Collective Design, a commercial fair and educational platform of 20th century and contemporary collectible design, will bring its third edition to New York City from May 13 to 17, with a host of new participants and programs in tow, the fair announced in a statement today. Six new galleries have been added to its roster of exhibitors, alongside a dedicated display of Italian design curated by W Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Stefano Tonchi. Though this year’s edition of the fair took place at Moynihan Station in Midtown, the 2015 iteration will relocate to the Skylight Clarkson Sq. in west SoHo, the fair also announced.
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Two Italian design powerhouses are teaming up for Miami Art Week. Fashion house Emilio Pucci and luxury tile and mosaic manufacturer Bisazza will launch a collection of tiles based on the clothier’s iconic, colorful prints. Called “Bisazza Wears Emilio Pucci,” the collaboration features three historic prints pulled from the Pucci archives and translated into the form and texture of Bisazza’s mosaics. The collaboration collection will go on view in Miami at the Bisazza showrooms, both located in the city’s Design District. (more…)
Karim Rashid isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Having established himself as the most successful brand in industrial design throughout the aughts, Rashid now pursues bigger projects while championing old agendas. He still insists on the primacy of pink, but is now designing new, architectural-scale projects — one of which features a controversial pink-and-white color palette, albeit one familiar to Rashid’s acolytes. In an interview with the New York Times, Rashid reveals details about the five New York City buildings he’s working on for real estate developer HAP Investments, his industrial designer’s approach to architecture, and his persistence in wearing pink. He’s also designing a sixth, faceted building for HAP on the Upper East Side and designing buildings in Memphis and Latvia, a mall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a hotel in Malaysia. Read below for highlights. (more…)
After premiering their Daniel Libeskind-designed “Counting the Rice” table at Milan Design Week this past April, Marina Abramovic and Moroso are taking the attendant show on the road to Miami. The Marina Abramovic Institute will be hosting a series of “Counting the Rice” workshops during Art Basel Miami Beach from December 4-7. The table in question is designed as an accessory for Abramovic’s exercise of the same name, in which a seated participant must sort and count individual grains of rice for at least six hours.
Design Miami/ has announced participants for this year’s Miami edition of the collectible furniture fair, which will run from December 3 through December 7 as part of Miami Art Week. This year marks the fair’s 10th anniversary, and also its first with new executive director Rodman Primack, who took over from Marianne Goebl this past February. Whereas the fair had 15 participants when it debuted a decade ago, this year’s editions welcomes 35 galleries to Miami. That includes 11 of the founding galleries, as well as newcomers Edward Cella Art+Architecture of LA and Gallery Diet of Miami — whose addition represents a marked interest in contemporary design from across the United States. (more…)
It might just be the end-all of New York City’s design retailers: Chamber, a new boutique devoted to rare, vintage, and specially commissioned works of art and design is opening on September 24 on the ground floor of Neil Denari’s HL23 building along the High Line. Founded by Juan Garcia Mosqueda, Chamber’s concept is as uncommon as many of the shop’s wares. Mosqueda is selecting a new curator every two years to redevelop the store’s retail strategy and pick out its offerings, thereby regularly overhauling the shop’s entire program with updated commissions and pieces for sale.
Neil Denari’s 2008 residential HL23 tower, where Chamber will be located on the ground floor. (more…)
Pioneering Los Angeles-based graphic designer Deborah Sussman passed away on August 19 at the age of 83, reports the Los Angeles Times. The infamous designer, whose notable projects include the graphic identity for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, died of breast cancer, according to the newspaper. “[Sussman] used her signature combination of bright hues such as magenta and chrome yellow, sometimes mixed with pastels, to create graphics and signage that can be found in buildings and cityscapes worldwide,” explains the Times, which also notes that she leaves behind her husband and business partner, Paul Prejza. With a combination of bright hues and witty historical references, her work embodied the graphic design iteration of the postmodernism that held sway in the Southern California design world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Her first major project and the commission that shot her to renown in the graphic design world, Sussman’s identity and signage for the Olympics were highly controversial. She was largely unknown when her rainbow-hued visuals were first unveiled, to largely negative feedback. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, one critic called her work “a disappointment. It could very well be representing a trendy Melrose Avenue emporium or a traditional Little Tokyo restaurant.” Ultimately, her final designs would prove wildly popular, encapsulating the city’s free-spirited attitude in the early 1980s. Frank Gehry, who spoke to the newspaper on account of her death earlier this week, explained: “That’s what the Olympics were about — to put Los Angeles at the center of attention,” Gehry said. “Deborah put that into a visual.” (more…)
Designers Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku of Paris-based Agence Jouin Manku have given a former priory in northwestern France, in the Loire Valley, an altogether otherworldly makeover. The the industrial design team refurbished the landmark-designated interior of the Saint-Lazare priory at the Fontevraud Abbey, turning the former monastery into a high-end hotel and restaurant complex as part of a larger redevelopment scheme aimed at modernizing Fontevraud and surrounding monasteries that all date to the Middle Ages. By employing a palette of wood, metal and fabric to complement the original stone building, the designers were able to preserve the calm and quiet of the original priory while updating the space to fit the needs of a modern traveler. The renovation process took more than two years and involved rebuilding buttresses and a tower on two sides of the building, rearranging the spaces to accommodate bedrooms and removing flagstone floors to install underfloor heating, all without damaging the original fabric of the priory.
Remember playing with your food as a kid? Akihiro Mizuuchi is encouraging adults to do much the same. The Japanese designer has created functional LEGO pieces fabricated out of milk chocolate, reports Dezeen. The resulting product is such a precise replica that it even features the Danish toy company’s logo on top of each brick, just like actual pieces of LEGO.
Food for fun, not thought. (more…)
Dwell Media, publisher of the namesake magazine devote to being “at home in the modern world” (read: modernist-style residences) is launching its annual design fair in New York City. Typically held in Los Angeles in June, the magazine’s flagship event will debut in New York on October 9 at 82MERCER, running through October 11. As with the L.A. iteration, the East Coast edition will gather prominent figures from across the design industry to debate pressing issues with Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron. (more…)