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.
Today's emerging theme at Design Miami/ Basel 2014 is objects that exist between sculpture and design.
Art Deco’s investigation of the sculptural possibilities of the machine age carried from architecture and sculpture through to domestic furniture and started a formal dialogue that stretched the length of the twentieth century.
Today's emerging theme at Design Miami/ Basel 2014 is Exchange Between East and West; from the meticulous embroidery and trompe l’oeil of Danful Yang’s Packing Me Softly stools, to the beautifully balanced kinetic energy of Reinier Bosch’s Hurricane and Skirt tables, to the fine porcelain of Bouke de Vries’s knowing modern figurines, Chinese craftsmanship brings a refined edge to contemporary design.
"We study the materials for a long time. We make maquettes. The main material at this point is stainless steel. We have worked with this material before, but not like this.
"One of the architects behind London's famous Gherkin skyscraper has now turned against glass buildings. Is it time tall towers were made out of something else, asks Hannah Sander.
It is one of the UK's most recognisable buildings. A Stirling Prize winner. A backdrop to Hollywood films. Named the most admired tower in the world.
Zoltan Pali, the respected Los Angeles architect hired to work on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ future movie museum, has been forced out of the project amid growing tension with Renzo Piano, his internationally renowned counterpart, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
AMPAS declined to comment. Both architects’ offices did not return calls.
While Saudi art up to the present day will be included in the scheme, the emphasis is on archaeology. “‘Islam is a great religion and through its openness and sustainability it has enlightened the rest of the world,’ said Prince Sultan. ‘But if we only research the history of Saudi Arabia post 610AD and say nothing about our history before then, we are belittling Islam.’”
"Beijing (AFP) - A Chinese museum has been ordered to close after thousands of its historical exhibits were found to be fake, state-run media said on Thursday.
Police shut down the Lucheng Museum, in the northeastern province of Liaoning, after finding that almost a third of the 8,000 items on display were not genuine, the Global Times newspaper reported.
In order to protect the actual 3,300-year-old tomb from the wear and tear of thousands of tourist visits, a team used high-resolution laser scanning and digital photography, high-density polyurethane and resins, and high-definition printers to “rematerialize the physical site”.
“Complete with vodka bottles, cigarette butts and pregnancy tests, the installation didn’t win the Turner prize during the year of its entry in 1999, … [but it did spark] a media frenzy and causing visitor numbers to the Tate Britain to hit record highs. Fifteen years on, it can be yours for an estimated price of between £800,000 and £1.2m.”
"The Victoria & Albert Museum is to start collecting contemporary paraphernalia, such as IKEA teddy bears and a pair of Katy Perry brand false eyelashes.
The objects will go on display in a new gallery in the V&A, opening on July 5.
The museum recently acquired the objects as part of a new tactic called “Rapid Response Collecting.”
To highlight its commitment in fostering local designers and talents in the UAE, Tashkeel, a contemporary art organisation based in Dubai, is supporting three young Emirati designers to each develop a range of products which will be exhibited at Design Days Dubai 2014.