Dear Chairs and Buildings Readers,
I am happy to announce that Chairs and Building is undergoing a redesign to be launched in June 2014.
The new format will introduce long-form articles based on intriguing ideas emerging from my studio work, teaching, and writing practice. I look forward to publishing this increasingly focused Chairs and Buildings content, along with other talented guest contributors, in order to delve deeper into important themes we have been exploring since 2007. Chairs and Building will continue to be a place for design ideas and “furniture thinking”; this new format will enable us to create an innovative dialogue with each topic that we discover.
Chairs and Buildings’ life over the past seven years has been amazing thanks to you– the support and insight of its readers and contributors. It has been a place of inspiration and discussion where I hope your work and ideas have grown as much as mine.
I would especially like to thank Chairs and Buildings authors Tami Wedekind and Benjamin Marcus who have helped to enliven the debate. They will continue to be a core component of Chairs and Buildings and in the meantime, follow them on Twitter @wedekindworks and @BenjaminRMarcus to see what they are up to.
I hope that the new Chairs and Buildings will continue to be a hub for our strong and insightful community and will launch new ways of thinking and action in a design context. Thank you for your engagement and ideas, and stay tuned for June!
For a very unexpected reason I found myself spending the morning on the Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s High Line and the afternoon in the Lincoln Center Julliard School. It occurred to me that what DS+R is very good at is stitching together and re-crafting existing urban space. The result is a series of circulation slivers, stairs as benches and benches as stairs and a photographic mural with all of Shakespeare’s works on a curtain. They are so bloody smart.
So yesterday while working on the post, I realized how interesting the web site for the Rijksmuseum is. Something called Rijksstudio acts as a museum “pinterest” and encourages making objects and projects from the collection. The lamp above is based on Vermeer’s Milkmaid. I love the interaction between museum and virtual audience.
Saturday day dreaming has led me to the Droog/Rijksmuseum collaboration at Salone de Mobile del Milan this past week. Another interrogation of the Vermeesr and Durers available from the museum and a Droog appropriate material collision yielding rubber tablecloths and matte black glassware this looks like a highlight from the ever innovative week.
While in London I discovered the American Artist Haim Steinbach exhibiting at the Serpentine Gallery. Let’s call it the architecture of Display of “collectible” objects. This is a really intriguing display of everyday personal objects – in public. Mostly I enjoyed the wallpaper most often found in a private interior which was woven into this Public Display. Through May 5 for my London friends. My photo.
I am working on some new infrastructure for Chairs and Buildings and some new directions, so stay tuned. But in the mean time I keep posting things that have been interesting in the few weeks. The other day while waiting for an appointment I popped into the Pratt library and saw this book, Textile Visionaries by Bradley Quinn, in the new book section. Full of the cutting edge of how to think about new textiles, I highly recommend it. Major innovators like Maggie Orth and friends NunoErin are featured with their newest work.
While in London I stumbled upon the beautiful little Southwark Cathedral. Inside I found a stunning art installation by Angela Wright. 250 miles of wool from 40 different countries draped from high on the altar. Commissioned by the Cathedral as a temporary installation for Lent, it seemed mixing realities (modern art/sanctity of the medieval church) and yet right at home on the altar. Entitled “Forty Days” – her statement reads in part…”Is it the tears that were shed, the cloth that wiped his brow, the sheet they wound around him…or something more?”