Mag Talk


MagCulture is kicking off their first conference – “The Modern Magazine,” in London on October 16th. Overall the conference will address the surprising resurgence of the magazine form, both in print and in digital form. A great lineup of contributors includes editors and creative directors from the likes of Monocle, Harper’s Bazaar, Apartamento, Bloomberg Businessweek, and newcomers Cereal and Anorak, to name a few. The day-long event will be held at the Platform Theatre in Central London.

Vignellis on Film


A new film delves into Massimo and Lella Vignelli’s incredible body of work and their enduring collaboration over 40 years. Out in October, Design is One covers the Vignelli’s influence in graphic, product, furniture, interiors and environment design – from their branding for American Airlines and Bloomingdales, to their subway maps and Heller dinnerware. All is woven together with extensive conversations with the couple, around their process, legacy and working together.

Rainbow Ceiling


A new installation by French-born, Tokyo-based architect Emmanuelle Moureaux creates a hovering rainbow of color within a space, using 840 sheets of paper. ‘100 Colors’ shows off that many hues selected from Japanese paper maker Takeo, each hanging in a line suspended from the ceiling. White beanbags are placed below to encourage visitors to experience the colors from various angles, and circles representing each color line the walls, where visitors can mark their favorite hue.

Pushing Ceramic Boundaries


The first museum exhibition of renowned potter Adam Silverman’s work opens at Laguna Art Museum in CA on Oct 27. Concurrently, Adam Silverman Ceramics, a great collection of his ceramics, with a forward by Shepard Fairey, will be released this week by Rizzoli. Silverman, who runs Heath LA’s creative direction, experiments with unconventional glazes, layering them to produce lava-like textures and depth. Book release parties will be held at Heath SF on Sept. 27, and Heath LA on Sept. 28.

(Image of Silverman’s Boolean Valley)

Meadow in NYC


A corner of Chelsea in NYC has been turned into a lovely sheep’s meadow, thanks to collector Michael Shvo and Paul Kasmin Gallery. They’ve organized an exhibition of artist François-Xavier Lalanne’s epoxy stone and bronze “Moutons,” creating a grassy home for them at Getty Station – a former filling station – turned into a public art program. The meadow is bound by a white picket fence, on view at 10th Ave. & 24th St.

Jewels by JAR


Opening in November at the Metropolitan Museum, “Jewels by JAR” will be the museum’s first exhibition of a contemporary gem artist, Joel A. Rosenthal, who lives and works in Paris. The retrospective will include JAR’s classical flower shapes, objects d’art and organic forms studded with impeccable diamonds, citrines, tourmalines, garnets and more.  A sparkly treat, open November 20 through March 9.

Swap / Exchange


The Swap Show is an annual exhibition organized by Singapore design studio Foreign Policy Group – an ‘exchange & celebration’ of design work internationally. The 2013 show features the work of four Barcelona design studios. Foreign Policy Group designed the playful materials for the show, with an intriguing color palette and use of typography applied to the various posters and pamphlets.

In London


If you happen to be in London this week for the Design Festival, be sure to check out designjunction – a showcase in its third year “presenting an edited selection of leading global brands and emerging enterprises.” The events and programs organized around the show look particularly interesting – with a lecture and panel series curated by design critic Aidan Walker; guided bike tours of London on tokyobikes; and Brooks saddles demonstrating the production processes of their beautifully crafted leather bike seats.

Domestic Tech

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The “Institute for Domestic Technology,” in Altadena, CA is an intriguing organization with a mission to “reignite the passion of how we make food, the ingredients we source and the farms on which they originate.” The Institute organizes courses and workshops on cheese making, cocktail crafting, and even making the perfect reuben sandwich. In their Foodcrafting 101 course, students learn how to make: bread, cheese, jam, and mustard, guided by master food preservers and artisan cheese makers, learning about each craft and its history.

Gallery Branches


An installation at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo morphs and twists a grid of white structural beams into an impressive tangle of wood. Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira designed the sculpture as a giant Gordian Knot (a legend referring to an intractable problem.) Oliveira created the branch forms from reclaimed tapumes – a Brazilian plywood material used around construction sites – twisting and bending it into shape, adding veneers for texture. The installation has the great effect of looking as though organic, chaotic nature took over the clean, minimal architectural space. On view through September 29.

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