“Christien Meindertsma: Beyond the Surface” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

August 31, 2018

The Vitra Design Museum exhibition “Christien Meindertsma: Beyond the Surface”, is the Dutch designer’s first solo presentation outside her native country. The exhibition will be shown from 18 August 2018 until 20 January 2019 at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery.

 

Production Chain for »Flax Chair« Christien Meindertsma (2015)

Production Chain for »Flax Chair« Christien Meindertsma (2015)

 

For Christien Meindertsma, the creation of a product is only one element of the design process. In her unique approach, she explores the mechanisms of modern industrial production, undertaking expeditions to factories and conducting meticulous detective work at waste disposal sites and workshops – while bringing her unquenchable thirst for knowledge to interviews with the protagonists of these adventures. The exhibition focuses on Christien Meindertsma’s work with the materials of wool, flax, incinerator bottom ash and recycled wool. On display are projects such as the »One Sheep Sweater« (2010) – for which she produced garments from the coats of individual sheep – or the »Flax Chair« (2015), an innovative, sustainable piece of furniture made from a now rarely used material, which was nominated for the New Material Award (2016) and won the Dutch Design Award (2016). (more…)

“Interactions” exhibition by Groupe-6 at la Galerie d’Architecture

August 29, 2018

For almost  50 years, Groupe-6 has taken  a collective  approach to developing its architectures, designing a wide variety of schemes in France and in Europe. The firm’s creations testify to its expertise in constructing the most complex  projects and its commitment to an architecture that serves the public good. It has no set hallmark; its signature is a process, not a specific style.

 

Logements " Casanova", Chartres, France, Groupe 6 Architectes, 2017 © Groupe-6

Logements ” Casanova”, Chartres, France, Groupe 6 Architectes, 2017 © Groupe-6

 

The architectures Groupe-6 designs are resolutely interactive in the way they infuse into their setting and in their potential for appropriation. This dialectic between form and openness is their common denominator. Through a panorama of the firm’s projects and buildings, presented through models, drawings, interviews and films, the exhibition  reveals the true face of Groupe-6. (more…)

El Equipo Mazzanti in Alghero “We play, you play”

August 28, 2018

The exhibition “We Play, You Play” is imagined as a Role-Playing in which the visitor engages in different activities and events and becomes an active player rather than a just an observer. The randomness of the game itself allows to break the routine to experience an alternative reality where rules and procedures generate new behaviors.

 

"We play, you play. El Equipo Mazzanti" © Equipo Mazzanti

“We play, you play. El Equipo Mazzanti” © Equipo Mazzanti

 

We wanted to create an exhibition made out of the actions produced by the user rather than a display of architectural images meant to be observed. The goal is to allow the visitor to become a member of the El Equipo Mazzanti as he/she adopts the role of the architect by working with his/her own hands. By playing with a set of pieces and rearranging in different manners the office’s built projects, the visitor is capable to understand the rules and protocols that organize our architecture which is often planned as an open system composed by pieces and modules.

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“Tubology – Our lives in tubes” at FRAC Grand Large

August 27, 2018

Tubes are everywhere! Inside us – we’re made of tubes: auditory, digestive, bronchial and so on and so forth. All around us – in our Hauts-de-France Region you can hardly ignore the factory chimneys still standing up and down the coast. Outside us – the pipes and post-industrial cables that mean we can be connected and linked up with each other, with all the potential for doing things remotely offered by the Internet.

 

"Tubology - Our lives in tubes" exhibition view © FRAC

“Tubology – Our lives in tubes” exhibition view © FRAC

 

But here’s the thing: all this striving not to “go down the tubes” is generating an ecological emergency. So what kinds of mental, social and environmental ecologies do we need to take proper care of ourselves and others, humans and non-humans (animals, plants, minerals, etc.)? How can we do away with local and global hierarchies within the system of overall interconnectivity that is our lot today? (more…)

“Machines à penser” at Fondazione Prada Venice

August 23, 2018

Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition “Machines à penser”, curated by Dieter Roelstraete, exploring the correlation between conditions of exile, escape and retreat and physical or mental places which favor reflection, thought and intellectual production.

 

"Machines à penser" exhibition view at Fondazione Prada Venice © Mattia Balsamini

“Machines à penser” exhibition view at Fondazione Prada Venice © Mattia Balsamini

 

“Machines à penser” focuses on three major philosophers of the 20th century: Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). The latter two shared a life-long need for intellectual isolation: Heidegger spent long periods of his life in a secluded hut in the village of Todtnauberg in the Black Forest in Germany, whilst Wittgenstein retreated on several occasions to a small mountain cabin situated in a fjord in Skjolden, Norway. Adorno, on the other hand, was forced into exile from his native Germany during by the Nazi regime, first to Oxford and then to Los Angeles, where he wrote Minima Moralia, a collection of aphorisms that also reflects on the fate of forced emigration. These reflections inspired the installation conceived by the Scottish artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay in 1987 titled Adorno’s Hut, a centerpiece of the exhibition alongside architectural reconstructions of the actual huts of Heidegger and Wittgenstein. (more…)

“Architecture Prototypes & Experiments” at The Aram Gallery

August 22, 2018

This edition of Prototypes and Experiments looks at the architectural process. Aram Gallery have asked a selection of practices to share how they use physical models as part of a design’s development. The exhibits will show a range of uses for models in practice – not just for presentation, but to explore ideas, evoke the feeling of a space, or arrive at a point of decision making.

 

PUP Architects, H-VAC antipavilion structural model

PUP Architects, H-VAC antipavilion structural model

 

The models on display will be a mix of massing studies, construction models and façade studies at a range of scales. The exhibition will also include other physical artefacts from the design process: colour tests, material palettes, 1:1 mock ups, and prototype elements. (more…)

“The M.V.M. Cappellin Glassworks and the Young Carlo Scarpa 1925-1931″ at Le Stanze del Vetro

August 21, 2018

The autumn exhibition at LE STANZE DEL VETRO will highlight the importance of the M.V.M. Cappellin glassworks between the 1920s and 1930s, thanks also to the contribution made by the young Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa.

 

Vaso in pasta vitrea rossa e coppa in pasta vitrea gialla e rossa, 1930 ca. Ph. Enrico Fiorese

Vaso in pasta vitrea rossa e coppa in pasta vitrea gialla e rossa, 1930 ca. Ph. Enrico Fiorese

 

‘The M.V.M. Cappellin Glassworks and the Young Carlo Scarpa 1925-1931′, curated by Marino Barovier and dedicated to the glassworks run by Giacomo Cappellin between 1921 and 1931, is the next autumn exhibition at LE STANZE DEL VETRO, open to the public on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore from 10 September 2018 to 6 January 2019. (more…)

“Coder le monde” exhibition at Centre Pompidou

August 20, 2018

“Coder le monde” offers an inventory of contemporary digital creation in various disciplines. The exhibition is based on six timelines (The History of Code, The Algorists, Music and Code, Digital Literatures, Digital Forms in Architecture and Design, The Body and Code).

 

Andrea Branzi, No Stop City (1967)

Andrea Branzi, No Stop City (1967)

 

Digital code and scripting are found everywhere today; the historical sources at the origins of counting and calculation, which formed the basis for the widespread use of algorithms that came with the advent of the computer, offer a foundation for a definition of the computational as it came to prevail in the 1960s. Looking back over less than half a century of history, Coder le monde traces the links between the arts, highlighting the commonalities associated with the development of digital technologies, the elaboration of programming languages and the expansion of networks. The exhibition reveals a shared aesthetic and critical universe concerned to interrogate an everyday life thoroughly pervaded by digital logics. (more…)

“Luigi Ghirri: The Landscape of Architecture” at La Triennale di Milano

August 19, 2018

The display includes about 200 original prints and over 100 images on screen, some never previously shown, in three sections: Italian Landscape, Domestic Design, and Architectural Images commissioned by the magazine, and there is also a series of photographs of the Palazzo dell’Arte and the Parco Sempione taken in 1986.

 

Some of Luigi Ghirri’s photos on show at the Triennale di Milano. © Eredi di Luigi Ghirri Courtesy Editoriale Lotus

Some of Luigi Ghirri’s photos on show at the Triennale di Milano. © Eredi di Luigi Ghirri Courtesy Editoriale Lotus

 

The exhibition highlights the importance of Luigi Ghirri’s work in the field of architecture, through his decade-long contribution to Lotus International magazine. Ghirri has given architecture a new way of looking, making it possible to understand design in relation to the conflicting aspects and internal contradictions in contemporary landscapes. The exhibition shows the fruitful relationship between Ghirri and Lotus, with a whole array of original photographs from the magazine archives, many of which have never been shown before, together with some work materials. (more…)

“Minimo” ephemeral architecture of Olivier Vadrot at Frac Franche-Comté in Besançon

August 18, 2018

Creator of Studiolo, the Frac Franche-Comté welcome-bookstore inaugurated in February 2018, Olivier Vadrot is invited to present his various projects in the form of models and documents, in an exhibition entitled Minimo on which he designed the scenography.

 

View of the exhibition Minimo at Frac Franche-Comté in Besançon © Blaise Adilon

View of the exhibition Minimo at Frac Franche-Comté in Besançon © Blaise Adilon

 

Olivier Vadrot had very early sense of the collective. He is not only architect, designer, scenographer, but also exhibition curator, as many dimensions of his practice that are articulated between them since its inception. He who, in 1999, was one of the creators of the gallery La Salle de bains in Lyon, quickly founded Cocktail Designers with one of his colleagues and two graphic designers to propose realizations revisiting the concept of decor «as a place of art. ‘experimentation common to art, architecture, design and graphics’. (more…)