Imminent Domain: Designing the Life of Tomorrow

Good designers explore how we will, but also how we should live in the future. In an era of unprecedented innovation in science and technology, how do designers respond to the constant paradigm shift in our lives? In 2013, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center organized its first design exhibition, Imminent Domain: Designing the Life of Tomorrow, to explore the heart of this matter, with 12 Hong Kong designers provoking new ideas about lifestyle. Traveling to the National Design Centre in Singapore (16 Jan- 28 Feb.), this smaller-scale exhibition continues this goal with 3 selected designers from the original group of 12 – Nicolas Cheng, Yeung Chin (see above, "Breathe In & Out To Plastic Surgery") and Dylan Kwok. What connects their designs is the common exploration of the (dis)continuation between the current and future ways of living. Cheng acquired the techniques from China to produce a set of cloisonné vessels that reminds the viewers of the encroaching forces of mass production in our age. Yeung’s inflatable garments challenge the society’s dominant formula of skinny-equals-beautiful. Kwok uses his reflective houses and specially made postcards to raise questions related to the boundaries of design and our lives in the future.

“Measuring” in Tokyo: 21_21 Design Sight

Organized by 21_21 Design Sight and the Issey Miyake Foundation, the "Measuring: This much, That much, How much?" exhibition will start in Tokyo, on February 20, 2015. The idea was developed in November 2014, when the members of the Exhibition Team got together to explore all kinds of "Things you can do with 10 people." The results of these experiments are to be published on 21_21 DOCUMENTS. Among the involved designers are Koichi Suzuno (co-founder of Torafu architects and designer of the famous "air vase") and Norihiko Terayama (who founded Studio note after graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven and training at Studio Richard Hutten). (…)

Inside Scandinavian Design at Stockholm Furniture Fair

Held during the Stockholm Furniture Fair, the "Inside Scandinavian Design" pop-up exhibition focuses on the work and values in Scandinavian design, which has been commissioned by the Stockholm Furniture Fair & Light Fair and TMF, The Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture Industry. All the selected pieces of furniture have their own story to tell: it is "about the people and processes behind them, the places where they were made, the philosophy and working methods of the companies that produced them, from crafting by hand to robotized production lines", detail the curators, designers Farg&Blanche.  (…)

Asia meets Scandinavia: designing a “New Layer”

Initiated by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI), the project started when designers Matti Klenell, Stina Löfgren, Carina Seth Andersson, Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom were invited to Asia in 2012. Two years later, the exhibition titled "A New Layer" will showcase in Stockholm (November 12th to February 8th) the results of this collaboration: contemporary objects made with the ancient technique of lacquer, used in East Asia for over 7000 years. Matti Klenell explains: "The title A New Layer refers to how the lacquer is applied in several layers until the desired surface sheen occurs. Historically, China and Japan have been the prime regions for the development of the lacquer art form. Artisans have not only mastered a single method, but developed a variety of ways in which the coating is used, both as a functional and a decorative material". (…)

Wear it loud! Contemporary jewlery designs make a statement

In New York, the Reinstein/Ross gallery gathered over 50 statement pieces of contemporary jewelry pieces by up-and-coming or internationally acclaimed designers for the "Wear It Loud” exhibition. Among the featured designers are Alissia Melka-Teichroew, Denise Julia Reytan, Johanna Törnqvist, Rebecca Hannon and Tara Locklear. On show until October 16th.

James Bond, by Design

In October, James Bond will move in the Kunsthal Rotterdam. The Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition, previously seen at the Barbican in London, will present more than 500 gadgets, costumes, iconic vehicles (yes, that Aston Martin DBS5), storyboards, graphic designs and props from Dr. No in 1962 (starring Sean Connery) to 2012's Skyfall (with Daniel Craig).

Robert Stadler: Quiz

It seems that Paris-based designer Robert Stadler has just found himself a big playground. Settled in the 1.000 m2 of the galerie Poirel in Nancy, the "QUiZ" exhibition presents some of Stadler’s work as well as a wide range of contemporary international artists and designers works. From sculptures to pieces of furniture or miscellaneous objects of desire, Stadler invites visitors to inquire, think, imagine. Curated by Robert Stadler & Alexis Vaillant, the QUiZ exhibition will take place until October 12th.