‘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…)

Five photographers interpret products by Vico Magistretti in ‘Fuori catalogo’

August 17, 2017

The selected objects are a lightstand, a table, a bookshelf and two chairs: all of which are iconic objetcs, with distinct stories to tell, all five designs are remarkably contemporary. Magistretti’s designs continue to be sources of inspiration for future projects while offering a critical comment from the past.

 

Chair Selene, Artemide, 1969 © Calypso Mahieu

Chair Selene, Artemide, 1969 © Calypso Mahieu

 

The exhibition Fuori catalogo, organised by Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti in co-production with ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, is curated by Anniina Koivu, Head of Theory Master of ECAL and Francesco Zanot, photography critic and curator of exhibitions, including the opening exhibit of Osservatorio Prada in Milan.

Fuori catalogo is an exhibition that looks at five Vico Magistretti designs, all of which are out of production, through the lenses of five young photographers.  (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…)

“LR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation” at Palazzo Reale in Milan

June 7, 2017

OMA/AMO have led the team in charge of the in-depth research and stunning exhibition displays in each of the 12 rooms of the Palazzo Reale where dozens of objects stand side by side telling the story of the most distinguished Italian department store.

 

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

 

The Palazzo Reale in Milan hosts an exhibition celebrating La Rinascente‘s 100 years’ anniversary. The Italian department store that changed Milan and became a symbol of prosperity in the whole of Italy is now the protagonist of a comprehensive exhibition following in-depth research by curators Sandrina Bandera and Maria Canella and OMA/AMO, who have also been in charge of the exhibition’s displays along with Ippolito Pestellini Lapparelli and Antonio Barone.

A wide arrange of objects, ephemera, clothing and photographs stand together in a stunning layout to better understand the importance of this 20th Century icon of fashion and lifestyle.

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“Fear and Love. Reactions to a complex world” opening exhibition at the New Design Museum

February 1, 2017

The New Design Museum designed by OMA and John Pawson opens with this exhibition introducing present-time issues such as networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads, addressed by 11 of the most thought-provoking designers and architects today.

 

Fear and Love exhibition view. New Design Museum © photo: Luke Hayes

Fear and Love exhibition view. New Design Museum © photo: Luke Hayes

 

Fear and Love, the opening exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington, presents eleven installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today. These newly commissioned works explore a spectrum of issues that define our time, including networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads.

The exhibition shows how design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture but to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. This is a multidisciplinary and global exhibition that aims to capture the mood of the present and establish the Design Museum as the home of design debate.

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“Mario Bellini: Italian Beauty” at La Triennale di Milano

January 23, 2017

The show opens exactly thirty years after his first solo exhibition at the MoMa museum of New York. The present exhibition pays tribute to the Italian architect’s design both in large and small scale projects from over 60 years of work.

 

Mario Bellini, 2012_MICo © Raffaele Cipolletta

Mario Bellini, 2012_MICo © Raffaele Cipolletta

 

Mario Bellini: Italian Beauty is the title of the exhibition that La Triennale di Milano is devoting to the entire works of the world- famous Milanese architect, from 19 January to 19 March 2017. The sweeping overview spans almost 60 years of design, architecture, exhibition design and more besides.

This retrospective exhibition opens exactly thirty years after the show that MoMA dedicated to him in New York. The 1987 exhibition examined his work as a designer, which were represented by 25 works in the museum’s permanent collection.  (more…)

“Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe” the artist’s collections at Vitra

January 14, 2017

Vitra Design Museum has dedicated this comprehensive exhibition to the life’s work of the multifaceted designer that brought together modern art, architecture and design with folk art and traditional textile craftmanship.

 

Design for matchboxes of the restaurant La Fonda del Sol, Alexander Girard, 1960 © Alexander Girard Estate, Vitra Design Museum

Design for matchboxes of the restaurant La Fonda del Sol, Alexander Girard, 1960 © Alexander Girard Estate, Vitra Design Museum

 

Alexander Girard (1907- 1993) was one of the most influential interior and textile designers of the 20th century. His playful designs attest to a passion for colour, ornamentation and international folk art, with which he shaped the aesthetic of American design in the postwar era and anticipated the globalization of design by decades. In March 2016, the Vitra Design Museum will open the first major retrospective on Alexander Girard.

The exhibition presents his oeuvre with a never before shown multitude of textiles, furnishings, models, small objects, interiors, personal documents, and drawings. At the same time, it sheds light on Girard’s inspirations and the contemporaries who influenced his creative universe- from his extensive collection of folk art to his collaborations with Charles & Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen. The exhibition also features Girard’s private estafe, which is held by the Vitra Design Museum. (more…)

“Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Rêveries Urbaines” at Vitra Design Museum

October 18, 2016

The exhibition »Rêveries Urbaines« at the Zaha Hadid Fire Station presents concepts for urban development, and is a wide-ranging study of possible development solutions for cities that may be imagined in very different urban settings

 
"Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Rêveries Urbaines" installation view © Bouroullec
“Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Rêveries Urbaines” installation view © Bouroullec

 

Following their exhibition »Album« in 2012, internationally renowned designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec return to the Vitra Campus in October 2016. Like a large open sketchbook, the proposed solutions are presented as a gentle walk through models and animations. The exhibition is designed to be immersive and to bear the visitor away into different scenarios, with each model showcased as a chapter in an urban fiction. (more…)

“Radical Design” first exhibition in the new building opened on the Vitra Campus

July 11, 2016

The first Schaudepot temporary exhibition is dedicated to Radical Design, a design Movement that reached its peak at the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s in Italy and is one of the most important avant-garde movements in the history of design.

 

Nr. 2600, Quaderna Superstudio, 1969 Foto © Zanotta

Nr. 2600, Quaderna Superstudio, 1969 Foto © Zanotta

 

With manifestos, unconventional design vocabulary, transdisciplinary working methods and utopian design ideas, exponents of Radical Design were protesting against functionalism and the established taste in design and architecture. Thus, they showed that designers and architects must not only be seen as service providers in a commercial context but that they can also actively and critically engage in social and political matters. (more…)

“Andrea Branzi. La metropoli primitiva” at Nivola Museum

March 9, 2016

The show comprises many recently designed objects, projects, and videos, with a few works from earlier periods, under the rubric of “metropoli primitiva” (The Primitive Metropolis), a vision of the present urban situation, in which the new cognitive capacity of humanity transcends certain physical and cultural traditions to offer primordial freedom.

 

Campo Sacro, Allineamenti di Carnac, Bretagna, V-III millennio a.c., 2012, Poliplat © Studio Branzi

Campo Sacro, Allineamenti di Carnac, Bretagna, V-III millennio a.c., 2012, Poliplat © Studio Branzi

 

The Nivola Museum will hold the first exhibition in Sardinia of Andrea Branzi. “The exhibition – says Giuliana Altea, president of the Nivola foundation – inaugurates the 2016 museum program devoted to the exploration of the relationship among, art, handicraft and design: an intertwinement which is paramount in Nivola’s work as well as in Branzi’s artistic research”.

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