“Cartesian Space” AMO for 2019 SS Prada Man’s Show

For the 2019 Spring/Summer fashion show, AMO stages a return to basics with a sophisticated setup that brings fashion into the foreground by questioning the recent practice that sees show sets as explanatory efforts to contextualize collections.

 

2019 SS Prada Man's Show - Cartesian Space, OMA/AMO © Agostino Osio / AMO

2019 SS Prada Man’s Show – Cartesian Space, OMA/AMO © Agostino Osio / AMO

 

The rough imperfection of the venue in Via Fogazzaro, Milan, is counterbalanced by the Cartesian precision of the set, which magnifies the industrial elegance of the space. The room is treated as an architectural field that controls the show’s dynamics: a grid defines the areas occupied by guests, while four different trajectories are left unoccupied for models to cross the room longitudinally, enforcing a strict serial layout. (more…)

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

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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“What is the Netherlands” by AMO: politics and construction of the Dutch pavilions

Led by AMO’s Stephan Petermann, the exhibition showcases the diversity of the Dutch pavilions at the World Expo featuring 14 reconstructions of pavilions and including collected fragments of exhibits.

 

Building site World Expo Osaka, Japan, february 1969  © Collection National Archives of the Netherlands

Building site World Expo Osaka, Japan, february 1969 © Collection National Archives of the Netherlands

 

Coinciding with this year’s 34th World Expo in Milan, the exhibition “What is the Netherlands,” curated by AMO, opens on 25 April at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. The exhibition is a wunderkammer of Dutch identities, revealing how the Netherlands conceived of and presented itself to the world at Expos since the early 20th century. (more…)