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.