Kenzo Tange speaking about his architecture visions for Skopje.

Last week about the building, today about the exhibition inside the Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade.

Unfinished Modernisation is the name of the great exhibition devoted to postwar Yugoslavian architecture and its development in the various fields of the society and history.

Unfinished Modernisations is a collaborative, long-term research platform on architecture and urban planning. It brings together partners from both institutional and non-institutional sectors from South-Eastern Europe: TrajekT, (Slovenia), Umetnostna galerija Maribor (Maribor Art Gallery) (Slovenia), the Croatian Architects’ Society and the Institute for Contemporary Architecture, Zagreb (Croatia), the Belgrade Architects Society, Belgrade (Serbia) and the Coalition for Sustainable Development, Skopje, (Macedonia). The initiators and authors of the concept of the project are Vladimir Kulić and Maroje Mrduljaš.

The exhibition includes many archive materials, plans, photos as well as films and movies. The specially commissioned contemporary photos of the existed buildings by Wolfgang Thaler are also on the show.

The exhibition continues until 2 July, 2012.








When in Belgrade last week we have visited wonderful modernist building of The Museum of Yugoslav History, former 25 May museum.

Built in 1962 by Mihailo Janković, the museum originally exhibited the gifts that former president of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito received from around the country and the world. It is a part of a larger complex where Tito`s private residences or a hunting lodge were situated. Today you can visit The House of Flowers there, where Tito was buried in 1980.

The building of the museum is a big symmetrical centerpiece with light elegant shapes resembling modernist exhibition pavilion or big private residence by its proportions. Wings-shaped roof documents free form modernist approach of its architect and invite us to the foyer. Inside you can find elegant S-shaped staircase and large exhibition halls on the first storey. Original furnishings and world map in sgraffito technique are still on place.

In the museum we have visited great exhibition called Unfinished Modernisation, which is focused on modernist architecture from all around the former Yugoslavia. Report from the exhibition see tomorrow!







When in Belgrade last week we have visited wonderful modernist building of The Museum of Yugoslav History, former 25 May museum.

Built in 1962 by Mihailo Janković, the museum originally exhibited the gifts that former president of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito received from around the country and the world. It is a part of a larger complex where Tito`s private residences or a hunting lodge were situated. Today you can visit The House of Flowers there, where Tito was buried in 1980.

The building of the museum is a big symmetrical centerpiece with light elegant shapes resembling modernist exhibition pavilion or big private residence by its proportions. Wings-shaped roof documents free form modernist approach of its architect and invite us to the foyer. Inside you can find elegant S-shaped staircase and large exhibition halls on the first storey. Original furnishings and world map in sgraffito technique are still on place.

In the museum we have visited great exhibition called Unfinished Modernisation, which is focused on modernist architecture from all around the former Yugoslavia. Report from the exhibition see tomorrow!

M.Lamp
M.Lamp


Jed armchair
Jed armchair
Rivet lamps
Rivet lamps

After The Plane for Swann Morton featured here yesterday, the another products by David Irwin caught our eyes.

David Irwin, graduated in Three Dimensional Design at Northumbria University in 2007, is a great designers as well as craftsman. His products ranging from furniture for Habitat or Deadgood to lightning and tools, are characterize by exploring new possibilities of materials, but in very archetypal pure forms every time. Modern design is combined with traditional craft to result in simple yet extraordinary pieces.








Designed for Sheffield-based blades producer Swann Morton founded in 1932, this plane is a refined functional object by British designer David Irwin.

Developed in the conjunction with the Designers in Residence Tools for Everyday life project, The Plane is first of the range of highly-crafted modeling tools made from brass and solid walnut. The tool houses carbon blades by Swan Morton and creates beautiful handy and working case for them. Old fashioned and brilliantly made and looked beautiful, this tool is wonderful example of solid, ultimately stylish and crafty industrial design.
















Another great project from Matylda Krzykowski and Depot Basel. This time she has teamed up with photographer Christoph Sagel and together have created Personal Content project.

It includes several up and coming young designers showing their personal content in the special-made pure corner. Every designer or studio has brought different things and objects to create its own personal installation.

Projects includes scenography of A C E, Bastard Collection, Bashko Trybek, Charlotte Talbot, Clemence Seilles, Dik Scheepers, Earnest Studio & Emilie Pallard, Johannes Nagel, Julia Walter, Kaspar Hamacher, Tina Roeder, Tobias Schäfer and Valentin Loellmann.

We love it for its unorthodox curated approach and total new visual qualities which were established during the process of it. Congratulation!
















Another great project from Matylda Krzykowski and Depot Basel. This time she has teamed up with photographer Christoph Sagel and together have created Personal Content project.

It includes several up and coming young designers showing their personal content in the special-made pure corner. Every designer or studio has brought different things and objects to create its own personal installation.

Projects includes scenography of A C E, Bastard Collection, Bashko Trybek, Charlotte Talbot, Clemence Seilles, Dik Scheepers, Earnest Studio & Emilie Pallard, Johannes Nagel, Julia Walter, Kaspar Hamacher, Tina Roeder, Tobias Schäfer and Valentin Loellmann.

We love it for its unorthodox curated approach and total new visual qualities which were established during the process of it. Congratulation!













L'Architecture d'aujourd'hui (AA) is a wonderful architectural journal from France founded in 1930 by sculptor, architect and designer André Bloc. The double issue of 18 and 19 of June 1948 is focused on residential design only.

Magazine full of modernist residences, villas and family houses all around the world is special typological annual publication. With the nice cover showing not so classic view of Richard Neutra`s Kaufmann house in Palm Springs, the magazine showcases the most progressive residential projects and realizations from USA, Argentina, Brasil, Italy, UK, France, Denmark, Switzerland and Netherlands.

Marcel Breuer, Amancio Williams, Rino Levi, Sergio Bernardes, Oscar Niemeyer, Alfred Roth, Vittorio Gandolfi, Arne Jacobsen, André Bruyere and many others are included.











L'Architecture d'aujourd'hui (AA) is a wonderful architectural journal from France founded in 1930 by sculptor, architect and designer André Bloc. The double issue of 18 and 19 of June 1948 is focused on residential design only.

Magazine full of modernist residences, villas and family houses all around the world is special typological annual publication. With the nice cover showing not so classic view of Richard Neutra`s Kaufmann house in Palm Springs, the magazine showcases the most progressive residential projects and realizations from USA, Argentina, Brasil, Italy, UK, France, Denmark, Switzerland and Netherlands.

Marcel Breuer, Amancio Williams, Rino Levi, Sergio Bernardes, Oscar Niemeyer, Alfred Roth, Vittorio Gandolfi, Arne Jacobsen, André Bruyere and many others are included.

André Borderie, Rare low table, 1962
André Borderie, Rare low table, 1962
Jean Royere, Rare chair for a private commission in Paris, 1955
Jean Royere, Rare chair for a private commission in Paris, 1955
Carlo Graffi and Franco Campo, 6 side chairs, 1953
Carlo Graffi and Franco Campo, 6 side chairs, 1953
Paolo de Poli, 4 vessels, 1950s
Paolo de Poli, 4 vessels, 1950s

Our friends from Phillips de Pury & Company have sent us next auction catalogue of the upcoming Design auction held at 15 June in New York.

For this time we have selected unique and rare pieces from French and Italian designers to showcase two most powerful nations in collecting design today. French Jean Royere with his ultra modernist char, Graffi and Campo with their organic masterpieces or ceramics André Borderie and enameler Paolo de Poli won our small vintage design competition.

Design Auction, 15 June 2012, 11am, 450 Park Avenue, New York