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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

 

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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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Pneuhaus Fabric Prism

Featured in last months PVDFest in Providence Rhode Island, Pneuhaus‘s Fabric Prism No. 2 is what happens when a sculpture meets a science lesson in light dispersion. The exterior of the piece exists as a shell of 3-D pyramids colored in primary blues, greens, and reds. While beautiful from the outside, the inside is where the true magic happens.

 

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Once inside the structure, the viewer is presented with a gradient of color caused by sunlight filtering onto the white interior fabric. The result is a stunning representation of the transformative nature of light and color. The gradient you see is dependent on the time of day and the position of the sun.

 

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While we weren’t able to see the piece in person, we look forward to seeing more of and hearing more about Pneuhaus’s work in the future. Visit their website to see more spectacular work, and as always please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.

BIG goes big at Serpentine Pavilion 2016

As part of the Serpentine Pavilion Architecture Programme 2016, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has created an unzipped “brick” wall that doubles as a café and performance space. Featured near Queen Caroline’s Temple in Kensington Gardens in London, the wall is one of four conceptual summer houses located on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn.

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The undulating form of the structure is inspired by the idea of pulling apart a brick wall. The resulting shape is simultaneously organic and manufactured. As part of the guidelines for the exhibition, the usable space in the interior is no more than 25 meters square. Still, within that small space, the architects managed to include seating, performance space, and a café.

 

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The space is contemporary and innovative and we would certainly love to visit! See more work by BIG at their website, and as always please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook. All images taken from Bjarke Ingels Group website.

Tezi Gabunia: Put Your Head into…

Tezi Gabunia, a contemporary artist from Tbilisi, Georgia, has managed to create a project that is both deceptive and funny. Titled “Put Your Head into Gallery” the series of installation works put the viewer into the piece.

 

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At first glance, it is easy to see these images and assume the works are realistic large-scale sculptures. In reality, the works are realistic small-scale galleries and the heads are the viewer.

 

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The pieces call into question the subject of the work. Is it the viewer? The gallery? Or is it the resulting photograph of both? Tezi Gabunia has successfully created participatory works that are exciting and fun both in action and photograph.

 

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Water Block

Located on the 5th floor at the Musee de Orsay, Tokujon Yoshioka’s Water Block benches coexist with impressionist painting. Providing both seating and sculpture to the gallery, the benches are a unique addition to the floor.

 

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Water Block sits effortlessly within the gallery, acting as a modern foil to the impressionist paintings.

 

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