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.
LUCA NICHETTO FILLS ROOM WITH TOTEM-LIKE GLASS LAMPS FOR DECODE/RECODE EXHIBITION:
Colourful blown-glass totems by Luca Nichetto are among the works in Decode/Recode, Venetian glassmaker Salviati‘s exhibition at Milan design week. Exploring the potential of modular glassware, each of the illuminated objects is made from several stacked pieces.
To create the collection, Nichetto first designed a set of 25 base modules, which were then made using one of ten traditional techniques, in 15 colours. This made for thousands of possible unique combinations. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
SIDNEY NOLAN AT IKON BIRMINGHAM:
Born in Australia, Sidney Nolan (1917 – 1992), is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition, part of a nationwide programme presented by the Sidney Nolan Trust to celebrate the centenary of Nolan’s birth, brings to light a selection of extraordinary spray painted portraits dating from the 1980s.
It includes a series made in 1982 for an exhibition at Nolan Gallery, at Lanyon just outside Canberra, depicting individuals that had strong personal significance for Nolan, including his brother (tragically killed in the Second World War), close friend Benjamin Britten, Francis Bacon and fellow Australian artist Brett Whiteley. (Find out more: Ikon Gallery)
HEAVEN SENT – PARADISOTERRESTRE UNITES DIVINE REVIVALS WITH WORK BY CONTEMPORARY DISCIPLES:
Dino Gavina is one of the founding fathers of Italian design. Over a career spanning 55 years, the designer and entrepreneur launched legendary companies such as Flos, Gavina and Simon, working closely with furniture and creative luminaries such as Carlo Scarpa, Marcel Breuer and Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni.
Gavina also worked with artists to create objects that defied the standard rules of design. Through his friendships with Fontana and Man Ray he acquired an enlightened view on production, combining art and industrial manufacturing. Marcel Breuer, whose ‘Wassily’ chair Gavina had produced through his eponymous company, called him ‘the most sensitive and impulsive furniture manufacturer of the world’. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
THE ECO-FRIENDLY SURFACE THAT COULD REVOLUTIONIZE THE DESIGN WORLD:
“It all starts with the material,” says British designer Max Lamb of his latest collaboration with Danish textile brand Kvadrat and start-up Really. It’s an approach he brings to most of his process-based projects—he once hacked Sesame Black granite from a quarry in China and turned it into chairs and tables.
Lamb’s latest material interest? Solid Textile Board (STB), a newly engineered upcycled building material made by milling textile waste into small fibers, mixing them with binder, and pressing them into thin, square sheets. Lamb turned the innovative surface into 12 different benches, which he has shown in Milan during Salone del Mobile. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
BAHÁ’Í TEMPLE IN CHILE BY HARIRI PONTARINI FEATURES TORQUED WINGS MADE OF STEEL AND GLASS:
Sufi whirling dancers and Japanese bamboo baskets were among the references for this sculptural temple in Chile by Hariri Pontarini Architects. The Bahá’í Temple of South America is located just outside of Santiago, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
Fourteen years in the making, the project represents the last of eight continental temples commissioned by the religious Bahá’í Community – each meant to embody “technological innovation and architectural excellence”. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
SHIP SHAPE – A HOUSE WITH MARINE DREAMS WASHES UP ON THE DORSET COAST:
Architecture takes time. Good results require patience. The six-year process of building the Houseboat, a new home in Poole, Dorset, was a labour of love for both client, Roger Zogolovitch, and architect, Meredith Bowles.
The Zogolovitch family has had a house in Poole for three decades, stumbling on their other remarkable property, the Boat House, by accident and then lobbying hard to buy it. It sits on a spectacular site, but the interior is even more impressive. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
THE ALL-NEW 2018 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR TOOK 11 YEARS TO DESIGN:
It’s been over a decade since Lincoln Navigator debuted a totally redesigned model. In that time period, the auto industry has gone through some ups and downs, from the depreciation of SUV’s to generationally low oil prices to a rebound in the SUV market across North America.
During the last decade, however, the designers and engineers at Lincoln were busy at work, creating what would ultimately be their fourth-generation Navigator. And those eleven years of work will officially be on display for the first time today, as the Detroit-based company unveils their 2018 Lincoln Navigator at the 2018 New York Auto Show. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
VON BARTHA AT ART BASEL:
From 15 – 18 June 2017, von Bartha will participate at Art Basel 2017, exhibiting works by contemporary and modern artists from the gallery’s roster and beyond. Drawing on von Bartha’s unique history, the booth creates a dialogue between generations.
Motion plays a significant role in von Bartha’s display. Jean Tinguely’s Méta series, from the mid-1950s, presents kinetic objects consisting of wooden boxes with both organic and geometric rotating shapes. Each element turns at opposing rates and changes direction, creating a permanent state of metamorphoses. (Find out more: von Bartha)
PHILIPPE STARCK DESIGNS SEATING FOR DRIADE BASED ON HISTORIC TORTURE DEVICES:
Launched at Milan design week, Philippe Starck‘s latest furniture collection for Italian brand Driade references torture devices used during the Spanish Inquisition. Composed of a table, a chair, an armchair and a stool, the Torquemada collection is named after Tomas de Torquemada, who served as the bloodthirsty Grand Inquisitor during the Spanish Inquisition in the late 15th century.
Available in natural oak and matt white, yellow, grey, pastel lavender or pink lacquer, all the pieces from the collection are also available in a textured gouged oak finish. Starck and Driade say this “highlights the authenticity of this handcrafted furniture.” (Read the full story: Dezeen)
MATERIAL WORLD: SOTHEBY’S ANNOUNCES AUTUMN DESIGN AUCTION:
Over the past few seasons, Sotheby’s has garnered much publicity and financial success with a series of art sales curated by public figures. Now for the first time, the auction house has brought this guest curator model to its design arm. The next post-war and contemporary design sale, will be held in London on 17th of October.
Titled ‘Design: Living in a Material World,’ the auction will explore the ways in which leading designers past and present have engaged their materials. The selection covers a broad chronological spectrum, varying from a pair of stools from Swedish designer Axel Einar Hjorth’s ‘Utö’ series, 1932, to recent creations by the likes of Marc Newson and Studio Job. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
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