The long drop is a concrete table cast in a wooden pouring chute shaped like a rollercoaster. From a ladder buckets of fluid concrete are poured down the chute until it sets rock-hard. When the wooden mould is filled, the chute is dismantled leaving a table that is forever married with its pouring channel spiralling up in the air.
Do-Ho Suh is an artist who lives and works in New York City.
Yesterday I visited the Tate Modern where one of Do-Ho Suh’s Staircase (2003) is currently exhibited. It is a stunning installation with amazing attention to detail every aspect of the artist’s parents staircase in machined out of nylon … I particularly loved the switches and sockets!
Staircase-III is one of a number of works Suh has made based on his personal memories of architectural spaces, both of his parents’ traditional Korean house in Seoul and his own Western-style apartment in New York. ‘The space I’m interested in is not only a physical one, but an intangible, metaphorical, and psychological one,’ he has said.
Here is a video of Do-Ho Suh talking about the installation Tate Channel
A thousand nesting boxes for birds and bats constructed from custom made woodcrete cladding have been integrated into a wall in Cardiff by the artist Gitta Gschwendtner.
Artists statement : “I have loved the opportunity to match the number of flats created in the housing development with the number of bird and bat boxes.”
Animal Wall by Gitta Gschwendtner
When I retire the first thing I am going to buy is a pottery wheel and kiln.
“Baked” is the result of a commision for an exhibition presented during Dutch Design Week, on the theme “Getting Lost”.
“Baked” is inspired by a Sicilian folk event in Salemi, where a flour based material is used to create architectural decorations.
The project is a homage to bread and flour – primordial and essentials materials that accompany our daily life – and to the craftsmanship of baking and cooking.
If you want the ingredients to make your own at home it is 70% flour, 20% shredded dried agricultural waste (like grain stalks and leaves) and 10% natural limestone.
“’Autarky’ pays homage to the uncomplicated, the simple and the everyday. The collection suggests an alternative way of producing goods where inherited knowledge is used to find sustainable and uncomplicated solutions.”
Went on an office outing to the Tate St Ives as a goodbye to my lovely intern Ruth yesterday. Thanks for all your help.
Half the air in a given space
2011 | White balloons | Multiple parts each balloon 40.6 cm diameter
Over two weeks students explored rule based aggregations and variations of tetrahedron geometries through analog and digital models while simultaneously devising a joinery and documentation system for the full scale build. These images from the 1:1 scale build with the Ex-Lab as part of St Kilda Festival 2011.
The final structure took 8 hours to complete and covered approximately 400 square meters of beach using over two thousand bamboo poles.
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby present Ascent, their debut exhibition at the Haunch of Venison gallery, London.
The collection is inspired by the structures and engineered forms of moving craft. Interest in these fields originated in their respective childhoods. Osgerby grew up close to a Royal Airforce base in Oxfordshire and spent many hours watching the airplanes flying there. Barber developed a fascination with boat design while sailing as a child.
The exhibition is open from 24 September until 19 November 2011.
Designer’s Statement :
My biggest wish is to build the cure system. I wanted to be closer to people’s everyday lives and I started to train myself at woodworking and furniture design in Hongik University in 2000. I enjoyed making thing happen. But, when I was about to graduate, I could not find many problems in furniture and products which already existed. I found more the problems from an individual’s psychological state. I found more the problems in the social system which our community has been built. Lots of questions were raised up from this point. During two years at the Royal College of Art, I trained myself more in the social context under the thought of, Design cannot stay any longer in the self contained artifacts. I pushed myself more in the direction of design activism, rather than making objects. I explored in the context through the story, films, and situation creations. I was looking for the ways in which I can offer something to the community through design. I was trying to create a cure system which could train people and myself.
At the entrance to this striking installation I was given a pair of red socks, then told to follow the red carpet bathed in red light to the main hall. It was all a bit inverted Twin Peak-esque, but well worth the trauma of handing a stranger my slightly ripe shoes at the end of my first day treading the LDF path around London.
A touring part of the London Design Festival the REDDRESS event is part of the international programme of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. REDDRESS is part of the permanent collection of Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland.
Last two photos via Dezeen
French artist Laurent Millet’s installations and photographs are uniquely ethereal and beguiling. Exhibited and collected extensively, his work challenges the viewers’ initial perceptions and explores the uncanny effect of translating objects to images, at times playing on the two dimensional surface of the photographic image and its capacity to render realistic spatial depths.