Icon 107: Theatre

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Icon-May2012

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This issue of Icon is devoted to Theatre. Frank Gehry (who seemed offended when it was recently suggested to him that his buildings resemble stage sets) is creating the set for a production of Don Giovanni in the Walt Disney Concert hall, a building he also designed. The costumes will be created by our cover stars, the fashion duo Rodarte. We meet the sisters, who previously designed the costumes for Darren Aronofsky’s film Black Swan, in LA.

We also travel to Marseille to meet Frédéric Flamand, the choreographer who has commissioned experimental sets from a roll call of impressive names: Zaha Hadid, Dominique Perrault, Diller + Scofidio, Jean Nouvel, Thom Mayne, the Campana brothers and Ai Weiwei. Flamand says of these stars: “I don’t ask them to make decor! … I think an architect who builds cities is better than a set designer.”

We also visit three very different theatres and auditoriums: SelgasCano’s colourful Plexiglas light box in Cartagena; ALA’s eroded wooden cliff in Kilden, Norway; and David M Schwarz’s art deco Smith Center in Las Vegas.

Up front there’s the new King’s Cross concourse by John McAslan, Future Systems’ Ferrari Museum, Hella Jongerius and OMA at the United Nations, reviews of Design Indaba and the Stockholm Furniture Fair and previews of the Milan Furniture Fair and Clerkenwell Design Week. We also cover the best of new Italian design in our Italian design report.

In Review we look at America’s foreclosure crisis and what it says about the future of suburbia. We also sift through 50 years of hoarded possessions, try out the electronic cigarette and see Tarkovsky’s Stalker through the eyes of Geoff Dyer.

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