When MoMA’s curator of Contemporary Architecture and Museum Design not only finds occasion to go to Flint, Michigan, but has reason to wax on about it, it is quite worth paying attention. Brought there to opinionate on architectural submissions for a pavilion, Pedro Gadanho found himself in a state of thrall upon discovering a side to the city that did not involve depressing abandoned houses and decrepit shopfronts. It had to do with the citizens themselves and what they had accomplished during these difficult times. Not to mention the Renaissance tapestries at the renovated Art Institute…
The Bouroullec’s don’t do things by halves, to be sure. Exercising a balance of particularity and perfectionism in all things, they manage to apply a fresh approach to each project that they choose to undertake.
The link between sweet and nasty is really not any different to that between love and hate, high and low, good and bad…
In a series of micro-stories that through its innately fragmented nature vividly reveals the multitudinous aspects of the fascinatingly complex country that is Brazil, Pedro Gadanho calls it like he sees it, in some cases through the car window. This is a travelogue of the most insightful sort, with descriptions that faithfully convey the country’s raw and complex physicality interwoven with factual titbits and emotionally charged remarks. Perhaps the most exciting thing is that after reading it, you feel like you have just made a sojourn to Brazil. And that you absorbed every aspect of the culture.
I once saw a homeless person outside a fine restaurant in Tokyo, eating a bowl of white rice while smelling the meal inside. The smile on his face inspired me to try the same thing.
Physically, Thomas Lommée often occupies a space in Brussels, but where is his head at, really? With group, collaborative, and solo projects for corporate and cultural clients that range from Droog Lab, the Liege and Istanbul design Biennials, Z33, Samsung, and the ongoing work of the Intrastructures studio, this proponent of open design sees the role of designers as one “shifting from being inventors towards being observers, connectors and entrepreneurs…”
Tom Dixon is a designer who has well and truly played the field. With hands in pies of all flavours he has shown an exceptional capacity for designing to the nth degree. The scale of the project doesn’t seem to have any effect on his desire to exercise his metier, and exercise it he does.
An ambitious, heart-and-soul-felt project is underway in Ramallah. Dubbed Disarming Design, a team of designers from the International Academy of Arts Palestine, ICCO, and Studio Devet, is collaborating in the development of a collection that incorporates the ancient traditions of their homeland, including carpentry, smithery, building and tailoring, to arrive at an authentic interpretation of contemporary ideas. Travelling cross-country to explore the workshops and learn about everything from traditional techniques to materials, these intrepid designers are proud to be producing what is deemed to be the very first collection of Palestinian products of the current time.
This artist duo has a penchant for the concept of phantom limbs – literally, metaphorically and metaphysically. Their oeuvre embodies as much intellectual reasoning as it does emotive sensation, with complex sculptures that contain both aspects at once. In a recent exhibition their work is interwoven with objects derived from the inventory of a medical museum…
This young designer is pulling out all the stops. On the one hand, he has launched an initiative to rid the world of landmines, a passion that harks back to his Afghan childhood. And on quite the other, he is busy concocting culinary books and devices inspired by the positive riches of his homeland.