Michele de Lucchi, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Mathias Bengtsson, Michael Anastassiades, R&Sie(n)/Francois Roche, Oskar Zieta, Patrick Jouin, Finn Magee, Philippe Starck for Flos and works by Mark Alexander, Josh Smith and Philippe Parreno shown in collaboration with independent curators Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner.
EVENT:”Poetic License: deliberate deviations from normally applicable rules and practices” at Moss New York from Sunday May 16th 2010
The Pecha Kucha night phenomenon, began in Tokyo in 2003 devised by Klein Dytham architecture as an event for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it’s simple and effective: 20 images x 20 seconds per person.
Barry Friedman, Ltd. will present a solo exhibition of the works of American designer Wendell Castle, whose work marries sculpture with furniture. The exhibition will feature a group of 12 unique, stack-laminated wood chairs that were created post-2008. Here are a few of the pieces that will be in the exhibit.
May 6, 2010 – June 26, 2010
Barry Friedman Ltd., 515 West 26th Street, New York, New York 10001
Refuge, Princen’s most recent project, could be described as a photographic fiction of sorts. Although it is the result of extensive travels and research in five cities of the Middle East and Turkey – Istanbul, Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Dubai – it could just as easily pass as the pictorial record of a drive through a single, imaginary city: a city without a center, populated by extraordinary and at times implausible architectural artifacts; an urban laboratory whose physical traits are defined by migratory flows, spatial transformation and geopolitical flux on a continental scale.
On Thursday 6 May the Barbican Centre hosted an evening of fantasy and imagination in the form of a whimsical Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Barbican’s Garden Room was transformed into a dream like wonderland adorned with floating edible treats and fantastical fairy lights while the fancy costumes worn by guests added to the atmosphere of wonderment.
Continuing on their collaborative relationship, artist Takashi Murakami has created some printed bandanas for their Louis Vuitton’s Cosmic Blossom Collection for Summer 2010.
Books by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and its collaborators 7.5–4.6.2010, AA Gallery
This exhibition, organised by Natasha Sandmeier, Diploma Unit 9 Unit Master, displays books produced by AA students during the last five years as part of their studies. Created by individual or groups of students (not by tutors) as part of the unit or studio agendas, these books reveal a broad range of ideas; from year-long design projects to unexpected, sometimes accidental, episodes that show the breadth of learning and design thinking in architecture today. Unlike traditional portfolios these books incorporate a combination of written ideas, project images, drawings, found images, and narratives to rethink and restructure the nature of communicating an architectural project today.Books are available for lending – please contact AA Exhibitions to arrange a short-term loan.
KK Outlet gets political with the help of Dutch design collective, Gorilla.
Taking their cue from the front page of leading Dutch daily newspaper, De Volkskrant, Gorilla created a visual response to the daily news from October 2006 until April 2009. Each day the collective were given 3 hours to respond to a selected story and the resulting visual column was featured on the front page of the paper.
This year’s Milan Design Week has brought a new attention to the environmental impact of objects, consumption habits and longevity of lifecycles. Appropriately, Dutch design group, Droog, curated a collection of various items saved from liquidation auctions entitled, Saved By Droog.
In contrast to its live-demo, let’s-put-on-a-show “Craft Punk” exhibition last year, Design Miami and Fendi’s 2010 collaboration, “Design Vertigo,” at Spazio Fendi, is a far more cerebral affair. Four site-specific installations aim to highlight the ways in which designers are venturing outside the bounds of traditional practice and joining forces with unlikely partners.
It would be impossible not to squeeze in at least one flying visit to the Design Supermarket on the basement floor of the Rinascente department store. Between world premieres, exhibition-events, meetings and special projects, the piazza Duomo calendar of events is filling up fast with interesting happenings for design week.
The 130/1130 Chair and Table Series from Naoto Fukasawa for Thonet launching at Milan Furniture Fair 2010
Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa has created a new series of dining room products for Thonet, each element in the series being made of solid wood. The complete series was presented for the first time at the Milan furniture fair 2010. After the introduction of the 1130 dining table in 2009, the matching chairs of the 130 series are now available.
Image:The EYE family of tabletop objects will be exhibited at La Triennale di Milano April 2010
Milan Design Week kicks off today (officially) so we thought at Despoke that we would do a round up of the best reviews out there to help you find what to go see.
Milan Design Week review part1 [Coolhunting.com]
Milan Design Week Part2 [Coolhunting.com]
Milan 2010 posts from [Dezeen]
Salone del Mobile 2010 preview with Google Map:[Wallpaper]
Milan 2010 Furniture Fair Preview: Saved by Droog:[treehugger]
Disney For Adults: Limited Edition Chairs Debut At Milan Furniture Fair 2010:[Investor Spot]