A WEEKLY CURATED SELECTION OF NEWS FROM ARCHITECTS, DESIGNERS & ARTISTS WORLDWIDE:
Every week, we collate information from press releases and articles across the worldwide web in order to give you a curated selection of hot news from the wonderful world of art, design and architecture. Scroll down and find out more about what’s been happening this week.
FINGER SHAPED ‘GOÛTE’ SPOON COULD MAKE FOOD TASTE BETTER THAN NORMAL CUTLERY:
Design studio Michel/Fabian has created a spoon that claims to improve the flavour of food, by recreating the experience of licking your fingers. The Goûte spoon is the result of years of research by Michel/Fabian co-founder Andreas Fabian into how the design of tableware can affect people’s perception of food and flavour, resulting in a PHD called Spoons and Spoonness.
The spoon has a tip shaped like a human finger, but its elongated overall shape makes it look more like a large icicle. It is designed for eating thick, creamy foods, similar to a honey dipper. Fabian claims it makes food taste better because it is more similar to the experience of licking your finger, rather than putting a strange object into your mouth. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
JASPER MORRISON DRESSES A VITRAHAUS APARTMENT FOR A FICTIONAL ABSTRACT ARTIST:
Know any abstract artists who keep all their work in their apartment becausenobody else will display it? Neither does Jasper Morrison. The London-based industrial designer has created a fictional one. He lives on the first floor of the VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein, the Vitra brand’s flagship, designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The purpose of Morrison’s invention was to inject personality into his presentation that is part salon, part studio.
Understated, utilitarian designs – like his ‘Place’ sofa and ‘HAL’ chair – live comfortably alongside items from other Vitra designers, providing a neutral foil for the bold upholsteries and accessories. Morrison has used a deft and delicate hand in the layout, allowing the sculptural artworks place to breathe. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
MoMA TAKES A STAND: ART FROM BANNED COUNTRIES COME CENTRE-STAGE:
President Trump’s executive order banning travel and rescinding visas for citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations does not lack for opponents in New York. The Museum of Modern Art — which in past decades has cultivated a temple like detachment — is making its voice heard among the others.
In one of the strongest protests yet by a major cultural institution, the museum has reconfigured its fifth-floor permanent-collection galleries to showcase contemporary art from Iran, Iraq and Sudan, whose citizens are subject to the ban.
The Matisse Gallery, where the masterworks “Dance” and “The Piano Lesson” hang, has been refitted with a large, intricate work on paper by the Iranian artist Charles Hossein Zenderoudi. Now, next to Henri Rousseau’s “The Sleeping Gypsy” is a painting by Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born British architect who died last year.
America’s leading museums have been vocal in the past week about their opposition to Mr. Trump’s executive order along with the institution of MoMA who has never been divorced from power and politics before. (Read the full story: New York Times)
RIBA BREXIT SURVEY REVEALS 40 PER CENT OF EUROPEAN ARCHITECTS CONSIDER LEAVING THE UK:
Over a third of UK-based architects from EU countries are thinking about leaving the country after the Brexit vote, according to the latest research from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Released today, the RIBA Member Brexit Survey shows that over 65 per cent of British architects are concerned about how exiting the EU may impact their business.
In response, RIBA president Jane Duncan has called for the government to ensure the UK remains an attractive place to work post-Brexit. The RIBA has released a report recommending five key actions the UK government should take to support Britain’s architecture industry. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
‘GRAVITY’ AND ‘FLOAT’ MIRRORS:
Presented at the Maison et Objet, the ‘Gravity’ and ‘Float’ mirrors are the result of an inaugural collaboration between Tuscan bathroom specialists Ex.t and English designer Samuel Wilkinson.
As their names suggest, the mirrors are inspired by movements and forces in space. For ‘Float’, a moon-like opal-glass sphere hovers above a suspended, semi-circular marble shelf. ‘Gravity’, on the other hand, comprises a large, oval mirror playfully appended by a circular magnifying mirror, that can be detached or placed anywhere around the edge as desired. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
FOR PARIS ‘SPIDERMAN’, STEALING 5 MUSEUM MASERPIECES WAS NO SWEAT:
Born in Paris, Vjeran Tomic – referred to here as “Spiderman”, age 49, grew up partly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, then part of Yugoslavia, where he learned the art of theft, he told reporters. By the age of 11, he was back in Paris and scaling walls near Père Lachaise Cemetery, leapfrogging his way from one tomb to another across the graveyard. He later perfected his climbing skills in the French Army.
The seasoned thief had no problem taking his time while stealing from the Museum of Modern Art. Fabrice Hergott, 55, the director of the museum since 2006, told reporters during a break in the trial, “The system was not well set up.” The heist amounted to stealing “five marvels, five masterpieces from humankind,” the prosecutor said. A verdict is expected at the end of the month. (Read the full story: New York Times)
BOMMA UNVEILS GLASS LIGHTING COLLECTION BY SIX CZECH DESIGNERS:
Czech brand Bomma has released its new collection of glass lighting, which includes a bondage-inspired lamp and a pendant modelled on soap bubbles.
Glass manufacturer Bomma chose six Czech designers to create the collection of seven lights, which fuse traditional design with modern techniques and technologies. Named Contemporary Design Meets Brutalist Architecture, the collection was photographed inside the Czech Embassy in Berlin. (Read full story: Dezeen)
COLOURED BOULDER ART – ‘ISA’ BOULDER:
Isabelle de Borchgrave has made an impact in the world of fashion and design. For the Belgian artist’s collaboration with Serax, she is turning her fantasy and imagination into art that is accessible to all. ‘Milieux de vos tables’, her hand-painted paper collection was inspired by Tunisian and Coptic ceramics. This large blue boulder, made of papier-mâché, would be a tasteful addition for the mantelpiece. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
USING STEALTH, AND DRONES, TO DOCUMENT A FADING HONG KONG:
Three masked explorers appeared atop an apartment tower in Hong Kong’s North Point district and sent a black drone flying, over a clothesline, until it was buzzing more than 10 stories above the cars, trams and pedestrians on the street below.
The explorers belong to HK Urbex, a so-called urban exploration collective whose expeditions often require trespassing or walks through dark, abandoned or dangerous sites. But unlike some urban explorers, they do not court danger purely for its own sake. Their primary goal is to peel back layers of history — sometimes literally, by digging through dust and trash — and forge a video archive of Hong Kong’s colonial-era environment.
So far HK Urbex has released more than three dozen videos documenting their perambulations through derelict prisons, tenements, cinemas, hospitals, casinos, police stations, bomb shelters, subway tunnels, a shipwreck and other sites across Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. (Read the full story: New York Times)
A member of HK Urbex who goes by the alias T.O.a.D. looking down at the State Theater, built in 1952, in the North Point section of Hong Kong. The group is building a video archive of the city’s colonial-era architecture.
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