All posts by Neil Byrne

OLIVIER THEYSKENS – SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY at MoMu

Olivier Theyskens: She Walks in Beauty at MoMu Antwerp

Last week while in Antwerp, I dropped into MoMu, Antwerp’s latest show – She Walks in Beauty – a retrospective of the work of designer Olivier Theyskens. Curated by Karen Van Godtsenhoven, the exhibition presents over 100 works and charts the designers career from his debut collections through to his tenure at Rochas and Nina Ricci, where his beautiful highly detailed pieces were dubbed demi-couture. The show also touches upon Theyskens time at the American label Theory before showcasing the designer’s recent eponymous collection. Continue reading Olivier Theyskens: She Walks in Beauty at MoMu Antwerp

Anish Kapoor at Everything At Once

Everything at Once

This week we visited Store Studios, 180 The Strand to see the group show, EVERYTHING AT ONCE, with Lisson Gallery and The Vinyl Factory. The multi-disciplinary exhibition is themed around John Cage’s 1966 quote that ‘Nowadays everything happens at once and our souls are conveniently electronic (omniattentive)’. EVERYTHING AT ONCE presents work from 24 artists currently showing at Lisson Gallery in celebration of its 50th year. Continue reading Everything at Once

Blacksheep Hyundai Card Cooking Library

Blacksheep

Blacksheep is a design studio specialising in food and beverage, delivering a complete guest experience through a multidisciplinary approach. It was established in 2002 and counts Hyundai Card, Ritz Carlton Hotels and Resorts, Loacker, The National Kuwait Cinema Company, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Jamie Oliver, Raymond Blanc, Wagamama, Five Guys and Mandarin Oriental Hotels as partners. Continue reading Blacksheep

Trade Show Faye Toogood

LDF17: Trade Show by Faye Toogood

Faye Toogood is known for her visually striking multi-layered installations and for LDF 2017 she did not disappoint. The premise of her installation – TRADE SHOW – was a simple one. Faye created a special edition of 50 trademark Spade chairs in sand-casted-aluminium and offered them to 50 artists and designers in return for a piece of their work. She then displayed the result of this artistic trade at the Garage in Brompton Design District in a beautifully realised space. Continue reading LDF17: Trade Show by Faye Toogood

nolii collection

nolii

nolii is a new lifestyle-focused tech accessories brand co-founded by Benjamin Hubert, Creative Director of strategic design agency, LAYER, and tech and design entrepreneur, Asad Hamir. Inspired by the creative and entrepreneurial spirit that defines London and today’s fast-paced, nomadic lifestyles, nolii’s mission is to deliver beautiful, highly functional products that solve everyday problems for people who depend on their tech to stay connected. Continue reading nolii

Iceskating shelters by Patkau Architects

Plywood: Material of the Modern World

Last week I headed to the V&A for the private view of their latest show – Plywood: Material of the Modern World. As the name suggests, this free exhibition at the entrance to the V&A looks at plywood’s use within furniture and architecture, and the role it currently plays in digital design.  The informative exhibition explains how plywood is made and charts its historic use from the humble tea chest, through to its use in the aviation and automobile industry. Continue reading Plywood: Material of the Modern World

Stellar Works

Stellar Works: Salone del Mobile and ICFF

Tomorrow worked with Shanghai-based global furniture brand, Stellar Works on the international launch of  the new 2017 collections by Neri&Hu, Yabu Pushelberg, Crème / Jun Aizaki and Space Copenhagen. Tomorrow devised and drove a six-month strategic PR plan involving media relations and events organisation at Salone del Mobile in Milan (April) and at ICFF in New York (May). Working in close collaboration with the Stellar Works global marketing team, Tomorrow helped to distill key messages around the new products, prepared a comprehensive multi-media press pack and established an image library to support these key launch events.  For Salone del Mobile in Milan, Tomorrow planned and managed a press preview at the Stellar Works installation in Zona Tortona and was on hand throughout the design week to meet press and manage onsite interviews with Yuichiro Hori, founder and CEO of Stellar Works and designer collaborators. In addition, Tomorrow worked with a leading production company to orchestrate a party in celebration of the new collections for key press and opinion formers.  At ICFF in New York, Tomorrow provided on-site media relations support, greeting members of the press, supporting interviews and attending a series of one-on-one briefings for Yuichiro Hori with key US and international publications, including Wallpaper* and Surface magazines. Tomorrow also planned and managed a drinks reception at the Brooklyn studio of Crème / Jun Aizaki to mark the launch of a special Indigo edition of the award-winning Exchange Chair. The six-month PR campaign has secured more than 80 pieces of print and online press coverage in leading architecture and design publications around the world, including in Architectural Digest, Dezeen, Designboom, Wallpaper*, Azure, Interior Design Magazine, Elle Decoration and Frame.

Serpentine Pavilion by Diébédo Francis Keré

Serpentine Pavilion 2017

The annual Serpentine Pavilion is a great moment in the London design calendar. Now in its 17th year, the Pavilion, commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery,  is designed by an architect who has no previous built projects in the UK – previous Pavilion architects include the late Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor and last year, Bjarke Ingels. This year’s joyous Pavilion is designed by the Burkina Faso born, Diébédo Francis Keré, founder of Berlin-based Kéré Architects. Continue reading Serpentine Pavilion 2017

textile triptych by Leonardo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone

Loewe Craft Prize 2017

While in New York last week I paid a visit to Chamber, a beautiful design gallery adjacent to the High Line at W 23rd St, to check out the 26 finalists for the 2017 Loewe Craft Prize. First established in 2016 by Jonathan Anderson, Loewe creative director and the Loewe Foundation, the Loewe Craft Prize is an annual international €50,000 prize ‘recognising an outstanding work of craftsmanship that pairs an original artistic concept with a modern application of traditional methods.’ Continue reading Loewe Craft Prize 2017

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: the Art of the In-Between

While still in New York post ICFF I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. Kawakubo’s sculptural pieces are perfect for a museum show and she is the first designer to be celebrated with an exhibition by the museum while still alive since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. The Art of the In-Between is arranged according to nine dualisms, including Absence/Presence, High/Low, Fashion/Antifashion and Object/Subject. Continue reading Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: the Art of the In-Between