleen Naundorf’s work with Polaroid photography, Haute Couture represents a series of images produced over six years of the artist working with some of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers.
Charles and Ray Eames are among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Enthusiastic and tireless experimenters, this husband and wife duo moved fluidly between the fields of photography, film, architecture, exhibition-making, and furniture and product design.
The Eames Office was a hub of activity where the Eameses and their collaborators produced an array of pioneering designs, communicating their ideas with a boundless creativity that defined their careers. The Eameses embraced the joy of trial and error and approached design as a way of life.
From personal letters, photographs, drawings and artwork, to their products, models, multi-media installations and furniture, The World of Charles and Ray Eames includes not only the designs for which they are best known, but provides an insight into the lives of the Eameses, the Eames Office and the breadth of their pioneering work, bringing their ideas and playful spirit to life.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London :
Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection
21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016
This exhibition showcases over one hundred exceptional jewels, jewelled artefacts and jades from the Al Thani Collection.
The pieces range in date from the early 17th century to the present day, and were made in the Indian subcontinent or inspired by India. They include spectacular precious stones, jades made for Mughal emperors and a gold tiger-head finial from the throne of the South Indian ruler Tipu Sultan.
Absolutely Spectacular – highly recommended
This exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.
Here below : This unique design brings together traditional craft with new technology!
Based in Toronto, studio Cube Works makes portraits, wall frescos and sculptures of Rubik’s Cube. They’re inspired by pop-art, video games such as Mario Kart but also popular icons such as Steve Jobs, the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe. source : FUBIZ
A collection of close-up images made by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney document that most accessible of creative devices: the pencil. Their 52 prints, in various materials, will be shown in Paul Smith’s Albemarle store until 3 June, and auctioned online in support of Children in Crisis. Sir James Dyson’s is printed directly on aluminum, so is Peter Saville’s; Anish Kapoor’s pencil is carved: ‘like a little, one-off Anish Kapoor sculpture’ source : Wallpaper
Opening of Wanderland, the Hermès exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London that travels to Paris and Turin later this year.
Wanderland, with its title reminiscent of that other almost untranslatable German term, ‘wanderlust’, is a feat of trompe l’oeil spread over 11 rooms. Conceived by curator Bruno Gaudichon and set designer Hubert Le Gall, the exhibition combines pieces from the Hermès archives with odd items from Emile Hermès’ personal collection, most of which relate to horses or walking.
Hermès Wanderland, Saatchi Gallery’s latest exhibition, realistically recreates the hunting ground of the nineteenth-century flâneur, complete with covered arcades and shopfronts
The town of Hasami in Nagasaki prefecture of southwestern Japan is known for its porcelain production from historical times. Paying homage to this significance, Kei Harada has created an exhibition that displays 1,200 rice bowls. source : designboom
Chinatown is a Chinese translation of the trademarks in a graphical way.
It’s a carefully arranged series of artworks showcasing 20 well-known western brand logos
with maintained visual and narrative continuity.
‘Chinatown’ pushes viewers to ask themselves what it means to see,
hear, and become fully aware. ‘Chinatown’ also demonstrates our strangeness
to 1.35 billion people in the world, when you can’t read Chinese. via http://mehmetgozetlik.com/#
The original version of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 was organised by the Costume Institute and became one of the Museum’s top 10 most visited exhibitions. via vam.ac.uk
Paris, 1967 by Raymond Depardon Courtesy of Magnum Photos
150 shots from 30 photographers, Paris Magnum – at Paris City Hall until March 28 – presents a touching love letter to a city which has witnessed both jubilance and struggle in equal measure. Paris Magnum is a cooperative that makes the photographers the exclusive owners of their own works; images which gracefully merged art with journalism, and have so far captured almost 80 years of Paris. source : taken from Anothermag.com
Architecture studio Kilo has pitched a traditional Moroccan camel and goat wool tent in front of the patterned glass and metal facade of Jean Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe building in Paris. A performance space is hosting a variety of events over the duration of the show, and the cafe is serving a Moroccan-inspired menu of mint tea, couscous and traditional pastries. source :dezeen
The exhibition and tent will be open to the public until 25 January 2015.
A collaborative team comprising architecture studio Bona-Lemercier, artist Xavier Veilhan and set designer Alexis Bertrand has transformed a 1960s country house into a gallery designed to showcase contemporary artwork. Located 30 kilometers east of Paris, ‘le Château de Rentilly’ forms the second permanent venue for FRAC Ile-de-France – (the region’s contemporary art fund) – with the other location existing in the center of the french capital. source : designboom
In Mathieu Lehanneur’s concept for Audemars Piguet – first seen at Art Basel Hong Kong in May and now headed for Art Basel Miami from December 4th to 7th – he deftly balances ideas of elegance and durability, key attributes of the Swiss watchmaker’s brand. His inspiration came from Maison Audemar Piguet du Brassus, the company’s mansion-like headquarters overlooking the Vallée de Joux in the Jura Mountains – a gently undulating landscape of trees and meadows punctuated by rocky outcroppings. source : azuremagazine
EMP Museum, Seattle Washington or Experience Music Project is dedicated to the ideas & risk taking that fuel contemporary popular culture.
New Exhibition : Hear my train a coming – Jimi Hendrix hits London
From the flamboyant fashions on the street to the sounds that ushered in a new electric era in rock, Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London captures the musician’s impact on England’s most happening city during the swinging sixties. Get experienced with artifacts, instruments, and personal mementos from one of Seattle’s favorite sons.
Hendrix’s show at the Saville Theatre in Westminster would be his last before leaving England to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival. During his nine-month stay, Hendrix had taken the swinging London scene by storm. To mark his gratitude for the warm welcome he’d received in the UK, the wave of which would propel him into superstardom once back on American turf, Hendrix hand-painted his Stratocaster, lovingly inscribed a poem to it, and then smashed it to pieces.
Opened on King’s Road in October of 1966, the boutique Dandie Fashions proved popular to rock’s elite. Stars like Brian Jones, David Bowie, Roger Daltrey, and Jimi Hendrix coveted their silk frilled shirts, velvet suits, and colorful breasted jackets, and introduced the new style of dress to a public that had up till then favored a more conservative look. source : EMP Museum
Shanghai design studio Minax has completed a project called ‘lotus & bamboo tea room’ for the 2014 China International Aquilaria Culture Exposition & Living Space Exhibition. The volume is composed of 500 bamboo pieces measuring six centimeters in diameter, which each have different heights. the organization of these vertical pipes follows the shape of an ellipsoid inside a cube. The shape is manipulated by spot lamps which fill the cut of stalks, so upon entry, visitors will find a substantial portion of the massing dissolved. Thus, the remaining occupiable floor is negative space. source : designboom
225 drawings, 67 models and supporting material, presenting a detailed portrait of the architect’s career since he set up his office in the early 1960s. The exhibition that just opened at the Centre Pompidou in Paris will be a welcome chance for professionals and architecture aficionados alike, to dip into the considerable body of the master’s oeuvre. source : wallpaper
After dedicating A Magazine N°12 to his dear friend Anna Piaggi and her love of illustration, the British milliner Stephen Jones has extended his tribute, curating the touching exhibition “Hat-ology: Anna Piaggi and her hats”, currently on show at the Palazzo Morando in the centre of Milan. Incorporating a reconstruction of Piaggi’s writing desk (replete with Olivetti typewriter) the intimate showcase is soundtracked by its clacking keys, in a slightly ominous yet supremely romantic ode to her dedication as a writer. source : AMagazine Curated by Stephen Jones @sjmillinery On show until Novembre 30 at Palazzo Morando Via Sant Andrea 6, Milan
Showcasing the works of both well-established as well
as emerging chinese photographers, Flux Realities questions the role of memory. through a diverse collection of photographic art works, seven contemporary chinese artists spark a dialogue about the nature of remembering. they excavate memories buried beneath skyscrapers and factories, examine the torn fabric of tradition, and contemplate the meaning of remembrance. Over 60 photographs on display highlight the individualistic artistic approach and personal experience of china’s recent modernisation process.
Photographers : Zhang Dali, Yang Yongliang, Wang Ningde, Wang Qingsong
Since its debut in 1970, Art Basel has become the Modern and contemporary artworld’s premier platform for bringing together artists and their patrons in a way that is both engaging and personal. With annual art shows sited on three continents – Europe, North America, and Asia – Art Basel is the only art show with such global reach.
Modern and contemporary art of the highest quality, from classic forms to pieces by the most cutting edge experimentalists, are on display in a multi-sector format, making Art Basel a prized venue for both the artists and those who appreciate their work.
This autumn the V&A will present the definitive retrospective of the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-99), one of the 20th century’s master photographers. In a career that spanned six decades, Horst photographed the exquisite creations of couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in 1930s Paris, and helped to launch the careers of many models. In New York a decade later, he experimented with early colour techniques and his meticulously composed, artfully lit images leapt from the magazine page.
Tucked away in the colourful Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, a small and neatly curated show sheds light on a thriving contemporary design scene. De Ida y Vuelta (which loosely translates as ‘Back and Forth’) consists of 250 prototypes and finished objects by 60 Mexican designers, most of who have only been in operation since 2010.
A new exhibition charts how postwar Italy transformed the world’s perceptions of it, using its greatest export: style.
This major exhibition is a glamorous, comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to its reputation for quality and style.
Italian designer Valentino poses among his models near the Trevi fountain, in Rome, in 1967. Photograph: Mondadori Portfolio/the Art Archive.
Rare photo of Audrey Hepburn in 1954 with shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo, and below, Elizabeth Taylor looking moderately over the top in 1967 at a masked ball in Venice.
In 2007, Japanese artist Takao Sakai started the ‘Azurer Project’ as a mockumentary in which he made beards out of azuki beans and photographed strangers wearing it.
The trend went unexpectedly viral in Japan with 1.7 million wearers.
This March, Sakai will be bringing them to New York in collaboration with the New City Art Fair. Participants will be led on a fun guided tour of New York wearing their own azuki bean beards. via designtaxi
The 4- to 5-foot-tall robots are constructed from vintage thermoses, picnic coolers, and various found objects. Some robots include animatronics and custom built electronics packages that control illuminated elements, such as eyes and accent lights. Fraley offers a glimpse into the daily activities of a typical robot through various stages of its lifespan, revealing a glimpse of our lives through the looking glass.
“Everyday scenes from the lives of robots have been captured in this exhibition for us to observe,” says artist Toby Atticus Fraley. “Robots assembled from pieces of Americana illustrate mundane everyday rituals, acts of daring, and precious milestones. These scenes of great joy and crushing sadness cover the beginning to the end of a typical robot’s lifespan, celebrating and revering the beauty in the everyday.”
Presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Secret Life of Robots will run through April 27th at the Trust’s SPACE gallery in the Cultural District. via neatorama
MAISON ET OBJET ASIA, singapore 10 – 13 march 2014
Kenneth Cobonpue is a multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu, Philippines. He graduated in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York with highest honors and subsequently worked in Italy and Germany. Integrating locally sourced materials with innovative handmade production procceses, Cobonpue’s brand is known around the world for its unique designs and roster of clientele that include Hollywood celebrities like Brad Pitt and members of royalty.
Kenneth reveals new work each year in design shows from Paris to New York. He also speaks regularly about Southeast Asian design all over the world. In 2007, TIME magazine called him “rattans first virtuoso”.
He uses natural materials and combines traditional know-how with sophisticated modern technology.
Modernism week celebrates and fosters appreciation of mid-century architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in Palm Springs.
Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture. This exciting “festival” takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. It features more than 100 events including the Modernism Show, home tours, films, lectures, double decker bus tours, parties, walking and bike tours, a pre-fab showcase, vintage fashion, live music events, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more.
This spring/summer the National Portrait Gallery hosts a major exhibition of images personally selected by the British photographer David Bailey himself. Bailey’s Stardust will feature over 250 portraits, spanning a 50-year career including an unseen image of an inhabitant of the Naga Hills and a recent portrait of Kate Moss. Curated thematically in rooms devoted to travel, pop iconography, celebrity and more, the exhibition will be the biggest ever retrospective of the legendary photographer’s work.
During fashion week, Chanel Jewelry division showed to the world a new collection of jewelry at the sight of which is difficult to resist. Each of the ornamentsfrom Les Perles de Chanel emphasises the beauty and elegance of pearls surrounded by diamonds, sapphires and amethysts.
The sea pearl once upon a time won the heart of the great Mademoiselle. We were not fully aware that this was the first spark of passion: the biographers and contemporaries mentioned something about the portraits of the Renaissance, the first of the precious gifts that got young milliner Coco. More importantly, her love for pearls coincided with the accession of another era, “roaring” twenties, fashion aesthetics in which a string of pearls is the central decoration.
Chanel understood that this gem can be worn day and night, with silk and tweed, diamond and rock crystal. “The image of Mademoiselle Chanel is inseparable from pearls
Jonathan Adler, Curiosités, entrance of the stand of Objets de Rencontre et de Hasard, stand Heliotropic, portrait of the designer Ora-Ito, talks, the chair of Ceren Basgoze who is one of the 6 Turkish designers who were nominated as Talents à la Carte……..
Louis Vuitton has opened an expansive, extraordinary installation by James Turrell—the contemporary artist known for his work with light and its interaction with space—in Las Vegas.
The scale and impact are surprising. Akhob is staged in two colorfully lit chambers to prepare visitors for the sensing space, where they perceive a light-filled void of indeterminate dimension. Access is limited to four guests at time, to allow them to absorb the sensory experience, and visits last about 20 to 25 minutes.
This three-channel video installation by Hassan Hajjaj includes nine separately filmed performances by an international array of musicians. The sitters/performers wear clothes that Hajjaj has designed himself, and pose in spaces covered by patterns he has selected. Clad in traditional fabrics, as well as luxury brand clothes and shoes, the musicians bridge the gap between now and then, us and them, high and low culture, reflecting a fusion of Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary art.
Hajjaj, born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco, moved to London in 1975, and now divides his time between London and Marrakesh. Best known as a photographer, he also employs video. His work depicts a globalized society that pushes and blurs the boundaries of cultural identity—whether African, Arab, or Western.
This multimedia exhibition is organized around seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier’s development—from the streets of Paris to the cinema—since he emerged as a designer in the 1970s. It features approximately 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles, from the designer’s earliest to his most recent collections, many of which are displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. Accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world, explore how his avant-garde designs challenge societal, gender, and aesthetic codes in unexpected ways.
Instagramers Gallery is a free, online virtual space where users can share and exchange their personal images with people from all over the world, without having to create a profile, add friends or follow anyone. the brainchild of phil gonzález and graphic designer jorge martínez comprises a network of instagram fans from more than 300 local communities in 60 different countries, who promote their artistic work through the platform. those who submit their instagram captures to the site have the chance to simultaneously participate in a $1000 ‘photo-day prize’; the finalists and winners of the daily contests will compete for a grand prize of $100,000 for the best photo, as chosen by a panel of judges comprised of well-known personalities from the world of art. the instagramers gallery has recently opened a physical location in the artist neighborhood of wynwood, miami — alongside the virtual online space — showcasing the most outstanding and valued photos uploaded to the digital platform. the materialized locale serves as a meeting place open to everyone — lovers of photography, amateurs, and instagram users — and provides them with opportunities to attend discussions, forums, events, presentations and expositions. via designboom