Design // Thursday, August 20, 2015
Corita Kent—for thirty-two years an active member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary—is perhaps today’s most unexpected underground art star. Acclaimed for decades by cognoscenti as a unique contributor to Pop Art and the generator of an effective style of socially engaged art making, she has been rediscovered by a new generation bred on Photoshop, grassroots activism, font-tweaking and DIY publishing.
Design // Tuesday, August 18, 2015
For their latest exhibition, Belgian design duo, Studio Job, has created a series of ethereally-glowing banana lamps. The banana lamps are comprised of blown glass bananas, filled with white LED lights and encased in bronze peels. Studio Job, known for its unique designs which often alter public space, is led by designers Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel.
Design // Friday, August 14, 2015
The Culiacán Botanical Garden in Mexico is a public space whose main functions are the conservation of plant species, scientific research, environmental education and cultural promotion. The newest piece of art commissioned for the Botanical Garden is Encounter by James Turrell, an artist known worldwide for his work in which mainly interacts with light and empty spaces, exhibited in major museums around the world, such as Tate, LACMA and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Design // Thursday, August 13, 2015
We just found this great article by Display on The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Design Program, an "emblematic design program" that was eventually dropped. The article follows a heartfelt personal account from designer Bruce Blackburn of Danne & Blackburn, on the "obstacles and achievements of one of the century's mores important and widely published design programs.
Design // Tuesday, August 04, 2015
The 376-foot tall ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will soon be home to the world's longest and tallest slide. The project, recently approved, will see the construction of a 591-foot long tube stretching from the tower's viewpoint to the ground. Extending 249 feet above the ground, the slide will spiral around the twoer five times and end in a 164-foot straight run to the ground. "It's about adding another attraction to the attraction," Peter Tudor, director of visitor services at Queen Elizabeth Park, told Standard. "We've already got Anish Kapoor's mirrors that turn everything upside-down, and the view. We're looking at what other experiences can we provide to engage with the sculpture."
Design // Friday, July 31, 2015
We’ve posted on China’s replica cities—cities whose architecture mimics those of European towns. Recently, China’s Minmetals Land Limited, a real estate development company, created a replica of Hallstatt, an Austrian town. The town is an exact clone and in China is a high-end development, in Huizhou, a city 60 miles northeast of Hong Kong. The project cost $940 million to build and opened to residents in 2012.
Design // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
If you like your museums located 2,275 metres above sea level, near the Kronplatz ski resort in South Tyrol, Italy, and you remember Ben Folds Five albums, and you like mountain climbers, you will love Zaha Hadid's new design for a museum built for climber Reinhold Messner on Alpine peak, Mount Kronplatz. As Dezeen notes, "London-based architect Zaha Hadid – already in the news this month after her design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium was scrapped – designed a structure built into the side of the mountain, emerging only at certain points to offer specific views."
Design // Monday, July 27, 2015
Well, this is one of the coolest mazes we've ever seen. Belgian studio Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a collaborative team of Belgian architects and artists, has designed and constructed a massive labyrinth in the central square of a former coal mine in Genk, Belgium. The sculpture uses 186 tons of steel and consists of a kilometer maze of corridors with walls as high as 5 meters.
The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys @ the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CaliforniaDesign // Monday, July 13, 2015
Christmas comes in July, and there’s no age limit, especially for toy and comics aficionados. Riding on the happy heels of Comic-Con in San Diego, enthusiasts can slide right into The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California, which opens this weekend, July 18. Julie B. from Pretty in Plastic and Heidi Johnson of Hijinx have curated a dazzling display. To help out with your early holiday hoarding, we asked a few questions.
Design // Friday, July 10, 2015
In 1970, a young Steve Frykholm arrived at the legendary Herman Miller Furniture Company, where Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and George Nelson built their reputations and created the canon of modern furniture design. It wasn’t long before Steve began making waves of his own with a series of screen printed posters for the annual company picnic.