BIO 50, 24th Biennial of DesignBIO 50, 24th Biennial of Design

18 September 2014

BIO 50, 24th Biennial of Design

Museum of Architecture and Design Ljubljana, Slovenia, 18 September - 7 December.

On its 50th anniversary, BIO embraces this opportunity to build upon its own tradition and history, advancing into an experimental, collaborative territory where design is employed and implemented as a tool to question and transform ideas about industrial production, public and private space, and pre-established systems and networks. Engaging designers and multidisciplinary agents from Slovenia and abroad, BIO 50 has created 11 teams to work on a wide and comprehensive range of topics that resonate with local and global demands. Team mentors guide participants in the creation of one or more projects that are developed and implemented during the Biennial.

Waiting Room Project, designed by Oloop; photo by Kristjan Jarni

Designers in ResidenceDesigners in Residence

18 September 2014

Designers in Residence

Exhibition, Design Museum London, UK, until 8 March 2015.

This annual exhibition, which celebrates new and emerging design talent, features designers selected by a distinguished panel. This year’s theme is ‘disruption’, a term whose meaning is dependent on the context. Conventionally considered a bad thing – difficult pupils, bad neighbours, ill-considered town planning – it is now the most sought-after quality in a new product, having completely overtaken the previously well regarded term ‘sustainable’, and its slightly more current synonym, resilient. Disruptive innovation interrupts established ways of thinking, diverges from traditional practices, and proposes new, unexpected ideas. Here, the multiple possibilities expressed by the concept of disruption and the disruptive have been reflected upon and explored.

100 Percent Design100 Percent Design

17 September 2014

100 Percent Design

Design fair, Earl’s Court, London, UK, 17-20 September.

100% Design occupies a special place in the UK design industry's heart. First staged in 1995 inside a tent off the Kings Road, the show has gone on to become the benchmark event for the promotion of design products and activities in London. Through different editions, 100% Design has continued to excel, easily outsizing any other design event in the country. Now, for the 20th edition, the mood is both celebratory and resolutely fixed on the future, when it will continue its traditional rôle to support design in the UK and beyond as it continues to define London's design agenda.

Solid Spin Lamp by Johanna Tammsalu)

Jean-Jacques Lebel, The Highest of All the Arts is InsurrectionJean-Jacques Lebel, The Highest of All the Arts is Insurrection

17 September 2014

Jean-Jacques Lebel, The Highest of All the Arts is Insurrection

Exhibition, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany, until 9 November.

On show is a large-scale retrospective of installation works by Jean-Jacques Lebel − one of the first artists to shock the international public in the early 1960s with his Happenings. The French artist intends that his actions, installations, sculptures, objects, paintings, and videos are revolts, artistic actions being directed at injustice, against the terror of war and psychiatry, and against the self-inflicted immaturity of a restrictive culture. This exhibition provides a deep insight into Lebel’s multiform work − an artist intimately connected with the poets and ..

Jean-Jacques Lebel. Die höchste Kunst ist der Aufstand (The highest of All the Arts is Insurrection); video, 120 minutes; dedicated to the Divine Marquis, 3rd festival of free expression, 1996.

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Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2014Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2014

16 September 2014

Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2014

Exhibition at TENT, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK, 18-21 September .

After its exhibition held at Triennale di Milano during the Milan Design Week 2014, ‘Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2014’ is introduced to London. The craft artists will demonstrate how traditional materials of ceramic, metal, mother-of-pearl, Korean Paper and textiles can be transformed through the senses of freedom and mastery into modern objects of retrained beauty.    

Pebbles, Lacquered and inlaid with Mother-of-pearl by Hwang Sam-yong. Photography by Park U-jin.

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Berlin Art WeekBerlin Art Week

15 September 2014

Berlin Art Week

Art fair, Various venues, Berlin, Germany, 16-21 September.

The third Berlin Art Week runs for six days, with art lovers and connoisseurs from all over the world gathering in the city to discover current developments in contemporary art and to share experiences and ideas. The art fairs abc (Art Berlin Contemporary) and Preview Berlin are presenting both young and established galleries, showing works by artists from around the world. With a rich programme of exhibitions, featuring numerous openings, lectures, discussions, performances, screenings, and other special events, the Art Week’s partners, the city museums and other art institutions..

Exotica… and 4 other cases of the self; Self portrait with skull, Marina Abramovic, 2005; courtesy of Marina Abramovic and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York; photo by Paolo Canevari.

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14 September 2014


Fashion fair, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, USA, 14-16 Sep.

Tmrw is a promotional international fashion event and a popular business show that will be featuring various traditional and contemporary designer materials and contemporary fashion concepts. This event will allow a group of talented newcomers of the fashion industry, leading designers and trade professionals to uphold their brands, products and services to international market. Tmrw allows fresh and potential future organizations to make a significant footprint on this international business forum. Domestic and leading trade exhibitors will showcase various quality products and customer services in front of world-class visitors.

Horst: Photographer of StyleHorst: Photographer of Style

14 September 2014

Horst: Photographer of Style

Exhibition, V&A London, UK, until 4 January 2015.

Horst P. Horst (1906–1999) was one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. In his illustrious career, he traversed the worlds of art, fashion, theatre, and high society and was one of Vogue’s star photographers. Presenting his most iconic fashion images, this definitive retrospective exhibition also explores Horst’s less well-known work, alongside his creative process, influences, and legacy as a master photographer.

Salvador Dalí’s costumes for Leonid Massine's ballet Bacchanale, 1939, © Condé Nast/Horst Estate.

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Unsettled LandscapesUnsettled Landscapes

13 September 2014

Unsettled Landscapes

Biennial exhibition series, SITE, Santa Fe, NM, USA, until 11 January 2015.

With Unsettled Landscapes, connections are built from Santa Fe to the rest of the Americas, exploring untold stories and perspectives, and linking the past and the present. Having first been Native American land, then a Spanish Kingdom, a Mexican Province, and an American Territory, all before statehood, New Mexico is a rich microcosm of the Americas. The chosen artists represent multiple generations and regions throughout the Western Hemisphere, with new and existing works, 13 new commissions, and several off­-site installations, as well as key works from previous decades. It shows how themes of landscape, territory, and trade affect artworks from every corner of the Americas.

Perímetros (Ceiba) / Perimeters (Ceiba), by Johanna Calle; drawing on found blank notary sheets, representing the Ceiba trees native to Mesoamerica.

The London Design FestivalThe London Design Festival

13 September 2014

The London Design Festival

Design festival, Multiple venues, London, UK, 13-21 September.

The London Design Festival is an international exhibition plus a festival, a cultural and a commercial fair, and it lasts for nine days. The programme ranges from major international exhibitions to trade events, from installations to talks and seminars, from product launches to receptions, private views and parties. The majority of these are free of charge, enabling visitors to participate, listen, learn, commission and make purchases. And then there are the Partner events. From established businesses to emerging practices, from entrepreneurs to educators, from manufacturers to retailer..

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12 September 2014


Design fair, Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland, until 14 September.

The largest furniture, interior decoration and design fair in Finland, Habitare’s theme for 2014 is Claim Your Space! It is a theme that inspires, encourages, and even provokes people to redefine spaces, whether at home or in the workplace, whether private or communal. The exhibition itself is designed by COMPANY, namely Aamu Song and Johan Olin, a designer-producer duo. The five-day event occupies a well-established position in the Finnish design scene, as the fair dates back to 1970. In 2014, the general public and professionals are brought together to celebrate design..

Kenno cardboard chair, by Heikki Ruoho; photo by Kalle Kataila.

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Urban Nomad, an installation by Yohji Yamamoto & Torsten NeelandUrban Nomad, an installation by Yohji Yamamoto & Torsten Neeland

11 September 2014

Urban Nomad, an installation by Yohji Yamamoto & Torsten Neeland

Installation during the London Design Festival, Yohji Yamamoto shop, London, UK, 13-21 September.

Urban Nomad is an installation built around a collection of products for both the retail and the living environment. It reminds us of the profound affection we have for objects in today’s transient lifestyles in the ephemeral digital world we all live in. Yamamoto and Neeland share a love of restraint, a subtle beauty based on simplicity and austerity. Y’s is a brand that stands for integrity: wearing Y’s clothes is a statement in itself, not one of ‘fashion’ necessarily but an understanding of timelessness and a mindfulness of the origin and the context of..

These photos taken in the Yohji Yamamoto environment illustrate the interaction between Torsten Neeland and Yohji Yamamoto’s creations.

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Clemens Krauss - It’s timeClemens Krauss - It’s time

10 September 2014

Clemens Krauss - It’s time

Exhibition, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany, until 2 November.

The title is quite deliberately and programmatically selected, calling for the moment to be used for reflection. Clemens Krauss is actually a painter. Or a doctor. Or a psychoanalyst. In his work he combines an exuberant and highly reduced form of painting on canvas and paper, with whole walls containing sculpture, photography, film, and performance. Shown here are not only works from his oeuvre to date, but also murals developed especially for the exhibition rooms. An interaction between the personal and the transpersonal, between individual biography and society, defines the visitor’s encounter with the artist’s diverse and unusual work.

Konstellation #0505, #0504, #0303, 2014, Öl/Leinwand, je 190 x 160 cm, Foto: B. Borchardt.

Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in MotionDouble Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion

10 September 2014

Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion

Design installation by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby during the London Design Festival, V&A, London, UK, 13-21 September.

BMW Design will be spotlighting its competence during the London Design Festival 2014. With ‘Double Space for BMW’, the BMW Group is adding a design installation to its partnership with the London Design Festival, which began in 2013. In collaboration with the BMW Design team led by Karim Habib and under the overall direction of Adrian van Hooydonk, the British designers Barber & Osgerby have created an arresting installation based on the leitmotif ‘Precision & Poetry’. As part of the extended partnership between BMW and the London Design Festival, the wo..

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DIALOGUE: Belgian design newsDIALOGUE: Belgian design news

09 September 2014

DIALOGUE: Belgian design news

Exhibition, Espace Wallonie de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 10-30 September.

Exhibition showing the newest projects of thirty Belgian designers, all created during the period of 2013-2014. This one-of-a-kind showcase invites the visitor to discover a range of objects (products, lighting, furniture etc.), all selected for their great quality. The goal of the exhibition is to represent a panorama of what's going on today in the best of contemporary Belgian design.

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Volvo XC90Volvo XC90

08 September 2014

Volvo XC90

Launch of the new Volvo XC90

Months of speculation ended after Volvo Cars unveiled its all-new Volvo XC90, delivering on its promise to introduce a visually striking, premium quality seven-seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish. Three years in the making and part of a USD 11bn investment programme, the new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new te..

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Homegrown & AdventurousHomegrown & Adventurous

08 September 2014 by Veerle Devos

Homegrown & Adventurous

A food manifesto by Kobe Desramaults

"Luxurious, chic, snobbish 'wining & dining' is over, I believe, and we're increasingly moving towards something more pure and conceptual. As a young chef, I was no longer pleased with the influential school that had formed me – it dawned on me that since every chef has access to the very same fresh-food markets, products, and techniques, uniformity and a lack of true creativity seals their fate. This insight led to a profound turnaround some eight years ago, and it was then that I decided I wanted to give my work a deeper meaning. So I took the whole process from..

Kobe Desramaults, chef at In De Wulf, the Michelin-starred restaurant he founded in Dranouter, Belgium. Photos: Piet De Kersgieter.

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Conran's Wish ListConran's Wish List

08 September 2014 by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Conran's Wish List

Creating the desired object

There is nothing quite like the experience of having to produce, with your own hands, the product that you yourself have designed. Gaining practical experience and learning a craft helps one understand how things are made and how the material greatly informs the design process. The Wish List is a project that asked emerging designers to each make a different given object (for an important established designer, no less!) out of a single material and in a very short space of time. To reward the adrenaline rush that this exercise must no doubt have caused, was the destined display of said obje..

The soaking, steam-bending, and working of American red oak for use in Terence Conran’s new workspace, designed by Sebastian Cox. Picture: Petr Krejci.

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Is That Birdsong?Is That Birdsong?

08 September 2014 by Jurriaan Benschop

Is That Birdsong?

Carsten Höller's alternative nature  

Approaching art-making from a science-of-plants-and-animals perspective, Carsten Höller creates rather unusual works that refer, either directly or indirectly, to one or the other of these life forms. Particularly fond of the sounds made by birds and the feelings felt by plants, he incorporates these aspects into the pieces he conceives, often by way of a elegant model thereof. Many of these models henceforth take on the status of a sculpture or an installation and become situated in the wide expanse of a museum space, where a certain lesson about the natural world is decidedly on ..

itra slide tower, 2014. Photo: Julien Lanoo. Images courtesy of Vitra.

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A New State of MindA New State of Mind

08 September 2014 by Thomas Geisler

A New State of Mind

On Michael Anastassiades, craftsman

Michael Anastassiades's view on the meaning of craft can easily be likened to that of sociologist Richard Sennett's. The commitment to the integrity of his work is absolute. Believing in the totality of the object, its purity of vision, its internal and external power, Anastassiades's creative intentions are somewhat other than those of the typical designer. It would indeed be more accurate to call him a contemporary craftsman. The objects that he produces are so simple as to border on austere, composed of high quality materials that are thoroughly luxurious and sensuous, wi..

Time and Again - MAK, 2012. Photo: Ben Murphy

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