Archive for September, 2014

MADE Is Turning 8

By gillian zwengler

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On September 16, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show threw an early birthday party for MADE at the Gilded Lily, an underground bar and nightclub in Chelsea. A fitting venue for a design-conscious crowd, the entirety of the space is surrounded by gold, cushioned seats and in the center, a massive chandelier hung from the ceiling, which created a mysterious, lighting effect throughout.

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re[Framing] Provincetown

By Lucy

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The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is celebrating its centennial this year, and they’re transforming the community into an interactive art exhibit to mark the occasion. re[Framing] Provincetown: Animating History through Sharing fuses the past and the present, placing Provincetown artworks at their subject points and juxtaposing them with empty frames. The contrast between seeing the art and artist’s original viewpoint showcases the town’s beauty as well as its importance in the North American artistic world. Dispersed throughout the city in 25 locations, the project, conceived and curated by TsAO & McKOWN, also encourages viewer interaction. The empty frame practically begs to be filled with personal and social interactions, an ideal arrangement for appreciating 100-year-old art in today’s modern world.

re[Framing] Provincetown will be up through October 19. If you’re around New England, be sure to stop through and share your new Provincetown memories and experiences via #reframingptown!

photos courtesy of TsAO & McKOWN

photos courtesy of TsAO & McKOWN

On Now: Detroit Design City

By alexandra

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Once known for its booming auto industry, Detroit is now home to a growing design community that supports the local economy and is helping to revitalize the area. The fourth annual celebration, which runs through September 28th, is the brainchild of The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), which connects Detroit’s creative talent to global markets, advocates for policies and programs that support the local design and manufacturing of consumer products, and promotes Detroit’s design and creative talent. The work of hundreds of designers and creative practitioners from the region will be on display for visitors.

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Spin Ceramics US Opening

By yvonne

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Last week, Spin Ceramics, a porcelain and stoneware company from Shanghai, successfully celebrated the opening of their flagship store in the SoHo district of New York City. Located on Crosby Street, the grand opening also marks their debut into the US.

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12 Faces vase set designed by Tong Wei.

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Burning Man

By gillian zwengler

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After six years of waiting, eight months of planning, one cross-country plane ride and a 36-hour journey from San Francisco, I finally arrived at Burning Man – a 70,000-person strong city that exists for just seven days in Nevada’s Black Rock desert before everything is packed up and burned to the ground.

From an architecture and design perspective, Burning Man is entirely unique. Artists spend months developing elaborate, large-scale installations and there is more art at Burning Man than you could ever hope to experience within a weeklong timeframe. Such vibrancy and beauty could only emerge from something as lifeless as the desert – the stark contrast between the dry, dusty playa bed and the ethereal, oftentimes otherworldly, installations let you appreciate the artworks in a completely new way.

photo-4                                    Embrace, designed by The Pier Group

One of the major attractions at this year’s Burn was Embrace, a four-story wooden sculpture. Inside, a long, winding set of stairs led straight to the top, where you could look out through the sculpture’s eyes and onto vastness of the playa. Connecting the two forms was a massive, electronic beating heart that filled the structure with the cathartic sounds of our own internal rhythms. My favorite part of Embrace occurred only in the brief moments after the sun rose each morning and the space between the sculptures lips was illuminated, almost as if the two figures were greeting the new day with a fiery kiss. Embrace burned to the ground early Friday morning in front of thousands of revelers, myself included, and its smoky destruction was every bit as epic as its existence.

photo-5                                            Robert Allen’s fabrics made a special appearance

For me, other Burning Man highlights included a pirate ship themed art car with a fully functioning merry-go-round, a bowling alley in the middle of the desert that streamed The Big Lebowski, and, of course, The Man, the festivals’ very own Northstar, which served as the focal point of the event throughout the duration of the week.

Although the music and art are incredible, Burning Man is much more profound than any song or sculpture can ever express. Each year, people come to the desert to create magic together and the energy that’s generated by this beautiful, bizarre community of people from all over the world is electric. It’s refreshing. It’s a radically open environment based on giving with no expectation of receiving anything in return. While I was there, the honest, heartfelt conversations, shared sunrises and deep, soulful hugs with strangers filled my heart with more light, love and positivity than I ever dreamed imaginable. It’s no wonder so many people call Burning Man home.

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If you’ve ever considered attending Burning Man – go. Go to the desert with an open heart and an open mind. The playa will provide the rest.

In dust we trust.

London Calling Design

By jacqui

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Among the multitude of events taking place around London Design Festival (September 13-21), the Global Design Forum (September 15-19), Decorex International (September 21-24), and 100% Design form the big events. The latter (September 17-20) celebrates its 20th edition this year (twentieth!), which makes those of us who remember the fledgling years suddenly feel old. The speaker line-up for 100% Design this year features Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby, whose ticketed event is part of a talk series related to another anniversary—the Design Museum’s 25th birthday. It also serves up conversations between design and publishing luminaries, like Jaime Hayon and Icon’s Christopher Turner, and Philippe Starck and Wallpaper’s Tony Chambers. Another highlight: architect Mark Dytham—from Tokyo’s KDa and founder of PechaKucha—will host a special PechaKucha event that plays on the theme of ‘20,’ in which key speakers from previous PechaKuchas have 20 seconds to present 20 images. Should be a blast.

Below: A Design Kaleidoscope by Thomas.Matthews combining the Magis Heatstool by Thomas Heatherwick with the Wingback chair by James UK—one of the kaleidoscopes in an exhibition celebrating 100% Design’s 20th birthday.

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