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Design Museum, London asks What does Design mean to you ?

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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.

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Do you say you want a Revolution ? at the V&A London

Brilliant exhibition about the revolutionary spirit of the Sixties.

This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. The exhibition considers how the finished and unfinished revolutions of the time changed the way we live today and think about the future.

 

 

DESIGN MUSEUM – LONDON

The Design Museum has opened its first ever standalone retail space, moments away from the museum’s new west London site.
Located on Kensington High Street, the Design Museum Shop presents a curated edit of design classics, collections based on current exhibitions and an ever-changing array of design-focused objects from around the world. source : Dezeen

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Bug Art

Artist Jennifer Angus is known for creating large-scale artworks that incorporate real insects as the focal point. Angus has devoted much of her time in southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand and Malaysia, where she has gathered thousands of insects to display in her art. This piece in particular lived in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. source : Trendland

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016 at the Barbican, London

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.

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Al Thani Collection, V&A London

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.
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Hergé’s masterpiece at Somerset House from 12 November 2015 – 31 January 2016

A new exhibition at Somerset House in London, Tintin: Hergé’s Masterpiece—along with a companion book of the same name out this month from Rizzoli—explore how both interests which ranged from the Constructivist work he studied during his childhood in Belgium to a later fascination with modernist graphic design together with the events of World War II influenced the evolution of Hergé’s work.

For example, Hergé’s penchant for architecture and design is one of the reasons windows play such a big role in the comics. Besides his pop-artist contemporaries like Warhol and Lichtenstein, Hergé’s “clear line” style was also influenced by eastern art.

The evolution of Hergé’s work – from simple comic strips to sophisticated graphics – was influenced by a fascination with fine art and design.

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EXHIBITION V&A LONDON – SHOES Pleasure & Pain June 2015 to January 2016

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!

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Zaha Hadid’s spectacular MMM Corones Museum

Located the summit plateau of Plan de Corones in the Italian Alps, the sixth and final museum dedicated to the career of Reinhold Messner has been been completed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Named ‘MMM Corones’, the institution, which is now open to the public, explores the discipline of mountain climbing through a unique collection of photographs and various items collected by Messner during his lifetime as an explorer. Messner is acclaimed for making the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen. source . design boom

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Qatar National Museum by Jean Nouvel

French architect Jean Nouvel is responsible for the design of the new National Museum of Qatar.
His concept reflects the vanishing bedouin cultures of Qatar, in an effort to embrace the realities
of a rapidly urbanization society, and maintain a connection to this fading world in which the
country sprang.
The starting points of the design began with the desert rose, which are tiny formations
which crystallize below the desert’s surface. Made primarily from steel and concrete which
will be locally sourced / fabricated, the new building will be constructed from dozens
of interlocking disk-like forms varying in curvature and diameter, suggestive of the blade-like
petals of the desert rose. source : designboom

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Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty at the V&A 14 March – 19 July 2015

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Portrait of Alexander McQueen, 1997 photographed by Marc Hom. © Marc Hom/Trunk Archive
“London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.”
– Alexander McQueen, January 2000
The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

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

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Camel hair tent outside l’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

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.

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Hear My Train a coming – Hendrix hits London at EMP Museum, Seattle

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

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A time-capsule : Dennis Severs’ House, 18 Folgate Street London

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Dennis Severs’ House is a time capsule attraction in which visitors are immersed in a unique form of theatre. The ten rooms of this original Huguenot house have been decked out to recreate snapshots of life in Spitalfields between 1724 and 1914. An escorted tour through the compelling ‘still-life drama’, as American creator Dennis Severs put it, takes you through the cellar, kitchen, dining room, smoking room and upstairs to the bedrooms. With hearth and candles burning, smells lingering and objects scattered apparently haphazardly, it feels as though the inhabitants had deserted the rooms only moments before. via timeout

Frank Gehry’s major European retrospective opens at the Centre Pompidou in Paris till January 26th 2015

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

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Niki de St Phalle retrospective at Grand Palais, Paris from Sept. 17th to Feb. 2nd 2015

Une grande rétrospective, la première depuis 20 ans en France, des œuvres de Niki de Saint Phalle est présentée au Grand Palais à Paris. A partir du 17 septembre jusqu’au 2 février 2015 vous pourrez y voir ses célèbres “nanas”, mais aussi une partie moins connue du travail de cette sculptrice féministe.

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Fumihiko Maki completes the Toronto Museum for Aga Khan Foundation

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The new museum was designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki to create a permanent exhibition space for a collection of art and artefacts that charts a history of Muslim civilisations over the last 1,000 years.

 

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“The Aga Khan Museum has an international outlook,” commented museum director Henry Kim. “Home to a collection of astonishingly beautiful works of art, it will showcase the artistic creativity and achievements of Muslim civilisations from Spain to China.” “I think local and international visitors will be greatly surprised when they discover just how much the arts of Muslim civilisations are a part of our shared global cultural heritage,” he said. via dezeen

V&A London I Horst : Photographer of Style as of 6 September 2014 – 4 January 2015

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.

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Mainbocher Corset (pink satin corset by Detolle), Paris, 1939. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Designs of the year 2014 at the Design Museum, London

Now in its seventh year, Designs of the Year gathers together a year of cutting-edge innovation and original talent; showcasing the very best in global Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport design.

76 nominations for 7 categories where great names such as Zaha Hadid, Barber & Osgerby or Stephen Jones are exhibited together with students and young talents.

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IRO – JO NAGASAKA FOR ESTABLISHED AND SONS

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Metro Trains, Dumb ways to Die, Mccan Melbourne

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Dita von Teese illustrated by David Downtown London 2013

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Exterior of Paul Smith Shop, Albemarle Street, Mayfair London by 6A Architects

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Chineasy by Shaolan Hsueh

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The Gourmand, a food and culture journal by David Lane

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MEWE, the forward thinking car by Jean-Marie Massaud & TOYOTA

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MAKOKO Floating School Nigeria project by Studio NLE, Makoko Community Building Team

 

 

 

 

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Brooklyn Museum

October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014

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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.

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Holographic Tree of Light by Studio Droog, Amsterdam

Holographic Tree of Light by Studio Droog, Amsterdam

Studio Droog’s Tree of Light was recently revealed at the Rijksmuseum and it is now claiming to be the biggest holographic projection of a Christmas tree to date.

The tree is projected onto a canvas of 33 acrylic panels that cover a massive distance of 20’ x 25’ in width and height. Four projectors create the image and over time, it changes color from blue to green. Shapes, stars and moving branches are integrated into the digital tree as well, to make it seem even more life-like than it is. What’s interesting about the tree is that its panels seem quite translucent and the tree itself quite opaque. This effect was created by using titanium oxide to catch and reflect the light, which seems quite magical.

The striking holographic tree will be on display at the Rijksmuseum until January 6th, 2014.

London Design Museum Celebrates Paul Smith

London Design Museum Celebrates Paul Smith

The London Design Museum celebrates four decades of design by one of Britain’s best known talents, Sir Paul Smith, a man knighted in the 2001 Birthday Honours List for services to the fashion industry. The show will include classics from his 40 years of collections and reveal something of the personality of the designer known for “Englishness combined with an unexpected twist” (GQ Magazine). But, says the Telegraph, rather than a straightforward run-through of his greatest fashion hits, the show will “explore a year in the different stages of design, production and marketing” behind the designer’s catwalk collections. Not only that, the individual design of his shops – now in sixty-six countries across the world – will also be highlighted, all of which goes to show how far Sir Paul Smith has come since setting up his first shop in Nottingham in 1970.
via Londontown.com