Posts Tagged ‘Design’
The Future Perfect’s recently opened store on Great Jones Street is now showing an exhibit featuring works by Constantin and Laurene Boym set to run through the holidays until January 7, 2010. Their presentation of Timeless Objects includes a number of items created exclusively for The Future Perfect. Prior to the store’s installation, the Boym duo presented Timeless Objects to the public at Lisbon’s ExperimentaDesign in September, NYC’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in October, and in a personal exhibition last month at Wright in Chicago.
(Photo from Dezeen.com)
(Photo from Objectdesignleague.org)
As modern alchemists in their Brooklyn studio, the Boyms take ordinary objects and apply a coat of special, secret formula for a tough type of polymer that ends up looking like the dripping bronze of historical monuments. And voila! The mundane, discarded objects are now quite beautiful, giving new life worthy of a second look from the people who might otherwise disregard them in their everyday worlds.
Their handmade collection, a sort of commentary on the essential versus the trivial, challenges the commonplace with permanence and attempts to give the objects everlasting value. In line with the Boyms’ earlier projects, such as Recycle (1989), Searstyle (1992-94), and SalvationCeramics (2000-02), Constantin and Laurene Boym aspired to emancipate conventional objects from oblivion and neglect to give them new value and another life.
Visit the exhibit at The Future Perfect Manhattan outpost:
The Future Perfect
55 Great Jones Street (Bowery)
New York City, 10012
Posted by Nicole Bruce
Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New York City nonprofit organization founded in 1982, is committed to helping progress pioneering thinking in architecture, art and design through their acclaimed exhibition program. With exhibitions, artist talks, film screenings, conferences, and publications, the organization initiates conversation “across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries.” Because of its location in the Chinatown/Little Italy/Soho area of New York City, three considerably different cultural neighborhoods, Storefront has been known to attract a diverse audience.
This Saturday, September 26, the public forum for emerging voices is inviting readers, artists, thinkers, builders, visionaries and the like to The BLDGBLOG Book Launch. Author Geoff Manaugh of The BLDGBLOG Book (Chronicle Books; Paperback; On-sale now) has been a voice in speculation about architecture, landscape, and the built environment since 2004. Enhanced by stunning images, The BLDGBLOG Book cultivates Manaugh’s distinct vision, offering an inspirational and entertaining idea-filled guide to the future of architecture.
It’s a free and open to the public day-long event of presentations covering architectural conjecture, urban speculation, and landscape futures, by many of the writers, thinkers, and practitioners whose work is featured in The BLDGBLOG Book at Storefront for Art and Architecture.
For more information on Storefront for Art and Architecture and this event, please visit Storefrontnews.org.
To purchase or read more about The BLDGBLOG Book, visit the Chronicle Books site.
Photos of Storefront for Art and Architecture by Rasmus Norlander found on Storefrontnews.org.
Posted by Nicole Bruce
The sixth annual Architecture and the City Festival is continuing into its last couple weeks in San Francisco. Presented by the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter and the Center for Architecture + Design, it is the nation’s largest architectural festival showcasing tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more.
Once again, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom officially proclaimed September “Architecture and the City month.” Architecture and the City offers an incomparable opportunity to experience San Francisco, whether you are looking to become involved with the local architecture and design community or simply want to learn more about the city in which you live.
(Pictured above: Boor Bridges Architecture’s adapted Ames Cottage via SFgate.com)
This year’s festival promises many new and exciting ways to engage in conversation about the city of San Francisco. The festival theme “Everyday, Design” celebrates the countless ingenious and unexpected ways design impacts our daily lives, revealing the unseen hand of the designer in everything from civic and institutional works to landscaping and residential design. Programs promise to explore the distinct ways architects and designers thoughtfully impact our communities and reflect ever-important issues of sustainability.
(Pictured above: John Maniscalco Cole Street Residence via Remodelista.com)
For the second year in a row, Architecture and the City will also offer architectural programming for the whole family, tours that explore the evolving San Francisco neighborhoods and dining by design, a rare opportunity to enjoy local culinary arts with the architects and chefs who make it possible. Throughout the festival, participants will also have the opportunity to discover the best in residential architecture; watch films that examine the work of Los Angeles modernist architect Gregory Ain, as well as the incredible life and career of architectural photographer Julius Shulman; partake in architectural runs and bicycle rides; and enjoy lectures by designers such as Piero Lissoni, among others.
(Pictured above: Architecture Bike Tours – Mission History Ride participants cruise by Mission Dolores in San Francisco via SFgate.com)
Posted by Nicole Bruce