The Lift pavilion 17 July 2008

“Part performance space, part village hall, part speakers’ corner,” says Geoff Shearcroft of AOC of architects about the Lift pavilion. Now you can watch the video of its assembly for the London Festival of Architecture on iconeye.
Of all the events and exhibitions being held in Turin to mark its status as this year’s world design capital, the most interesting to date is Flexibility, a series of installations by the likes of Bertjan Pot, Patricia Urquiola and icon’s cover star this month, Fernando Brizio.
Álvaro Siza is the first international architect to design a major museum in Brazil, following aborted schemes for a Guggenheim in Rio de Janeiro by Jean Nouvel and a Museum of Modern Art extension in São Paulo by Bernard Tschumi.

Lagombra 11 July 2008

A rollercoaster for bikes has been erected outside an art centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to tie in with design space Designhuis’ Bicycle exhibition.
“I’d like my pieces to be like your favorite blanket. They always welcome you and make you warm,” says Naoko Kanehira, a graduate of the Bucks Contemporary furniture design course and winner of New Designers Habitat Awards which icon helps to judge.
British vocational education is a failure, a situation that will have serious implications for the creative industries in the future, a panel headed by Richard Sennett has warned.
This is Douglas Murphy’s soundtrack for the architectural jelly banquet organised by Bompas and Parr as part of the London Festival of Architecture. The wet, squelchy, sloppy sounds were captured by recording the “sonic wobble” of jelly.

icon 062 out now 07 July 2008

The August issue of icon is out now, with a colourful cover hand-stained by Fernando Brizio. Inside, the Portuguese designer talks about his work, and his debt to Buster Keaton. Also profiled this issue is Junya Ishigami, widely tipped as the next big thing in Japanese architecture and a young master of post-SANAA minimalism.
Japanese T-shirt company Graniph has announced the finalists of their second annual international design award. 31 designs were chosen out of 15,000 entries. The competition is targeted at young designers, giving them the freedom to create whatever they want.
…if you are a graduating student in product design from a BA or MA degree. We are trying to find out what you want to do after graduating.
There are no windows in New York-based fashion designer Phillip Lim’s two new stores, one in Tokyo, the other in Los Angeles. Instead the facade of the Tokyo store is covered in frosted white glass, while the LA incarnation is enveloped in pillow-shaped concrete tiles.

Kiosk 30 June 2008

All of these objects were collected on a trip to Hong Kong by New York-based duo Kiosk. The couple travel the world in search of “interesting items” that they buy to sell in their New York shop. Among the collection are a set of airmail envelopes, a frying tool, a big yellow calculator and some soy sauce.
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