Bookshelf: What We’re Reading
Patricia Urquiola, one of the best-known women in design, is finally being honored with a monograph from Rizzoli – Time to Make a Book, a comprehensive collection of her product and architectural designs. And Home: 25 Amazing Projects for Your Home is a lovely offering of DIY projects from author Beci Orpin. And Graphic Thought Facility have designed a new book on textile manufacturer Kvadrat – Interwoven: Kvadrat Textile and Design, its cover made of bespoke wool book cloth.
(Image of Reinier de Jong’s extendable bookcase)
PBS has a great new little web series on some of the most interesting topics happening around art today. The short, 5-10 minute videos are nice introductions to areas you may already know – Product Design; Etsy; and Type – and others you may not – Light Painting; or Generative Art. This short video on “How to Be Creative” is a fantastic glimpse into the processes of creativity – told from the POV of: an author, a cognitive scientist, a computer scientist, and filmmaker Kirby Ferguson. An enlightening way to spend 8 minutes.
An Icelandic designer living and working in Berlin, Siggi Eggertsson recently installed a show at Spark Design Space in Reykjavík that overloads the eye with its pixelated, graphic, colored repetition. He covered literally the entire space with exception of the ceiling – floors, walls, pillars and stairs – in a pattern that bends and tests perception, faces and imagery coming and going from visual views. The wallpaper is made up of a set of eight posters, which – when combined in different ways – form the intensity of pattern. On view through April 11.
Japanese designers 10¹² Terra are exploring how to display plants in new, architectural, geometric homes of glass. With their “Hydro” containers (shown), plants are suspended on an iron grid, with roots dangling in water, on display as much as the greenery above. And their twist and prism vases allow cut stems to be shown in a new, minimal variation on the traditional.
An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which opened yesterday) focuses on the glassworks of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, who simultaneously explored the worlds of architecture and expert glassmaking. Scarpa served as an artistic consultant to famed Murano glass studio Venini, helping to push the form and develop new, pioneering techniques. He used his knowledge in incredible ways with his architecture (as in Brion Cemetary, shown), and several of his radical glassworks designs are on view in the show through March 2.
Parents obsessive about typography can now teach their little ones about serifs and sans serifs as they learn the alphabet. Italian company Loodus recently rolled out a cute, wooden alphabet puzzle toy that corresponds each letter to a font that starts with the same. (H is for Helvetica, C is for Century Gothic, etc). Choose from monochrome shades of blue, green or red.
Community-driven creative learning centers are popping up in U.S. creative capitals – Brooklyn, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Maker City LA – “a complete habitat for makers and creators,” gives members access to a Media Lab, Fabrication Lab, and Atelier, along with classes, workshops and networking events. Similarly, in San Francisco, Makeshift Society is a “coworking space/clubhouse” for creatives – providing a inspirational venue for learning, connecting and creating.
French designer Matali Crasset is working with France’s university system to re-create the dining experience for students. She designed two new dining concepts for university campuses in Toulouse and Orleans, both promoting good, fresh, healthy and low-cost meals, in fun and colorful settings. “Mini M” is a market concept that sells inexpensive, well-balanced and fresh foods, and “Mini R” is a quick-service cafeteria promoting community and flexibility in dining.
Bookshelf: What We’re Reading
In celebration of Bruno Munari’s birthday on Oct. 24th, Designers and Books gathered a great collection of Munari’s best written ouput, including classics Air Made Visible, and Design as Art (his Libro Illeggibile shown above). And Lotta Nieminen illustrated a lovely new book by Jenny Broom, a world exploration which delves into a new culture with every page. And check out Monocle’s Guide to Better Living, a great compendium from the editors of locations, products and ideas around the globe that inspire living better.
Mix and Match
Japanese designer Nendo recently unveiled a collaboration with Gen-emon, a 260 y.o. ceramics company in Arita, Japan. For the Ume-play and Karakusa-play collections, Nendo re-configured two traditional Japanese patterns – a small, plum blossom pattern, and a foliage scrollwork – re-working the sizes and shapes, and their repeats into new adaptations. The results are a beautiful set of pottery that evoke tradition, with a modern twist.