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Wednesday, 19th June 2013 at 9:43am
Curated by Nick Eagleton, of The Partners, there is delibertly no common thread or theme throughout the exhibition, being instead a celebration of the variety of work that has been produced – driftwood sculptures, clocks, chess boards, flags, films, prints, wardrobes and remote control drawing machines – the only real connection being that it is all closer to design rather than art.
The interesting aspect you can take from the showcase is that without a brief from a client the designers seem to have come up with their own.
The Exhibition runs until 23rd June 2013.
Thursday, 16th May 2013 at 9:33am
London-based light artist Chris Bracey is currently displaying his works in his first solo exhibition at Scream Gallery in London titled 'I've looked up to heaven and been down to hell'.
The artist, who learnt his trade from his father, has manipulated his lights into incredible designs using themes which mix religious iconography, retro fairground bulbs and neon advertising styles.
Bracey has also provided dramatic installations for films such as Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Batman films.
Many of Bracey’s works are self-produced neons, referencing popular culture – “Shine A Light in the Darkness of Your Soul” was written by Martin Gore from Depeche Mode and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” is from a song by The Smiths.
His work also draws upon iconic imagery such as tattoo designs and the sights of Las Vegas and Soho, London.
The exhibition is on display until the 1st June 2013.
Saturday, 27th April 2013 at 11:03am
The app gives users the chance to browse the 250 exhibits on display at the museum as well exploring maps of the area where these ancient cities sat in the Bay of Naples.
Built by mobile app developer Apadmi, it also contains exclusive video content including interviews with the curator.
It was created to help those who may not be able to attend the exhibition in person due to its popularity, to explore the sights, sounds and artifacts.
The exhibition curator Paul Roberts said: “We are delighted to invite tablet and smart phone users all over the world to explore the content of our Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition. Good clear explanations and beautiful, detailed images of the remarkable objects offer an exciting opportunity to investigate the stories of these cities in the pail of your hand.”
The app is available now for iPad, iPhone and will be on android devices from May 2nd, whilst the exhibition is running until the 28th September 2013.
Find out more here.
Friday, 5th April 2013 at 7:46pm
The V&A Museum was lucky enough to gain access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the museum's latest attraction.
The sold-out exhibition, titled 'David Bowie Is', features over 300 pieces, including costumes, photographs, album covers and video exerts from films and live performances.
Spanning the career of the Brixton-born musician, the retrospective also includes some more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics, as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.
The exhibition was brought together by the V&A's theatre and performance curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh and will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.
'David Bowie Is' opened on the 23rd March and will run until the 11th August 2013. Find out more here.
Thursday, 28th March 2013 at 8:20am
Daniel Rozin's Mirrors seem to be pretty normal sculptures until you take a step closer, then they shift to mimic you.
Currently exhibiting at Bitforms in New York until the 6th April, his 'mirror' pieces shift the patterns formed on them to mimic the viewers shape in real-time. This is done via cameras that detect shapes and cause the LEDs to change the pattern on the screen. Whilst not recreating a persons image perfectly, the screen will copy movements made until the person steps out of range.
The exhibition, called Angles, features some of the artists other kinetic work, which also interact with their surroundings and work on a principle of merging the geometric with the participatory.
Friday, 22nd March 2013 at 9:33am
The fog machine emits dense vapour / smoke that makes contact with sprayed water and forms a small white cloud.
Smilde, who lives in Amsterdam, said he wanted to make the image of a typical Dutch rain cloud but inside. ‘I imagined walking into a classical museum hall with just empty walls,’ he said. 'There was nothing to see except for a rain cloud hanging around in the room. I wanted to make a very clear image, an almost cliché and cartoon-like visualization of having bad luck. Indeed there's nothing here and bxxxxcks, it's starting to rain!"
The few people who have seen the clouds in person should consider themselves very lucky; each cloud only exists for a moment before dissipating.
To document the clouds Smilde photographs them; the only proof of their existence if a viewer misses them.
The first exhibit, called Nimbus, was created by Smilde in 2010.
Watch videos of the creation of the clouds below.
Friday, 15th February 2013 at 5:14pm
“The Phoenix is closer than it appears” is a 4 x 4 x 8 meters box that contains a swing in the center, and the inside is covered in mirrors on all sides, creating infinite versions of yourself as you merrily swing away the time.
The external is also mirrored to reflect the scenery of the room it is housed in, whilst also providing solitude for those inside the box.
This is an innovative and fascinating piece of art, and we hope that it comes to the UK one day.
Thursday, 14th February 2013 at 9:20am
"Chairs for Abu Dhabi" took five days to create and reached the 20 foot high ceiling of the gallery it was housed in.
It created a focal point for the event and a pavilion for people to try to escape the hustle and bustle of the fair and proved to be a popular meeting point.
Tadashi is renowned for using recycled materials or scrap, using metal, wood, plastic and, in this case, used chairs, ranging from sofas and benches to stools and arm chairs.
A stunning structure that 'pays homage to humanity’s diversity, unity and interconnectedness', according to the artist.
Images from Daniel Suarez for Reuters
Friday, 1st February 2013 at 6:13pm
The Design Museum has opened a new exhibition containing some of its permanent collection.
Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things will be on display on the top floor of the current home of the Design Museum, broken up into six themes or "stories".
The 'Identity & Design' story features items that contribute to national identity such as the K2 Phone Box by Giles Gilbert Scott, UK road signage by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert, and the London 2012 logo by Wolff Olins.
The 'Taste' story charts the influence of modernism on British design and includes pieces by Marcel Breuer and Erno Goldfinger.
'Why We Collect' features recycled designs from Jasper Morrison's table made of bicycle handlebars to the Campana Brothers' Cartoon Chair made of soft toys.
'Materials & Process' charts the development of plastic technology.
Whilst 'Icons' follows iterations of the Anglepoise Lamp.
'Finally Fashion' focuses trends from the 1960's to the 1990's.
The exhibition was designed by Gitta Gschwendter and consists of the objects being displayed on rough, chunky shelving alongside contextual images and documents. It will run until the museum moves to its new home next year in the former Commonwealth Institute building in South West London, which is currently being redeveloped by John Pawson.
Friday, 11th January 2013 at 4:32pm
Running until Tuesday 15th January, the event managed to establish itself last year, and the second outing is promising to be even bigger, taking up both Earls Court 1 & 2 alongside Top Drawer.
The show hosts a compelling cross-section of stylish, design-led homewares and interiors products from the very best of UK and international companies, featuring over 220 brands, the majority of whom are making this their exclusive UK appearance. This is the ultimate buying destination for the trade, with the two events presenting collectively over 1000 design-led brands.
Register for free here.
Friday, 11th January 2013 at 9:20am
The exhibition traces Austrian-born Seidler’s key role in bringing Bauhaus principles to Australia and identifies his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology. The exhibition was developed by curator Vladimir Belogolovsky of Intercontinental Curatorial Project in New York with Penelope Seidler and Harry Seidler & Associates in Sydney and sponsored by Seidler Architectural Foundation.
The fifteen featured projects—five houses and five towers in Sydney, and five major commissions beyond Sydney—focus on Seidler’s lifelong creative collaborations, a pursuit he directly inherited from Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, with progressive artistic visionaries: architects Marcel Breuer and Oscar Niemeyer, engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, photographer Max Dupain, and artists Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Norman Carlberg, Sol LeWitt, Charles Perry, Frank Stella, and Lin Utzon.
See other dates and venues here.
Berman House, Joadja, New South Wales, 1996-99 © Eric Sierins
Harry and Penelope Seidler House, view from North, Killara, Sydney, 1966-67 © Max Dupain
Julian Rose House, Wahroonga, Sydney, 1949-50n © Max Dupain
Saturday, 5th January 2013 at 1:00pm
To co-inside with the exhibition, an International Conference - Prototyping Architecture, will also take place at The Building Centre from the 21st to 23rd February 2013.
The exhibition features prototypes by Amanda Levete Architects, Barkow Leibinger, KieranTimberlake, Philip Beesley Architects Inc, and Yves Ebnoether among others.
To find out more visit the event page
Tuesday, 18th September 2012 at 10:52am
At this year's 100% Design, (19 - 22 September 2012, stand E360, Earls Court) Formica Group has partnered with design resource studio Material Lab to create a unique pop-up gallery showcasing its latest innovative surfaces and materials.
"Both Material Lab and Formica Group believe that being able to see, touch and feel materials is key to the design process as architects, designers and specifiers need to understand how their vision can come to life through the selection of materials," says Simon Wild, European Marketing Director at Formica Group.
The Material Lab pop-up gallery features Korten from the DecoMetal® range, AR Plus® High Gloss Laminate and also the latest addition to Formica Group's product portfolio, Formica® Magnetic Laminate.
The rich tones and intriguing surface relief of Korten evoke the look and feel of one of the favourite materials of modern architecture, corten steel. The handmade design incorporates iron particles, which make each individual sheet unique, creating a strong visual statement for any project.
To find out and see more get along to 100% Design this week.
Click here for more info.
Sunday, 5th August 2012 at 9:07am
If when someone mentions Formica you think about the kitchen then think again. Formica® laminate is an amazingly versatile material and the Formica Bespoke service allows you to capture any image in laminate.
In a celebration of the city of London and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Formica Group has partnered with photographer Henry Reichhold in a T5 Expo exhibition at the check-in area of Heathrow Airport, London. The original creator of High Pressure Laminate (HPL), Formica Group is delighted to be part of this exciting event supporting artists of today and tomorrow.
The exhibition opened on 30th July 2012 and will be running for three months until October 2012. The exhibition features two large images (3 x 12.5 meters) scaled to match the extraordinary Royal events of the Jubilee weekend 2012: the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Carriage Procession. The images are captured in Formica® laminate using the Formica® Bespoke artwork service structured to facilitate virtually limitless, unique design.
Taken from the 54th floor of Europe’s tallest building, the newly built Shard that towers over London Bridge, the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant panorama was shot through glass on a rainy day. The skyscraper was shrouded in mist and clouds, resulting in a unique and dramatic backdrop of this historic event. The final image was created by combining over 200 pictures together in a giant jigsaw puzzle and then subjecting them to intense image manipulation to cut through the veil of weather.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Carriage Procession photo captures the incredible excitement and vibrant energy on the day. As the Royal coaches drive past the cheering crowd, the image of thousands of waving arms and flags creates a spectacular visual display.
Henry Reichhold specializes in digital imaging and works with a large variety of technology, ranging from mobile phones to high resolution cameras.
The results are stunning images capturing the spirit and atmosphere of each subject, be it cityscapes or enormous panoramic images such as the ones being exhibited at the T5 Expo. Continuously exploring new ways of showing his work, Reichhold chose Formica laminate to create this unique display.
Sunday, 15th July 2012 at 8:51am
'The Gallery of Lost Art' is a year-long online exhibition curated by the Tate and developed by UK creative studio ISO.
The exhibition displays artwork that has disappeared due to theft, arson, rejection or simply been discarded by the owner.
"Art history tends to be the history of what has survived," reflects the gallery's curator Jennifer Mundy, 'but loss has shaped our sense of art’s history in ways that we are often not aware of.
"The website is visually structured as an open warehouse floor, viewed from above, with different chalk headers on the ground delineating the subject of that area of the gallery: destroyed, stolen, discarded, rejected, erased, or ephemeral. users can zoom into particular areas, and by clicking on specific projects they can access essays, photos, film footage or interviews, and other material about the artwork."
Why the the piece of art was lost is also documented and the site will add one new piece each week for six months. Six months after the exhibition closes the website will disappear itself.
Click here to go to the site.
Sunday, 15th July 2012 at 7:42am
To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of AWN Pugin, a master in the use of colour, pattern and ornament and who was an ardent campaigner for the Gothic style, CAMAC Design partnered with the Fashion & Textile Museum to organise a wallpaper design competition.
Best known for his interior designs of the Palace of Westminster, Pugin was one of the first to promote the idea of 'honesty' and 'propriety' in ornament and design, enlisting ornament as a moral influence in society.
CAMAC Design has partnered with the Fashion & Textile Museum in London's Bermondsey Village, which was founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes. The museum showcases a selection of designs from entries to the 4th Annual Student Wallpaper Design Competition during its current exhibition Pop! Design, Culture, Fashion.
A second display of students' work is also on show at Ramsgate Library in Kent until 20th August. Ramsgate is where Pugin designed and built The Grange, his family home, and also nearby St Augustine's church.
The full exhibition will be held in London from 14th - 20th September, forming part of the 10th London Design Festival. Set up to build links between new designers entering the creative industries and the professionals already in it, CAMAC Design is a new company founded by Caroline McNamara, an experienced event and exhibition organiser, and Vice Chair of TEXERE, Textile Education and Research in Europe.
For more information please click here.
Sunday, 8th July 2012 at 7:51pm
In an exhibition called 'Fit', at Central St Martin's College of Art and Design, Vaughan Oliver and Jonathan Barnbrook invited leading British designers to submit their own Olympic posters.
See more of these great posters here on Design Boom or pop along to the exhibition.
Window Galleries, Kings Cross, 29 June – 30 August 2012
Sunday, 1st July 2012 at 9:50pm
Open from 1st July to 30th September the store offers an innovative retail and gallery concept in one of the capital’s most charming shopping streets.
The Dezeen Super Store, at 38 Monmouth Street WC2, will be a micro-department store hosting exclusive product launches and bringing together a number of retail concepts developed by Dezeen, including the Dezeen Watch Store, which will present its latest collection of stylish designer watches from our online store.
We loved shopping at Dezeen's Temporium last year and certainly recommend a visit to this new venture.
For more information click here.
Sunday, 27th May 2012 at 5:43pm
Review by Samantha Dawe, Director, The Think Tank
Clerkenwell Design Week 2012 basked in some very welcome warm sunshine but that didn’t stop us being inside and having a good look around. Particularly this year it seemed that lighting was at the forefront of some intriguing design options and what was being shown would certainly create an impact in any space.
As part of an expanded programme for CDW, a new site was included for exhibition space – the buildings and grounds of the Order of St John. Upstairs the light streamed through the stained glass windows but that did not dim the impact of Vessel Gallery’s display of unique and limited edition lighting.
Whilst Tsai and Yoshikawa’s sculpted piece ‘Blooming Spark I’ was centre stage, each piece displayed was a work of art in its own right.
While big is not always best, Guinness Book of Records holder Beau McClellan’s (world’s largest chandelier) eponymous company had presented a stunning large-scale lighting installation which hung in the Farmiloe Building and appeared to change colour.
Looking down from the upper tier of the Building on this installation and the Anglepoise stand was a moment to savour.
The heat was rising but we took the plunge and continued to climb where we spotted Lightyears’ elegant lamps, highlighting the best qualities of minimalistic Scandinavian design. Simplicity is beautiful.
Alongside this Swedese, exhibiting for the first time at CDW (we were told), was showing pieces launched at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair but again it was the lighting that caught our eye. Maybe it was that the pieces lent themselves so well to creating atmosphere and intrigue in this quirky building where they seemed right at home.
Sunday, 29th April 2012 at 2:32pm
Dobrowner was presented with the award during the Sony World Photography Awards Gala ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane for his extraordinary series of images, Storms. This beautiful series of black and white photographs are quite stunning.
He was chosen as the winner by a panel of nine judges and wins a $25,000 cash prize and Sony’s latest digital imaging camera equipment.
Other winners included Tobias Bräuning from Germany as overall Open winner, William Klein for Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award and Asef Ali Mohammad from Middlesex University, UK, for Student Focus Award.
See more of the award winning photography here or you can visit the awards exhibition at Somerset House, London until 20th May. Tickets on the door.