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Modernologies: Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism Through to17th January 2010

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Isa Genzken. Oil XI, 2007. Installation view, German Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale. Suitcases, stuffed owls, plastic material, paper, lacquer, metal. Variable dimensions. Courtesy Goetz Collection, Munich. Photo by: Jan Bitter © Isa Genzken, 2009.
Few people were able to see Window Blow Out. The year was 1976, and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York was presenting the show Idea as Model, featuring new utopian proposals then being put forward by leading US architects of the day. The night before the opening, though, Gordon Matta-Clark borrowed an air gun from the artist Dennis Oppenheim and shot out the windows in one of the exhibition spaces. In the casements of these he then proceeded to mount photographs of housing projects in the South Bronx, whose windows had been smashed by the tenants themselves. These photographs that document Matta-Clark’s most outstanding work, are now included in the collective exhibition Modernologies. Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism.
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Manifesto Design Exhibit through to October 31st October

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Dispelling the age-old adage that “the end justifies the means,” the Italian exhibit Manifesto instead embraces the ideology that “getting there is half the fun,” displaying the works of 13 successful designers and the process involved in achieving their final product.
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Weinerchaise Edition 01/15 from andy martin workshop

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Colour/Region : Sandown Red from the midlands
Type: 192 imperial bricks
Structure: Hard bond resin with internal reinforcement
Process: Hand carved and shaped
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Anthony Leyland -Manifold 2

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Manifold 2 is the result of a mathematical game to create a coffee table from a square sheet of material, by cutting and bending alone, with no other components. It is a process which, in spite of its constraints, permits a limitless number of solutions.

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Dick van Hoff – Elements at Libby Sellers through to October18th

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The Garage, North Terrace. South Kensington, London. SW3 2BA
With new commissions and works created specially for this London exhibition, Dick van Hoff will create a spectacular installation in the old Garage in North Terrace, South Kensington as part of the London Design Festival and Frieze Art Fair for 2009.

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protractor doorwedge from OFFCUT design

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doorweges made from discarded laminate and Oak. Based on a 180° protractor, each wedge depicts a different section showing their 12° angle.

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Cute: Masako Sugar and her Mushroom Hooks

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During the rainy season, it’s very humid in Japan. One day I found a moldy wall in my room. I was worried that maybe mushrooms may appaear. But at the same time, I imagined how funny mushrooms could be growing on the wall.

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yura kim: bubblecandy lights at 100% design london

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Designer yura kim is presenting her bubble candy lights at this year’s 100% design london.

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Keel series by Oscar Narud

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Norwegian designer Oscar Narud of OKAY Studio has a collection of furniture inspired by the keels on sailing boats .The collection, called Keel, is composed of two tables and a set of stools.

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Sofa Dress by Design Studio Maezm

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About Sofa Dress

‘sofa-dress’ is a job of space design and a suggestion of furnituredesign. The act of putting on the clothes of the “sofa” on the existingchair in itself makes the previous object become a little more cushiony furniture and it also can achieve an intention as a unified space with the same cuticles

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A Pile Of Suitcases from Maarten De Ceulaer

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“Leather Collection” for Nilufar Gallery  from : www.maartendeceulaer.com

Vision on design

His designs are mostly based on one strong, simple and pure concept. With his objects he tries to bring comfort, beauty and enjoyment in people’s lives. He wants to surprise, create emotions, or give a subtle wink.

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CUTE: Fatina printed Doll from Chocolate Rain

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About Prudence & Chocolate Rain Jewelery & Designs

Graduated in Fine Arts, Prudence Mak pursued her dream as a fashion and accessories designer. Chocolate Rain was named after her first collections of accessories made of Jade, crystals & precious stones, recycle materials, handcrafted into multi layers of wireworks in limited edition.

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100% Norway Review by Sarah Brownlee

Curated for the fourth year in a row by Henrietta Thompson, currently Senior Architecture Editor at Wallpaper magazine, it’s another showstopper for the Norwegian team in a subtle, Scandinavian kind of a way.
The stand has been masterminded by Norwegian design duo StokkeAustad (that’s Jonas Ravlo Stokke and Oystein Austad) and the inspiration is suitably authentic. It is in fact based on the design of a ‘hjeller’ – a scaffold structure found along the Norwegian coastline, most commonly used for drying fish on.

How materials can and do effect what you taste .

Zoe Laughlin from Materials Library at Kings College University was at the100% Materials feature on Friday to talk about taste and materials. Its not something that strikes most designers as being important when selecting materials for projects but Zoe demonstrated that the materials that come into contact with your food and drink can have an impact on what you taste. For example Zoe blindfolded me and asked me to taste six spoons made from different metals including: silver, stainless steel, copper, gold and chrome. With each of these materials I could taste the difference between something like gold that leaves no taste in your mouth at all, to copper which reacts wildly with all the taste buds and saliva to give you an intensely metallic aftertaste. She has been working with an Indian restaurant to help them use the right metals for their cutlery because in this area of culinary peaks and troughs the range of sensations can be enhanced or enriched by the accompanying material.

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World’s First Inflatable & Portable Digital Photo Booth

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Two commercial photographers from Melbourne, Australia have developed what is touted as “the world’s first fully portable, high-resolution, digital, architecturally designed, part inflatable photo booth”.

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