On 6 and 7 November 2010 Designers’ Saturday will be held for the thirteenth time in Langenthal, Switzerland. 71 international selected companies and 12 Cartes Blanche holders, independent designers and design colleges, will showcase projects and products within eleborate and extravagant installations – this is what the Designers’ Saturday is famous for. Find here some illustrations of the most promising exhibitions, not to mention the Architonic Concept Space III by Oskar Zieta, which will be presented for the last time at a fair.
The installation of rolled steel profiles by Zieta Prozessdesign
Our friend Oskar Zieta just sent us the first images of the brand new installation he recently completed in the courtyard of the V&A in London. Commissioned by the London Design Festival and with the support of the Polish Cultural Institute Zieta Prozessdesign created a highly flexible structure based on – how could it be different – FiDU technology.
“‘Blow and Roll’ is made of large-scale steel elements of different lengths up to 20m and of different heights. The problem and also the challenge was to bring it to the garden in one piece, like all the other pieces of the Museum’s exhibition. To achieve it, pieces were transported to London and brought to the garden flat and rolled, and then they were inflated with air to the final shape”, Zieta explains.
The latest exhibition at the Berlin gallery HELMRINDERKNECHT is dedicated to the newest work of the Dutsch design duo Makkink & Bey. The showcased woollen blankets are the result of the Textielmuseum’s workshop, Textilelab, in Tilburg, Netherlands. Studio Makkink & Bey has created a site-specifc walk through the three dimensional landscape of a rural village. Hanging on a clothesline the blankets give shape to the space and divide it. Individually woven patterns and lines become a house’s exterior walls or refect the imagery of the surrounding landscape.
'Generator' installation at the Venice Biennale by raumlabor
Our friends from raumlabor berlin just sent us images of the second installation they created for this year’s Biennale in Venice. ‘Generator’ is an experimental interative building laboratory for instant, participatory building practices in public space. Built up of self-made wooden chairs the structure is slowly spreading over the Giardini.
Centro Abierto de Actividades Ciudadanas by ParedesPino Arquitectos, photo by Jorge López Conde and Paredes Pino
The Madrid based ParedesPino Arquitectos recently completed this urban installation of permanent parasols, the Centro Abierto de Actividades Ciudadanas (CAAC), in Cordoba in the south of Spain.
The central piazza is located close to the train station and is venue for a market twice a week. The prefabricated parasols shade this higly frequented open space, solve the artificial lighting and allow drainage of water inside.
Chris Bosse, co-director of the innovative architectural firm LAVA, realised this homage to the 1967s Panton Chair within the ‘Re-loved – designer stories’ exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. The sliced up icon is on display from 31 July – 30 September 2010 during this year’s Sydney Design Festival.
Summer break – the vanguard Berlin theatre Volksbühne closed its doors barricating the iconic limestone facade with five additional columns. The international architectural collective osa – office for subversive architecture realised this meaningful temporary installation on the front of the historical building.
Planned and built in 1913 by the German architect Oskar Kaufmann the Berlin Volksbühne became one of the first political theatres under the management of the famous artistic director Erwin Piscator in the 1920s. Today the provocative stagings of directors such as René Pollesch, Christoph Schlingensief or Frank Castorf still grab the headlines and are definitely worth a visit!
16 July – 28 August 2010, Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
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