Archive for February, 2014

Byung Hoon Choi at Friedman Benda

By Lucy

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For art and design lovers, nothing in the city can currently top In One Stroke, opening tonight at Friedman Benda.

The first United States solo-exhibition of prolific Korean artist Byung Hoon Choi, In One Stroke explores the intersection of sculpture, object, and space. Choi crafted 11 monumental “benches” chiseled from basalt stone that display raw and refined natural occurring shapes. The beauty of these pieces stems from the inherent material as well as Choi’s artistic choices and manipulations of the stone.

There is, however, much more to this work than meets the eye. The benches embody the individualities that allude to Daoist and Zen notions of journeys through nature and the awakening of dormant ideas. Choi also delves into his personal journey and cultural history, referencing the mountains of the Gangwon-do and Ganghwa provinces and in which he grew up and now resides. The pieces continue his artistic dialogue with other prominent 20th century sculptors, such Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Isamu Noguchi, and architects like Alvar Aalto.

Choi’s work is held in numerous collections worldwide, including: the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea), the Korean Culture and Art Foundation, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was awarded the annual award from the Korean Craft Council in 1989, and in 2007, he received the Grand Prize at the Seoul Living Design Fair.

In One Stroke runs at Friedman Benda (515 W. 26th St.) from February 27-March 29. Don’t miss the chance to see Choi’s inaugural US exhibit!

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The Ferrari of Kitchens – Now on Display at the Arclinea Showroom in Milan

By cecilia fortuna

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What’s happening in Milan these days? The Arclinea showroom is a hotspot as it debuts the “Artusi project.” The Artusi kitchen, designed by the archistar Antonio Citterio and manufactured by Arclinea, is equipped with the most expensive collection of appliances that exists today: the Grand Cuisine by Electrolux.  A marriage of haute cuisine,  it is a revolution in the kitchen. Used by chefs for over 90 years, Electrolux brings the professional cooking systems chosen by over half the Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe directly into the most exclusive homes around the world for the first time.

Grand Cuisine transforms the home food experience, offering technology that is applied to blast chillers, vacuum-packing machines and combined ovens for maximum daily use. It allows for the full potential of professional techniques such as “cook & chill” and “sous-vide” that have influenced how food is prepared and served in top restaurants. Over recent years we have seen a boom in well-informed foodies and gourmands. From refined ingredients to cutting-edge techniques, a passion for cooking has become a true way of life for many.  Grand Cuisine offers complete customization, in the same way as Ferrari builds the tailor-made car.  Grand Cuisine’s installation team will ensure that your kitchen is as practical to work in as it is aesthetically pleasing to look at. The result: a cooking system that allows accomplished cooks to achieve the exceptional, while empowering anyone to excel and enjoy the experience of home entertaining.

A dream finally comes true!

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THE LIVING WINS MOMA PS1 2014 YAP CHALLENGE WITH 100% ORGANIC BRICK TOWERS

By kristin

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The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 have just announced The Living as the winner of the 2014 Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. A kind of holy grail for emerging architectural talent, every year YAP invites architects to develop creative, eco-minded designs for a temporary installation in PS1’s outdoor courtyard that incorporates elements of shade, seating and water. This summer, the NY-based design and research studio, The Living, will provide the backdrop for PS1’s Warm Up music series with Hy-Fi – a series of twisting, morphing, compostable brick towers made from agricultural waste.

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Exterior view of PS1 (photo via The Living)

A nod to both the shimmering skyscrapers and brick buildings that dot the city’s landscape, Hy-Fi will be built from a mixture of organic and reflective bricks, designed to play off the unique properties of two novel materials. The bottom of the structure will feature organic bricks made from a combination of agricultural waste (corn stalks) and mushroom mycelium (a natural, self-assembling glue) – a process developed by Ecovative but used on a large scale for the first time with Hy-Fi. Meanwhile, the top of the towers will contain reflective bricks, developed in collaboration with 3M, which will serve as growing trays for the organic bricks and, once constructed, bounce light down on the towers and the ground.

“Recurring to the latest developments in biotech, it reinvents the most basic component of architecture—the brick—as both a material of the future and a classic trigger for open-ended design possibilities,” says MoMA curator Pedro Gadanho.

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Interior view of PS1 courtyard (photo via The Living)

Sustainable architecture is nothing new for the 15-year-old YAP series – past winners have incorporated recycled materials and anti-polluting nanotechnology into their designs – but Hy-Fi is the first installation to be built with a near-zero carbon footprint. According to MoMA, “The structure temporarily diverts the natural carbon cycle to produce a building that grows out of nothing but earth and returns to nothing but earth—with almost no waste, no energy needs, and no carbon emissions.”

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Rendering of this summer’s PS1 Warm Up series (photo via The Living)

We can’t wait to see the final result of this living structure. If successful, it could create a whole new paradigm for architecture. At a minimum, it will introduce the public to the concept of bio design. Hy-Fi will open at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens in late June.

And the Award Goes to…

By danielle

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We were honored to be one of six design sites to participate in NY NOW‘s Blogger’s Choice Awards. Picking a winner wasn’t an easy task as the aisles of Accent on Design were full of original and imaginative products. After careful thought, we selected Marmol Radziner Jewelry. Their wearable architecture caught our eye. The division is an extension of the Los Angeles design/build architectural firm Marmol Radziner. All pieces are made in the same workshop where the models and full-scale building details are done. The result – a handcrafted line of jewelry born of buildings.

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Here’s a look at what our fellow bloggers selected…

Glenn Jackson Taylor, Core77: American Design Club for Bower’s Tipsy.

Tharra Pillai, The Grommet: American Design Club for Lara Knutson’s Iridescent/Metallic Nebula Necklace

Hollister Hovey, HollisterHovey.blogspot.com: Ameico Inc, exclusive U.S. distributor for See Concept for See Concept’s Paris reading glasses

Marisa Marcantonio, Stylebeat: Finell for its Hex three piece baking dish set

Stephanie Murg, Unbeige: Neo-utility for its Boskke Cube

Maison & Objet is coming to the Americas!

By cecilia fortuna

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Maison & Objet, France’s premiere design fair is coming to the Americas! The international fair will be hosted at the Miami Beach Convention Center (12-15 May 2015).

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For the moment let’s take a closer look at the designers and emerging trends from the last edition of Maison & Objet Paris (24-28 January 2014). One of our favorites, Tom Dixon was named M&O designer of the year.  We also saw an array of new talent including Dimore Studio. Founded in Milan by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, the promising pair seamlessly blends vintage and modern, softness and rigidity, light and dark. Their work is admired by many, including Ian Schrager who commissioned them to redesign the Pump Room at the Public Hotel in Chicago.

Landscape seemed to be a major trend at the fair. Molo showed beautiful light in the shape of clouds and soft walls all made of paper.

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For some mountain flavor, Cinna made little tables where you can see the rings of the logs.

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The French brand Domestic showcased a beautiful array of objects designed by designers, graphic designers and artists. Focusing on innovative concepts and themes, the collections rethink the place of role of ornament and decoration in interiors.

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