The same exhibtion, Japanese Design Today 100, which was first opened in 2004 at the Japan Foundation, Toronto and toured the world, that same show is not opened again in a new version. It features 100 of the finest examples of Japanese design with a focus on everyday products, combining designed products of recent years with a group of modern designs from the mid-century through the end of the last century that had a significant influence on the design of today.
The Elmgreen & Dragset’s life-size replica conceptual installation “Prada Marfa,” which stands on West Texas Highway,has become an icon since its construction. Yet, the Texas Department of Transportation threatened to shut down the installation that comes to comment on the nature of materialism. Now, Ballroom Marfa, a foundation that doubles as a contemporary cultural arts space decided to lease the land and to register the site as an art museum.
In postwar England the the UK, the country house had often become a nostalgic symbol of the romantic past, and thus an vogue for English country house style had emerged during the 50s, a vogue which was almost intact well into the 80s. The source for this trend should be traced to one source, Nancy Lancaster, the American owner of the English
The classic 3/4 length coat is my own pick from the latest spring 2015 fashion weeks. It comes in many variations: it can be minimalist or expressive, colorful or neutral, architectural or soft. But it is always feminine, stylish, and flattering. My own pick for the spring or 2015.
The anticipation of every fashion lover in NY is the spring show of the Costume Institute of the Met. The exhibition for the spring of 2015, will will be titled "Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East and Art, Film, and Fashion," will explore how China has fueled the creative imagination of designers all over the world for centuries, resulting in layers of cultural translations, re-translations, and, of course, mistranslations. One of the more memorable manifestation of Chinese-inspired fashion is Nicole Kidman's John Galliano in the Academy Awards of 1997.
It is always surprising to see how many significant historical buildings are still not included in the Unesco’s World Heritage List. According to an article published yesterday in Le Figaro, the president of the Association of Le Corbusier Sites announced that the Association together with the Fondation Le Corbusier has applied for 17 buildings by Le Corbusier to be considered. This list includes of the three buildings he designed in Chandigarh. After the death of Chandigah's original architect, Albert Meyer, Le Corbusier was hired to design the capitol complex, which included the Secretariat, the Legislative Assembly, and the High Court.
First there was a bike lane, and now, a smartphone lane, a phenomenon of the 21st century. This idea was first seen in July in a two-way walking lane in 18th Street Northwest, Washington D.C. It was not permanent, but a part of the National Geographic behavioral science show "Mind Over Masses." But now, a city in China has dedicated a lane for those pedestrians preoccupied with smartphones, meant to eliminate injuries on the one hand, and to allow "phubbing," the new phrase for "phone snubbing."
This dining room suite, which Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1899 for the Joseph W. Hussar House in Chicago, is not only one of the best he did in his early, Prairie period, but also, came to mark a turning point in Wright’s career. From this time onward, the master began creating interior spaces that were open and flowing, breaking down the notion of architecture that had prevailed until that point. It is a part of the Huntington collection.
Cannot wait for the show (dec)curation which will open this week at R & Company, one of my favorite design galleries. Curated by Steven Volpe, Founder and Principal of the San Francisco-based design firm, Steven Volpe Design, it explores the concept of (dec)curation through arrangements of objects and furnishings from the gallery's collection of iconic historical and contemporary works.
Beirut-based architect Georges Mohasseb has designed furniture which is represented by Lebanon-based gallery Smogallery. In addition to his involvement with design education, Mohasseb has opened his own company, WOOD&, based in Paris and specializing in collectible furniture crafted in limited edition.