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Icon 119: Design Art
The Salone del Mobile is much more than an annual furniture tradeshow. In fact, the Fiera, the huge exhibition halls on the outskirts of Milan, form only a small part of the week-long festival. Districts all over the city come to life with installations and exhibitions that seem to be as much about art as design. In this issue we look at the work of artists who have ventured into both architecture and furniture design.
We visit Marfa in Texas, where the sculptor Donald Judd created permanent installations of his industrial work. Alex Coles, who coined the term Design Art, travels to Tecoh in Mexico, where the artist Jorge Pardo has created a 300 sq hectare complex of buildings. We also meet Joep van Lieshout in his anarchic art factory in Rotterdam. “It’s much easier to sell furniture than it is to sell art,” says van Lieshout, “even if the prices are the same”. There’s also a selection of Rachel Whiteread’s new work – about garden sheds.
Upfront, there’s our preview of Milan Furniture Fair and Clerkenwell Design Week, Frank Gehry’s Maggie’s Centre in Hong Kong, the Royal London Hospital playspace, glass at the Aram Gallery, Massimiliano Fuksas’s National Archives in France, the Cathedral of the Northern Lights, Black Maria in King’s Cross, and Sou Fujimoto on his Serpentine Pavilion.
In Review: a history of the production line, filming the city of the future, Metahaven in the museum and a fresh look at Luton.
Plus: Plus 28 pages of the latest designs from Italy and a detailed guide to what to see in Milan in our Italian Design Report.