Justin McGuirk has been appointed head of Design Academy Eindhoven’s Design Curating and Writing programme. He is a writer, critic and curator based in London.
My definition of good architecture is the skill of intelligently and creatively using existing structures; enhancing and transforming them to fit new functionalities and ways of living. This is progressive architecture; architecture that will preserve the environment, increase energy efficiency, reduce waste and minimise unnecessary impact on the urban fabric and our planet.
Since Ford's first appearance in Milan in 2000, with the now iconic 021C Concept designed by Marc Newson, the company has continued to celebrate its extraordinary design talents. Ford's presentation in Milan this year focused on the incredible design team working within the company.
Rarely do concept cars get a curtain call — and even more rarely do they still seem fresh. But the designer Marc Newson‘s Ford 021C, introduced at the Tokyo auto show in 1999, is back. It is on display as part of “Transport,” an exhibition of Mr. Newson’s designs at the Gagosian Gallery on West 21st Street in Manhattan.
The Construct Me! Hardware Collection by Studio Droog, presented in Milan 2015, has won Best Tech for the 5th Edition Milano Design Awards 2015. Droog was among only 15 nominees for the award - the results were revealed Sunday 19th April, 2015 at Teatro Franco Parenti.
From March 21 2015 Hauser & Wirth Somerset present the Radić Pavilion at Durslade Farm, Bruton. Designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić, this unique structure was first unveiled as the Serpentine Gallery 2014 Pavilion.
The quality of light in Scandinavia has given rise to some of the most important and influential architecture of the modern period. This book celebrates established icons, newly discovered gems and contemporary masterworks that represent the highest expression of Scandinavian design and response to their environment.
Chosen by design expert Frédéric Chambre, this selection of furniture designs unspools like the frames of a film, an epic picture composed of one hundred years of creative innovations in form, materials, and techniques.
On 16 December 2014 Isamu Noguchi’s unique Goodyear table of 1939, carrying an estimate of $2,000,000 – 3,000,000 will be auctioned at Phillips New York. This imposing sculptural icon – designed for then-president of the Museum of Modern Art – is widely considered one of the most important American design works from the twentieth century.
Arduino is a contributor of the Weekend Specials section of Monditalia at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, on September 5th and 6th, curated by Rem Koolhaas. Arduino has been chosen as an outstanding example of how the open-source, collaborative approach is reshaping the world of technology and design.
Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan has won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award 2014. Hadid is the first ever woman to win the top prize in the competition, now in its seventh year.
Our last emerging theme at Design Miami/ Basel 2014 is objects that have extraordinary provenance.
While storytelling has become an increasingly important feature of contemporary design, twentieth-century works have their stories to tell too, such as the Trapèze table (1954-56) by Jean Prouvé.