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* Design: Salone del Mobile Milan 2012: Dezeen Studio: Thursday at MOST

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 19 April 2012

Design: Salone del Mobile Milan 2012: Dezeen Studio: Thursday at MOST: “..Zaha Hadid talks about her secret garden installation in Milan, and offers an architect’s take on Milan Design Week 2012, the product designer Yves Behar offers his newest update on what it takes to be fizzy, curator Rossana Orlandi talks about what’s sizzling at Spazio Rosanna Orlandi this year, and the British journalist Justin McQuirk of The Guardian offers a view on hacking in design..

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* Architecture: Jonathan Glancey’s passport to the planet

Posted by the editors on Monday, 13 February 2012

Architecture: Jonathan Glancey’s Passport to the Planet: “..what really matters today is the creation of good homes for millions of people, and the nurturing of towns and cities that are lovable yet distinct from one another. This means turning the shiny, gimcrack world…on its head. It’s time to aim for a world of intelligent, crafted architecture – one that projects a sense of true worth – and to leave the era of limitless aspiration behind..”  The Guardian’s architecture and design critic’s final article, after 15 years of a keen eye on design diversity.  A bit of a best-of travelogue, with some words of wisdom..

image: Jean-Philippe Arles/Reuters – The Guardian; article: Jonathan Glancey/The Guardian

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Architect & Designer Jurgen Mayer H. – Metropol Parasol, Encryption Patterns, Asymmetrical Sunglasses, Mestia Airport & More

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 6 April 2011

The German architect and designer Jurgen Mayer H. (yes, that’s his middle initial at the end of his name) has recently completed the Metropol Parasol, a 150,000-square-foot mushroom-shaped, mixed-use public plaza in Seville, Spain, made of polyurethane-coated timber, and purported to be the largest architectural structure in the world that is glued together.  Rowan Moore has written an article on the structure entitled “Metropol Parasol, Seville by Jürgen Mayer H – review” in the Architecture section of The Guardian, which includes a number of closer shots of the actual construction.


The Metropol Parasol – “a stacking up of past, present and future, of ruins, market, performance space and sky deck”

Photograph: Sergio Caro/The Guardian

Looking at a few of the other efforts by J. Mayer H., Felix Burrichter has written a short article for The New York Times, entitled “Jurgen Mayer H. |Pattern Recognition” looking at Mayer’s new book, entitled ““WirrWarr” (which Google translates from the German as confusion, tangle, jumble, chaos, and even promiscuity), which contains a selection of more than 100 encryption patterns, as seen below:


This encryption pattern found on the inside of an envelope; one of many specimens in Jürgen Mayer H.’s collection

image: Hatje Cantz/The New York Times

The excellent design blog Designboom has published a post entitled, with a flourish, “jurgen mayer h. architects: airport in mestia” looking at Mayer’s Mestia Georgia Airport, a modest, but very interesting example of Mayer’s fascination with asymmetry.

New Mestia, Georgia Airport Building by Jurgen Mayer H. Architects

image: Jurgen Mayer H. Architects/Designboom

 And, for a futher look at the question of asymmetry, Designboom has a post entitled “jurgen mayer h. architects: sunglasses for IC! berlin” on the asymmetrical sunglasses that Mayer has designed for optical house, IC Berlin.  See the photo below:

Asymmetrical sunglasses designed by Jurgen Mayer H. for IC Berlin, “a subtle answer to the asymmetry of human faces.”

image: Designboom

Here’s a link to the series of 13 articles that Designboom has written on Mayer and his creations.

If you decide that Mayer’s sunglasses are for you, please don’t hesitate to send us a snapshot of you wearing them.

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Pritzker Prize Architect Peter Zumthor’s Design for Serpentine Pavilion Secret Garden

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Peter Zumthor's design for the Serpentine Gallery pavilion

Architect Peter Zumthor’s design for the 11th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

image: Peter Zumthor/The Guardian

Jonathan Glancey has written a short, interesting article entitled “Peter Zumthor unveils secret garden for Serpentine pavilion” in the Art & Design section of the Guardian, looking at Pritzker Prize architect Peter Zumthor’s design for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, a contemplative garden created by the Dutch designer Piet Oudolf, enclosed by a minimalist timber structure wrapped with a scrim and coated with black paste mixed with sand.  The eleventh of its kind, precedent pavilions have been designed by, among others, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Liebeskind, and in 2010, by Jean Nouvel.  A review of the the designs, beginning in 2000, can be seen in Rowan Moore’s article entitled “Ten years of the Serpentine’s star pavilions” once again in the Art & Design section of the Guardian.


Jean Nouvel’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, from 2010

image: the Guardian

See our previous posts on architect Peter Zumthor, “Peter Zumthor – Architecture & the Essentialist of the Sensual” and “Peter Zumthor: Discretion, Beauty And The 2009 Pritzker Prize For Architecture”

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