Opening Next Week: Moholy-Nagy at the AIC

 

After spending over three months at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the exhibition Moholy-Nagi: Future Present will be coming to Chicago next week. The much anticipated show covers a breadth of work by renowned international artist László Moholy-Nagy.

“Painting, photography, film, sculpture, advertising, product design, theater sets—László Moholy-Nagy (American, born Hungary, 1894–1946) did it all. Future Present, the first comprehensive retrospective of Moholy-Nagy’s work in the United States in nearly 50 years, brings together 315 works to survey the career of a multimedia artist who was always ahead of his time. Moholy, as he was known, came to prominence as a professor at the Bauhaus art school in Germany (1923–28) and in 1937 founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago, a school that continues today as the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology. He remains the most internationally recognized visual artist ever to have resided in Chicago.” via The Art Institute of Chicago

moholy4László Moholy-Nagy. Photograph (Self-Portrait with Hand), 1925/29
moholy3László Moholy-Nagy. A 19, 1927
moholy2László Moholy-Nagy. Behind the Back of the Gods, 1928

 

Opening on October 2nd, the exhibition will be up until the 3rd of January. We hope to see you there!

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Pierre Lassonde Pavillion

 

The Pierre Lassonde Pavillion at The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is an award-winning, widely acclaimed architectural feat. Created by OMA in partnership with Provencher Roy, the building manages to both inspire and welcome visitors.

 

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Inside the column-less building, a gorgeous spiral staircase connects the three levels. Another staircase seems to pop-out of the building between the second and third levels, providing beautiful views of the park below. The architecture is simply stunning, with dauntingly cantilevered roofs and outdoor gardens at each level. It is certainly a wonderful addition to the MNBAQ and we would be excited to see it in person!

 

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Good Design by Ludwig Rensch

It is rare that we find something as mundane as a printer exciting, but designer Ludwig Rensch has peaked out interest. The concept is new and fresh and we want one in our office! We highly suggest you watch the video of the product HERE. Without further ado, here is Paper: a printer you actually want.

 

printer1via Ludwig Rensch
printer2via Ludwig Rensch

 

Our only question is, when does it go on sale? As always, please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Seashore Chapel

Vector Architects have created an ethereal chapel on the beach of the Beidaihe New District in China. The structure is built right along the water line, raised enough to let the tide flow under. The chapel is minimal and smart, structurally vented to keep it dry and simple enough to keep it safe.

 

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The minimal building is deceptively complex. Click HERE to see the process on Vector Architects webpage. And, as always, please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Shakers and Movers at the AIC

 

The exhibit Shakers and Movers at the Art Institute of Chicago shows the virtue and beauty of Shaker culture. An austere and humble religion, The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly known as the Shakers, has only one community left. However, their influence is not lost on American society. Minimal and beautiful, it is easy to see this influence on many designers and makers, ourselves included!

 

shakers1via The Art Institute of Chicago

 

Open for another year, you have plenty of time to be inspired by the collection. We hope you enjoy the beauty as much as we do. Below, our newest addition, inspired by the Shakers, The Dover Street Settee.

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Waarmaker Zero Waste Lamp

Waarmakers, a studio based in Amsterdam, has created a light that is built from its own packaging. R16 is an innovative lamp made of a strategically laser-cut packing tube. All of its components (wire, bulb, and hanging fixture) are shipped inside the tube itself, the only thing you need is an old pencil and a 5¢ coin. Available in natural or matte black, the lamp can be industrial chic or minimalist addition to any home or workspace.

 

waarmaker1via Waarmakers
waarmaker2via Waarmakers
waarmaker3via Waarmakers

 

The only waste from shipping is the craft paper that the tube is wrapped in, so please, reuse or recycle. Click HERE to see the complete video on the product, and as always, please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Get Quiet with Parentesit

Released in 2015 and awarded Metropolis’s #metropolisLikes award at Neocon this year, Parentesit is equal parts function and art object. Designed by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper, Parentesit proves to be a quiet showstopper. The modular wall panels read as minimalist painting and act as extra sound absorption in offices, restaurants, and any space that needs a little more quiet. The acoustic wall panels can be outfitted with speakers and ambient lights that sync with your smartphone, making Parentesit a truly functional piece of art in the modern world.

 

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This year Arper released a freestanding version of Parentesit that acts as a minimal divider in open air spaces. The new option, as well as the seemingly limitless color combinations, makes for a product that does not tire the viewer.

Screen shot 2016-06-29 at 10.05.52 AM via Arper
PARENTESIT2via Arper

 

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Sun Dial Graffiti

As part of ST+ART street art festival in the Lodhi Art District in India, innovative artist DAKU has created a piece that changes with the sun. Using typography and metal, the artist has made a sundial of sorts that reveals words as the day progresses.

 

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Click HERE to see a timelapse of the artwork in action, and HERE to see the Instagram page of DAKU. As always, please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating Piers

Having now been removed and industrially recycled, The Floating Piers by Christo and Jeanne-Claude exists only in photograph and memory. The project was conceived by the pair in 1970, in 2014 Christo finally found a suitably perfect location, and in 2016 for a total of 16 days the piece was on display on Italy’s Lake Iseo. It was the first piece conceived by Christo and Jeanne-Claude that was finished after Jeanne-Claude’s death. The Floating Piers is ethereal and beautiful. True to all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, it is a temporary public artwork meant to be viewed on a human scale.

FloatingPiers1Christo And Jeanne-Claude The Floating Piers
FloatingPiers2Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Floating Piers
FloatingPiers3Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Floating Piers

 

The work floats on Lake Iseo; connecting land, island, and city; creating new passageways for residents and visitors to navigate, allowing people to walk on the water and view their surroundings in new ways.

 

FloatingPiers4Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Floating Piers
FloatingPiers6Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Floating Piers
FloatingPiers7Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Floating Piers

 

It is exciting to see Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work continue. We look forward to seeing Over The River and The Mastaba which you can read more about here. All images in this post were pulled from The Floating Piers website and were taken by Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s exclusive photographer Wolfgang Volz.

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Catch It Before It’s Gone: “As Seen” at The Art Institute of Chicago

Ending on August 14th, you still have a few more weeks to get a history lesson at the Art Institute of Chicago. As Seen: Exhibitions That Made Architecture and Design History features research on 11 different group exhibitions from 1956 to 2006.

According to the Art Institute of Chicago’s website the project was “initiated as part of the Istanbul Design Biennial 2014, the research has been brought to Chicago with the aim of continuing the dialogue and illustrating a cross section of creative output to be seen through new eyes. Although it presents only a small sampling of exhibitions—by no means global in scope—the hope is that this installation reignites conversations about the influence of exhibitions on the practice and perception of architecture and design.”

 

As seen 1View of IBM Pavilion by Charles and Ray Eames in the 1964 New York World’s Fair

 

The exhibit is a must-see for historians and designers alike. It shows critical discourse alongside installation images and historical documents to show visually the influence that these exhibitions had during their time. It allows us to know a little bit more, to see a little bit more, and to understand our impact a little bit more. If you happen to be in Chicago, make sure to catch it while you can, we certainly will be!

 

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