(This post is written Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies, Royal College of Art. Martina is Guest Curator of “Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the art of design”)
An exhibition is a big tent with life inside it. Curating an exhibition about Daniel Weil and his career in design is like trying to hold down a tent in a force-nine gale: gusts of ideas, objects, drawings, sounds and memories swell the canvas to unsustainable proportions, then gradually the wind drops to settle its shape. While Daniel’s career over three decades includes large-scale interior design and furniture, this first solo museum show is a ‘wunderkammer’ installation focusing on his own projects and commercial products alongside a special new series of eight clocks and ten large drawings.
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Quick Link: “Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design” Opens 14th May at the Design Museum
Now in its seventh year, the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year exhibition features the most innovative, inventive design spanning several disciplines, including architecture, digital, graphic and fashion. Marina Willer’s identity for the Serpentine Galleries was shortlisted earlier this year and can now be seen at the museum.
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The work of Pentagram’s Abbott Miller is the focus of an exhibition currently on view at the Centro Roberto Garza Sada (CRGS), the new art and design center at the Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico. Miller recently created the program of environmental graphics and signage for CRGS, which was designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando and is known as the “Gate of Creation.” The show coincides with the school’s annual UDESIGN Conference, where Miller was the keynote speaker and led a special workshop for designers. The exhibition remains on view through April, and looks ahead to Miller’s upcoming book, Design and Content, to be released in May.
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As much as New York is a city of walkers, it’s also a city of climbers. Living in an almost completely manmade landscape of buildings, towers and subways, New Yorkers probably spend more time on stairs than the inhabitants of any other American city. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and team have created a new graphic installation for a stairwell at the Museum of the City of New York that pays tribute to the city, its people and their many ups and downs.
The graphics are part of the signage program we’ve developed for the ongoing renovation of the museum by Ennead Architects. The new installation transforms Stairwell B, a secondary staircase at the back of the museum, into a destination on par with the historic curving stairs that are the centerpiece of the museum lobby. Conceived as an interior tower of words and pictures, nearly every inch of wall space in Stairwell B has been filled with historic quotations about and photographs of New York.
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In 1933, two years after Hitler came to power, Jewish citizens were persecuted and victimised across Germany. All Jewish citizens were forced to stop trading, and amongst them were 500 architects. Some managed to flee, others were deported and killed in concentration camps. Many architects who were once well-known are now forgotten and their works have been altered or destroyed.
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It may be October in the rest of the world, but in New York it’s the month of Archtober, the annual festival of architecture and design. For the third year running, Pentagram’s Luke Hayman and team have designed the graphics for the event, building on the yellow rectangle of the Archtober identity they developed for the inaugural edition in 2011. For the third festival, this simple graphic frame has been joined by the three-sided shape of a triangle.
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For this year the AGI Congress‘ special project focused on the quintessentially British past time of drinking tea, an appropriate brief given the theme of the Congress was dialogue. Much like the annual meeting of the AGI Congress, drinking tea is eagerly anticipated, a communal gathering for friends to share ideas and inspirations.
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Designing the award-winning Circular magazine has been Domenic Lippa’s ‘labour of love’ since 1999, combining his interests in typography and editorial design. Each issue is designed from scratch and is totally unique.
Circular magazine is a publication of the Typographic Circle, a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. It was formed in 1976 to bring together anyone with an interest in type and typography and has since attracted some of the most highly acclaimed names in graphic design including Vince Frost, Stefan Sagmeister, Alan Fletcher, North, Tom Hingston and Spin.
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Since 2006, Last Folio, the exhibition of photographs by Yuri Dojc, designed by Daniel Weil has been on display at Cambridge University, The New York Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Grunwald Gallery of Art in Indiana, European Commission in Brussels and the Pierre Berge Foundation.
Yuri Dojc’s photographs capture the remnants the once vibrant jewish lives in pre-war Slovakia – ruined synagogues, burned books, decaying graveyards.
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