(Photo: Willer Gallery)
An esteemed ceramicist for over 40 years, Paul Philp exhibits new work at Willer gallery this autumn. Best known for his signature aesthetic of muted colours and gritty stoneware, this series shows a move towards new architectural forms.
(Photo: Paul Philps)
He says of his work: ‚ÄúI have in mind rugged eroded surfaces, megaliths, fossils, ancient encrusted marbles and something of the quality of early Japanese ceramics ‚Äď Shigaraki and Iga ware...‚ÄĚ, That goal, underpinned by his great knowledge of classical forms, combines to create unique enduring pieces.
Dates are 10 October - 17 November 2012 at Willer gallery, South Kensington.
Hundreds of events and activities across the city. Design brings London alive in September.
(Textile Field by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at the V&A, 2011)
The 10th London Design Festival signals the busiest fortnight in the design calendar. Exhibitions, installations, talks, events and parties take place across the city during the ten-day Festival period.
(Mimicry Chairs by Nendo, at the V&A, 2012)
A number of larger destination exhibitions punctuate the list of must-visit events - 100% Design and Decorex in the west, designjunction in central London and Super Brands London and Tent London in the east.
(designjunction, at The Sorting Office, 19-23 September 2012)
The London Design Festival has over 300 events and runs from 14‚ÄĒ23 September 2012.
Miroslav Ň†ik views the ensemble of photos on his light wall (Photo: Swiss Arts Council)
Architect and ETH professor Miroslav Ň†ik, one of the most radical and influential Swiss theorists of architecture, is representing Switzerland at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition ‚Äď la Biennale di Venezia.
Given the title ‚ÄúAnd Now the Ensemble!!!‚ÄĚ it is hardly surprising that Ň†ik chose not to design the exhibition on his own. Two architecture firms from Zurich and Basel, were invited to collaborate on the Swiss Pavilion project.
The vision of an ideal city as a giant fresco (Photo: Swiss Arts Council)
Using photographic emulsion technology, the architects jointly created a giant fresco expressing their vision of an ideal city, which now spans the four walls of the main Pavilion hall.
A forthcoming publication also to be called ‚ÄúAnd Now the Ensemble!!!‚ÄĚ, will provide an in-depth view of Ň†ik's work and influence, with contributions by Adam Caruso, Hans Kollhoff, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Quintus Miller and Miroslav Ň†ik himself.
The book represents an appeal to architects, builders and authorities to view and plan urban construction as an ongoing, collective work of art.
Beijing‚Äôs award winning hotel The Opposite House now shares what they love about their city in the form of an iPhone App.
To help get a sense of what‚Äôs available in Beijing without getting clobbered by tourists, the App provides their discreet recommendations of restaurants, nightlife, shopping and music.
A calendar function helps guests plan their adventures, and with its ‚ÄėINSIDER‚Äô tips, the hotel team goes one step further to share their very personal, favourite places and activities.
Housevibe the free App is available at The Opposite House
The most anticipated museum of visual culture, Hong Kong‚Äôs M+ (Museum Plus) is aspiring to build a groundbreaking collection of art, and subsequently needs a groundbreaking team of curators.
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has announced that Aric Chen, leading design critic and curator (pictured above), has been appointed Curator of Design and Architecture for M+.
Uli Sigg, the world‚Äôs leading collector of contemporary Chinese art, has already donated 1,463 works from the early 1990s to the present day to the museum, a gift that Sotheby‚Äôs estimate to be worth at 1.3 billion Hong Kong dollars, or about $165 million.
M+ is part of the massive arts district project that is expected to cost the government $21.6 billion dollars, and will be completed in 2017.
Chen‚Äôs specialist knowledge of design and architecture will be an invaluable addition to help realise the museum‚Äôs ambitions to promote, explore and document design from Asia, one of the fastest‚Äďgrowing creative regions in the world.Alongside its presentation of art and the moving image, M+ will tell many of the untold and little-told narratives of design and architecture in 20th century and contemporary Asia, reflecting the many social, cultural, technological and economic shifts that have taken place in the region.
More on M+
(Photo: Giorgio Zucchiatti)
With almost every significant architect of the last decade, there is good reason that director David Chipperfield calls this event ‚Äúthe most important architectural exhibition,‚ÄĚ which began yesterday in its biannual home in Venice.
This year features works ranging from Ai Wei Wei to Zaha Hadid, with 41 different countries showcasing the forefront of development in architecture and design.
The Japan Pavilion designed by Toyo Ito has been awarded the Golden Lion for best pavilion, with architecture critic Justin McGuirk and the Urban-Think Tank team of Venezuela (pictured above) winning best project for their Torre David installation and cafe.
The theme ‚ÄėCommon Ground‚Äô, hopes to illustrate the shared ideas that form the basis of architectural culture, and at the same time offers the public a chance to look inside Architecture.
Stay tuned for highlights of the exhibition‚Ä¶
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is reserved for architects who have not built before in the UK. This year architects Herzog & de Meuron have found a way to bend this rule by teaming up with artist Ai Wei Wei. This review finds political undercurrents in their pavilion, but at the cost of architectural ambition.
Images Courtesy of OMA; photography by Philippe Ruault
While it is fashionable for musicians to have a foray in acting, Kanye West has gone further - venturing into directing, cinematography, and even the design of the cinema itself.
Recently he debuted his short-film Cruel Summer in a specially designed installation at Cannes Film Festival, and added OMA to his growing list of famous collaborators.
Film is a great instrument to communicate architecture ‚Äď it inspires new possibilities. Architecture is often viewed from the outside, as an inanimate object represented in still imagery. Film is currently being used to expose the very experience of architecture. Tomas Koolhaas, son of notorious Rem Koolhaas (who studied in the Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam before becoming an architect), is documenting his father and his CCTV building. His perspective is unique and privileged. The resulting films are more revealing than the generic poster image, and distant from the analytical reality of OMA's architectural diagrams. The relationship between the audience (through the camera) and the building gains a perverse insight into the reality of the CCTV building. The image of Koolhaas, looking down the urban landscape of Beijing, becomes the height of this exploration. What is OMA's next plan for China?
Tomas Koolhaas' work brings the human back into architectural representation. His approach reveals an architecture infinitely more meaningful than its iconicity. Film proves to be an important medium to discover meaning within spatial experience.
Clips from Tomas Koolhaas' films
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