This year designer, architect and author Nigel Coates is retiring as head of architecture at the Royal College of Art after 16 years. Here, he speaks to Crane.tv about his practice and design philosophies, including the one piece of advice he sees as crucial for students and designers alike.
Locations around the UK
'Breath Taking' presents blown glass work by 22 designer makers, including 17 new commissions. The works featured demonstrate a contemporary approach to this age-old process, demonstrating the role this fascinating material and process has to play in contemporary design.
9 - 29 August '11
Renowned designer Ron Arad is currently creating a unique 360° interactive installation for the Roundhouse, Camden as part of Bloomberg Summer. Once opened, the space will provide a backdrop for new work and performances from invited artists, designers and musicians in an exciting series of events curated by the designer.
The Curve, Barbican Centre
For his first installation in the UK, acclaimed Japanese architect Junya Ishigami presents 'Architecture as Air', a new site specific structure designed in response to The Curve Gallery's unique shape.
Last week saw the Christies sale of 'Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design', featuring 208 works of collectible design from across the world, including furniture by Jean Royére and German master Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Art Deco from Etienne Drian, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Jean Dunand and contemporary pieces from Ron Arad and Maarten Bass.
This week Sofia is celebrating contemporary design, hosting the third annual Design Week at venues across the city. Curated by product designer Valentin Vodev, design writer and editor Adriana Dimitrova and advertising guru Maria Todorova, Sofia Design Week has a large program of events featuring design from across the globe.
At the entrance to this years Design Miami/ Basel, visitors are greeted by an outdoor installation of sensory furniture and sculptures created by spanish designer Nacho Carbonell. In this video by Luka Dogan for Co. Design he introduces and explains the work, which is entitled 'Playground Closes at Dusk'.
6 May – 26 June '11
'Lab Craft: Digital Adventures in Contemporary Craft' is entering its last fortnight at Arts Depot. This touring exhibition from the Crafts Council is curated by Max Fraser, and features designer makers whose work engages technological approaches within their craft based design practice.
Kaikai Kiki and VOLTA7 are proud to announce a special exhibition spread over two locations at the fair, with the booths offering guests a wide-ranging mix of art, live entertainment, and charity efforts. After the earthquake in Japan and the cancellation of Takashi Murakami’s GESAI art fair, VOLTA7 is pleased to host them in Basel.