post number thirty four - assorted iittala collection
For those who don’t already know - I am a huge iittala fan. The bulk of the items featured here are from the ‘Relations’ series of glass bowls, beakers and pourers by Carina Seth-Andersson and Annaleena Hakatie. Also part of the series are the drinking glasses by Marc Newson (I have a few of these back in Sydney) and the Grcic glasses by Konstantin Grcic (yes i have these too!). Also featured in this post are some Kartio carafes by Kaj Franck and the Trio stacking bowls by Camilla Kropp.
Coincidentally, it is the month of May but that’s not the reason I plucked the Design and Architecture of the following.
The Italian, Ettore Sottsass formed the Memphis design and architecture group. This collective led the exploration into furniture, ceramics, fabrics, glass and metal objects from 1981-1987
Challenging our perception of form, proportion, juxtaposition of colour and materials. The objects successfully reflect the pop sensibilities of the decade.
American architect Thom Mayne co founded Morphosis in 1972. He is the principle designer and received the Pritzker Prize Laureate in 2005.
New Cooper Union Building, NYC
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas
Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, LA
Sadly in London we are yet to see the likes of dynamic modern architecture such as this. The V&A lost the chance to really change the landscape of modern architecture in the city when the extension designed by Daniel Libeskind never had a chance to get off the page. Will London ever see a monumental Morphosis, Libeskind or Zaha Hadid? It’s a shame for it is everywhere else in the world - Spain, Italy, Germany, UAE, Asia…everywhere except the UK.
The annual Serpentine Pavilion champions progressive architects for a few short months. I want more…much much more! London is a great city but looking at world modern architecture from such distances of the internet, the city is much poorer for not fully embracing what modern dynamic architecture is capable of! Poor old Blighty.
Ensemble de 520 logements Alexandra Road, Londres - Neave Brown architecte - 1968-78
Du brutalisme à l’ambition sociale
L’ensemble de logements est construit en contrefort d’une voie ferrée. Les logements en forme de ziggourats s’organisent autour d’une allée centrale et des terrasses réparties. L’allure d’un stade, des terrasses en tribune. Les covisibilités issues de la forme architecturale installent la promiscuité dans le logement. Désirée ou non, cette promiscuité est aussi la condition d’un habitat où règne l’idée de partage et de vie communautaire. Le site comprend aussi une école, un centre communautaire, un club des jeunes, un complexe de chauffage et le parc.
Y aller : Rowley Way, London Borough of Camden, NW8, Royaume-Uni
Photographies 1 et 2 de Ian Dovell
Is Dorothea Lange greater than Walker Evans?
I love the work of Walker Evans
Robert Adams has said that he prefers the work of Dorothea Lange over Walker Evans - what do you think?
Dorothea Lange -
Walker Evans -
Ginsberg & Gregory Corso
William Burroughs & Jack Kerouac
From the book -
Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
Found this blog -
Beautifully published book - the complete black cover with cut-out slip-case caught my short attention.
Paintings - Ed Ruscha
Poetry - David Breskin
Music - Nels Cline
DIRTY BABY presents a provocative trialogue between the paintings of Ed Ruscha, the music of Nels Cline, and the poetry of David Breskin. The title refers to the fact that when different art forms mate, there is never a purebred offspring, but rather a muttish and raunchy one: gloriously dirty.
The sixty-six pictures in the book are drawn from two bodies of work, the Silhouettes and the Cityscapes. In these works, Ruscha uses censor strips in place of the words or phrases which characteristically occupy a prominent place in his pictures. Their very obfuscation gives the missing words a powerfully subversive presence: language is emphasized even as it is obscured.
Breskin has divided the book into two “sides” in the manner of a vinyl record. Side A presents a kind of “time-lapse” history of Western Civilization. Side B returns to the cradle of that civilization, charting the American misadventure in Iraq. For his poetic form, Breskin uses the ancient Arabic ghazal, a perfect foil and fencing partner for Ruscha’s language-sensitive strategies. To this mix, Cline adds music for a large ensemble: at once lyrical and edgy, heartfelt and raucous, his music ranges from acoustic impressionism to dense, dark electronica.
One to look forward to.
Designer/artist/architect - Thomas Heatherwick - his work is never the same twice.
Bleigiessen - The Wellcome Trust/London
The B of the bang/Manchester - sadly no longer there
Rolling bridge - Paddington Basin/London
Extruded metal seat/sculptures - Haunch of Venison 2009
East Beach Cafe - Littlehampton/West Sussex
Photo - Pleatfarm.com
British Pavilion/Shanghai Expo 2010
I think it will be fun to live in Thomas Heatherwick’s world!
I wait to see what he has up his sleeves next - it will be great whatever…
Check his website for more -