french artist charles pétillon turns the covent garden in london into a place that makes your heart beat faster…
for his installation under the name ‘heartbeat” he has filled the famous market building with 100,000 giant white balloons.
the balloon invasion is a metaphor with the goal to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. with ‘heartbeat’ the artis wants to represent the market building as the beating heart of this area – connecting its past with the present day to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of london’s life.‘
launched ahead of the london design festival, the balloons weave their way through the south hall of the grade II listed building, stretching to a total length of 54 meters. the installation also incorporates gently pulses of white light, designed to reflect the history, energy and dynamism of the district.
‘heartbeat’ will occupy the market building until september 27, while a neighboring pop-up gallery showcases pétillon’s previous series of invasions as well as some of his other work. the project forms part of covent garden’s ongoing cultural program which transforms the district into an ever-changing, open-air art gallery.
clearly her signature design: zaha hadid designed the new messner mountain museum located at the top of mount kronplatz in south tyrol.
the latest museum – the final instalment in a series of six mountaintop museums built by reinhold messner – features underground galleries and a viewing platform cantilevered over a valley. located 2,275 metres above sea level, in the heart of the popular kronplatz ski resort in south tyrol, the building will exhibit objects, images and tools that tell the story of messner’s life as a mountaineer.
“the idea [is] that visitors can descend into the mountain to explore its caverns and grottos, before emerging through the mountain wall on the other side, out onto the overhanging terrace with its spectacular, panoramic views from zillertal alps in the north to the dolomites and south tyrol,” explained zaha hadid.
three large volumes appear to burst through the rockface, each featuring softly curved forms made from glass-reinforced fibre concrete.
… we are not very convinced if this would be so practical for every day but definately became fascinated about the haute couture collection for autumn/winter 2015 by viktor & rolf…
the dutch fashion designers duo transformed broken picture frames filled with fabric into haute-couture gowns during their latest catwalk show, by taking them off a wall and draping them over models.
one by one, “paintings” hung on a partition at the back of the stage were unhooked by the duo. they reconfigured the sections of gilded frames and materials onto the models, lifting the pieces over their shoulders or up their legs in front of the audience. the frames formed exaggerated silhouettes over simple paint-splattered denim dresses with rolled-up sleeves, designed to look like artists’ shirts.
at the beginning of the show the garments were blank canvases, made from white fabric shaped with wooden batons around hems and collars. skirts, dresses and capes were all created from the heavy material, held up with gold-coloured waistbands or resting over the shoulders.
throughout the presentation, the fabric of each outfit became more heavily patterned – decorated with images based on dutch golden age paintings of the 17th century: swans, portraits, nudes and still lifes – created in the style of artists such as johannes vermeer and frans hals – could be spotted as motifs.
“less but better” is the well-known design philosophy of german product designer dieter rams and currently the subject of an exhibition by a paris gallery: “Dieter Rams – Less But Better”.
more than 100 of the iconic designs by dieter rams are on show within the compact exhibition created by scenographer théophile calot at Espace 24b.
the idea of the exhibition’s curators – yves couchaux, grégory mesrié and ivan mietton – was to demonstrate rams’ 10 principles of good design – the set of rules he created, followed and advocated throughout his career.
dieter rams is best known for his work with german industrial design brand BRAUN, where he began designing products in 1955. six years later, he was appointed as the company’s chief design officer – a position he held until 1995.
his most recognisable products for the brand include the RT20 tube radio and the SK55 turntable, both of which are on display in the exhibition. a range of the german designer’s clocks, desk accessories and other music equipment is also on show.
we also recommend the book by sophie lovell “dieter rams: as little design as possible” published by PHAIDON!
we came across this amazing installation that is now on in new york’s madison square park and thought we share it with you!
‘fata morgana’ by american artist teresita fernández is a 150 meters-long sculpture comprising of mirror-polished discs that create kaleidoscopic canopies above the park’s central pathways and recreational areas. ‘by hovering over the park in a horizontal band, fata morgana becomes a ghost-like, sculptural, luminous mirage that both distorts the landscape and radiates golden light’ explains the artist.
design: teresita fernández
photography: noboru morikawa / courtesy of lehmann maupin, new york and hong kong & anthony meier fine arts, san francisco
her new manifesto stirred up the design world: “it is the end of fashion as we know it” claims world’s best known and most influential trend forecaster li edelkoort at the design indaba 2015. the statement is followed by a manifesto written by the dutsch design and fashion expert…
so, what is it that makes fahion obsolete?
“fashion is insular and is placing itself outside society, which is a very dangerous step,” she said in an interview. further edelkoort listed a number of reasons for the crisis in fashion, starting with education, where young designers are taught to emulate the famous names. “we still educate our young people to become catwalk designers; unique individuals,” she said, “whereas this society is now about exchange and the new economy and working together in teams and groups.”
other issues affecting the industry include a loss of competence in textile design, the failure to address sweatshop conditions at clothing factories; and the cosy relationships between fashion houses and magazines and bloggers, which ties editorial coverage to advertising budgets.
the ‘like’ generation has replaced intelliugent critique and marketing generally killed the hole thing because “it’s governed by greed and not by vision. there’s no innovation any more because of that.”
in her 10-point manifesto, published by edelkoort’s paris-based agency trend union and subtitled “ten reasons why the fashion system is obsolete”, she argues that the industry has reached a vanishing point of fashion”. this would mean that the economy of clothes will take over from the turnover of fashion.”
the topics of the manifesto include education, manufacturing, designers, retailing and marketing and explains why each of these points heavily contriobutes to the current stage of fashion and eventually lead to its obsolence.
this wonderful book is a collection of all the great works by photographer ken schluchtmann that emerged as part of his independent photographic research during his many travels to norway.
ken schluchtmann of diephotodesigner.de – who also photographs the majority of plajer & franz studio’s project – was named photographer of the year by the arcaid images architectural photography awards already twice!
the new book ‘ken schluchtmann: architecture and landscape in norway’ published by hatje cantz presents the photographer’s impressions from a country ‘with the most fascinating landscapes of europe’ (ken schluchtmann). it includes photography projects of striking architecture that have been erected along the country’s national roads and are set before the backdrop of dramatic landscapes: the sohlbergplassen viewing platform by architect carl-viggo hølmebakk, a reindeer observation and information center by snøhetta at hjerkinn in dovre, and the tungeneset rest area on the island senja by code arkitektur.
alongside the book, five of the impressive photographs are available as archival C-prints—either individually or as a set—including the prize-winning image of the dizzying viewing terraces by reiulf ramstat.
plajer & franz studio congratulates ken schluchtmann to his amazing work, awaits to see a lot more of his great photography and is very happy to be working with him!
‘ken schluchtmann: architecture and landscape in norway’ by hatje cantz
if you have to wait for a bus why not do it under a nice roof? the bus-stop project in austria invited seven renownded international architects to design bus stops for krumbach – a small town in bregenzer wald.
the bus stops were inaugurated on 1st may accompanied by an exhibition documenting the design process in dornbirn. the project was overseen by dietmar steiner, the director of vienna architecture museum architekturzentrum wien. local private sponsors including hotel and inn owners, craft workers and business people provided the majority of the funding and services to support the process.
the architects were offered holidays in the beautiful bregenzer wald instead of a fee…
we like the idea and call for more great looking bus stops all over europe!