Pierless New YorkPierless New York

05 January 2015 by Lyle Rexer

Pierless New York

Why oh why?

One by one, the glorious piers of New York have been dying a death. Over the course of some 40 years, most of the hundreds of piers have either been demoted to a mere backdrop for fairs and such, gone to ruin, or fallen prey to developers for commercial purposes. Symptomatic of a city that has not paid much heed to its forlorn shoreline, the demise has happened all too easily. The latest news is that two more piers are in the process of being transformed to make way for a culture island. Egad! NYC acquires a spanking new tourist attraction and another playground for the upper middle class.

View of Pier 55 in the context of the west side.

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A Palimpsest called ParisA Palimpsest called Paris

05 January 2015 by Léopold Lambert

A Palimpsest called Paris

François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters’s Urban Fictions

In combining two complementary types of talent, a lot of magic can result. This is certainly the case with François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters, whose collaboration began in the early 1980s with the well-known series of comic books called Les Cités Obscures, for which Schuiten draws the images and Peeters tells the story. As if to flaunt the already powerful alchemy created by the pair, an exhibition centred on unrealised proposals for Paris’s built environment over the past few centuries has been staged by the two gents, combining those historic, visionary project..

PARIS UNDER THE DOME François Schuiten, illustration for Libération, 2007 Indian ink, acrylic, and crayons © Édition Casterman.

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Forms that SpeakForms that Speak

05 January 2015 by Norman Kietzmann

Forms that Speak

Marcello Morandini does geometry

Marcello Morandini is his own man. Not fussed by labels and boundaries, he and his geometric tendencies breeze into many creative fields. Of the old school, he prefers pen and paper to computational renderings, while always thinking in 3D. DAMN° sat down with the artist to pose him detailed questions about his professional life over the past half-century and to find out how he sees the nature of his work. We discover that through a lust for geometry, which Morandini applies to everything in one way or another, he experiences the mysteriousness of existence, while his endless curiosity a..

“On the occasion of my last exhibition in Rome, I wanted to reinterpret the design of St. Peter’s Square by Borromini, with a new symbolic image, in homage to the new ideas of Pope Francesco”, explains Marcello Morandini.

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Seamlessly TransitioningSeamlessly Transitioning

05 January 2015 by Norman Kietzmann

Seamlessly Transitioning

Lucky Paolo Dell’Elce

A young Milan-based designer called Paolo Dell’Elce has entered the arena with a swish. Landing one opportunity after another since his student days, he has managed to win significant prizes and achieve a fair amount of glory in a short space of time, all with seemingly little conscious effort. DAMN° investigated the situation further with Dell’Elce himself, discovering what he has been doing, how he approaches his work, and what he plans to do next. **Read all in DAMnº48**


05 January 2015 by Veerle Devos


Emeco works magic with waste

This is a story that smacks of serendipity. When a certain CEO met a certain designer, the two realised not only their own personal joy, but the company and designer concerned both came away smelling of roses. Emeco met Philippe Starck at the very moment the business needed resurrecting, and the two went on to produce an iconic chair that thrilled Starck and saved Emeco. This particular producer continues to exercise its sincere commitment to sustainability by making things that last and last, doing so through the utilisation of waste material. A mentality that is necessary if we are to tak..

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Future PerfectFuture Perfect

05 January 2015 by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Future Perfect

La Pietra, the pioneer

Ugo La Pietra is a supremely creative thinker. In turning his hand to many and various fields throughout his lifetime, he has demonstrated how an enlightened approach, no matter the category in which it is exercised, can benefit mankind and the entire world. The current retrospective in Milan presents a fine overview of his achievements and clearly reveals his insightful projections for the future. DAMN° spoke with La Pietra about his theories and aspirations. **Read all in DAMnº48**

Immersione Caschi Sonori, 1968. Installation at the Triennale di Milano (with Paolo Rizzatto) Courtesy of the Ugo La Pietra Archive

Wild ImaginingsWild Imaginings

05 January 2015 by Anna Sansom

Wild Imaginings

Tripping with Tatiana Trouvé

Tatiana Trouvé produces sculptures, drawings, and installations, many of which incorporate architectural interventions. Time is the theme underlying all of her work, which synthesises a wide range of sources. Clearly, literature has shaped her and determined what she is, charging the artist’s work from within. DAMN° spoke with Trouvé in her studio in the Paris suburb where she lives and works, and discovered the very special physical and mental space in which she functions. **Read all in DAMnº48**

Tatiana Trouvé in her studio. Photo: Laurent Edeline

Wooden It Be NiceWooden It Be Nice

05 January 2015 by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Wooden It Be Nice

Finnish architecture now

Finnish vernacular architecture naturally utilises wood as its source material. Despite government attempts to lure people into favouring the building of stone structures across the centuries, the use of timber has continued to dominate. Lately there has been much architectural innovation applied to new buildings that has substantially raised the status of the timber tradition to cutting edge. DAMN° speaks to the co-curator of the current exhibition on this very subject. **Read all in DAMnº48**

VILLA MECKLIN, MUSTALUOTO, VELKUA, 2008. Huttunen Lipasti Pakkanen Arkkitehdit/Architects Photo © Marko Huttunen

Seeing the Wood for the TreesSeeing the Wood for the Trees

05 January 2015 by Emma Firmin

Seeing the Wood for the Trees

Dinesen fathoms the forest

Dinesen makes floors out of high quality, carefully selected wood from sustainable forests, taking pride in producing harmonious flooring that respects the personality of the tree, knots and all. To their way of thinking, a knot is the part of a branch that is embedded in the trunk, and is thus a testimony to the history and vitality of the tree, ensuring that nature is visible and palpable in each and every plank. DAMN° naturally wanted to delve in and find-out the how’s and what’s of this fine fourth-generation enterprise. **Read all in DAMnº48**

Designing for the real worldDesigning for the real world

05 January 2015 by Veerle Devos

Designing for the real world

Giulio Vinaccia’s lessons from Madagascar

Using design as a development tool, Giulio Vinaccia has found a key. In an exemplary project working with local artisans in Madagascar, he has demonstrated the magic of producing wares on location, and the educative and empowering benefits it provides to the community. In working with companies in his native Italy, the product designer also applies the selfsame methodology, thus proving that everyone on the planet stands to gain from this kind of enriching, practical approach. **Read all in DAMnº48**

Farafangana artisans weaving raffia

Surrounded by SystemsSurrounded by Systems

05 January 2015 by Kathrin Spohr

Surrounded by Systems

Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Cologne

Dr Petra Hesse expounds on the relevance of System Design in modern life. As director of the MAKK, she has every reason to focus on the subject. Currently running at the museum is an exhibition entirely devoted to it. Particularly keen to point out that the topic refers not only to the obvious systems we encounter on a daily basis (although these are already many), she reminds us of the invisible ones that practically dictate our everyday functionings. **Read all in DAMnº48**

La Boule Avant Garde, 1971. Helen Von Boch and Federigo Fabbrini for VilleroyBoch © MAKK

Every Picture tells a StoryEvery Picture tells a Story

05 January 2015 by Jurriaan Benschop

Every Picture tells a Story

Reflections on Peter Doig

Peter Doig is not messing about. The work he makes is chock full of meaning. This is an artist who pours his thoughts and feelings onto the canvas, letting his brush transmit these into the nuances that create the image, accurately revealing his deep involvement. Doig’s paintings are multi-layered, with the application of pigment and pencil inconsistent regarding density and flavour, a sure sign of the emotion conveying the story. That the resulting imagery has a romantic nature is thoroughly due to its intrinsic value, an honest and moving testimony as to the authenticity of the art.

Peter Doig in his studio in New York, 2014. Courtesy of Michael Werner Gallery, New York / London.

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Happy IndustryHappy Industry

05 January 2015 by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Happy Industry

The crafting of waste

A kind of new world order has been initiated by Joep van Lieshout. Based in Rotterdam, the Dutch artist has conceived a project that aims to unite the public with industrial processes. Setting up in the former harbour area of the city, a variety of spaces, both outside and inside, are planned for cultural events, festivals, and off-site presentations. The first project in 2014 involved several artists using recycled metal, and proved a success. The revolution promises to forge ahead. **Read all in DAMnº48**

AVL-Mundo’s Happy Industry, Rotterdam, 2014. Photo: DJ Wooldrik.

All Too RealAll Too Real

05 January 2015 by Lyle Rexer

All Too Real

The place of photorealism

The fact that the work of Richard Estes is being shown in two notso- distant showcases of repute at once, intimates the contemporary allure of photorealism. DAMn° has felt the urge to provide some perspective on this art form, with a touch of historic context. The resulting conclusion is that now, in the era of Twitter and Instagram, photorealism is probably more meaningful than ever. **Read all in DAMnº48**

Richard Estes © Richard Estes, courtesy of Marlborough Gallery, New York.

Visiting Memory LaneVisiting Memory Lane

05 January 2015 by Emma Firmin

Visiting Memory Lane

Das Haus, by Neri&Hu

For this year’s edition of imm cologne, the organisers made an exceptionally astute choice in inviting Shanghai-based architects Neri&Hu to design Das Haus – Interiors on Stage. This research-oriented practice brings a distinctly new approach to the concept of the contemporary home, in addition to cleverly devising the installation such that visitors are offered a voyeuristic tour instead of a blatant visitation, an allencompassing experience that triggers both an emotional and cerebral response. **Read all in DAMnº48**

Neri&Hu with Dick Spierenburg, photo © Koelnmesse.

Material AttireMaterial Attire

05 January 2015 by Patrizia Coggiola

Material Attire

On floor and wall coverings

In this issue of the magazine, DAMN° looks deeply into what is happening today in the universe of surface coverings for floors and walls. The most remarkable thing to behold is the interplay between traditional materials, high-tech materials, craft, and technology that is being exploited by designers. Like the choreography in a fine dance performance, when these elements are combined in the right proportion and with an astute vision, the result is positively outstanding. **Read all in DAMnº48**

Home Suit Home, 2014 by Didier Faustino Courtesy of the artist and Michel Rein, Paris/Brussels.

We Can’t Go Home AgainWe Can’t Go Home Again

05 January 2015 by Patrizia Coggiola

We Can’t Go Home Again

Didier Faustino’s ambiguities

Crossing over between art and architecture and back again, using carpet in a way that resembles empty suits of armour, Faustino plays with the junction between the individual and the collective body, intimating a reference to the way that spaces are interpreted. The French artist very much likes to create effects that guide our judgement of anxiety, embarrassment, perplexity, and paradoxical contemplation. **Read all in DAMnº48**

We can’t go home again. Michel Rein, Paris, 2013 Courtesy of the artist and Michel Rein, Paris/Brussels © Florian Kleinefenn.

Beauty, Surprise, MysteryBeauty, Surprise, Mystery

05 January 2015 by Petra Blaisse

Beauty, Surprise, Mystery

A Manifesto

Petra Blaisse’s work manipulates the fertile thresholds between inside, outside, architecture, and everything else. Here she envisions the way rules for our environments, physical and emotional, could lead to a more adventurous path.

picture by Peter Tijhuis


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Emeco works magic with waste

Emeco works magic with waste

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