Is Modernism dead? The sinking of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye

Danish artist Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen's installation Flooded Modernity, a full-scale, 15 x 6 x 9m model of a corner of Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye (1929), will float in the waters of Vejle, Denmark, until September 2nd. The sculpture, made of wood, polystyrene, and Plexiglas, is part of the Vejle Floating Art Festival.  The artist, Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen, imagined the 11,000-pound work of art as a comment on the ‘sinking’ of the public sphere after the disclosure of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the manipulation of democratic elections through social media.

Dieter Rams was “Wright”

“Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design.” (Dieter Rams) It’s not often that a contemporary designer gets its dedicated, (almost) solo auction nowadays. Obviously, Dieter Rams is not just any contemporary designer – but arguably the most influential industrial designer of the past century. Chicago-based auction house Wright just wrapped up their” “Dieter Rams: The JF Chen Collection” sale, featuring over 130 works by the iconic designer and his colleagues. The pieces had previously been exhibited by antique dealer Joel Chen in one of his Los Angeles showrooms. The sales grossed over $99,000. Dieter Rams' body of work includes more than 500 objects and furniture designs — from coffee grinders and razors to stereo components and projectors to universal shelving and seating designs — that are admired around the globe. Despite the variety and volume, his works illustrate a cohesive adherence to his philosophy of what makes good design.

Matali Crasset’s Singapore Nest

  "The Dynamic Lines our our Nest" is an installation designed by Matali Crasset for the National Museum of Singapore (exhibited until Sept. 30th). With this piece, the French artist and designer's intention is to pay a tribute to "the awakening of our curiosity". By twisting the central pole, the installation is transformed into a colourful mobile for toddlers in a central playpen below. Visitors are invited to “nest” and recline in a shared space around the playpen. Inspired by natural greenery (a casuarina tree, according to Crasset), the installation proposes "a future play space where the natural and manmade meet". Matali Crasset's "Nest" is part of  The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030 exhibition.

Design Gallery Object Space: 24/7 exhibition in Sydney

In Sydney, you can visit this design exhibition 24/7: design exhibition Object Space is a newly created window gallery located in the window of the Australian Design Centre  Offices on William Street in Darlinghurst. The exhibition space has direct street frontage, is accessible to view 24 hours a day and is lit for viewing at night.