Designers Daphna Isaacs Burggraaf and Laurens Manders (Eindhoven-based studio Daphna Laurens) have imagined the scenography of the most recent Dutch Invertuals collective exhibition. First introduced during the Milan Salone, "Mutant Matter" explores the new era we have entered, the "Anthropocene era – a new geological age where human making has realigned the processes of nature, forever blurring the boundaries between the natural and the man-made." "Designers are beginning to consider not only the complications caused by these vast ecological changes, but also the potential," explain Dutch Invertuals members Caroline & FranklinTill "Humankind used to take the materials of nature offered and make them into something new. Now, there’s a new stage in the cycle, as nature takes human materials and transforms them once more. The making materials of today become the mined resources of tomorrow. Plastics are written into the fossil record. Industrial waste streams decay into intriguing new substances."
In the beautiful city of Utrecht (The Netherlands), the Workshop of Wonders gallery presents "PLAY TIME! 25 Dutch Design Years". The exhibition, which will run until the 2nd of June, marks the 25th anniversary of the place, accordingly echoing 25 years of Dutch Design. Workshop of Wonders chose to spotlight the four Dutch designers who played a main role in both the Dutch design history and the gallery adventure: Ineke Hans, Richard Hutten, Edward van Vliet and Marcel Wanders. As renowned members of the "new generation", Dutch Design duo Daphna Laurens were invited to design the show.
For its second edition, "NOMAD Monaco" brought together leading collectable design and contemporary art galleries in the Villa La Vigie - previously owned by Karl Lagerfeld. The historic mansion was transformed this past April 26-29th with rare furniture pieces, a lounge conceived by Vincent Darré together with 18 Davies Street Gallery and works by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur showcased at Musée Océanographique.
Until November 2018, the Musée national Picasso-Paris presents an exhibition of the new benches the iconic museum has acquired, which were created by Isabelle Baudraz, ECAL Bachelor Industrial Design student, and produced by French furniture brand Tectona. Originally introduced during the Milan Design Week, Isabelle Baudraz’s ‘Tie’ bench was designed after ECAL commissioned a group of students and graduates to carry out a study on the seats of fifty museums or so in Europe (Germany, England, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland). The modular Tie bench has been imagined in order to fit the evolving, ever-changing needs of any museum.
"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.
Can you touch, smell or listen to Design? With “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision”, the Cooper Hewitt museum (New York City) offers an exploration of experimental works and practical solutions designed to inspire wonder and new ways of accessing our world. A scented snowstorm, a furry instrument to play in a “Tactile Orchestra”, the sonic properties of glass and other multisensory experiences (imagined by Christopher Brosius, KunstLAB Arnhem, Studio Roos Meerman, Maya+Rouvelle…) await the visitors. With over 65 design projects and more than 40 objects and installations to touch, hear, and smell, The Senses: Design Beyond Vision (the Cooper Hewitt museum, until October, 28, 2018) is an inclusive celebration of the sensory richness of design.
The Sydney Craft Week ( 5 -14 October 2018) is an inspirational festival that showcases exceptional contemporary craft. An initiative of the Australian Design Centre, this ten-day festival features a range of exhibitions, workshops, talks and open studios. Sydney Craft Week unites the very active craft sector within Sydney's creative community - including ceramicists, jewellers, quilters, knitters and other textile artists, plus timber workers, print makers, leather crafters, Indigenous makers and creatives of all kinds who work with their hands. This year should see over 90+ events across, 45+ suburbs of Greater Sydney, including 3 markets, 12+ family-friendly events and 50+ workshops. Call for Expressions of Interest is open - enter here (Deadline: 14 June)