17 May 2013
The world’s most reflective bar stool
The #flashtag barstool is so reflective that camera focus is confused, instantly resulting in a dramatic and unpredictable image. A person posing for a photo on the #flashtag is elevated to a new level, sitting in a strange new context. The world’s most reflective bar stool is on display at WantedDesign during the New York design fair ICFF - The Tunnel, nº 269 at 11th avenue between 27th and 28th street, New York
16 May 2013 / DAMn°38
Another exhibit about promotion and sales material
Stefan Sagmeister is a pop star”... exalts Mieke Gerritzen, a Dutch graphic designer and friend of the artist, when describing him in an article appearing in the exhibition catalogue. Indeed, best known for his CD boxed sets for David Byrne, Bryan Eno, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, and the Rolling Stones (for which he earned several Grammy Awards), Sagmeister is happy to set up actual performances to produce the print design of his projects. Whether it is composing sentences with letters carried around the world by bit players for a TV commercial or having a poster’s wording carv..
16 May 2013 / DAMn°38
New designers 2013
New Designers is the exhibition for emerging design. Taking place over two weeks, with eight distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, New Designers is the UK's most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking. The show sees over 3,000 of the most talented, newly graduated designers from the leading universities come together to showcase the future of design and creativity. An exciting feature is Prime Cuts, featuring over 100graduates from across the UK, exhibiting films, videos, costume design, set design and other specialist motion..
16 May 2013 / DAMn°38
A passion for Jean Prouvé. From furniture to architecture.
The collection of Laurence and Patrick Seguin.
This is an exhibition devoted to the furniture and architecture of French designer Jean Prouvé. The collectioners first discovered his furniture designs in the late 1980s, and were immediately struck by the unique aesthetic, in which artistic skill lies wholly in the imperceptible technical mastery that has been devoted to enhancing the strength of the materials. The couple then began to take an interest in Prouvé’s work as a whole, going on to discover his architectural designs. With the idea that “there is no difference between constructing a piece of furnit..
15 May 2013 / DAMn°38 by Olafur Eliasson
Light Energy Feeling
A miniature Manifesto
"As an artist I work with experiences – experiences made out of feelings. What are feelings made of? How do we feel that we feel? How do we encourage people to feel part of the world? People are power stations – people are of energy and light."
15 May 2013 / DAMn°38 by Anna Sansom
Sleep, Perchance to Dream
Mounir Fatmi dares to go against the tide
The works of Mounir Fatmi are pregnant with meaning. This is an artist who incorporates the complexities of the world – particularly its cultural and political characteristics – into his life and into each of the pieces he produces. Believing aesthetics to essentially be a trap, he is eager to imbue his artworks with guts, ingredients evoking the real, less-than-beautiful issues of our time. Fatmi’s cultural background and international lifestyle bestow on him an openness and a balanced vision that enable him to observe controversies and injustices with clarity and fai..
15 May 2013 / DAMn°38 by Martina Fineder & Thomas Geisler
One Minute past Twelve
The relevance of Victor Papanek today
It could be said that Victor Papanek sowed the seed for what was to become widely accepted knowledge and indeed a call to action within western society as a whole. However, as with so many good prophecies, it was not until a lot of damage had been done that enlightenment would take hold and corrective measures would begin to be taken on a large scale. It is at once heartening and tragic to know that the publication of his seminal book in 1971 holds so many precious insights into the makings of a better world.
15 May 2013 / DAMn°38 by Jurriaan Benschop
A State of Becoming
Delving deep with Anish Kapoor
You would be mistaken to think that Anish Kapoor’s sculptures are all about exquisiteness of form, when, in fact, they are actually about its negation. His perfectly made, smooth and usually very shiny works, often grand in scale, may at first register a mighty physical presence but are really only vehicles intended to transport one into another world, somewhere mysterious and personal. DAMN° visited his studio and learned exactly how he feels about his life and his work.
15 May 2013 / DAMn°38 by Pedro Gadanho
The Decline and Revival of an American City
An Architectural Cautionary Tale
When MoMA’s curator of Contemporary Architecture and Museum Design not only finds occasion to go to Flint, Michigan, but has reason to wax on about it, it is quite worth paying attention. Brought there to opinionate on architectural submissions for a pavilion, Pedro Gadanho found himself in a state of thrall upon discovering a side to the city that did not involve depressing abandoned houses and decrepit shopfronts. It had to do with the citizens themselves and what they had accomplished during these difficult times. Not to mention the Renaissance tapestries at the renovated Art I..
15 May 2013 / DAMn°38
Tied to the Mast
Although we have become used to seeing phone masts nearly everywhere we go, if we actually stop to focus on one of them long enough to perform a visual analysis, most of us would not elect to crow about it. However, two separate photographers have taken it upon themselves to capture the harsh reality brought by these modern-day metallic towers, going about it in two quite different ways. And both offer something to crow about.