Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Milan: Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura

Milan: Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Street Food.  California Bakery’s food truck was just one of a few food trucks out on the bright sunny days, perfect for eating al fresco.


Milan: Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL. The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague presented Live Factory Make My Day, which consisted of three closely connected zones, which explored various notions of the production process. The human body and the relationship between the human body and its surrounding space were the connecting themes in the Live Factory.

Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL: Nynke Koster – Coexist. In 1921 the then director of the Royal Academy of Art bought a copy of the world famous ‘Porta del Paradiso’ doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455). These plaster doors are the basis of part of NynkeKoster’s graduation collection. Within this still developing collection Nynke Koster makes imprints of various spaces that she subsequently incorporates into objects. In Live Factory Make My Day part of a carpet can be seen. It is a negative of the eighth panel of the doors, The Fall of Jericho. The soft carpet is the result of a comprehensive reproduction process. After applying wax to the Ghiberti panels, Nynke Koster made a rubber mold, which she subsequently cast and lathered. In this work in progress Koster shows the current relevance of an art historical panel, while at the same time giving her own interpretation to the original object. 

Nynke Koster - The fall of Jericho "carpet"

Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL: Nynke Koster and David in den Bosch.  Nynke Koster and David in den Bosch both graduated in 2013, respectively from the departments of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design and Photography. In Milan they presented a participatory project that reflects on the fast changing technological developments. The predictions are that within five years smartphones will have given way to convenient gadgets such as smartwatches and smartglasses. The designers want to catch and capture this historical moment by making casts of visitors’ hands holding a smartphone. The alienating forms that result from the casting refer to the way our bodies adjust to the technology we use. During Back Stage on Stage this project will result in a growing collection of documents that will in a few years’ time prove how we used to use our smartphones.

Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL: Anouk van Klaveren. In Anouk van Klaveren’s project 000 004 Hypertrichosos 2.0 the required ingredients are taken from the visitors. Anouk van Klaveren uses human hair to create bow ties on stage. Thus a growing collection will arise during the Salone del Mobile. The production process resembles a factory assembly line. The work questions the current trend among fashion houses and shops for transparency about the production process and the origin of the base materials. Consumers increasingly want to know how things are produced and where they come from. But where does one draw the line?
Above. Renee Strikkeling Anouk van Klaveren and Yamuna Forzani.

Academy of Art Architecture and Design Prague: Tadeas Podracky. Artist and Designer Tadeas Podracky – Jaars, cut glass, wood and leather, 2013.

Academy of Art Architecture and Design Prague: Tadeas Podracky.  “I’m inspired by the works of Joseph Beuys, though in this piece I replaced some of the elements, like the torch in his works was replaced with the Czech crystal glass, which was then engraved." Tadeas Podracky.

Academy of Art Architecture and Design Prague: Tereza Galbara. Tereza Galbava – Ritual, sisal, cotton, 2013.


Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design: Lisa Maria Wandel, Franziska Zeller.  Lisa Maria Wandel, Franziska Zeller - Kollektion Muller, oakwood, brass, is an ensemble inspired by a traditional spring form pan. With its clamping lever lock, it is used for fixing the plug elements. Simple connections provide a fast and reversible installation without using additional tools. Legs and panels made out of oak wood and the fixing brass ring associate traditional material and modern production method of CNC milling.

 Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design: Julia Kortus. Julia Kortus – Material Beeswax. beeswax, cotton, linen, paper.In my master project I tried to find a new application for the almost forgot­ten material: beeswax. New tasks should change the con­sciousness of the material and change the appreciation of beeswax. I decided to use the material in its purest form and combined with organic cotton and papers. The natural, original application, the beeswax can be seperated from the other materials again, almost without residue. His incredible ­advantage, the ability to use it again and again, is not lost. It is the durability of the material. Only the form is lost in a short time. There is nothing else than the raw material beeswax. 
Francois Leblanc and Jose Levy

 Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura - Daniel Gonzalez. Argentinian artist Daniel Gonzalez site-specific installation, Criminal Aesthetic Fashion Soundsystem. Like a spaceship the sound system is a machine of music-aesthetic, full of color, music and lights that sings and tells stories through living space.  The installation includes fifty sculpture-speakers in different dimensions covered by a visionary iconography made of sequins and spray paint, all in unique pieces.


Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Little Owl Design.  Little Owl Design's Double Take glass box.  The theme of altering perceptions continues in the latest series called Double Take. Fragonard's Le Baiser engraving of a kissing couple has been altered so that the lovers are together when the box is together. Remove the lid, and the couple split, revealing a silhouette.  Made with borosilicate glass in the Czech Republic combining imagery of the eighteenth century with the latest technology in glass, Le Baiser is the first in a series of several designs.



Little Owl Design’s Bruce Wayland and Marcello De Simone with one of their wallpapers called London Sky 1755.



Little Owl Design – Night Sky wallpaper. Taking inspiration from a nineteenth century star chart of the Southern Hemisphere and eighteenth century etchings, a nocturnal sky of clouds and constellations.



Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Mindcraft14 – Nikoline Liv Andersen.  Nikoline Liv Andersen – The Dance of the Deaf and Dumb Eye, clothing sculptures with references to the three wise monkeys. With inspiration from the classic Japanese monkeys, which have been interpreted in the West as a naive attempt to shut out the outside world by refusing to see, hear or speak, these clothing sculptures contain visual references to the French court under Louis XVI, during whose reign excessive abundance and poor communication between nobility and citizenry led to the French Revolution. With this in mind, the monkey trinity is drawn into a contemporary rococo, where globalization is skewed by imbalanced capitalism, dangerous balances of power and a stubborn struggle between religion and freedom of speech. The monkeys become narrative symbols of today’s blind consumers and the historical Marie Antoinette.


Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Mindcraft14 – Marianne Nielsen. Marianne Nielsen – Flower Arrangement, an artificial arrangement of modeled plants made in glazed stoneware. In Flower Arrangement, Marianne Nielsen interprets a traditional source of inspiration, as flowers are a classic motif in the craft tradition. The emotional significance we attribute to flowers makes them particularly interesting for her to explore. The imitation of plants incorporates the contrast between nature and culture; the portrayed and the portraying. The works are more about manmade artifacts than about nature; the natural motif is used to highlight the material and the ceramic tradition.


Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Mindcraft14 – Kristine Tillge Lund. Untitled study between three points in six directions by Kristine Tillge Lund, is a site-specific installation. Porcelain is commonly perceived as a precious material. The utilitarian porcelain objects that we use on a daily basis are often expensive and fragile; they are objects that we handle with care. This fragility, which is one of the most prominent and familiar qualities of porcelain, invites a particular behavior in our day-to-day interactions with the material.  Fragility is also the key quality and the point of departure for this piece, which consists of 600 porcelain rods leaning against two opposite walls. The installation presents a fragile material in a precarious set-up. The rods are as tall as an average adult.   Every year, the exhibition attracts thousands of visitors, which makes it a perfect place to carry out an experiment aimed at tracking how the visitors’ behavior is affected when they suddenly find themselves in an entire room that is precarious and fragile. 

  More Street Food - the Tramezzino food truck.


And last but not least! Head of Sevres and president of Designers Days Rene Jacques Mayer.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Milan: Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Design Academy Eindhoven


Milan: Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Design Academy Eindhoven. Self Unself Where Objects and Issues Meet is the name of this year’s exhibition by the students of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Thomas Widdershoven, creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven and curator of Self Unself explains about how the theme shows itself, 'The ‘self’ in the exhibition title, still first and foremost refers to the student. The academy is fully focused on the talents, preferences and fascinations of its students. For their graduation they have to initiate projects themselves, in which these come to the fore. But when you look at those projects – about healthcare, open source production, new economic systems – they come across as pretty altruistic. Contemporary design is very much oriented toward the ‘unself’.’
Above. Jan Pieter Kaptein - The Second Self Laboratory. Welcome to ‘The Second Self Laboratory’ where you can try out different social roles. Embrace a new way of being by a change of costume. Do you want to be a judge, an executioner, a stranger, monster, outcast or Mr. Ordinary? They are all in the collection, based on archetypical characters from literature, mythology, theatre and cinema. The costumes function as universal symbols, revealing information about rights, duties, abilities and social status. Wearing them does not only influence your image, but also your self-perception and behavior. Explore your character by changing your clothes.

 Ilse Crawford, Irene Fortuyn and Tessa Blokland

Design Academy Eindhoven: Self Unself Where Objects and Issues Meet. Martijn van Strien - Dystopian Brutalist Outerwear. The future may be bright, but it might also be very dark, says Martijnvan Strien. He considered the worst-case scenario and came up with the ultimate back-to-basics collection for harsh conditions. Made with minimum cost and effort from a single piece of heavy-duty black tarpaulin, with only straight cuts and sealed seams. The styles are inspired by Brutalist architecture, giving this outerwear a linear, invincible look. The design says it all: brace yourself and be safe.


Design Academy Eindhoven: Self Unself Where Objects and Issues Meet. Matthijs Holland - Scale of Gender. “Gender definitions are too restrictive and unrealistic, and have been so for ages,” says Matthijs Holland. To prove his point, he presents five portraits of historic figures that do not fit the stereotype of a typical man or woman. From the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut, to Pope Joan from the 11th century, or Berlin’s famous transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf: they all testify to the range of possibilities in between the two sexes. “It’s high time that we start to consider all varieties as perfectly normal,” says Matthijs. 

Design Academy Eindhoven: Self Unself Where Objects and Issues Meet. Bas Kamp - Humane Traps. The usual way to deal with vermin is to fight it with poison or traps, both usually fatal. Bas Kamp has designed a set of five traps, which offer the user a choice: death or live removal. The most animal-friendly option is to check the traps regularly and relocate the live vermin – give them a new home outside your own. If you wish to terminate their life cycle, there are two options: the trapped vermin can be eaten by a natural enemy, or killed instantly without the use of any poisonous substance so that they can be absorbed by nature.


Design Academy Eindhoven: Self Unself Where Objects and Issues Meet. Denise Gons – Outfit Housefit. Outfit Housefit is a series of textile furniture pieces exploring the hybrid between clothing and furniture design.  In today’s world we live and work in multiple spaces, but by contrast, our interiors and furniture are fixed and static.  This series of textile furniture pieces examines how we can adjust our surroundings to this dynamic lifestyle.  Inspired by clothing design Denise Gons developed an intuitive study of forms; soft, textile alternatives for hard and fixed pieces of furniture.  If our room becomes the body and furniture it’s clothing, what would be the outcome?


 Design Academy Eindhoven: Self Unself Where Objects and Issues Meet. The Secret Cookie Factory. Give a secret – receive a secret. Would you give your personal secrets to a stranger? You will be very tempted by this group of cookie makers. The Secret Cookie Factory is an un-resistible factory. 

The Cookie Factory: Juhee Hahm, Daeun Lim, Anne Texier, Maxime Benvenuto and Floriane Misslin.

Het Nieuwe Instituut - Archive Lernet and Sander- Installation.  What Happens to Dutch Wallpaper? Artists Lernet and Sander were commissioned by the Het NieuweInstituut to create an exhibition by using the historical wallpaper archive by manufacturer Rath and Doodeheefver. In the twenties, Rath & Doodeheefver worked with architect H.P. Berlage and until the eighties their wallpapers were seen in thousands of Dutch interiors. 

Zuiderzee Museum and Textile Museum – Glithero – Woven Song. In 2013  the two museums of the Netherlands, Zuiderzee Museum and Textile Museum, commissioned design duo Glithero to create a project on the subject of immaterial heritage. The designers sought to identify the nature of craftsman’s know-how’ by means of an original intervention; the attempt to weave fabrics from music organ punch cards. By the translation of one craft language into another, they created a window into the introvert world of the craftsman’s practice whilst in parallel revealing issues about the preservation of wisdom, know-how and knowledge of craftsmen in general.  The result is a film installation that shows the collaboration of the two craftsmen, the artefacts and material outcomes of the project, and a fabric showcasing the beauty of the punch cards and their abstract pattern of holes.

  Dutch Cheese Platter
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