Archive | March, 2009

“What does it mean to be a ‘visionary’ architect?”

29 Mar

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Zaha Hadid is a notable British Iraqi deconstructivist architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design.

 

PROJECTS

 Zaha Hadid’s built work has won her much academic and public acclaim. Her best known projects to date are the Vitra Fire Station and the LFone pavilion in Weil am Rhein, Germany (1993/1999), a housing project for IBA-Block 2 in Berlin, Germany (1993), the Mind Zone at the Millennium Dome, Greenwich, London, UK (1999), a TramStation and Car Park in Strasbourg, France (2001), a Ski Jump in Innsbruck, Austria (2002) and the Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, US (2003).

She has also completed furniture and interiors: Bitar, London(1985); Moonsoon Restaurant, Sapporo (1990); Z-Play (2002) and Z-Scape (2000) furniture manufactured by Sawaya and Moroni; and the Tea and Coffee Towers for Alessi (2003). Her temporary structures include: Folly in Osaka (1990); Music Video Pavilion in Groningen, Netherlands (1990); a Pavilion for Blueprint Magazine at Interbuild, Birmingham (1995); the installation Meshworks at the Villa Medici, Rome, Italy (2000) the summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2000); and the R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain (2001); and a snow and ice installation at the Snow Show, Lapland (2004).

 Best known for her seminal built works (Vitra Fire Station, Land Formation-One, Bergisel Ski Jump,Strasbourg Tram Station and Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati) her central concerns involve a simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research. stage sets: Pet Shop Boys World Tour (1999/2000); Metapolis, for Charleroi Dance.

I really like her style… She combines sharp edges and flexible curves to create a balance between two contrasts.Forbes announced her as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women and I think she really deserves  it because she is the first woman architect who won Pritzker Architecture Award. (^ Forbes: The World’s 100 Most  Powerful Women) To know about her current projects I suggest you to visit her website http://www.zaha-hadid.com/. You’ll see that she also has a verywell designed personal site …

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Re-touch

20 Mar
dra din egen wag/photograph by:Erik Johansson

dra din egen wag/photograph by:Erik Johansson 2008

23-year-old Swedish interaction designer Eric Johansson has a rare eye for capturing that elusive quantum intersection of reality and the surreal. He takes ordinary landscapes and subjects, transforming them into sometimes slightly creep, often amusing, and always fascinating what-if’s.

roadworkers coffee break

roadworkers coffee break/Photograph by:Erik Johansson 2009

Tetris/Photograph by: Erik Johansson 2009

Tetris/Photograph by: Erik Johansson 2009

 

stryktalig/Photograph by:2008

stryktalig/Photograph by:Erik Johansson 2008

For more, I suggest you to visit his official website. There you can reach many of his projects that were shot in 2007,2008 and 2009.

Mercury Fur

19 Mar

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The best play I’ve ever seen! In November I went to a play called “Mercury Fur”. The moment that I read about  the play I felt chilly and at that moment I was sure that this play would be stored in my memory for a long time. And now I see that I was totally rigt…

Written by:Philip Ridley
Translated by: Cem Kurtuluş
Directed by: Murat Daltaban

The Cast of Players

Serkan Altunorak,
Rıza Kocaoğlu,
Tuğrul Tülek,
Enis Arıkan,
Engin Altan Düzyatan,
Veda Yurtsever İpek,
Cemil Büyükdöğerli,
Cem Özeren

Assistant Director and Dramaturg : Serkan Salihoğlu

Scenic Design: Yeşim Bakırküre
 Costume Design: Hatice Gökçe
 Lighting Design : Kemal Yiğitcan
 Sound Design: Ömer Sarıgedik

Asistanlar / Assistants : Serdar Saatman, Deniz Alan, Pınar Töre, Ayşegül Beyazdağ
Tanıtım Fotoğrafları / Promotional Photography: Aylin Alıveren
Oyun Fotoğrafları / Production Photography: Gülay Yiğitcan

Graphic Design: Emre Çıkınoğlu
Grafik Tasarım Uygulama / Graphic Design Application: Kağan Gözen

Mercury Fur is a futuristic fairytale.

The play opens with frantic preparation…
In the aftermath of chaos…
Two brothers…
A group of young people… deal butterflies (!) and plan parties where the privilaged act out their perverted fantasies. The older brother, still retaining his memory, has stories of the world before the world caved into chaos. The innocent, younger, remembers nothing. Seven young men and one woman search for their stories as they try to survive in this new world order.

They discover a small way out… and it’s “party time”.

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Francesco Gatti associates colours to the objects he designs…

19 Mar

Maybe because my mother is architect I’m always interested in new trends related to architecture and get pleasure to go over all architecture and design magazines to see what’s going on at that time throughout the world! While I was looking at that kind of a magazine I met Francesco Gatti; a very different style. His transformation projects such as “Red Object” really get my attention and I decided to make a detailed search about him. The result that I got was not much surprising and his website very much answered many of my questions. I suggest you to look at his projects, they’re amazing!

RED OBJECT, Italia Servizi Srl office (Shanghai - China), meeting room entrance - 2006

RED OBJECT, Italia Servizi Srl office (Shanghai - China), meeting room entrance - 2006

The project is to convert an ex factory into an office building in the centre of Shanghai…
RED OBJECT, Italia Servizi Srl office (Shanghai - China), concrete original column - 2006

RED OBJECT, Italia Servizi Srl office (Shanghai - China), concrete original column - 2006

 

RED OBJECT, Italia Servizi Srl office (Shanghai - China), reception desk - 2006

RED OBJECT, Italia Servizi Srl office (Shanghai - China), reception desk - 2006

Sit On Your Suit

19 Mar
“For me design is a room for exchanging ideas about how we can improve our surroundings. How we experience the spaces and objects in our life. My aim is to create spatial poetry that affects the viewer/user both physically and emotionally but still leave it as an open end.

Light is one of the factors we can add to a space. I think it’s the most important quality for spatial experiences, because it’s something we can influence, to give an improvement of life.” says Fredrik F

ärg. His furniture is one of a kind.He has been inspired by classic menswear,such as suits and dinner jackets that never go out of style.

The project looks to the beauty of those shapes that do not always have to change. He has been inspired by classic menswear, such as suits and dinner jackets that never go out of style. -This is a lasting fashion; he says and refers to today’s trend wear which is often discarded before being worn out.

cover - costume making dresses for old chairs/Photo: Maria Sahlander

cover - costume making dresses for old chairs/Photo: Maria Sahlander

 

By regaining the chairs former conditions and removing the backrests of the chairs, replacing it with a new textile dress/structure of mouldable polyester felt, he makes new “slow fashion” -furniture.

cover - costume making dresses for old chairs/Photo: Maria Sahlander

cover - costume making dresses for old chairs/Photo: Maria Sahlander

A lounge chair inspired by the samurai body armor that was bound together around the body by a repetitive textile structure. Bushido offers a sense of protection and at the same time an outlook of the room you are sitting in.

Bushido: Design Kasper Medin and Fredrik Färg

Bushido: Design Kasper Medin and Fredrik Färg

“I am inspired by the slowness of classic menswear, applying tailor principles, proportions and forms to what I refer to as slow fashion furniture. The idea is to create succession rather than revolution, to convey a story that is not driven by today’s market trends and consumer stress.”

"Coat" by Materia AB

"Coat" by Materia AB

“Needlepunch with its qualities strikes me as having an incredible potential. I start out with a plane surface and fold it, almost like in origami. Here it turned out a magazine holder, which leads its own life depending on how you place the periodicals.”

"Folder" by Materia AB

"Folder" by Materia AB

Through the use of waste material will each look different and create unique textile “paintings” on the walls.An acoustic panel / Journal storage of recycled polyester felt

Coathanger a clothes hanger for the temporary suspension of clothing, for example, a in bedroom or a hall.

According to the Swedish researcher Mathilda Tham, our manic washing is one of the greatest environmental villains in courage. The entire 85 % of the amount of energy used for over a garment’s total lifetime, from design and manufacture to the ports at the dump, spent at the laundry. She believes that we wash too often, and too hot, this only because we can not manage to hang clothes and air them when we have used them.

Coathanger want to beautiful view up and frame your clothes that are not ready for the laundry so that you will use them again.

Presstext, English: Coathanger/Producer: Möbelsnickarmästare Johansson

Presstext, English: Coathanger/Producer: Möbelsnickarmästare Johansson