‘London Design Festival’ celebrates its 15th anniversary from 16 to 24 September

September 11, 2017

For nine days in September, London provides the stage for thousands of individual designers and artists, companies and organisations to present their latest works. The Festival invites visitors to take a closer look at their diverse output, from the commercial to the conceptual, the practical to the improbable.

 

Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot at Victoria and Albert Museum © London Design Festival

Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot at Victoria and Albert Museum © London Design Festival

 

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. Now in its fifteenth year, the Festival will be returning to venues and institutions across the city between the 16-24 September 2017. A major feature of the Festival is an ambitious programme of over 450 projects and events, offering Londoners and visitors to the city an opportunity to experience world-class, innovative, and challenging design across the capital.

Learn all about the different Design Districts here.  (more…)

‘Plywood: Material of the Modern World’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

September 5, 2017

Featuring groundbreaking pieces by Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer and Charles and Ray Eames, alongside an incredible range of objects from planes to skateboards, this exhibition tells the story of how this often-overlooked material made the modern world.

 

Ice-skating shelters, designed by Patkau Architects, Vancouver, 2011, built by Isokon Plus, London, 2017. © Patkau Architects

Ice-skating shelters by Patkau Architects, Vancouver, 2011, built by Isokon Plus, London, 2017. © Patkau Architects

 

Light, strong and versatile, plywood is the surprising material celebrated in this world-first exhibition, ‘Plywood: Material of the Modern World’. From cars to aeroplanes, furniture to architecture and hand-making to digital manufacture, this exhibition explores a frequently overlooked material that has helped shape the modern world, revealing how plywood has revolutionised design over the past 150 years.

The exhibition, hosted at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, comes together with many activities such as conferences, guided visits, talks and both adults and children’s workshops in order to take a closer a look at this material’s importance in the past and it’s possibilities for the future.  (more…)

“The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconoclastic Masterpiece” edited by Yale University Press

August 18, 2017

The latest book by Francesco Dal Co, renowned historian and former member of the BigMat Award Jury, tells the captivating tale of the plans and personalities behind one of New York City’s most radical buildings: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum.

 

 

Guggenheim Museum. Section drawing, 1944 © Yale Books

Guggenheim Museum. Section drawing, 1944 © Yale Books

 

Yale Books has recently released a book on one of the most iconic buildings in the city of New York: the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, designed by American Modern classic architect Frank Lloyd Wright, author of the early Modern Prairie Houses and Organic style Villas. Renowned historian, art critic and architect Francesco Dal Co is the author of this comprehensive research book, which displays one of the most intrincate historical, social and constructive details of the building yet.

Francesco Dal Co is professor at IUAV and director of the architecture magazine Casabella. In 2013 he formed part of the BigMat ’13 International Architecture Award Jury.  (more…)

Look! Look! Look! pavilion by Studio Morison at Berrington Hall

August 6, 2017

Inspired by the decadent social lives of the Georgians, Heather and Ivan Morison have brought to life the first stage of this plan with their contemporary creation, ‘Look! Look! Look!’, which now features in the garden.

 

Look! Look! Look! / Studio Morison © Ivan Morison

Look! Look! Look! / Studio Morison © Ivan Morison

 

It is a project supported and partially funded by Trust New Art and the Arts Council England. Its form is inspired by the story of pineapples being imported and eaten during the eighteenth century as a statement of wealth and we’ve found evidence of them being grown in the garden at Berrington. The Georgians were also fond of popping up temporary pavilions made from wood and canvas or material for shelter whilst, entertaining, dining, reading or even for illicit meetings. (more…)

‘Sala Beckett’ renovation of a theatrical space in Barcelona, by Flores y Prats

August 4, 2017

The project competition, which was won in 2011, led to years of research and design for the renovation and expansion of the existing spaces within the 1920’s original building. A unique project by Spanish architects Flores y Prats, photographed by Adrià Goula.

 

'Sala Beckett' Theatre Space by Flores y Prats © Photographs by Adrià Goula

‘Sala Beckett’ Theatre Space by Flores y Prats © Photographs by Adrià Goula

 

Barcelona-based architects Flores y Prats are the authors behind the impressive and comprehensive renovation project of ‘Sala Beckett‘, a theatre and drama space in Barcelona, located inside a 1920’s building. The architects’ aim was to maintain the building’s spatial design and decoration, preserving the unique qualities of a historical building, while proposing new usable, contemporary spaces for the ‘Obrador Internacional de Dramatùrgia’ who will be using the premises.  (more…)

“The Abstract Eclosion” at IVAM, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern

August 2, 2017

“The Abstract Eclosion” is one of the latest exhibitions at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, which explores the many faces of abstract art, ranging from early works to contemporary artists, comprising pictorial art as well as sculpture, installations and more theoretical approaches.

 

Luis Gordillo, Serie Limo 1991 © IVAM

Luis Gordillo, Serie Limo 1991 © IVAM

 

IVAM’s latest exhibition focuses on abstraction, looking at artists who understand line and colour as elements of a visual language equivalent to the function that words and sentences play in written or spoken language. A language whose aim is not so much to describe or narrate a specific situation as to produce sensations, experiences or emotions that are like a musical composition, a sequence of tones, rather than a descriptive narrative.

The exhibition, named La eclosión de la abstracción. Línea y color en la colección del IVAM (The Birth of Abstraction. Line and Colour in the IVAM Collection) includes a number of artists such as Antoni Tapiès, Luis Gordillo, James Turrell, Pierre Soulages and Lucio Fontana, among others.  (more…)

Learn all about BigMat’17 shortlisted projects for this year’s Architecture Award

July 27, 2017

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award, 87 were shortlisted to participate in the online voting for the Public Prize. Learn more about the selected projects below!

 

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

 

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award (Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Portugal), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer de Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, singled out 87  projects to be shortlisted.  (more…)

BigMat’17 International Architecture Award’s ‘Public Prize’ voting period opens

July 23, 2017

Vote for your three favourite projects among the 87 shortlisted to win this year’s newly-introduced Public Prize! The online voting period starts July 24 and will be open for all citizens residing in any of the participating countries: Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

 

BigMat Award Jury Meeting 2017  © photo: Pablo Tribello

BigMat Award Jury Meeting 2017 © photo: Pablo Tribello

 

Following the announcement of this year’s finalists for the International Architecture Award 2017, we have now opened the competition to the public – you can now vote for your favorite individual or team to win the Public Prize. You can choose up to three of the 105 selected shortlisted projects eligible for the Public Prize by voting in BigMat International Architecture Award’s official website(more…)

‘Ettore Sottsas – Rebel and Poet’ items from the Vitra Design Museum’s collection

July 20, 2017

A leading figure of the Memphis design collective in the 1980s, the Italian designer was responsible for the designs for the office equipment manufacturer Olivetti and known for his poetic, minimalist sculptural objects – which are now featured in a brand new exhibition at Vitra’s Schaudepot.

Valentine, Typewriter Ettore Sottsass and Perry A. King, 1969 Manufacturer: Olivetti Photo: Alberto Fioravanti Courtesy: Studio Ettore Sottsass

Valentine, Typewriter. Ettore Sottsass and Perry A. King, 1969 Manufacturer: Olivetti. Photo: Alberto Fioravanti. Courtesy: Studio Ettore Sottsass

 

This year he would have celebrated his 100th birthday: the Austro-Italian designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007), one of the most influential and unconventional figures in twentieth-century design. He gained renown with his designs for the office equipment manufacturer Olivetti, for his poetic, minimalist sculptural objects, and as the leading figure of the Memphis design collective in the 1980s.  (more…)

SOLO House by Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen

July 13, 2017

The first house was completed three years ago by the Chilean duo Mauricio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen, and the second «second home» by The Belgium architects Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen was inaugurated this spring.

 

Solo House / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Bas Princen

Solo House / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Bas Princen

 

The Office KGDVS project seemingly provides all the basic structural elements: a concrete foundation, (but shaped as a circular “catwalk”), a façade corresponding with the three inhabited segments (but perforated and with the feature to be shifted around the circumference if needed), a simple flat roof supported by four rows made up of nine columns which cut chords from the circular base (but with all technical infrastructure – photovoltaic panels, water tanks and generators – exposed as though sculptural objects), and a set of furniture (but all directly connected to the supporting columns). In this project all conventions are questioned and then given a solid new answer.  (more…)