05 December 2013 / DAMn°41
XX Models. Young Belgian Architecture.
Exhibition, Bozar Brussels, Belgium, until 28 February 2014
Presented is a collection of 20 models, each of which has been produced by an emerging Belgian architectural practice in the last 10 years. The scale models represent 20 buildings with a public or collective programme. Most of the projects are situated in the endless conurbation of Belgium, one of Europe’s most densely populated countries. In this context of urban sprawl, the political, cultural, social and linguistic borders are substitutes for the vanishing urban borders. This results in the creation of a complex field of shared territories and landscapes. With their public or c..
05 December 2013
These boots are made for...
Business of Design Week, Hong Kong, until 8 December.
This year’s Business of Design Week in Hong Kong is dedicated to Belgian creativity. One of the highlights of the Belgian Spirit program was the uncovering of the most expensive pair of diamond boots in the world. An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx designed a pair of black leather ankle boots with a paisley pattern completely covered 1,527 carats of white and natural fancy colored champagne, grey and pink diamonds from Diarough/UNI-Design. A team of highly skilled craftsmen at the Indian manufacturing plant of UNI-Design set all 38,883 diamonds on the boots. The diamonds were placed on the boots in a sophisticated manner, using 4,753 grams of gold. For the A.F.Vandevorst cross-shaped logo, extremely rare redish pink diamonds have been used. The whole process, from de- signing the boots, producing them, selecting, sorting and shipping the diamonds to finally the actual setting of the diamonds on the boots took 30,000 man hours.
04 December 2013 / DAMn°41
This small table has die-cast supports to hold a steel tray in a painted or copper finish.
04 December 2013 / DAMn°41
Design Miami/ 2013
Global forum for design, Miami, 4-8 December.
Today Design Miami / kikcks off. A certain eye-catcher is the public environment at the entrance to the fair, a pavilion called ‘Tent Pile’, designed by NY-based studio Formlessfinder. “Tent Pile refers to two phenomena very particular to Miami, the ubiquity of sand, the material Miami is literally built upon, and Miami’s architectural vernacular, a kind of tropical post-war modernism, with distinctive hybrid indoor/outdoor spaces, often covered by emblematic cantilevered roofs” Design Miami / director Marianne Goebl says.
03 December 2013 / DAMn°41
exhibition Irene Kopelman, La Verrière Hermès, Brussels,until 14 December.
The Gestes de la Pensée series continues with this installation – a hymn to asymmetry in nature. The artist combines scientific research and minutely detailed reconstruction, inviting the visitor to the pleasures of contemplation. Kopelman applies herself to the non-expert, deliberate, passionate re-appropriation of cognitive experience, drawing on the modes and forms of scientific investigation, but she also obliterates its speculative aims, falling back on a sense of wonder at those fascinating, complex, chaotic forms. As the presiding genius of the series, Marcel Duchamp would doubtless have saluted this hybrid installation’s meticulous formal associations and artisanship, which borders on poetry.
03 December 2013
Design Miami/ Laffanour Galerie Downtown
Solo exhibit of rare Charlotte Perriand pieces
Laffanour Galerie Downtown lauches a solo exhibition of rare pieces by pioneering modernist architect and designer Charlotte Perriand at Design Miami/, December 4-8, booth G10. "Charlotte Perriand - A House in Montmartre" brings together a selection of designs created for Maison Borot, the residence of industrialist Jean Borot and brilliantly encapsulates the breadth of Perriand's work. In addition to the exhibition, Laffanour will show original Perriand pieces at the Louis Vuitton boutique located in the Miami Design District, in conjunction with the Louis Vuitton tribute..
02 December 2013 / DAMn°41
I see you
Exhibition, Detroit International Videonale Kunsthalle, Detroit, until 17 December.
The Detroit International Videonale premieres works by: Bill Viola, William Kentridge, Alfredo Jaar, Brian Eno, Gary Hill, Isaac Julien, Vanessa Beecroft, Pipilotti Rist, Anri Sala, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Monica Bravo, MentalKlinik (Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir), Jennifer Bornstein, Jeremy Deller, Daniel Askill, Camille Henrot, Sabine Massenet, Corine Stuebi, Hugo Arcier, Mihai Grecu, Jeanne Susplugas, Eric Michel, Pleix, Emilie Essel, Judith Darmont, Photon Shepherds, Willie Doherty, and Amador, as well as screenings and events by: Aziz Cucher, Brandon Morse, Chris..
02 December 2013
Terminal 3, by Fuksas Architects
New airport Shenzhen inaugurated
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport Terminal 3, designed by Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas, opened after a remarkably rapid design and construction process of 3 years. Terminal 3 includes pioneering eco-friendly design, and is the first airport terminal certified to the National Green Building Star Label in China, which assesses buildings based on several environmental indicators such as energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality and maintenance requirements. Terminal 3 will make Shenzhen the fourth-largest airport in China following Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, with a total capacity of 45m passengers per year.
01 December 2013 / DAMn°41
This chair began as a personal challenge to create a 3D form from a single 2D curve. Through bending layers of thin laminated strips it was possible to retain some of the wood's inherent flexibility and to contort the curve into its compound shape.
01 December 2013 / DAMn°41
exhibition, Design Academy Eindhoven and Royal College of Art, at MUDAC in Lausanne, until 09 February 2014
The mudac has made a habit of offering its spaces to recent graduates of the Swiss universities of art and design. But it has now been incited to open its doors to the latest generation of European creators, as a way of exploring recent trends beyond its national boundaries. The Design Academy Eindhoven and the Royal College of Art have a highly innovative approach to design, and neither has any qualms about challenging the conventional functionality of objects. In this way, both tend to come up with experimental and conceptual pieces imbued with humour and poetry. Hence they have ..
30 November 2013 / DAMn°41
Lars Beller Fjetland
The inspiration for the chair’s construction came in studying various tools, bikes, and domestic appliances. The cast metal is fused together with the wooden parts using an ancient method employed for hammers and axes. The ability of wood to retract, expand, and be squeezed by adding or removing water is what holds this structure together. When the wood dries, it instantly wants to find its natural shape and density. The inherent force of the ash wood seamlessly locks the two materials together.
29 November 2013
Atelier à Habiter
Z33, Hasselt, Belgium 01 December - 30 March 2014
Atelier à Habiter is a studio-experiment in which artists, architects, and designers rethink and redefine the concept of 'dwelling'. We are confronted worldwide with new demographic, social, environmental, and economic challenges, along with the reinvention of systems. Will modernism’s concept of the machine à habiter, the house as a machine for living in, built from standard elements to meet standard needs, experience a shift in identity and become the atelier à habiter, or workshop/studio as a machine for living in, where the creative resident her/himself presides as planner, organiser, and designer?
28 November 2013 / DAMn°41
A faithful remake of the iconic RM58 armchair originally designed by Roman Modzelewski in 1958. Created anew after over 50 years, it now uses polyethylene instead of fiberglass, and aside from the classic varnished version it is also available in a matte finish.
27 November 2013 / DAMn°41
Exhibition in Kemistry Gallery London, until 30 November.
Amsterdam-based illustrator Stefan Glerum spent four years in Breda studying illustration at the Academy St. Joost. He also worked as an assistant to one of the country’s most celebrated comic artists, Joost Swarte. Glerum’s style is like a melting pot of illustration heritage. While its subconscious familiarity has universal appeal, his work is also a point of study for those with knowledge of graphic design history. Inspired by early 20th century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, he combines his work with popular themes, executed in a style reminiscent of the clear line.
26 November 2013 / DAMn°41
This armchair tweaks the traditional design to nonchalantly assert itself,and is especially comfortable.
26 November 2013
Linked, the collection is networking
In Design Museum, Gent, Belgium.
An exhibition with the Design Museum best pieces, linked to other work from outside, thus establishing new surprising connections. ‘Linked-The collection is networking’ is in part an attempt at an inventory as the masterpieces of the current collection are the points of departure. At the same time the exhibition is a tribute to honorary director Lieven Daenens, who made the selection and was the museum director from 1974 until 30 September of this year.
26 November 2013 / DAMn°41
Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab
Exhibition Guggenheim New York, until 05 January 2014.
This global project offered free programmes about important urban challenges in cities around the world. Led by international, interdisciplinary Lab Teams — groups of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability — the Lab raised awareness of key urban topics, and continues to inspire an on-going conversation online and through the projects it developed. The exhibition explores the major themes and ideas that emerged from the Lab’s travels to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai from 2011 to 2013, accompanied by public programmes exploring architecture, urbanism, and the ways in which people interact with cities and public space.
25 November 2013 / DAMn°41
exhibition in Design Museum Holon, Israel, until 22 March 2014
The exhibition presents some 100 bicycles according to four cross-sections: time, content, technology, and design. Occupying all the museum's exhibition spaces and courtyard, and extending to the Mediatheque courtyard, the show is accompanied by a bicycle film festival at Holon Cinematheque, a bicycle school, an international conference on urban planning and bicycles, and the launching of a unique Design Detectives programme. The bicycle has always symbolised equal freedom of movement for all. In the past 200 years since it became established in its present configuration, its structure and operation have remained virtually unchanged; in terms of shape it is an offshoot of the human body, enabling optimal human-powered propulsion.
24 November 2013 / DAMn°41
A small armchair that is able to stand next to a traditional sofa or, conversely, a new generation sofa. In only one size and with a black shellac finish, it expresses handcrafted excellence.
24 November 2013 / DAMn°41
No Name Design
The cabinet of curiosities of Franco Clivio, in Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland, until 09 February 2014
For several decades now, this creator and lecturer has, with a passion and a rare perspicacity, gone about collecting everyday objects. These he classes by functions, or system typologies, materials or formal families. This exhibition, which he himself devised, features a significant selection of his discoveries. The objects, often anonymously designed, pay homage to the ingenuity of the craftsmen and engineers who provided solutions to a variety of problems. Addressed are issues linked to an original and its copies, to the model that enables a whole range of products to be de..