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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

Nox by Alfredo Häberli for Astep

Astep at Euroluce 2017

Astep is a design company founded by Alessandro Sarfatti, the grandson of legendary lighting designer Gino Sarfatti and the son of Riccardo Sarfatti and Sandra Severi –  who with Paolo Rizzatto founded Luceplan.  Astep brings to the domestic landscape, the experience, knowledge and the future-oriented outlook that has been nurtured by the Sarfatti family for three generations, and bridges it with the latest developments in digital technologies. The name Astep indicates the necessary motion of a never-ending journey – the journey of evolution. It points to a natural but essential move towards the creation of something that’s better, more substantial, and more worthwhile. Astep represents an admiration for timeless inventions: objects that – regardless of when they were designed or made – retain their edge, their capacity to affect our lives, advancing the manner in which we live. Tomorrow worked with Astep on an international press strategy in the run up to Euroluce in April to supported Astep’s debut at Euroluce and the launch of a new light by Alfredo Häberli as well as the launch of Flos with Sarfatti, a new company formed in partnership with Flos what will reissue the lighting from the Gino Sarfatti Archive. Tomorrow secured a three page feature in the Milan preview issue of Wallpaper* magazine (May issue) on Flos with Sarfatti as well as over 50 pieces of coverage on the new Astep products.

 

Natur & Nicolai Bergmann by OEO Studio

OEO Studio

OEO Studio is a multi-disciplinary design studio, established in Copenhagen in 2003,  which focuses on product design and interior architecture and brand innovation. The award-winning studio is headed by designer and creative director Thomas Lykke and CEO Anne-Marie Buemann. With a great sense of respect and empathy, OEO Studio seeks to touch and inspire people on an emotional level, to create engaging and meaningful design. Continue reading OEO Studio

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 The Barbican

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

On Wednesday I went to the private view of The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 at the Barbican. This compelling and immersive exhibition is the first to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to the present day.

Featuring the work of over 40 architects, ranging from the renowned and internationally celebrated to more obscure architects little known outside of Japan, the exhibition celebrates some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years.

At the heart of the exhibition, and taking over much of the lower gallery, is a full-size recreation of the monumental Moriyama House (2005) designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA. Walking through the fully furnished rooms, with many personal artifacts from Nishizawa himself, you get a real and strangely intimate sense of what it must be like to inhabit this remarkable house.

The other half of the lower gallery features an eccentric Japanese teahouse made from charred wood, specially commissioned for the exhibition from acclaimed Japanese architect, Terunobu Fujimori. This is a thoughtful and accomplished exhibition that explores the very unique sensibilities of Japanese domestic architecture.

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945. Until 25 June

Burberry Makers House

Burberry Makers House

After its September debut I was very excited to see what Christopher Bailey and his team at Burberry would do with Makers House, their showcase of their catwalk collection fused with an exhibition about the collections inspirations. For AW2017 that inspiration was Henry Moore, one of Britain’s greatest sculptors and Burberry partnered with the Henry Moore Foundation to present a major exhibition: Continue reading Burberry Makers House

Astep Candela

Astep

Astep is a design company founded by Alessandro Sarfatti, the grandson of legendary lighting designer Gino Sarfatti and the son of Riccardo Sarfatti and Sandra Severi –  who with Paolo Rizzatto founded Luceplan.  Astep brings to the domestic landscape, the experience, knowledge and the future-oriented outlook that has been nurtured by the Sarfatti family for three generations, and bridges it with the latest developments in digital technologies. The name Astep indicates the necessary motion of a never-ending journey – the journey of evolution. Continue reading Astep

Buster + Punch

Buster + Punch

Buster + Punch is a London-born home fashion label founded by architect and industrial designer Massimo Minale. The Buster + Punch story started in a garage in East London where Massimo discovered a passion for making the things he loved. From lighting and hardware to custom motorcycles and whisky bars, Massimo and his team now make unexpected and elegant interior products. Working with rare, solid materials Buster + Punch makes extraordinary items for everyday use for those who want to live with conviction. Continue reading Buster + Punch

Brdr. Kruger showroom

Brdr. Krüger

Founded in 1886 by two brothers, Theodor and Ferdinand Krüger, Brdr. Krüger started as a woodturning workshop and today a self-producing design company with a strong passion for wood. This commitment to quality and craftsmanship has been nurtured for five generations, ensuring the same high quality in every piece that leaves the family-owned workshop in Denmark. With a constant desire to develop furniture pieces that celebrate the classic Danish design values, Brdr. Krüger seeks to bring a new turn on tradition.
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