Makers with Agendas is a new company formed by three designers who want to educate consumers through its designs, photography and research. Julien De Smedt, one of the co-founders, tells us more about his goals.
Ole Scheeren and OMA have teamed up to design a luxury residential block in Singapore that borrows aesthetically from post-war housing.
During London Design Festival, 100% design welcomed more than 27,000 visitors over four days at Earls Court in London, and this year expanded into both exhibition halls. Here are three of Icon’s highlights from the show.
For Matali Crasset, all design is social. Running through her work – from furniture to hotels to a beach library near Marseille – is a determination to introduce people to new things and to transform their experience of the everyday.
For our Music issue we visit the Yahama factory outside Tokyo, where craftsmen make pianos assembled from more than 6,000 parts, and in Montreal we meet Moment Factory, who put on light shows for Madonna and Jay-Z. We also talk to Alexander Chen who makes music out of data at Google Creative Lab. Plus: 32pp of the latest British designs in this month’s design report.
|Collider||Hello, My Name is Paul Smith||The Politics of Parametricism|
|Science Museum, London||Design Museum, London||CalArts, California|
|13 November 2013 – 6 May 2014||15 November – 9 March 2014||15 and 16 November 2013|
This autumn, the Science Museum hopes to recreate the experience of a visit to the most coveted destination in science: CERN – the European Organisation for Nuclear Research – in Geneva. In a bold approach to design, the museum has enlisted playwright Michael Wynne and video artist Finn Ross to create scripted dramas and wrap-around projections for its six-month long Collider exhibition.
This exhibition at the Design Museum reveals unseen elements of the fashion industry, touching on design, marketing and the catwalk, in an attempt to put into context the output of label Paul Smith, with its quintessential Englishness and its playful style. Some of Smith’s collaborations outside the confines of high fashion, with companies such as camera maker Leica and The Rug Company, will be presented, along with a recreation of the designer’s office. Publisher Rizzoli is releasing a book with the same name as the exhibition.
Since Patrik Schumacher claimed parametricism was the next “grand style” after modernism – post-modernism and deconstructivism apparently being transitional episodes — there has been great debate over its integrity. During a two-day conference in California, organised by Matthew Poole and Manuel Shvartzberg, the focus will be on the relationship between the movement and politics. In the keynote event, Schumacher and Reinhold Martin will debate whether parametricism can or ought to develop beyond the restraints of liberal democracy.
|Neue Räume 13||House of Peroni||Elmgreen & Dragset: Tomorrow|
|Zürich, Switzerland||41 Portland Place, London||V&A Museum, London|
|27 November 2013 – 1 December 2013||1-30 November 2013||Until 2 Jan 2014|
The international interior design and furniture exhibition Neue Räume celebrates its seventh year under the guidance of architect Stefan Zwicky. Swiss designers will take precedence: Röthlisberger, Lehni and Thut will exhibit at the “young labels”-themed island and designer Hanspeter Weidmann has curated a selection of Swiss design prototypes to reflect the possible futures of home design. As is customary, Zürich’s streets will be included as part of the design show, with retailers and cafes in Bahnhofstrasse displaying the latest products.
The House of Peroni, a showcase of Italian art and design, once again takes up residence at Portland Place. Andrea Morgante from Shiro Studio has fitted out the London townhouse for the purpose of celebrating the new wave of contemporary Italian culture and creative talent. The exhibition will feature works by film directors, fashion designers, architects, artists, and mixologists. The programme includes daily screenings, fashion shows and a specially devised restaurant menu.
The V&A has invited Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset to create a site-specific installation in the former Textiles Galleries. Conceived as the set of an unrealised play, the galleries have been turned into an apartment belonging to a fictional elderly, disillusioned architect. Visitors will be free to roam the space, reading the architects's books and sitting on his chairs. The Scandinavian artists are known for playful works, which include building a four-storey apartment block in a glallery, their 12 Hours of White Paint installation, and a sculptre for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
|Designing Modern Women: 1890–1990||Gego: Line as Object||Isa Genzken: Retrospective|
|MoMA, New York||Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg||MoMA, New York|
|5 October 2013 to 1 October 2014||29 November 2013 to 2 March 2014||23 November – 10 March 2014|
This year-long MoMA exhibition featuring seminal figures that helped shape 20th-century modernity — such as designers Ray Eames and April Greiman, modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller, and graphic designer Bonnie Maclean — celebrates women’s contribution to design. For a glimpse into the interior of early modern architecture, the museum has reconstituted a kitchen from the Unité d’Habitation, designed by Charlotte Perriand with Le Corbusier. In April 2014, the focus will shift to examining the iconography and the roles of women in war.
Gego is the adopted name of Gertrud Goldschmidt, who initially worked as an architect in Caracas before becoming a fine artist in the 1950s. Her work was heavily influenced by the inclination to form space – she produced striking, large-scale structures (she never considered her work sculptural) made from wire, rope and aluminium. Showing concurrently at the Hamburger Kunsthalle is One More than One, an exhibition on Eva Hesse: another pioneer of the spatial installation, who experimented with non-traditional materials in her art.
Although better known for her more recent sculptural works comprising umbrellas, baby dolls and wheelchairs, Isa Genzken — 65 this month — has more than 40 years experience working in many other mediums, which this chronologically ordered retrospective at MoMA presents. Genzken has often produced work that is critical of urban architecture and contemporary visual and material culture. The exhibition reflects this sentiment, focusing on projects concerned with the legacy of modernism, the built environment and her idiosyncratic technique of assemblage.
Mankind’s ingenious activity in Earth’s most extreme environment captures the spirit of the space race, says Douglas Murphy.
Our pick of events in November includes the Large Hadron Collider exhibition at the Science Museum, Paul Smith at the Design Museum in London, new interior design and furniture in Zürich, two days of parametricism at CalArts, and Isa Genzken at MoMA.
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