By Luci Slater
The 15th International Architecture Exhibition- La Biennale di Venezia, which began May 28 and is on display through November 27, 2016, is in full swing. This year’s theme, Reporting From the Front, is directed by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, who is best known for social-housing projects. The exhibition is laid out in a unitary sequence from the Central Pavilion to the Arsenale, which includes 88 participants from 37 different countries. The major concepts and messages that the theme expresses include awareness, perspective, need, opportunity, and choice, encouraging architecture to make a make a difference.
This year, the United States Pavilion presents The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects designed for specific sites in Detroit, Michigan. The project is co-curated by Cynthia Davidson, executive director of the nonprofit Anyone Corporation think tank in New York and editor of the international architecture journal Log, and Mónica Ponce de León, dean of Princeton University School of Architecture, founding principal of MPdL Studio, and former dean of University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, who the U.S. Department of State chose to organize the exhibition.
Together with an eleven-member Detroit advisory board, the co-curators picked four sites including vacant land along the Dequindre Cut near Eastern Market, an abandoned light industrial building and its paved surroundings in Southwest Detroit/Mexicantown, a massive U.S. Postal Service sorting facility and vacant block on the riverfront, and the abandoned and decrepit Packard Automotive Plant. Although they are specific sites, the curators want the ideas expressed by the architecture to become a model for other post-industrial cities facing similar practical challenges.
In order to select the architects, Davidson and Ponce de León issued a nationwide call for expression of interest in producing state-of-the-art architectural proposals for Detroit. With over 250 responses, Davidson and Ponce de León selected 12 teams: A(n) Office, Detroit (Marcelo López-Dinardi, V. Mitch McEwen); BairBalliet, Chicago and Columbus, OH (Kristy Balliet, Kelly Bair); Greg Lynn FORM, Los Angeles (Greg Lynn); Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta (Mack Scogin, Merrill Elam); Marshall Brown Projects, Chicago (Marshall Brown); MOS, New York (Hilary Sample, Michael Meredith); Pita & Bloom, Los Angeles (Florencia Pita, Jackilin Hah Bloom); Present Future, Houston (Albert Pope, Jesús Vassallo); Preston Scott Cohen Inc., Cambridge, MA (Preston Scott Cohen); SAA/Stan Allen Architect, New York (Stan Allen); T+E+A+M, Ann Arbor, MI (Thom Moran, Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, Meredith Miller); Zago Architecture, Los Angeles (Andrew Zago, Laura Bouwman).
In the fall of 2015, the teams walked their project sites, and throughout the year have worked with community leaders and citizens to discuss each site’s aspirations and ideas before beginning their projects. Three architect teams were assigned to each site, whose purpose of the project is to demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness within the area. The architecture serves as an idea and makes visible hidden possibilities within the sites. The architects proposed programs and forms for the sites not as fixes for Detroit but as provocations for convening public conversations about the design challenges that face the 21st-century city.
Ponce de León’s design for the pavilion is a series of column signs announcing the exhibition in Detroit’s eight most commonly spoken languages. The 248-page cataLog, edited by Davidson, is available at the United States Pavilion and the bookshops inside the exhibition venues. The exhibit also includes 20 postcard views of Detroit, which Davidson and photographer Camilo José Vergara selected from the 463 entries to “My Detroit”, a postcard photo contest that the curators held last fall. These free souvenir postcards, many featuring images by Detroit photographers, each tell a short story about the Motor City.
The exhibition has been divided into four rooms – one for each site – and is a compilation of physical models, drawings, renderings, and various process work. Architect Greg Lynn even uses the Microsoft HoloLens in order to conceptualize and showcase his education center redesign of the Packard Plant, which has been abandoned for a half century. Other speculative projects ranged from a governmental center to house some 68,000 refugees by Andrew Zago to a vertical botanical garden by Stan Allen Architect. The exhibit will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in February 2017.
For more information about The Architectural Imagination, visit www.thearchitecturalimagination.org
The Architectural Imagination, 2016. U.S. Pavilion courtyard. Photo by Salam Rida.
The Architectural Imagination, 2016. Mexican Town. Photo by Salam Rida.
The Architectural Imagination, 2016. Packard Plant. Photo by Salam Rida.
The Architectural Imagination, 2016. Dequindre Cut. Photo by Salam Rida.
By Luci Slater
AJ Madison just announced the official launch of the AJ Madison Kitchen Design Group. The company is recognized as the industry’s foremost appliance authority, and offers an unrivaled selection of top rate appliances as well as customer service. The AJ Madison Kitchen Design Group will work with the design community through a new state-of-the-art appliance showroom in Brooklyn, where clients can experiences 60+ appliance brands in person.
AJ Madison and Miele, a manufacturer of high-end domestic products, is pleased to host a Riedel Wine Glass tasting workshop on Tuesday, June 7 (that’s tomorrow!) in order to introduce clients to their new flagship showroom. While presented with some of the newest and high-end domestic appliances at the showroom, guests will also learn about the relationship between the shape of the glass and the perception and enjoyment of wine.
Each participant will receive a complimentary Riedel Veritas Tasting Set that includes 3 glasses. The event is 21 and over. Count us in!
For more information go to: https://www.ajmadison.com/appliances/events/wine-tasting-event-june-2016
Tuesday June 7, 2016
AJ Madison Showroom
3605 13th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11218
ICFF is only two days away! North America’s platform for global design is in its 28th year and will feature more than 750 exhibitors of furnishings, textiles, and accessories for residential and commercial interiors from across the globe
For four-days from May 14 – 17, 165,000 net square feet of the Javits Center in New York will come alive with more than 32,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers, all under one roof. The general public are invited to attend ICFF on its final day of Tuesday, May 17.
Contingents from the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Brazilian Furniture, British European Design Group (BEDG), Ceramics of Italy, Design Philippines, Furniture New York, The Furniture Society (U.S.), Inside Norway, Interiors from Spain, HO.MI New York and Portugal Brands attend the show annually making this a truly global fair in the heart of New York City.
Not only a fair for exhibitors and visitors to launch new products or receive inspiration ICFF offers more with talks and education to awards. If you are a first time visitor or need a quick reminder, here’s our synopsis of what to expect:
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the ICFF’s education partner and will once again offer CEU-approved programming for all design professionals. Positioned on the show’s third floor (booth 3888), ASID at ICFF will bring together thought leaders and industry experts to present insightful content.
The tracks will include six sessions for designers on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, with student programming on Monday, May 16. These six sessions will provide designers and architects a total of 0.6 CEU (pending IDCEC and AIA approval). Topics range from business practices to the impact of design on the human experience. Alongside these educational sessions ACTIVATE, the student experience presented by ASID, will help students kick start their interior design career with the opportunity to learn how best to engage with the profession and industry at trade shows from a curated tour of ASID National Industry Partner booths guided by professional designers, as well as the opportunity to build their network and receive one-on-one feedback on their resume and portfolio from industry professionals.
Positioned right on the show floor, ICFF Talks features panels of industry leaders discussing changes, new introductions, materials and trends in the interior design world. Topics ranging from Designing for Small Spaces, The Advantages of a Good Design Network to Retail Stores for Today’s Savvy Shopper.
Moderated by the editors of leading industry media such as Interior Design, Azure, Dwell, Metropolis, Surface, Wallpaper, Architizer and Interni a wide range of topics are addressed.
A full selection of the talks can be located here.
ICFF Editors Awards:
ICFF brings together the industry’s top editors to choose the best of the best of the year’s design crop. On the opening day of the show, nine editors explore the exhibition floor looking for the most standout designs in the categories of furniture, seating, flooring, lighting, accessories, materials, wall covering, kitchen & bath, outdoor furniture, and booth design to put their stamp of approval.
Tickets and Registration:
Tickets may be purchased on-site (by credit card only). Tickets are $60 per person and nonrefundable.
DATES AND HOURS:
Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Monday, May 16 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Trade and General Public
Tuesday, May 17 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
(11th Avenue at 38th Street)
New York City
For the first time, designjunction, based out of the UK, will partner with Dwell on Design for NYCxDESIGN. The show will take place within the warehouse-style ArtBeam venue in New York’s cultural hotspot, Chelsea and is a must see during NYCxDESIGN.
The collaboration between designjunction—which launched in the US in May 2015—and Dwell on Design, will bring together 30 of designjunction’s premier European design brands along with Dwell on Design’s industry-renowned talk program – curated by Dwell magazine’s editor-in-chief and executive Vice President of content, Amanda Dameron – where industry experts and thought leaders from all sectors of the creative industries will ignite conversation and spark debate on the future of design.
Visitors can experience a pop-up workspace by WeWork and a cafe featuring new designs from Muuto and Vitra. Meanwhile on the speaker schedule is everything from fine dining, driverless cars to the art of boredom. Speakers over the 3 days will include Caroline Baumann, director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museums; creative husband-and-wife duo Dorothy Cosonas, creative director of KnollTextiles, and Tim deFiebre, furniture designer and a former assistant to the late Ward Bennett; Paulo Kos of West Elm and Devin Vermeulen of WeWork to name but a few.
The Keynote speaker on Friday, May 13 is legendary graphic designer Bob Gill who will make his last speaking appearance, on his perspectives on art and design over the past 65 years.
Ahead of designjunction on May 11, 6.30pm – 8.30pm join A|N, designjunction + Dwell on Design and multiple showrooms in the Flatiron District for a night of cocktails and design! Register here.
designjunction runs from May 13 – 15 at ArtBeam, 540 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011
With its third edition happening on May 13 – 16, 2016, Sight Unseen OFFSITE coincides with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and NYCxDESIGN. Produced and curated annually by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, the co-founders of the editorial and curatorial consultancy, Sight Unseen, Sight Unseen OFFSITE provides a platform for the most directional, cutting-edge ideas in contemporary furniture design, with a special emphasis on independent studios, forward-thinking brands, and the best and brightest American talents.
Over the past two shows one has been able to see presentations by the likes of Grey Area, Tai Ping, Kelly Behun, Field Experiments, and last year, a Katie Stout pillow playground was added along with an American Design Club exhibition, and more.
This year the show takes over a new space with double the square-footage, inside the iconically sloped 1974 W.R. Grace building, boasting floor-to-ceiling views onto Bryant Park directly below, and Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer have set the bar high with an even more ambitious curatorial program.
Sight Unseen OFFSITE once again are partnering with Ford to bring the design thinking behind its cars to life, with a special immersive infinite sound bath installation “TOPO”, by the architecture firm Leong Leong. “TOPO” turns a flowing field of more than a thousand foam rollers, typically found in gyms, into a kind of musical instrument, using acoustic actuators to pick up ambient sounds and translate them into a sonic soundscape. The effect will be will create the sensation of being in different acoustic spaces depending where one is in the space and on how the different frequencies amplify and cancel each other out. With mirrors lining the installation, the overall effect distorts perceptions of distance, scale, and space.
In addition to this acrylic and foam paradise, this year’s show will also have a major Norwegian element – an exhibition of works created by five Norwegian studios in collaboration with five American studios. Following a trip to Norway last year, Sight Unseen’s editors set up a cross-cultural exchange pairing five entrepreneurial American studios with five up-and-coming Norwegian studios, who spent six months together working long-distance on objects that utilize an American workshop for fabrication and that can be independently manufactured for future sales. The result is Norway x New York, a collection of collaborative furniture and lighting with a debut at Sight Unseen OFFSITE.
Sight Unseen OFFSITE runs from Friday, May 13 through Monday, May 16, 2016.
DATE AND HOURS:
Friday, May 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM – Monday, May 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM
5/13: 12pm – 7pm
5/14: 11am – 7pm
5/15: 11am – 7pm
5/16: 9am – 5pm
1114 Avenue of the Americas
The 6th edition of WantedDesign begins this month, with innovative products to see, great people to meet, and thought-provoking programs to attend, the lineup across their Manhattan and Brooklyn locations is one of their best yet.
WantedDesign’s original event location, the landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue in West Chelsea’s Historic District, has become a creative destination for the international design community. In 2016, WantedDesign Manhattan will be more international than ever covering 15 countries, including eight country pavilions: Argentina, France, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Canada (Quebec), Tunisia and the Netherlands. There will also be a strong Italian presence with some of the most renowned and innovative Italian design brands, including Alessi, Cappellini, Effeti, Horm.it, and Moroso.
The expansion to a second location at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn reflects the growing importance of Brooklyn as a hub for multidisciplinary creative thinkers and makers. Discover Transatlantic Creative Exchange and We Trust in Wood exhibitions at WantedDesign Brooklyn as well as Made in Western North Carolina, ECAL’s “Heart of Glass”, the Rado Star Prize for the 1st time in the U.S., and the 5th edition of their Design Schools Workshop.
With two events this May visitors can experience innovative installations, memorable products, pop-up stores, interactive experiences, convivial lounges, thought-provoking student workshops, engaging discourse and more.
Below are a few highlights of the exciting programming to look out for at this year’s shows:
“My Life in Design”
Friday, May 13, 10-11am at WantedDesign Brooklyn
WantedDesign NYC in collaboration with Be Original Americas and Alessi will come together for a talk with Alberto Alessi at Industry City on “My Life in Design” This conversation will focus on Alberto Alessi’s career, how he’s managed to accommodate nearly 300 designers and architects under the same roof, and the dreams and failures of an Italian Design Factory design manager. RSVP is a must by May 9 to email@example.com
May 14th, 15th, 16th at 12-1pm at WantedDesign Manhattan
WantedDesign continues their Conversation series, a three-day program co-presented with Metropolis Magazine and hosted in the Conversation Room at Grimshaw. WantedDesign is a place where ideas are discussed and the public can engage with professionals to better understand design culture and business. Given that, design has always been about collaborations and encounters. The Conversation Series is the ideal place to get together, confront and ponder views on the international scene of design. This year, the conversation series will explore new prospective themes, like: design and science, design and cultural identity and the future of making. – Click here for more information.
Also launching at WantedDesign this May, in partnership with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is Oui Design, a brand new program, part of the French Embassy’s initiative to enhance French-American exchange in the field of design. Oui Design will present a series of projects at WantedDesign exploring the intersection of design and savoir-faire, new production processes and the impact of design on our daily lives. The program includes the Transatlantic Creative Exchange exhibition, We Trust inWood by matali crasset and Le vent des Forets, Visual Magnetics collaboration with French graphic artists Antoine+Manuel and a conversation presented by Intramuros magazine on the collaboration between Bernhardt design and French designer Oceane Delain. Lastly, the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle-Les Ateliers (ENSCI-Les Ateliers), will be leading the WantedDesign Design Schools Workshop this year.
MANHATTAN LOCATION, DATES AND TIMES:
WantedDesign, Manhattan: May 13-16 2016
269 11th Avenue
Friday May 13: Preview (by invitation only)
Saturday May 14 & Sunday May 15: From 10am to 7pm (open to trade and public)
Monday May 16: From 10am to 7pm (open to trade only)
BROOKLYN LOCATION, DATES AND TIMES:
WantedDesign, Brooklyn: May 7-17 2016 (Closed on May 9,10,11)
Industry City in Sunset Park
274 36th Street
Saturday, May 7 – Sunday, May 8: from 11am to 6pm
Thursday, May 12 – Monday, May 16: from 11am to 6pm Tuesday, May 17: from 2pm to 6pm
BKLYN DESIGNS – one of the anchor fairs of NYCxDESIGN showcasing Brooklyn’s finest designers, makers and brands – will return to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint from May 6-8, 2016! Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, it was one of the first fairs to shine a spotlight on the rich creative economy in Brooklyn, highlighting contemporary products across furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles and jewelry. From modern heirloom furniture and artistic lighting to sustainable surfacing and handmade accessories, the show will feature inspiring products from 50+ emerging designers and established brands hailing from all corners of the borough. Complementing the amazing range of innovative furniture on display will be a variety of installations, pop-up shops, workshops/demos, a seminar series and satellite talks. Below is a list of the exciting programming to look out for at this year’s show:
Diverse array of exhibitors from independent designers to collectives: At BKLYN DESIGNS, a variety of work will be on display. Designers will launch entirely new brands (such as Cam Crockford Design, Calator Design, earthly and POPA), alongside established design veterans (including Mark Jupiter, a 4th generation NYC furniture creator and Think Fabricate a multi-disciplinary design studio).
BKLYN BUYS juried marketplace of small items for sale: The show’s curated marketplace will return giving attendees the opportunity to take a bit of the show home with them, from handcrafted accessories to beautiful books to unique design objects. The pavilion will celebrate the wealth of creativity and craftsmanship in the borough.
Pop-up shops featuring modern design goods: American Design Club will strengthen this retail hub, offering products for sale by well-known Brooklyn designers and NYCxDESIGN Destinations: Cornhole, a usable gallery of one-of-a-kind cornhole boards designed by surprise collaborators.
Showcase of Pratt student & alumni work: In an exciting partnership with the Pratt Institute, BKLYN DESIGNS will be able to represent both student and alumni work from the borough’s premier design school.
Micro Loft concept space: A collaboration between AJ Madison, AphroChic, Resource Furniture, and Con Edison, this installation will bring smart living to the forefront with cutting-edge kitchen appliances, space-saving furniture, and an all around beautiful, functional design.
Virtual reality lounge: With the huge presence of virtual reality as a tool in design and architecture, Sunchaser Entertainment and the Architecture & Design Film Festival will help us represent this important emerging technology at the show with an immersive virtual reality experience concerning space & architecture.
12 panel discussions on design, architecture, technology & more: Topics include the development of the Brooklyn waterfront, product design and fabrication, hospitality design in Brooklyn, adaptability and scale in green architecture, and designing for small spaces. There will be a variety of robust topics on the table for the show’s design-savvy audience.
Satellite talks on living, designing & entertaining: Many of the show’s installations will host talks and sessions, such as the THINK + [TABLE], where attendees are invited to grab a seat and participate in the discussion.
Workshops on textiles, 3D printing & more: A brand new initiative, the show’s Maker’s Lab will feature workshops and tutorials for those who’d like to try their hand at some of the crafts our Brooklyn designers have mastered.
On-site consultations & portfolio reviews: Aspiring designers will have a chance to connect with established designers and brands, including a portfolio review by the American Design Club.
Interactive installations for kids & adults: With the show weekend including Mother’s Day, BKLYN DESIGNS provides design-centric programming for all ages. For example, young attendees can interact with Rockwell Group’s popular Imagination Playground of architectural blocks that can be combined in different creative ways.
Cafes & bars featuring local vendors: Delicious drinks and food from local vendors will be available throughout the show.
Now in its fourth year, the Collective Design Fair in west Soho, NYC, has cemented itself as a commanding presence on the annual New York Design Week calendar, featuring works from a global roster of established and emerging galleries worldwide.
This year’s fair will showcase an exciting program of special installations, curator-led tours, and Collective Conversations featuring designers, gallerists, educators and cultural innovators exploring vital topics in the field of design.
Not to be missed is and suitably located within the entry hall of the Collective Fair, is ‘Capture’ an explorative collaboration of Rome and New York City between NOSANCHUK and Flavor Paper. ‘Capture’ combines the installation of the “Super Series” kaleidoscopic wallpapers based on David Nosanchuk’s photographs of art and architecture, for Flavor Paper with his most recent work, “Louie”, a 3D printed pendant derived from a laser mapping of a cornice detail of Louis Sullivan’s Bayard-Condict building in NYC, for .exnovo.
The ‘Super Series’ wallpapers were launched in the fall 2013 and have been met with international recognition. Since then, the works have been acquired for the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt, a Smithsonian Institution and Les Art Decoratifs, Paris.
New to the fair for 2016 is Collective Concept, a capsule presentation where contemporary designers working in lighting, furnishings, ceramics or textiles are encouraged to explore new directions and reconnect with the roots of their design thinking. Each designer will create a fully realized environment onsite, providing a rare view into the creative practice.
Here Fort Standard, a collaborative partnership between Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings will be debuting their new collection entitled ‘Qualities of Material’ The collection pushes natural materials such as wood, stone and leather beyond conventional limits and applications thereby delving further into the experimental dimension of their design process.
Also part of Collective Concept is Lindsey Adelman. Founded in 2006, Adelman’s studio signature aesthetic was born with the release of its first product: the Branching Bubble chandelier, which combines organic elements of blown glass with more rational machined components. Since then, the studio has explored that same visual tension throughout a range of products and disciplines, working with an expanded materials palette to create products from concrete tile to wallpaper.
An exclusive exhibition of graduate work from the Cranbrook 3D Design Department has also been curated for the 2016 fair. Fine Design for the End of the World will explore how today’s most pressing challenges—such as social and economic inequalities, rampant material consumption, and environmental degradation—can become subjects for critical and poetic reflection in design objects.
Skylight Clarkson, 550 Washington Street, New York City
DATES AND TIMES:
May 3: 3-6pm Press & Collector’s Preview
May 3: 6-9pm VIP Opening
May 4-7: 11am-8pm
May 8: 11am-5pm
After 15 years of celebrating artists and their handmade work during the Holiday season, The Mart has added a Spring Show, launching this weekend, April 29-May 1.
If you are stumped in finding a birthday or Mother’s Day gift, visitors can shop directly from 300 talented makers from across North America to find something truly unique and handmade. Alongside the shopping experience there will be food, entertainment and Spring-themed programming.
Products such as Ceramics, Home Goods, Jewelry, Sculpture and even goods for Pets amongst others will be available to purchase.
Tickets are available to purchase online and are valid for all 3 days.
DATES AND TIMES:
Friday, April 29, 11am-8pm
Saturday, April 30, 10am-7pm
Sunday, May 1, 10am-5pm
The Mart, 7TH Floor
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654