With projects such as Collective Unconscious and The Sea Cult in their portfolio, Polish studio Kosmos Project (Ewa Bochen & Maciej Jelski) has established an almost anthropological design practice. The duo’s works often explore and incorporate elements of the arcane and profound, sourcing myths, folklore and history for material and inspiration. Their current exhibition – Irrational Times – a collaboration with Swedish designer Petra Lilja and curator Magdalena Poplawska, explores recurring themes in Norse and Slavic mythology and tradition.Continue reading “Irrational Times, exhibition”
Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven is undoubtedly one of the absolute highlights of the design year, a kaleidoscopic vision for the future of design. One of the most popular events of the week is the graduation show at the Design Academy Eindhoven aka DAE with people lining up outside well before the doors open to de Witte Dame.
The theme for Dutch Design Week 2015 is “What if…“, two words that perfectly capture the essence of the contemporary Dutch design scene. These are a few highlights from the DDW 2015…
The contemporary A/W 2015 sales are drawing to a close at Stockholms Auktionsverk (SAV) and Bukowskis (BUK). Following the usual order of things, the design sections focused on Scandinavian mid-century lots by Finn Juhl, Hans J Wegner and Alvar Aalto and the Swedish postmodernist generation represented by Jonas Bohlin, John Kandell and Mats Theselius.
Each year the Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition choose a theme and present different pieces on that theme. This year’s theme, Petit.Continue reading “PETiT”
Finnish design is today probably mainly associated with its history from the Saarinens, to Aalto, Wirkkala, and Tapiovaara, producers/brands such as Artek, Iittala, Arabia, Marimekko, and perhaps contemporaries such as Kukkapuro and Koskinen. This design heritage is omnipresent throughout Helsinki’s restaurants, bars and public spaces, from Tapiovaara chairs and Aalto pendants to pieces by lesser known designers like Paavo Tynell, Lisa Johansson-Pape and Werner West.
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, or KADK, put on a massive graduation show for 2015 with 220 projects on display, divided between 140 graduating architects and 80 designers. The sprawling show covers architecture, fashion, graphics, industrial and furniture design with projects ranging from experimental ceramics, spatial studies, art to a prehosptial hypothermal firstaid rescue bag.
The Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition contains two very different takes on Danish design, one is cool and analytical, the other intuitive and irreverent, some might even say profane.Continue reading “Re-Framing Danish Design, new perspectives”