Exhibition, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, until 15 February 2015
Named after a work by Ettore Sottsass, Superbox features a selection of extraordinary designs realised in unusual materials and techniques. The acquisitions encompass a range of design disciplines including graphic and industrial design and applied art. Devoted to objects acquired since 2010, the exhibit examines the use of special materials and techniques. The featured designers pursue very different approaches – some used labour-intensive crafts such as lacquer work, while others opted for high-tech methods including 3D printing and 3D knitting. Furthermore, many have worked with unconventional materials: unusually rough glazes, a sweater made from the wool of a single sheep, and porcelain as the basis of graphic design.
Design Acquisitions; installation view; photo: Gert Jan van Rooij