In this series of photographs we have captured paper mobile designed by Bruno Munari inside Casa Tabarelli built by Carlo Scarpa in 1967. Abstract artwork in the air is always changing in natural and slow movement.

Photo: Matěj Činčera








Modern Originals is ghe latest book of San Francisco-based photographer Leslie Williamson.

After her successful Handcrafted Modern book for Rizzoli, she continued with her interest in modernist architects and their studios and living spaces. This time she travelled all around Erurope to capture several interiors and houses designed by famous architects for themselves during the 20th century. The book includes houses by Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Roland Rainer, Carlo Mollino, Gae Aulenti and many others.

We are very happy that we could collaborate on the book and find the house of Czech architect Josef Němec from Brno for the book. His private villa with many custom-designed furniture and artworks from the 1960s is also included in the volume.


The Czech design collective Okolo is at the heart of this exhibition. The members of Okolo are fascinated by the meaning of objects. They scrutinise the world of things with finely tuned sensibility, and post selected examples of paradigmatic design on their blog, okoloweb.cz. This particular interest has transformed the collective into a group of collectors!

The quintessentially human theme of collecting is therefore the fo- cus of the exhibition, which casts light on both private and museum collecting. Experts express their views, and finally several specific themes are explored through examples. Each week, the content of the exhibition is augmented by a blogpost on okoloweb.cz, thus making it accessible to a wider public beyond the exhibition.

This exhibition is a project by the Kunstgewerbemuseum in collabo- ration with Okolo (CZ) and
Depot Basel (CH). Depot Basel, launched in 2011, is a place for contemporary design.

Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pillnitz Bergpalais
3 September – 2 November 2014

Curators:
Matylda Krzykowski (Depot Basel) and Adam Štěch (Okolo)

Exhibition and graphic design:
Matěj Činčera and Jan Kloss (Okolo)






Luciano Grasi, Sergio Conti and Marisa Forlani designed this series of spectacular seating furniture for Italian company Paoli during the 1950s.

The outdoor chairs and armchair are made out of organic steel wires construction covered by nylon strings. The result is an airy and subtle, yet strongly sculptural furniture objects.

Paolo Soleri, Long-span bridge
Paolo Soleri, Long-span bridge
John Johansen, Open plan house
John Johansen, Open plan house
I. M. Pei, Helix apartments
I. M. Pei, Helix apartments
Robert Damora and Boyd G. Anderson, skyscraper
Robert Damora and Boyd G. Anderson, skyscraper
Antonin Raymond, L.L. Rado and Weidlinger & Salvadori, stadium
Antonin Raymond, L.L. Rado and Weidlinger & Salvadori, stadium

The american architectural photographer Robert Damora (1912 - 2010) is one of the most prolific image-makers of the 20th american architectural avant-garde.

But next to his photography work, Damora was also passionate advocate of Modernism, activist, promoter, curator and even an architect. One of his most exciting projects still remains Seeds for Architecture developed for Universal Atlas Cement company. Damora selected 21 architects and engineers to work on 14 exploratory imaginary projects in the form of models using concrete. Advertorials featuring the projects were published in Time, Fortune, and The Saturday Evening Post between 1956 and 1958.

The selected visionary projects were designed, among others, by Louis Kahn, I.M. Pei, John Johansen, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Paolo Soleri, Victor Gruen, Edgardo Contini and other.








Five desgn teams were approached by curator Tulga Beyerle to investigate the collection of Kunstgewerbemuseum in Pillnitz.

Tulga Beyerle is the new director of this traditional museum of applied arts and crafts inside Pillnitz chateau close to Dresden in Germany. Former co-curator of Vienna Design Week manages the museum since the last year. Her first commissioned project presents Rochaden. Designer treffen auf die Sammlung (Trading Places. Designers meet the collection). She asked her favorite designers including Mischer'Traxler, Dechem, Daphna Laurens, Judith Seng and Loris & Livia to make a special installations inspired by museum's treasures within the existing permanent collection. The result is the five rooms where every design team created contextual installations inspired by their research in the deposits. Each of them approached it from the different point of view.

Mischer'Traxler investigated around the phenomenon of perpetual shadows created by light on old presentation boards and created artificial process of growing patterns in galvanic tank.

Dechem invented a scent based on the smell of depot and decorative details of some historical metal, glass pieces and old furniture fragments. After all they have designed brand new flacon for the fragrance.

Inspired by strange Orient 18th century scissors and their mechanism, DaphnaLaurens designed series of imaginary machines to show original mechanical schemes.

Judith Seng was interested in lace collection where she found several exciting techniques including bobbin lace, a complex artisanal process, in which threads are rotated, crossed and knotted on the basis of pricking. She transfers this single person activity into a collective process, in which 24 people danced and created together the central installation resembling over-sized bobbin lace.

Finally Loris & Livia discovered the poetry of reverse sides of the rare historical textile and installed them in the spatial installation where textile is showed from the both sides.

These nice newspapers and postcards about the project and designed by Fons Hickmann m23 and Bjoern Wolf were published.

The great fresh perspective on history and craft heritage!

















It is almost a year ago, when we have participated at Brompton Pitch project during the London Design Festival. As a small reminder we are resenting this hand-made publication made during the project by London-based Studio Chehade and featuring some of the Brompton Pitch participants work as well as progress of the project itself.



Villa Crespi was built by Davide Pacanowski in 1955
Villa Crespi was built by Davide Pacanowski in 1955

Villa Crespi overlooks Napoli bay.
Villa Crespi overlooks Napoli bay.


Villa Maderna completed in 1959 by Davide Pacanowski hidden behind the foliage.
Villa Maderna completed in 1959 by Davide Pacanowski hidden behind the foliage.
Modernist villa in Trentaremi designed by Massimo Nunziata in 1954.
Modernist villa in Trentaremi designed by Massimo Nunziata in 1954.

Legendary villa Oro inspired by traditional Mediterranean architecture was designed by Luigi Cosenza and Bernard Rudofsky in 1934-1937.
Legendary villa Oro inspired by traditional Mediterranean architecture was designed by Luigi Cosenza and Bernard Rudofsky in 1934-1937.

Window detail of villa Oro.
Window detail of villa Oro.

Abstraction of villa Oro.
Abstraction of villa Oro.
La Clinica Mediterranea designed by Sirio Giammetta in 1945.
La Clinica Mediterranea designed by Sirio Giammetta in 1945.

Residential disctrict of Posillipo in Naples is full of modernist gems. We have captured them hidden in the foliage and patina of time through our manipulated images.

Posillipo in Naples is one of the most important places for Italian Modernism of the 1930s and 1950s. On the sloping hills above the sea, many of the modernist residences were built during the golden age of Italian architecture.

Villa Oro designed by Bernard Rudofsky and Luigi Cosenza presents fundamental work of Italian inter-war Modernism. Inspired by traditional mediterranean architecture, the house is formed by white cubic boxes wedged into the hill and present period visions of ideal Italian house.

During the 1950s, architect Davide Pacanowski built several large modernist houses such as Villa Maderna or Villa Crespi around. Together with Villa Arata by Gio Ponti or other work of Luigi Cosenza and Massimo Nunziata, Posillipo is simply the paradise for modernist lovers.

Photo: Denisa Strmisková





Inspired by baroque, rococo as well as mannerist wonder cabinets, designer and decorator Pierre Delbee created many spectacular furniture pieces and interiors for celebrated French company Maison Jansen during the 1950s and 1960s.

Delbee was active as a director of the famous decorators firm active in Paris and founded in 1880 by Dutch-born Jean-Henri Jansen. Opulent aristocracy style of Maison Jansen had continued further to the 20th century, when Stéphane Boudin took over the company during the 1920s. Under Boudin's leadership, Maison Jansen provided services to the royal families of Belgium, Iran, and Serbia; Elsie de Wolfe, and Lady Olive Baillie's Leeds Castle in Kent, England and many others.

Delbee connected decoration with modernist forms and created his own decadent version of modernist historicism as we can see in the interior of his apartment in Paris including incredible inlaid doors and cabinets made of ebony and ivory, each with the surrealistic take on an architectural theme or a arabesque table with the motive of sea shells.












A collaboration between Swedish lighting brand Wästberg and German designer Dirk Winkel results in an innovative technical table lamp.

w127 is made from a fibreglass-reinforced bioplastic containing 60% biologically sourced material, which is castor oil, taken from the castor plant which does not compete with worldwide food production due to different agricultural requirements. "When I started thinking about the design, I had the desire to challenge the perception and the common preconceptions of a material that is normally known to people just as ‘plastics’. I knew that I would like to go further than what’s the norm not only in terms of function and the look, but about the feel and tactility of the material as well," said designer about his purpose to make plastic more friendly to use and haptic without any surface coating.

Beautifully designed catalogue from Wästberg documents whole process of this collaboration.