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Prada Pop Up Nightclub, Miami - Carsten Höller

"Belgian artist Carsten Höller has designed a pop-up nightclub in Miami for fashion brand Prada, where indoor and outdoor spaces have very different identities. The Prada Double Club Miami in the arty Wynwood district is open for three nights during the Art Basel fair and host of other events like Design Miami across the city this week. Höller has revisited a previous concept, when he created a club in London that stayed open for eight months in 2008, but took a different thematic and aesthetic approach this time around. "In this new project, the artist further investigates the notion of two-sidedness: the audience is presented with two different spaces which offer visually and acoustically opposed experiences, with no concession to fusion," said a statement from the venue. Located at a former 1920s film studio, the nightclub is divided into internal and external areas. The first is entirely monochromatic, down to the lighting, and is hosting international DJs and live music acts. Dark patterned surfaces are illuminated with white neons, which glow above and behind the bar. Metal mesh furniture is provided for those who need a break from dancing. Outside, the neon lights shine in bright colours. The tubes are installed around the edges of a thatched hut that houses the bar, as well as an orthogonal structure with a DJ booth and a dance floor, where clubbers can enjoy music from locally based Caribbean and South American acts. "Each performer embodies the oppositional concept behind the project itself: guests and clubbers can cross a permeable boundaries to venture into a double dimension and 'schizophrenic' journey," the venue's statement said. The first events at The Prada Double Club Miami also coincide with the opening of a new Prada store in Miami Design District this week. The brand was founded in 1913 and is now headed by designer Miuccia Prada. This isn't her first nightclub commission. In 2015, she asked AMO – the research arm of architecture firm OMA – to create 1990s-themed party venue for her other fashion brand Miu Miu in Paris. Höller is best known for his playful architectural interventions, which have included the addition of a giant slide to London's ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture. Art Basel Miami Beach runs 7 to 10 December 2017 at Miami Beach Convention, while Design Miami takes place from 6 to 10 December 2017 at a tent nearby." - dezeen

Posted on December 12, 2017 and filed under installation design.

Joseph Whang Installation, New York US - Patrik Ervell

"Patrik Ervell repurposes industrial materials for a new installation at the iconic ‘opening ceremony’ store in New York. Ervell collaborated with designer Joseph Whang to create the temporary display which showcases pieces from his fall/winter 2017 collection. The temporary installation showcases fashion pieces and continues the aesthetic of the runway show. The design consists of two glass vitrines placed in front of a false wall constructed from standard building materials. Unfinished wood and pink fiberglass insulation foam are paired to create a funky yet industrial appearance. The pink foam echoes the pink filling of the iconic puffer jacket in the vitrine. The pink insulation foam was in fact the original inspiration for the puffer jacket displayed in the store. The foam and wood panels are arranged in an intentional alternating grid which recalls modernist art. Using simple materials, Ervell creates a ‘grand romantic gesture’. The store is turned into a ‘cloud of pink foam’ which links the installation to the runway presentation of fall/winter 2017. the display continues Ervell’s ongoing theme of repurposing industrial materials. For his runway show, Ervell explored ‘the new age and sci-fi–infused aesthetic of the early U.K. rave scene‘. a similar tone is reflected in the shop display. The intentional grid alludes to Ervell’s fascination with both modernist art and Piet Mondrian. The glass vitrines create a simple and refined display case for iconic pieces of the collection. The pink puffer jacket was first showcased as the highlight of Ervell’s fall/winter 2017 runway presentation." - design boom

Katie Stout Side Dish Exhibition, New York US - R+Company

"R & Company is thrilled to announce Side Dish, a solo exhibition of Katie Stout opening in the lower level gallery September 26. This is Stout’s first comprehensive exhibition at R & Company and a presentation of all new works. For the exhibition, the designer has transformed the gallery space into an immersive environment that reflects her playful and spontaneous studio practice. On view are Stout’s latest girls series including new lamps, mirrors, tables and seating, each composed of unique female forms posed in provocative stances. Handcrafted in clay, these stylized female nudes are represented as domestic objects, meant to satirize the objectification and traditional role of women by way of extreme kitsch. Stout states “The girls - clearly adult women - are titled as such in a reflection of how society disempowers and fetishizes women by referring to them as girls. Women can be sloppy, weird, lumpy, mischievous and naked, and that’s just fine.“ Despite their designated functions as lamps, mirrors, and other household objects, the girls are noticeably distracted from their tasks at hand and their suggestive forms are confidently carefree. The girls series are presented on display in a whimsical environment envisioned by Stout. Spanning the gallery is a wallpaper of girls interlocked in different poses with dynamic expressions. Covering the floor is a vibrant carpet which features a mutated fruit and wild flower pattern, designed by the artist in collaboration with Amini. The exhibition also presents a new series of benches, chairs and stumps designed in Stout’s playful style and made in various types of marble. Together these works transform the gallery space into an immersive, inventive and playful world of Stout’s creation. She states, “The girls are my vision of utopia, where females can exist in a domestic sphere unencumbered from societal pressures and encouraged to explore and play.“ - r+company / katie stout

Camille Walala Exhibition, London UK - NOW Gallery Greenwich

"Need a break from the doom and gloom of 2017? Designer and artist Camille Walalahas the answer. Equally as disorientating as poring over the papers but without the harrowing aftertaste, Camille’s new exhibition at NOW Gallery in Greenwich is a mind-melding labyrinth of pattern and colour, which forces you to leave your cares, shoes, and spatial awareness at the door. Inspired by the bold designs of South Africa’s Ndebele tribespeople and the outrageous pattern of ’80s designer Ettore Sottsass and his gang of follow Memphis provocateurs, Camille’s bold and beautiful work is already pretty heady. If you live in London you’ll have no doubt spotted her colour riots in the form of murals, shop interiors and even house boats, not to mention campaigns for Barbican, XOYO and Land of Kings. But add in spiral mazes, suspended mirrors, zigzag corridors and attention-grabbing spots and stripes in every direction and you’re in for quite the trip. Just next door to the 02 on Greenwich Peninsula, NOW Gallery is the cultural tip of what Building Magazine has called “one of the biggest regeneration projects London has ever seen,” a project that will see more than 15,00 homes built in the area over the next two decades. Curator Jemima Burrill has done a sterling job of inviting some of the capital’s most outlandish creatives into the space, from frill-loving fashion designer Molly Goddard and maverick sculptor Alex Chinneck to experimental architectural practice Something & Son, who even handmade hundreds of bricks during their residency with the help of eager visitors. Despite the context, sterile and unimaginative it is not. Conceived and built with a top squad comprising art director Julia Jomaa, architectural designer Ioana Lapascu, fabricator Simon Sawyer, and vinyl expert Dave Gibbons, WALALA X PLAY is one of Camille’s most ambitious forays into 3D to date. Visitors can even play a room-size game of spot the difference as Camille has hidden five pattern anomalies lurking in the perception-defying house of mirrors for visitors to puzzle over. Just don’t ponder (or ‘gram) too hard, the walls are not where they seem. WALALA X PLAY runs at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula until 24 September." - we heart

Our Spectral Vision, Natural History Museum London UK - Liz West

"Our Spectral Vision creates a vivid environment that mixes luminous colour and radiant light. It invites visitors to explore their relationship with colour and our understanding of how we see it. By replicating the diversion of white light through large-scale prisms, West allows pure saturated colour to drench the room. Humans see seven parts of the colour spectrum, some animals see more, some see less. Our Spectral Vision is inspired by Isaac Newton’s seven-fold colour spectrum and blue morpho butterflies, Morpho sp, in the Museum's collection." - liz west

Posted on November 15, 2016 and filed under installation design.

Green Air, Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis US - Nomad Studio

"This is the second installation of a play in two acts by Nomad Studio at the Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis. Green Air creates a dialogue with Green Varnish in form, material, time and space. Green Varnish was carefully de-constructed and re-purposed to create Green Air. Life works as an everlasting closed cycle of re-purposing materials. Green Air is calling attention towards all the open cycles within our life-style. Green Varnish was the first act, a green fabric made up of thousands of plantssymbolically covering the inconvenient facts of society. For the second act, the space has been modeled as a negative of the floating green carpet. What was hidden is now exposed and hovering overhead. The space has been inverted, as well as the intention. Green Air once again occupies the 200 square meters of the courtyard. However, the spatial experience is completely different. Green Air is a space itself, an aerial garden of Tillandsias hanging from thousands of slices of re-purposed wood suspended from the courtyard’s steel canopy." - nomad studio

Posted on September 20, 2016 and filed under installation design.

Studio Thing, Melbourne Australia - Warc Studio

"This project is for a small interior fit out of an architect’s studio located in a first floor room within a dishevelled Art Deco building in Camberwell. The brief required a form that would: separate the client meeting spaces from the general office clutter; be completed on a shoe string budget; represent something of the creative process that is undertaken by the office. Above all, the project was to be an exploration into alternate methods of form creation, structure, the use of materials and procurement techniques. Free hand sketching is one of the tools we use in exploring design ideas - it is where concepts often germinate. We decided to create a form reminiscent of a scrunched up piece of paper containing the scribbles and thoughts passing through a designer’s mind. The studio “thing” was born. The subsequent “scrunched” cocoon like form was designed to be both structural and aesthetic. After exploring the design through various software packages and physical models we created a shape that was unwrapped and routed into flat cardboard sheets using a CNC router. No formal architectural documentation was required: no drawings; no details; no dimensions. 3 ply un bleached cardboard produced from sustainable plantations was the material of choice. The flat packed cut sheets were delivered to the office, with the initial assembly taking around 90 minutes. Subsequent bracing was created from the residual cardboard. The form is completely demountable and relocatable. The Studio Thing was then embellished with drawings of various architectural objects and forms. These shapes were painted on with crude dry brush painting to the cardboard and with removable vinyl tape on everything else. The forms then fall into perspective at the entrance of the studio, creating the impression of a cosmos of objects. Elsewhere in the studio they create interesting and unusual shapes and forms." - warc studio

Posted on June 24, 2016 and filed under installation design.

No Sex Installation, Milan Design Week 2016 - Atelier Biagetti

This year Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari take their dissection of contemporary obsessions one step further – if last year’s BODY BUILDING project was Volume I, then NO SEX is Volume II of their chronicles. This time the creative duo, partners in work and life, addresses and penetrates the subject of the body, going even deeper into the human psyche. The two designers are storytellers, modern-day bards, but the language they use cannot be written or sung, it is the language of 3d objects. With this, they interpret and express the reality they perceive and, in this case, strip down and expose our relationship with that traditionally taboo subject of sex. As the saying goes “sex sells”, so sex is everywhere. It is thrust upon us, before our eyes, in our ears and on our minds. It is on our streets with ad campaigns and billboards and is available on demand on the T.V. or internet – anyone from a teenage schoolgirl to a President of the Republic can saturate their senses at the touch of a 4 inch screen. Sex in itself has rules – to be obeyed or broken. It is an act and the propaganda that revolves around it, to encourage it, warn against it, tell you how to do it…Have you done it? Do you do it? Did you do it? Don’t you do it…? For some, or even for many, sex is an issue. In this age where virtual sex is taking over from physical sex and the body is an object of ever more manipulation and excess, Biagetti and Baldassari have created NO SEX, a pink-clinic designed to re- establish the individual’s inner equilibrium regarding sex, in a transcendental and futuristic paradise of liberty and of clean, fresh unprejudiced equality." - atelier biagetti

Posted on April 19, 2016 and filed under installation design.

COS Pop Up, Los Angeles USA - Snarkitecture

"Snarkitecture’s second collaboration with COS creates a temporary retail installation playing with concepts of reflection and monochrome to showcase a curated selection of the brand’s A/W 2015 collection. Centered around a 20’ tall two-sided mirrored wall, the installation divides the double height space of Austere into two. Upon entry, visitors are immersed in an all-white environment filled with an offset grid of displays made from bent steel and concrete. Silhouettes of the pieces are cut out of each sheet of metal, highlighting the strong forms of COS’s current collection. A single rack in the center of the space showcases a selection of monochromatic white and grey pieces from the collection. The mirrored wall acts as a threshold between the monochromatic all-white environment, and that of its mirror image on the other side. The second room, while identical in form to the first, is tinted entirely pale pink, referencing and showcasing the warm copper and pink tones of the collection. The uncanny effect of finding oneself in two monochromatic, reflected spaces - identical yet different - creates an unexpected and altered world for visitors to experience and share." - snarkitecture

Posted on January 22, 2016 and filed under installation design.