Alissa Coe & Mjolk: City of Makers

Alissa Coe is the gifted porcelain artist behind quite a lot of famous designers' creations, such as Luca Nichetto's Sucabaruca coffee set - among many other brilliant achievements. Toronto-based concept store Mjölk ("Say Mi-Yelk!") will showcase her first solo exhibition from from May 6th to June 3rd. A nice tribute to the hands actually giving life to mere ideas, whose talent is too often ignored. Details to be found here.

Mike Ellis, Room For Rent

"Room For Rent" is an experiential installation imagined by Toronto-based illustrator and graphic designer  Mike Ellis (The New Yorker, The Boston Globe). "Ellis designed a three-dimensional miniature house to contain a series of bedrooms which the gallery patron can view. With the help of multicoloured LEDs, the illustrations come to life within the house, exposing things that may not be seen under normal circumstances.

Timber turned light: Benjamin Hubert

Benjamin Hubert has a lightweight timber table, exhibited at the Aram Store in London: Ripple is 2.5m long, 1m wide, and weighs just 9kg, and required 70-80% less material than a standard timber table, thanks to a specific production process of corrugating plywood for furniture through pressure lamination (developed by Benjamin Hubert and Canadian manufacturer Corelam).

John Tong, les ailes noires

Shouldn't clothing racks be created to enhance the clothes hanging from them? "Les ailes noires" might steal their thunder. These striking examples of display furniture designed by Toronto-based John Tong (+tongtong studio) were born from two-dimensional line drawings, turned into geometric-shaped 3D objects. Un portant à vêtements est-il censé mettre en valeur la pièce qu'il présente, ou lui voler la vedette ? C'est ce qui risque fort d'arriver avec ce mobilier d'exposition imaginé par John Tong, "Les ailes noires". L'architecte et designer de Toronto (studio +tongtong) a transformé de simples dessins au trait en objets 3D aux lignes géométriques.

Happy Show

Connu pour ses illustrations conçues pour les Rolling Stones ou Lou Reed (ou le fait que, en année sabbatique, il a décliné l'offre de réaliser le poster officiel de la campagne d'Obama en 2007), le designer graphique Stefan Sagmeister mêle, dans son exploration des mystères du bonheur, typographie et images. Pour le Happy Show, Sagmeister (né en Autriche, il vit à New York) a réuni les données sociales fruit des recherches d'historiens, anthropologistes ou psychologues, pour contextualiser les maximes et règles variées liées, à tort ou à raison, à la quête incessante du bonheur. Known for his numerous artworks for the Rolling Stones or Lou Reed (or the fact that, on a sabbatical year, he declined the offer to design Obama's 2007 official campaign poster), graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister mixes typography & imagery to explore the mysteries of happiness. For the Happy Show, Austrian-born, New York-based Stefan Sagmeister has gathered the social data of psychologists, anthropologists or historians to contextualize the maxims and rules linked to the never-ending quest for happiness.

Souvenirs de Tobias Wong

Le Musée de Vancouver (MOV) vient d'inaugurer la première exposition monographique de l'artiste et designer Tobias Wong, disparu il y a deux ans. "Killer ring" (une bague dont le diamant, monté à l'envers, se transforme en arme fatale), Bubble chair de Starck transformée en lampe, Sun Jar (le soleil encastré dans un bocal à confiture) ou "Shitting Gold" (qu'arrive-t-il si vous avalez des gélules emplies de paillettes d'or ?) : les oeuvres du Canadien Tobias Wong révèlent espièglerie, vivacité d'esprit et un goût avéré de la manipulation. The Museum of  Vancouver (MOV) recently launched the first solo exhibition of the designer & artist Tobias Wong, who disappeared two years ago. Killer ring, Philippe Starck's Bubble armchair turned into a lamp, Sun Jar, or "Shitting gold" pills, many of Canada-born Wong’s works display playfulness, wit, and a certain taste for manipulation.

Vivre dans une maison de poupées au Canada

Il nest pas rare que les petites files rêvent de grandir dans une maison de poupées, taille réelle : c'est probablement le cas de l'artiste canadienne Heather Benning, qui a transformé une ferme abandonnée de Sinclair, dans le Manitoba, en jouet géant (pourvu d'une façade arrière entièrement vitrée). Some little girls dream of a growing up living in a life-size dollhouse. Canadian artist Heather Benning belongs to the latter group. In Sinclair, Manitoba, she turned an abandoned farmhouse into a dollhouse, with a back façade made of glass.