Week of June 6, 2021
A wrap up all the recent design news
Known for the design of high-tech airports, skyscrapers, and public spaces worldwide, architect Helmut Jahn died May 8 in a bicycle accident near his home in St. Charles, Illinois, outside Chicago. Jahn, who was 81, had remained active in his office; his death came as a shock to a city currently grappling with the future of one of his signature works, the leviathan glass-and-tile James R.
In the 1970s, the innovators of the Italian group Radical Design fashioned a new vision of the home, rethinking the relations within it and the collective utopia around the domestic space.
SINGAPORE – In 1963, the year Singapore declared de facto independence from British rule, modern art pioneer Ho Ho Ying issued a rallying cry to his fellow artists. “Realism has passed its golden age; Impressionism has done its duty; Fauvism and Cubism are declining.
Loewe Weaves collection launches with Sotheby’s Spanish luxury house Loewe launches a series of artist-designed chestnut roasters, in collaboration with Sotheby’s Buy Now platform From basketry to blanket making, a cacophony of craft techniques have been given a global platform by Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson.
Momo glossy-lacquered stools/tables in Danish ash, wood composite, and Ettore Sottsass ALPI Veneer by Studio Yolk. A collaboration with Humberto Leon, the non-repeating mural is inspired by a tree’s core, emulating wood grain on a giant scale.
The master of Italian radical design is reimagined through the lens of contemporary artists in Museum’s “Out in the World with Gaetano Pesce” At 81, the Italian iconoclastic designer and architect Gaetano Pesce is still kicking against the boundaries of art, design, and industry from his studio in Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Review A new exhibition brings together the works of four artists who, in their very different ways, emerged at a time when female roles in British society were about to change forever. They were among the most innovative and, at times, sought-after artists of their day, a quartet of painters who are celebrated together in an exhibition that highlights their coincidental and deliberate connections.
alessi celebrates its centenary with a collection of playful, iconic pieces by ettore sottsass in new, candy-hued colorways, as well as objects by andrea branzi, kuno prey and bertolani becchelli associati. the celebrations, which start this may and will last until april 2022, begin with a project dedicated to industrial craftsmanship, a value of the company’s design excellence represented by the historical ‘twergi’ collection.
He was honored for “Travels With My Aunt,” “Death on the Nile” and “Tess.” He was also renowned for the outlandish outfits he created for Glenn Close as the evil Cruella de Vil.
Today, no one needs a watch to tell them the time halfway around the world (hello, phones). Most people don’t need a watch to count milliseconds, measure water depth, or remind them of what day it is, though they might want these complications.
National Portrait Gallery to hold Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 at Cromwell Place – Museums + Heritage Advisor
Artworks selected from submissions to the annual photography competition will be on display at the recently redeveloped arts hub between 10 th November 2021 and 2 nd January 2022. This marks the second consecutive year the show has not been held in the National Portrait Gallery, as the site undergoes a multi-million-pound overhaul as part of the Inspiring People project.
In December 1979, the 28-year-old Hugo Vickers, dining with a friend, declared: ‘I see little point to life these days.’ The following day, an editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson rang to tell him that Cecil Beaton, seriously debilitated by a stroke, was looking for a biographer.
Launched out of dealer Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn’s East 94th Street brownstone in 2003, Salon 94 has since gone on to take the global art world by storm. With locations throughout Manhattan and spots at major international fairs, the blue-chip platform represents seminal artists like Judy Chicago, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Derick Adams, as well as the estates of interdisciplinary mavericks Carlo Mollino and Donald Judd, among others.
A recent record-smashing auction result is just the latest high point in Adams’s rapidly rising market.
Depicting cows, goats, chickens, rams, flowers, and, even, lions, a series of decorative wall tiles have been uncovered inside a historic Warsaw milk bar. Designed by one of the eminent ceramic artists of the PRL era, Bolesław Książek, the tiles were revealed while renovations were being conducted on Złota Kurka, a milk bar that first opened in 1952 in the capital’s MDM district.
In the design world, the 1980s are perhaps best remembered for their definitive rejection of modernism’s austerity in favor of excess. Interior Design Hall of Fame member Robert Venturi put it best with the idiom “less is a bore,” paving the way for an American return to color, pluralism, and a Miami Vice aesthetic.
All images courtesy of Chanel In the chalky, cavernous ruins in the idyllic French town of Les Baux-de-Provence, presented its latest Cruise 2022 show via a digital livestream. By now, we know the drill. No audience, no spectacle.
Still creating excitement and introspection at age 92, contemporary artist Yayoi Kasuma just opened a showcase of her latest pumpkin-inspired work at the New York Botanical Garden. “Kasuma: Cosmic Nature” is a combination of her past and recent art in an attempt to conceptualize her relationship
Many describe the work of Alvar Aalto as an embodiment of the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk (a total work of art), where architecture, design, and art merge into one. The Finnish architect is a pioneer in the so-called organic strand of modern architecture in the early 20th century and has strongly influenced what we know today as Scandinavian architecture.
“I wanted to create a fresh, very bright beach home,” designer Charles Allem said to AD in 2006. He was speaking of his own pied-à-terre in Miami Beach, Florida. Seen here is the entrance to the living room. “The sculptural forms help maintain the feel of continuous flow throughout,” he noted.
Of all the designers who resuscitated a Paris label during 40 years of fashion necromancy, none was better than Alber Elbaz at the house of Lanvin, where he was creative director from 2001 to 2015. Even Karl Lagerfeld channelling Gabrielle Chanel never had the rapport with or respect for his foundress that Elbaz, who has died aged 59 of Covid-19, did with Jeanne Lanvin.
There’s an expansive exhibition of a Melbourne artist who hung out with Leonard Cohen, had an epiphany watching a solar eclipse in Greece, and made important art with house paint. In partnership with Heide, we look back on Robert Owen’s life – and the work he’s making now.