Didier Faustino presented “Broken white cube” during the first Paris Design Week earlier this month. Elaborated as a movable piece, the dimensions of the volume are matching with the shipping pallet where it is set on. The idea of transportation is increased by hand suction cups fixed on the upper block suggesting to open or close the white cube. The spectator is urged to look deeper and go beyond the surface appearance of things. Read the rest of this entry »
Since “information is everywhere“, what would happen if furniture itself became information ? Robert Stadler presents the installation “informed” from April 11th at Nilufar Gallery in Milan as part of the group show “Atomi”. Here, works by Martino Gamper, Studio Makkink&Bey and Marco Ferreri amongst others, as well as Andrea Branzi’s installation “Diagrammi” will be displayed.”informed” consists of 4 pieces – a mirror, a rug, a set of bookshelves and a stool -, each of which embodies the information they contain. “Form follows information” represents one of Robert Stadler’s main research themes on objects. The pieces will be displayed against a blue background, Internet’s predominant colour.
Didier Faustino is presenting a series of new pieces at the Calouste Gulbekian Foundation (Lisbon) from 14th January to 3rd April 2011. Five new installations produced for the exhibition will immerse visitors in the permanent confrontation of the body with architecture and architecture with movement, via visual and sound tools implemented by Faustino. Entitled “Don’t Trust Architects”, the exhibition will present “Future Will Be a Remake“, a game which invites the spectators to reclaim part of the architecture by playing with it, “Trust me“, a sound installation about the distortion of messages, “Flatland“, a reflection on the borders between fiction and reality, “Instrument for Blank Architecture“, a mobile sound device dedicated to mental exploration, and lastly “Exploring Dead Buildings“, a video exploring the confines of architectural utopia.
Galerie Gosserez is exhibiting the German designer Valentin Loellamnn’s M&Mme collection, sensitive work about material and its power of evocation, the narrative mode of which also draws on a certain Dutch design: the contrast of nature and technical subjects, past and present. The collection has been conceived like a family led to develop over the course of new additions. Galerie Gosserez therefore invites you to witness these first three pieces at the beginning of a dynasty: a bench; a cabinet with a door and a cabinet with drawers produced in wood and polyester. Pieces of furniture to consider like the start of an alphabet, whose future generations will evolve as inevitable genetic branches dictate.
From 26th August to 23rd November 2010, Didier Fiúza Faustino will present ‘Agnosian Fields’ at Le Forum de la Maison Hermès in Tokyo. The exhibition comprising two new installations as well as previous work indicates the different scales and obsessions that the work of an architect is based upon. The term ‘agnosia’ – the loss of the ability to recognise objects and perceptive amnesia – sums up the state in which the architect wishes the visitor to be immersed. His work, mainly based on putting the body under tension in its environment, leads him to explore the fields of architecture and contemporary art, assuming equally status as designer and architect.
This area dedicated to adolescents and designed by Mathieu Lehanneur for the Centre Pompidou (Paris) opens on 11th September 2010. This initiative called “Studio 13/16”, inevitably risky for a museum when aimed at a volatile teenage population, finds a functional and formal solution based on the ergonomics of the desire “I dreamed about a place which was conceived and built like a television, cinema or music studio. I wanted this place to offer teenagers the same potential for action and creation as the professional equivalent. A far cry from an attempt to reconstruct a hypothetical ‘teen’ style, from adolescence I have only kept this desire – and at times this capacity – to contort things and places. I admire this unique way of making the world more flexible to better integrate into it. And what is true for a town or for clothing is even more so for institutions like museums…” sums up Mathieu Lehanneur.
L’Atelier des enfants at the Centre Pompidou has been up and running from 10th July in the new area designed by Mathieu Lehanneur. It now offers a more spacious setting (300m2), which is better adapted to activities for children aged from 2 to 12 years. With its rounded corners, a direct allusion to a skate park as recreational scenery, the preview last Saturday confirmed the delighted ease with which the children became immersed in the venue! Read the rest of this entry »
CHIC Dessin is set to make all the difference with a strong mobilization of galleries for its maiden run. Over two thirds of the works on show have been specially commissioned for the fair, in solo or duo presentations. Polad-Hardouin will be presenting Eric Fiol, Wu Xiaohai (see image below) and Marcel Katuchewski, along with the rising generation in a group exhibition that will evolve on site during the fair. Maria Lund will propose an installation by South African artist Lyndi Sales, while Jason Manley’s treasure maps will invite discovery at the Valérie Lambert space. The Du Buisson gallery will be taking the pulse of the event with a cabinet dedicated to links between therapy and art, accompanied by a performance signed Laetitia Bourget, whose drawings will be stuck onto the palm of the visitor’s hand.
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