Created in 1946, this spatial sculpture is the rare work of famous Italian designer Ettore Sottsass.

Influenced by Alexander Calder, Naum Gabo or Antoine Pevsner, this metal sculpture belongs to early works by Sottsass, in which he explored spatial relations of objects and materials. This artwork was included in the Ettore Sottsass, important works from a private collection at Christies, New York, earlier this month.













We have prepared Nature of Norwegian Design exhibition for the Prague-based designSUPERMARKET festival earlier this month.

Exhibition project called Nature of Norwegian Design has presented work of seven contemporary Norwegian designers and design studios directly inspired by nature and the landscape. Nature and its symbolism has played crucial role in the Nordic art, design and architecture since time immemorial. Landscape, from which one gets his stamina, a sense of peace and psychological and philosophical alignment is important for Scandinavian designers even today. And that's especially for the current generation of young Norwegian designers as well.

The selection includes several small interior products and accessories based on the abstraction of Norwegian nature. The authors have materialized it in the naturist modest objects which bring symbols of nature, its processes and living organisms that inhabit it into our homes.

The real installation of the exhibition with the real artifacts was then connected with the audiovisual projection of the special version of our ver own blog, which presented not only articles on selected products, but also visually wider context of the history of contemporary and historical Norwegian design, architecture and overall cultural life associated with nature. The objects of designers as Anderssen & Voll, Lars Beller Fjetland, Andreas Engesvik, Kristine Bjaadal, Permafrost, Kristine Five Melvaer a Petter Skogstad were included.

Photo: OKOLO





Cherry On The Bottom Pendant Light
Cherry On The Bottom Pendant Light
Mish Mash Chairs
Mish Mash Chairs
Pick ‘n’ Mix Table for Tait
Pick ‘n’ Mix Table for Tait
Loop / Puck Trivets
Loop / Puck Trivets
Ball Ball Ball Pendant Lamp
Ball Ball Ball Pendant Lamp

Our favorite Australian designers and our friends Daniel To and Emma Aiston of Daniel & Emma have presented their latest collection of products.

Daniel & Emma predicted actual postmodern influences on contemporary design already five years ago, when they launched Shapes, their first collection of domestic objects. Since this time, they found their very own style based on use of the sharp geometric and colorful forms.

Now they present their first major solo show in Australia. BIG! at Lamington Drive gallery in Melbourne selects several new products including table, pendant lamps, chairs, rivets or trays. Everything in their typical bold and elementary shaping.

BIG!
CURRENT SOLO SHOW

Exhibition
6 - 21 December 2013
*gallery open Wed - Sat

Lamington Drive
15 - 25 Keele St
Collingwood, Victoria
Melbourne




Legendary Viennese company Carl Auböck launched brand new product in the collaboration with our favorite London-based designer and craftsman Michael Anastassiades.

Anastassiades's eclectic modernist style matches with Carl Auböck's craft and design heritage pretty nicely. That is why Michael Anastassiades has designed brass Italic pepper mill for Vienna-based producer of accessories. The object pays tribute to the mid-century work of Carl Auböck and connects it with the ingenious Anastassiades's minimalism.

Matti Suuronen, Futuro House, 1968, Interpreted by Mütanta
Matti Suuronen, Futuro House, 1968, Interpreted by Mütanta
Guy Rottier, Maison de Vacances Volante, 1963 - 1964, Interpreted by Maria Makeeva
Guy Rottier, Maison de Vacances Volante, 1963 - 1964, Interpreted by Maria Makeeva
Jean Maneval, Bubble house, 1956, Interpreted by Jan Kloss/Matěj Činčera
Jean Maneval, Bubble house, 1956, Interpreted by Jan Kloss/Matěj Činčera
Moshe Safdie, Habitat 67 housing estate, 1967, Interpreted by František Polák 
Moshe Safdie, Habitat 67 housing estate, 1967, Interpreted by František Polák 
Alison and Peter Smithsons, House of the Future, 1956, Interpreted by Jan Horčík 
Alison and Peter Smithsons, House of the Future, 1956, Interpreted by Jan Horčík 
Mario Bellini, Karasutra, 1972, Interpreted by Kristína Ambrozová 
Mario Bellini, Karasutra, 1972, Interpreted by Kristína Ambrozová 
Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Refuge Tonneau, 1938, Interpreted by Ex Lovers
Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Refuge Tonneau, 1938, Interpreted by Ex Lovers
Michael Jantzen, M house, 1970s, Interpreted by Lukáš Kijonka
Michael Jantzen, M house, 1970s, Interpreted by Lukáš Kijonka
Zvi Hecker, Ramot Rolin housing estate, 1974, Interpreted by Michal Bačák
Zvi Hecker, Ramot Rolin housing estate, 1974, Interpreted by Michal Bačák
Kenji Ekuan, Tortoise house, 1964, Interpreted by Martina Marešová
Kenji Ekuan, Tortoise house, 1964, Interpreted by Martina Marešová

In response to an installation project mounted by young artist and designer Tadeáš Podracký, we invited a group of ten graphic designers and illustrators to take part in a visual research programme focused on experimental architectural projects of the second half of the 20th century. While Tadeáš Podracký comes with his own vision of a fictive space in which he studies mutual relations between the human individual and the space as such, the supplementary show embarks on a journey into the recent past, rediscovering ten crucial architectural experiments which offered in their time solutions alternative to the traditional concept of and approach to the phenomenon of space and the various ways it can be treated by its users.

The second half of the twentieth century ushered into the process of constituting a modern-age residential space and the development of humans´ attitudes towards it, new and unexpected opportunities for experimenting. The concepts of a housing module, or a symbolic home of the future, formulated in parallel studies by several leading figures in various parts of the world, turned into catalysts of experimental design and architecture, pointing to new possibilities of structural construction, materials, and above all, spacial relations, involving visions of near-future perspectives for patterns of human residence. Even though most of these visions have eventually proved to be utopian, the exhibition Habitus will bring into relief several more or less well-known experimental projects dating from the golden age of architectural modernism, in the light of parallel interpretations by several present-day Czech illustrators and graphic designers.

Here, present-time graphic artists offer their own first-hand response to specific projects by modernist architects and designers dating from between 1935 and 1975, coming up with their own visual interpretations of experimental housing modules, socio-architectural visions, or unique interior design schemes. The exhibition features interpretations of famous projects, such as the House of the Future by the British architects Alison and Peter Smithson; the Futuro House by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen; or the icon of the 1960s housing architecture, the project Habitat authored in 1967 by the Israeli architect Moshe Safdie. These works canonized by history are coupled here with various less well-known projects charting the limits of residential space, by the likes of Guy Rottier, Jean Maneval, Zvi Hecker, or Michael Jantzen. All the historical projects dealt with here are accompanied by present-day reflection, and bring to the attention of specialists and the general public alike an array of less well-known architectural works translated into the idiom of present-day graphic style.

Moshe Safdie, Residential complex Habitat 67, Canada, 1967
Interpretation: František Polák
The residential complex Habitat 67 was built in Montreal, Canada, as part of the EXPO 1967 World Exhibition. In his design the architect, Moshe Safdie, presented one of the first visions of a universal housing project using a cluster of elementary residential modules arranged in an unorthodox abstract pattern.

Guy Rottier, Maison de Vacances Volante, France, 1963 – 1964
Interpretation: Maria Makeeva
The work of the French architect, designer, artist, visionary and dreamer, Guy Rottier, remains little known to the larger part of the spcecialist community. A friend of members of the Nouveaux réalistes group of artists and the architect of the holiday home of the sculptor Arman in Vence, he is also the author of a number of utopian concepts of prefabricated residential modules styled for various purposes.

Jean Maneval, Bubble dwelling unit, France, 1956
Interpretation: Jan Kloss/Matěj Činčera
French architect Jean Maneval presented his residential concept at the Salon des Arts Ménagers in 1956. His aim was to devise an accessible, inexpensive prefabricated home made from synthetic plastic materials. His concept did not materialize until more than a decade later, in 1968, when his Bubble house came to be mass-produced by the company Batiplastique.

Zvi Hecker, Ramot Polin housing development, Israel, 1974
Interpretation: Michal Bačák
Architect Zvi Hecker, born in Poland, spent his entire career in Israel. Definitely figuring among his major projects, the Ramot Rolin housing development was designed on a commission from the Israeli government. Located four kilometres from Jerusalem, it consists of 720 home units built in the architect´s characteristic structural organic style featuring diamond-shaped housing modules. Today the original project is overlayed by later annexes built by the property´s renters.

Matti Suuronen, Futuro House dwelling unit, Finland, 1968
Interpretation: Mutanta
The now famous Futuro House was designed as a prefabricated dwelling module intended primarily for recreational use. Its architect, Matti
Suuronen, produced a concept focused mainly on the factors of simple assemblage, mobility, and modularity of the interior which offered widely diverse design variants. Around 100 modules were actually built, including some located on steep mountain slopes and others in the African savannah.

Alison and Peter Smithson, House of the Future, United Kingdom, 1956
Interpretation: Jan Horčík
Although the husband-and-wife architectural team of Alison and Peter Smithson earned a wider renown only somewhat later, for their designs in the style of brutalist architecture, their first breakthrough actually came with a mock exhibition display of the House of the Future at London´s Kensington Hall in 1956. Their design presented an imaginary interior of the future, styled as a site for the gradual transformation of the function and form of the human living space.

Mario Bellini, Karasutra mobile home, Italy, 1972
Interpretation: Kristína Ambrozová
In conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition New Domestic Landscape, organized by New York´s Museum of Modern Art in 1972, several Italian architects and designers were invited to supply unorthodox installations and objects. One of these was Karasutra, an experimental mobile home designed by Mario Bellini, destined for communal relaxation in an interior resembling the experimental landscape dwelling designs of the time.

Michael Jantzen, M-House, USA, c. 1970
Interpretation: Lukáš Kijonka
The American visionary and utopian architect, Michael Jantzen, conceived his M-House as a radical abstract sculptural composition consisting of intertwined mobile steel and composite modules making possible flexible readjustments and variations of the house´s structural appearance as well as of its interior components, and the ensuing variation of its human occupants´ attitudes towards their constantly changing environment.

Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Refuge Tonneau dwelling module, France, 1938
Interpretation: Ex Lovers
Mountains were a perennial source of inspiration for the French architect and designer, Charlotte Perriand, throughout the course of her career. Appropriately, they also became the theme behind the experimental mountain retreat, Le Refuge Tonneau, which she designed
in 1938 in tandem with Pierre Jeanneret. The shelter, which they developed up to the stage of prototype, was assembled from prefabricated aluminium components, and was envisioned as a high-altitude mountain shelter resistant to extreme weather conditions.

Kenji Ekuan, Tortoise House, Japan, 1964
Interpretation: Martina Marešová
Japanese architecture has never ceased to draw on the mainstream of its historical development. Metabolism, an architectural movement of the 1960s and 70s, aimed at bringing architecture closer to science, with a view to defining its idioms through the use of mass-produced components made from newly developed materials. Apart from the dwelling structures designed by Kisho Kurokawa, Metabolism´s other protagonist was architect Kenji Ekuan whose projects include the concept of Tortoise House, composed of geometric shell-shaped modules.

Habitus
Gallery City of Prague
08/11, 2013 – 22/12, 2013,
Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, 4th floor
Karlova Street 189/2
Prague 1
























Built by architects Elio Luzi and Sergio Jaretti, this apartment house in Turin provokes by its eclectic forms and sexual sensuality.

Two architects were approached by building contractor Bartolomeo Manolino to design an apartment building called Casa dell'Obelisco in 1953. The result is the L-shaped corner building of fluid and organic shapes inspired by nature, human body and architects's extensive research of the work of Antonio Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright. This house represents the strangest from the Italian 1950s organic modern mixing old with new inspirations, flamboyant with luxury.

Baroque, formal mannerism and also influence of the period organic designs by Carlo Mollino and others is visible in an every detail of the facade as well as more decent interiors darkened in the subtle tones and rich materials. Sexual feeling adds the building another provocative feature that irritates, as all the strange forms of the house, the minds of architects and critics until today.

Jörg Boner
Jörg Boner
Stefan Rechschteiner
Stefan Rechschteiner
Verena Huber
Verena Huber

We are very happy to announce another exhibition project at Depot Basel, on which we partly participate as well.

Focused on Switzerland as a location for working, manufacturing and design, new exhibition project from Depot Basel will observe contemporary Swiss design scene through the discussion of five Swiss designers Verena Huber, Claude Lichtenstein, Jörg Boner, Stefan Rechsteiner und Meret Probst.

Depot Basel illustrates the process and results of the debate organized at September 2013 and launches a follow-up publication with extracts of the debate and additional textual and visual comments from various authors including Trix & Robert Haussmann, Hansjörg Maier-Aichen, Adam Štech, Tido von Oppeln, Jesko Fezer und Friedrich von Borries, Frédéric Dedelley, Köbi Gantenbein a.o.

Exhibition is scheduled from 22.11. to 18.12.2013

From November 22 to December 18 DEPOT BASEL exhibits the results of a project that started in September 2013 with a discussion, and launches a publication.