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Dip in Space // When Two Worlds Participate

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

A special treat was present at the heart of Zona Tortona for the third time.  The participation by HEAD, Haute Ecole D’Art Et De Design in Geneva, led by French designer Matali Crasset (image above) and Alexandra Midal (professor of theory & history of design at Ecal (Switzerland) and School of Fine Arts of Toulouse (FR), former directress of Frac Haute-Normandie, now an independent curator of exhibitionscreated a dynamic environment designed by the school’s students. The exhibition, Dip in Space, offers a new approach to the creation of a space. We usually see products and objects that are defined by its function roaming the entire city of Milan. Dip in Space breaks that mold and fully immerses its viewers into a multi-sensorial experience in the design process.

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

The space was divided into two worlds: first, the glowing red magma (wax) represents the mind of the designer at its peak in the creative process, while the second invites visitors to experiment with the magma to create their own inventions. By dipping supports into wax-filled containers, they created unique objects that together mold a collective works in progress. This organic, always transforming and democratic pursuit demonstrates the plasticity and participatory element that design inculcates. The exhibition acts as a sensorial oasis where inventiveness, collaboration and individuality is celebrated. In this occasion, experience comes before function creating a discourse on some of the contemporary issues design phases today.

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

Dip in Space, Milan 2011, Photo by Baptiste Coulon

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Art gallery of Ontario


It is fitting that the 70-year-old Frank Gehry ended up re-envisioning the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) for his native city of Toronto. As a boy, Gehry visited the AGO often, and the effect of those visits on him and his future career was important. Gehry has lived most of his life in the U.S., but the AGO remake allows Toronto to reap some of the benefits of his massive talent before it’s all too late.

One of Gehry’s early sources of career inspiration was the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), known as the father of Scandinavian modernism. The influence of Aalto’s love of gently curving light-color wood, and his clean and airy architectural lines, can be sensed at the newly refurbished AGO. Whether or not Gehry thought of Aalto when he designed the spiraling plywood-faced staircase for the main entry hall is irrelevant, but the feel of the space is decidedly Aalto-esque. To those of us who love the work of both architects, the newly transfigured AGO is simply fabulous.

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Takayuki Hori: Oritsunagumono

Behold the work of Japanese student Takayuki Hori which won first place in the 2010Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Competition. The collection, entitled Oritsunagumono (things folded and connected) involves the skeletons of eight endangered species which are delicately printed on translucent paper and then folded in an origami fashion to represent the animals. A poignant and grim reminder of life’s fragility. What a brilliant project.

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