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To help build awareness of the negative affect that counterfeited goods has on the design industry, Be Original Americas has launched a membership drive to campaign against knock-off products.
Beginning October 29, visitors to the DDC flagship showroom in New York will be treated to a rare look at the process behind the iconic designs by esteemed Italian furniture makers Edra.
Moody, sophisticated, celebratory, and elevated, the Harry Allen aesthetic—eclectic though its manifestations may be—has a few distinct threads running through it: clean lines, conceptual openness, a willingness to dare.
A round-up of this week’s news in brief.
World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre comprises new exhibition gallery which will host Vikings: Life and Legend.
Name: Mimi Shim
Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Size: 720 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; Owned
Mimi shares this colorful, light-filled Brooklyn apartment with her husband and two cats. The space manages to feel comfortable and welcoming and yet chic and well edited. The lack of clutter and well designed living space are a testament to this couple's attention to detail, and the results are nothing short of charming.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Getting creative with space is something all New York City parents are used to. We hit the jackpot with our first place and our daughter ended up with a big (HUGE) bedroom.
Name: Sarah & David
Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1 bedroom + outdoor patio
Years lived in: 10 months; rented
Sarah and David's apartment is the perfect example of a great tenant/landlord relationship. Their apartment had great bones to begin with, with exposed brick, a beautiful chandelier, and lots of lovely traditional moldings that provide a nice contrast to the soon-to-be married pair's modern taste. In addition to that, their landlord refinished the floors and added a brand-new kitchen. And if that weren't wonderful enough, there's even a private patio, which the couple has tiled with wood patio flooring from IKEA (see last photo for a summer pic). In short, this place is every apartment dweller's dream.
With Design Indaba being a regular fixture on Cape Town's spring calendar, and the Cape Town Art Fair now in its second year, it is no surprise that an upscale international design fair has arrived on the scene. The debut of the Guild Design Fair (which runs until 9 March) sets out to emulate the best of the Basel, Miami and Milan offerings, while adding a fresh dose of 'African-ness' to the mix.
With only five commercial galleries participating - among them stalwarts such as Milan's Rossana Orlandi and New York's R & Company (formerly R 20th Century) - it's small, and less than crowded. A selection of non-profit organisations, such as the Danish government-funded Design Network Africa, and London's V&A Museum Maker Library Network, are also present, exploring 'the theme of "making" at an elevated, collectible level,' says the fair's co-founder Trevyn McGowan.
For more than a decade, McGowan and her husband Julian have been well-known trailblazers of high-end African design. Their gallery, Southern Guild, was founded in 2008, and since then, they have focused on producing limited-edition pieces from more than 50 of the country's best designers and artists. 'There is a wealth of talent here. I'm approached often by makers,' says McGowan, who plans to focus in on, rather than expand, her network. Last October, a selection of the gallery's works launched Johannesburg's new Museum of African Design, and the Guild pop-up shop Artisan features smaller limited-edition jewellery, ceramics and accessories, selected by McGowan.
Zesty Meyers, co-founder of R & Company tacked on visits to makers' studios around the country in addition to exhibiting. 'There's a palpable energy here and a big drive for people to find their voice,' he says. 'It feels like South Africa is right on the brink of having its moment.' For participating US designers Jeff Zimmerman and David Wiseman, and Spanish born Nacho Carbonell, whose sculptural playground is a stand out feature of Guild, the opportunity to meet South African designers was new and invigorating. 'There is so much enthusiasm, and enviable studio space,' says Zimmerman.
McGowan plans for Guild to become an annual event. So far, feedback has been largely positive. 'I came not expecting to sell much,' says Orlandi 'but there are many international collectors, beyond the usual crowd. It has been a big surprise.'
Chinese artist Xu Bing’s majestic ‘Phoenix’ installation has spread its wings inside the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York. The work will be suspended from the building's nave for the next year, having migrated from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA).
Crafted from workers’ tools and debris salvaged from demolition sites across Beijing, the monumental duet of birds draws on both fenghuang (Chinese phoenix mythology) and the city’s ever-evolving landscape as it continues to reach skywards with a slew of new architectural projects.
Feng, identified as the male of the pair, and the female, Huang, together weigh over 12 tonnes, measuring 90 and 100 feet respectively. As the pair twist and turn through the nave, a closer look reveals the medley of screwdrivers, tubing, shovels and drills that comprise the sculptures. The work is a commentary on the radical economic changes fuelling China. ‘The phoenix of today’s China bears countless scars,’ says Xu Bing. ‘It has lived through great hardship. But it has adorned itself with great respect.’
The creation of ‘Phoenix’ was an arduous process that began several years ago in 2008, when Xu Bing was struck by the low-tech techniques used in construction sites and the high-tech structures that would soon fill them. Inspired by this contrast, the artist teamed up with a crew of migrant factory labourers on the outskirts of Beijing to realise his artwork. ‘The method is unsophisticated, like Chinese lanterns,’ explains the artist. ‘At the same time, it is also in keeping with the Western concept of ready-made assemblage.’
The installation of the sculptures at the hallowed cathedral became in itself part of the art work, as New York residents were treated to glimpses of the process over the course of two months prior to its unveiling. Arriving in sections on flatbed trucks, the works were carried into the cathedral, where over 30 hoists and 140 ft of truss were used to help them take flight.
Pueblo Mágico: Ein geschickt gestapelter Wohnhaus-Drilling in Valle de Bravo baut auf exponierte Hanglage und Stauseeblick.
Auf den Spuren der Honigsammler: die Tischserie mit den sechs Ecken von Tokujin Yoshioka.
It is not every day you can combine robot thespians, a former Young Musician of the Year and the band of the Royal Dragoons to promote the UK’s IT sector. So Sunday will be a unique occasion. And when the … Continue reading →