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Bahaus: Art as Life at The Barbican


Erich Consemüller Lis Beyer or Ise gropius sitting in the B3 Club Chair by Marcel Breuer, and wearing a mask by Oskar Schlemmer and dress fabric by Lis Beyer, c.1927 Copyright Estate Erich Consemüller


Combinatory Letters, Josef Albers, c.1928

3rd May – 12th August
www.barbican.org.uk

Exploring the world’s most famous modern art and design school, Bauhaus: Art as Life at the Barbican is the biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK for over 40 years.

A driving force in modernism, the Bauhaus sought to change society in the aftermath of World War I and find a new way of living. The exhibition presents the pioneering and diverse artistic production that makes up the school’s turbulent fourteen year history from 1919 to 1933. It delves into the subjects at the heart of the Bauhaus – art, design, people, society and culture.
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Non-Alphabetical Order JAN MAARTEN VOSKUIL at Art Sensus Private View Thursday 3rd May


Art Sensus will introduce Dutch artist Jan Maarten Voskuil to London in an exhibition titled Non-Alphabetical Order. On display will be his latest series of paintings, 4 Squeezed Squares, Dynamic Monochromes and The Alphabet of Silly Colours. These bodies of work all deconstruct painting itself, in both a consistent and elaborate way. They rationally emphasise the formal aspects of colour, size and deformation, whilst embodying dynamism and sensuality.

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Pernilla + Asif : The Coca Cola Beatbox

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Coca-Cola and designers Pernilla Ohrstedt and Asif Khan present The Coca-Cola Beatbox Sound Lab from 2nd – 6thMay 2012 ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Coca-Cola has revealed that it is to give members of the public a sneak preview of the innovative sound technology being developed for The Coca-Cola Beatbox, its iconic Olympic Park pavilion, by the critically acclaimed London practice, Pernilla & Asif.

From Wednesday 2nd May to Sunday 6thMay, designers Pernilla Ohrstedt and Asif Khan will install one of their sound technicians in a pop-up sound lab in Front Room, the Central London space at St Martins Lane. Ohrstedt and Khan will invite visitors to help them test one of 230 five metre-long sound-emitting cushions being developed for the Coca-Cola Beatbox ahead of London 2012.
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Bethan Gray Reporting for Despoke from Salone del Mobile in Milan.

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Great News Bethan Gray has agreed to report back from Milan for Despoke she’ll be sending in regular images and info on all the sights and products that catch her eye.

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Bethan is out in Milan to launch a new chair that she designed with Italian manufacturer MALINA .
The Italian manufacturer produces chairs for retailers such as Heals & Habitat and also for the contract market. You can find them at the Fiera in HALL 6, STAND F36.

Bethan Gray
Welsh born Bethan Gray is best known for her liveable, honest, and warm designs. She first came into recognition when she was awarded the Habitat Innovation Award by Tom Dixon at New Designers in 1998. Working closely with Matthew Hilton during his residence at Habitat, Bethan was made Head of Furniture Design before embarking on setting up her own studio in 2008.

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INPUT at Coexistence: Full Programme Announced Tomoko Azumi, Max Fraser, William Knight confirmed as speakers.

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British design brand MARK are taking over Coexistence’s showroom from March 16th April 2nd with an exhibition and series of events called INPUT which will also see the launch of the new Verso chair by Tomoko Azumi and Bosco II sofas and benches by Gala Wright.

The exhibition, in collaboration with Danish textiles company Kvadrat, will be a fascinating insight into how a new piece of furniture is designed and made, through four exhibits based on MARK’s products. Tomoko Azumi’s new Verso chair is shown through every step of the design process from the original briefing of the designer, through sketches and tiny scale models to the first production models, showing all the thinking that goes into every detail. Gala Wright’s Arris and Bosco II ranges are used to demonstrate the skills of the makers that make fine wooden furniture using films and photographs. There will also be a tower of materials, showing the many natural and man-made materials that go into a modern sofa, where these come from, how they are processed, and how sustainable they are. Finally, Dylan Freeth’s Iso table shows us the collaborative nature of design – the web of conversations and connections that is woven through the development of each new product.

From 19th – 23rd March there will be a number of talks by MARK designers, collaborators and friends including Tomoko Azumi, Max Fraser, William Knight, Kvadrat’s Thomas Ellingsøe and MARK’s founders Anna Hart and John Miller. The full programme and details on how to book are on the exhibitions and events page of the MARK website, markproduct.com.

Stuart Semple Its hard to be a Saint in this City at The Space Hong Kong

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FREAK Pepperskin coated polyurethane foam Approx 90 x 170 x 120 cm From an edition of 3
2011

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CREEP Pepperskin coated polyurethane foam Approx 150 x 150 x 90 cm From an edition of 3
2011

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LOSER
Pepperskin coated polyurethane foam Approx 120 x 100 x 100 cm From an edition of 3
2011

17th February – 16th March 2012

A new series of works on paper, large scale paintings, foam sculptures and modified readymades.

Against the atmospheric backdrop of a creepy teen supernatural TV show, Semple weaves a story of a loser’s prayer to be more than human, to control and dominate his environment. Whilst doing so he makes a clear judgment over humankind’s longings for fame and fortune or triumph over mass-media culture. Rather like anti-anthems for teenage weirdos, these new works are firmly dedicated to the loner kids, like Semple, who only had their dreams to get them through the day.

The works depict a multi-faceted, pick and choose, hybrid environment, which visually is totally defined by mass culture and pop. This space is inhabited by all of us and defined by our choices, desires and preferences. The work critiques the ‘us-and-them’ separateness that comes out of this disparity. Any visual result of that external cornucopia of ‘stuff’ can only be in the past, an advertising campaign, music video or product is always pre-conceived. The only element that is truly of the moment is nature itself, and humanity is the most present force of that in this particular context. Therefore the new work addresses the felt emotion of separateness humankind faces whilst living in a consumerist pop-culture society.

Semple has always used text within his work believing it opens up a gigantic palette and vocabulary that includes almost every object and emotion in existence, “You can say so much with a few words that would be almost impossible to depict pictorially, and that awards me a huge amount of freedom”. The text elements often reference song lyrics that the artist found solace in during his own turbulent and often lonely adolescence. Through the written form voices of Placebo, Radiohead, Nirvana, REM and Echo and the Bunnymen provide a cerebral soundtrack for the viewer. Inside enigmatic anagrams and word-searches mini narratives hide a personal emotionality.

Stuart’s use of retro ‘SMEG’ fridges as a surface, coupled with his gestural modification of the objects themselves, continues his ongoing dialogue with art history, in this case specifically Koons, Warhol and Richard Hamilton. Rather than placing the readymade in the gallery as-is, Semple adds his trademark lyrical sloganeering, with his painterly gesture remaining intact throughout his usage of mass fabrication methods. The outcome is one where the cold banal blankness of the domestic home object is transformed into one with an emotional tone and a new communicative use.

Throughout his multi media works, including his fabricated sculptural pieces, Semple leaves traces of error, of gesture and of the hand of the artist. By mixing high and low tech, Semple’s works contradict the false hope that mass production and mechanization gave to previous generations of pop artists.

The Space 210 Hollywood Road Hong Kong
www.thespace.hk/events/
www.facebook.com/MrStuartSemple

PLUNGE by Michael Pinksy

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PLUNGE, which will be presented for 26 days from February 7th 2012, invites Londoners to look up and look forward 1000 years to the dawn of the next millennium, to the year 3012, when the effects of runaway climate change will have completely changed the look of the bustling capital city we know and love.

PLUNGE illustrates how sea level will have climbed by then, should we fail to heed the threat of global warming. Up will surge the water, as the glaciers melt and the temperatures rise, triggering thermal expansion of the oceans, on and on to a staggering 28 metres (90 feet) above its current height, submerging landmarks, eroding history and drowning this greatest of cities.

A nightmare vision? A concept too catastrophic to contemplate? But look again and witness a thing of beauty too: an elegant, mystical creation coming gleamingly alive as twilight merges day into night. PLUNGE is a work of art for London full of magic and meaning.

Michael Pinksy is an artist used to working on a grand scale and PLUNGE is no exception. His rings of blue fire, set at precisely 28 metres above sea level, will be visible on familiar icons across London, including the column at Paternoster Square adjoining St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Stock Exchange, the Seven Dials Sundial pillar in the heart of Covent Garden’s theatre district, and Duke of York’s column overlooking the elegance of St James’s Park and the grandeur of the Mall, just yards from Buckingham Palace.

28 metres is the level, backed by the latest scientific evidence, at which Central London would be clearly and visibly different, including the partial submersion of some of the city’s most historic and iconic monuments and buildings.

PLUNGE is presented by Artsadmin + LIFT

Mark Ball, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of LIFT said: ‘Our ambition for this commission was to create a major public artwork for London that tackled the subject of climate change. At LIFT we firmly believe that artists have the power to make us stop and look again at the world around us, and Michael Pinsky’s vision of a future flooded London does this with a simple and elegant beauty.’

Judith Knight, Director of Artsadmin is in no doubt of Plunge’s uniqueness: ‘Climate change can seem like a far off problem that doesn’t affect us, but already parts of the world are suffering the effects of rising sea levels. Plunge is an extreme illustration of what the future might hold but its message is simple – we need to take action against climate change now.’

MICHAEL PINSKY
Dr Michael Pinsky is a renowned British artist whose international projects have created innovative and challenging works in galleries and public spaces. He has undertaken many residencies that explore issues which shape and influence the use of our public realm and combines the roles of researcher, urban planner, activist, concerned London resident and artist. Through video, performance, mapping and programming, Pinsky responds site-specifically to physical and sociological space, frequently to highly dramatic effect.
He has exhibited extensively in galleries and festivals including TATE Britain, the Saatchi Gallery, the ICA, London; BALTIC, Gateshead; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Modern Art Oxford, Liverpool Biennial, Archilab, Orleans; CCC, Tours; France, Armory Centre of the Arts, Los Angeles and the Rotterdam International Architectural Biennial.
www.michaelpinsky.com

LIFT – LONDON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATRE
Above all, LIFT is proud to be in and of London. No other organisation or festival brings theatre to so many diverse, quirky and accessible places and spaces across our city. There’s a sense of discovery in all LIFT’s work and it’s our intention to give members of the public the chance to see the world through the eyes of others, both artists and ordinary people, and to experience art on their own terms. Every performance or event staged intends to be a personal experience that will mean something unique and real to each and every individual lucky enough to witness it.

www.liftfestival.com/

Artsadmin
Artsadmin is a unique producing and presenting organisation for contemporary artists working across the spectrum of theatre, visual arts, dance, live art and performance, producing, supporting and promoting arts projects locally, nationally and internationally. At Toynbee Studios in East London, Artsadmin has developed a creative environment for artists and arts professionals, with a theatre, five rehearsal spaces, offices and studio spaces and the Arts Bar and Cafe. Through presenting projects that cross the line between art and activism for the Two Degrees festival, and commissioning other one-off projects like PLUNGE, Artsadmin hopes to influence participants and a wide audience into engaging further with the subject of climate change.
www.artsadmin.co.uk

Beau McClellan Interviewed about his interactive lighting installation London Art Fair 2012


Ben Austin FAD’s Editor At Large caught up with Beau McClellan who exhibited a large-scale interactive lighting installation at London Art Fair 2012. This spectacular centrepiece was presented at the entrance to the Business Design Centre, where visitors could control the colour effects using an iPad.

With its combination of innovative, contemporary design and cutting edge RGB LED technology, the five metre long piece used the studio’s signature mirror reflective coating. Designed to showcase its artistic, sculpture-like form during the day, the Nomad then transformed into a stunning semi-transparent light installation at night.

www.beaumcclellan.com

MEDIA 10 ADDS ‘100% DESIGN’ TO ITS EXPANDING PORTFOLIO OF EVENTS

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Award winning event organisers and publishing company, Media 10 has acquired the leading interior design exhibition, 100% Design London from Reed Exhibitions.
Media 10, which runs the revived Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live and Clerkenwell Design Week add 100% Design to their portfolio of design and architecture events and magazines.

Website:www.media-ten.com/

About Media 10
Formed 9 years ago, Media 10 is a privately owned publishing and events company based in Loughton, Essex. It currently employs approximately 150 staff and has fast become one of the leading players in the events industry as a result of the hugely successful Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs Live exhibitions.

Other events in the portfolio include Clerkenwell Design Week, Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model, The London Design Trail; The Milan Design Trail and the Duke of Essex Polo Trophy .

Media 10’s award-winning magazine portfolio also includes icon magazine, the leading international architecture and design magazine; OnOffice, the market-leading workplace design magazine; Grand Designs, the magazine of the leading property program on Channel 4; The Selfbuilder, a monthly resource for anyone looking to refurbish their home.
Full Press Release on next page
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Windows on Willesden Green – Reactivating Vacant Shops

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Image: Willesden Green Pilot Shop, courtesy Mike Massaro

New Windows on Willesden Green is launching the second phase of its project and seeks proposals from suitable businesses, projects or individuals interested in taking up short term leases on selected vacant shops along Willesden High Road.
To find out more about the project, and how to apply, visit:
www.willesdenwindows.vacant-shops/.

All applicants must attend a Proposal Development Workshop – taking place from 28th January – 8th February – before they can apply for a space. Deadline for proposal submissions is 14th February, midday.

Also, the new Library Lab hosted by Architecture 00:/ will be offering free events in Willesden Library Centre from February, so watch the project website for details.

www.willesdenwindows.com

Cloud Installation at colette Paris by Pernilla+Asif.

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colette this Christmas has commissioned Pernilla & Asif to create a unique miniature version of their Cloud installation previously exhibited at Design Miami / Basel, for the Designers of the Future 2011 Award and later on a giant scale at the boxing venue, York Hall in east London in November 2011.

During the darkest three weeks of the year, every minute one hundred baby clouds will be released within two specially designed vitrines, each combining a cocktail of water, soap and helium gas.

Like colette, always going against the grain and the expected, the flurry of micro-clouds will be like an upside-down snowfall.

‘I first discovered the work of Pernilla & Asif with the so poetic Harvest chair, then I saw the foam clouds they did for DesignMiami, and the very recent sand/ice installation in Singapore. I’m so proud they agreed to do our Christmas Windows with their magical clouds. It will certainly remain one of the most impressive windows in our history and we hope Colette will not fly in the air like a balloon with all the helium we’ll keep!’ – Sarah (Colette)

The special window installation at colette runs from Dec 12-31, 2011. Download a video of the installation here.
PERNILLA & ASIF are currently working on a pavilion commissioned by Coca Cola for the Olympics in London 2012.

A NEW EXHIBITION EXPLORING THE NOTION OF LIGHT CONTROL at SCIN Gallery

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1st to 23rd December 2011 1st December – Talk 6pm with drinks at 6:30pm

There is only one useful thing that winter brings to the design world and that is the opportunity to explore the dark.

Darkness allows us to look at the possibilities within the world of artificial light. Light is the cover we add to space but what about the power of containing light. What happens when we purposely set out to ban light or seek to contain and control light?

The SCIN Gallery, the new Clerkenwell based Materials and Architecture Sourcing Gallery and Library, explores the notion of light control through its new event, Cut Out The Light.

The event looks at both the artistic and engineered opportunities to interfere with light in collaboration with award-winning graphic artist Noma Bar and renowned product designer and lighting engineer Jake Dyson.

Noma Bar will be exploring a range of materials offered by The SCIN Gallery that work by either pulling in light to interact with them or forcing light to remain within the material. This, together with his brilliant cut out images, will be visually explosive as light takes the form of the negative space in his work.

Jake Dyson will install his DMX LED Motorlight Wall light system, a concept working prototype which he is developing with the purpose of being able to control light quality and direction wirelessly.

These two influential designers are accompanied by some additional investigations into photo-luminescence and a talk about Jake’s exploration into his new lighting technologies.

Limited edition Electro Luminescent Die Cuts will be available for sale.
The SCIN Gallery, Morelands, 27 Old Street London, EC1V 9HL
Opening: 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday www.scin.co.uk

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INTERVIEW: Ben Van Berkel Interview at 100%Design 2011

We caught up with designer Ben Van Berkel from UNStudio at the Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) -stand at 100%Design 2011.

Website:www.100percentdesign.co.uk/
Website:www.unstudio.com/
Website:www.pct.ae/

VIDEO: Reloved lounge at 100%Design 2011

At 100%Design some of the African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Designers transformed a 96sq metre space and created a playful and eclectic sitting area – the “Re-Loved Lounge” used African and African-Caribbean design inspiration in fabrics, colour schemes and accessories.

The brief for the AACDD designers had been to ‘re-love’ and ‘up-cycle’ discarded furniture transforming it once again into desirable objects for the home thus challenging the ethos of a throw-away consumer society.

The ‘Re-Loved’ Lounge at 100% Design.

www.aacdd.com

Carlos Couturier Interview from 100% Design 2011

Carlos Couturier serves as creative force and is Managing Partner at Grupo HABITA which owns and/or manages Hotel Básico, Condesadf, DESEO [Hotel + Lounge], HABITA Monterrey, La Purificadora, Hotel Habita, hotel Boca Chica, and Distrito Capital lifestyle hotels in MEXICO. He also solely owns and operates Azucar and Maison Couturier in Veracruz.

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