There is a little gem of a museum in Geneva, Switzerland that is not very often talked about but really worth mentioning, it’s the MEG – the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève. The new building which was inaugurated in 2014 and designed by Bern based architectural firm Graber Pulver, received the European Museum of the Year award in 2017.
Shaped like a pagoda, the whole concept of the museum is based on public accessibility. With around 80.000 objects and 15.000 pictorial and auditory documents, the collection is one of the largest in Switzerland. Over a thousand objects are exposed in sleek well lit large color-coded glass showcases. In addition, the ethnomusicology department presents musical instruments from different parts of the world and acoustic samples to be listened to by means of headphones.
This amazing time-capsule of humanity is like a 3D encyclopedia inviting the visitor to explore our diversity: Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The objects on show are like messages from across the world that convey the world’s cultures.
Curiosities, rarities, ambivalent objects picked up by missionaries, diplomatic gifts, and scientific field research artifacts are all part of the collections.
Once your visit is done, don’t forget to stop by at the modern, airy café for a coffee or a bite to eat. On sunny days, tables are placed on the esplanade at the entrance of the museum and you find yourself enjoying the charming landscaped green oasis facing you.
A lovely way to take a break and discover something new. You also realize how connected we all are.
British music legend, David Bowie loved the skylines and subways of New York City. Now Spotify is reflecting that spark through the Broadway-Lafayette Station from April 17 to May 13.
The city that Bowie loved, is showcasing the icon’s influence on music, fashion & art with this original initiative. Inside the station, visitors will encounter wall sized images and artist’s quotes that speaks to his electric relationship with New York.
Spotify takes the art installation outside the confines of museum walls where it may be appreciated unexpectedly by all. Commuters will have the opportunity to ponder on Bowie’s universe. Source : designboom
What does Design mean to you ? This crowdsourced wall offers a selection of items that have a special meaning. Some things are here because they do their job well. Some have been nominated because they are beautiful, and others because they carry special memories. Any piece of design that matters needs to offer at least one of these qualities.
The HanoiMuseum is embedded in a park with ample water features, where visitors already encounter exhibits from the history of Hanoi and reconstructed traditional Vietnamese villages on entering the museum landscape. Designed by GMP ARCHITEKTEN
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Brilliant exhibition about the revolutionary spirit of the Sixties.
This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. The exhibition considers how the finished and unfinished revolutions of the time changed the way we live today and think about the future.
The Design Museum has opened its first ever standalone retail space, moments away from the museum’s new west London site.
Located on Kensington High Street, the Design Museum Shop presents a curated edit of design classics, collections based on current exhibitions and an ever-changing array of design-focused objects from around the world. source : Dezeen
Manus Machina – a stunning exhibit
Artist Jennifer Angus is known for creating large-scale artworks that incorporate real insects as the focal point. Angus has devoted much of her time in southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand and Malaysia, where she has gathered thousands of insects to display in her art. This piece in particular lived in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. source : Trendland
Charles and Ray Eames are among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Enthusiastic and tireless experimenters, this husband and wife duo moved fluidly between the fields of photography, film, architecture, exhibition-making, and furniture and product design.
The Eames Office was a hub of activity where the Eameses and their collaborators produced an array of pioneering designs, communicating their ideas with a boundless creativity that defined their careers. The Eameses embraced the joy of trial and error and approached design as a way of life.
From personal letters, photographs, drawings and artwork, to their products, models, multi-media installations and furniture, The World of Charles and Ray Eames includes not only the designs for which they are best known, but provides an insight into the lives of the Eameses, the Eames Office and the breadth of their pioneering work, bringing their ideas and playful spirit to life.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London :
Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection
21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016
This exhibition showcases over one hundred exceptional jewels, jewelled artefacts and jades from the Al Thani Collection.
The pieces range in date from the early 17th century to the present day, and were made in the Indian subcontinent or inspired by India. They include spectacular precious stones, jades made for Mughal emperors and a gold tiger-head finial from the throne of the South Indian ruler Tipu Sultan.
Absolutely Spectacular – highly recommended
A new exhibition at Somerset House in London, Tintin: Hergé’s Masterpiece—along with a companion book of the same name out this month from Rizzoli—explore how both interests which ranged from the Constructivist work he studied during his childhood in Belgium to a later fascination with modernist graphic design together with the events of World War II influenced the evolution of Hergé’s work.
For example, Hergé’s penchant for architecture and design is one of the reasons windows play such a big role in the comics. Besides his pop-artist contemporaries like Warhol and Lichtenstein, Hergé’s “clear line” style was also influenced by eastern art.
The evolution of Hergé’s work – from simple comic strips to sophisticated graphics – was influenced by a fascination with fine art and design.
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This exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.
Here below : This unique design brings together traditional craft with new technology!
Located the summit plateau of Plan de Corones in the Italian Alps, the sixth and final museum dedicated to the career of Reinhold Messner has been been completed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Named ‘MMM Corones’, the institution, which is now open to the public, explores the discipline of mountain climbing through a unique collection of photographs and various items collected by Messner during his lifetime as an explorer. Messner is acclaimed for making the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen. source . design boom
A major exhibition featuring rare concept cars from the early 1930s to the 21st century, will showcase some of the most unique vehicles ever created by top names in the automotive field.
French architect Jean Nouvel is responsible for the design of the new National Museum of Qatar.
His concept reflects the vanishing bedouin cultures of Qatar, in an effort to embrace the realities
of a rapidly urbanization society, and maintain a connection to this fading world in which the
The starting points of the design began with the desert rose, which are tiny formations
which crystallize below the desert’s surface. Made primarily from steel and concrete which
will be locally sourced / fabricated, the new building will be constructed from dozens
of interlocking disk-like forms varying in curvature and diameter, suggestive of the blade-like
petals of the desert rose. source : designboom
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Portrait of Alexander McQueen, 1997 photographed by Marc Hom. © Marc Hom/Trunk Archive
“London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.”
– Alexander McQueen, January 2000
The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.
The original version of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 was organised by the Costume Institute and became one of the Museum’s top 10 most visited exhibitions. via vam.ac.uk
Architecture studio Kilo has pitched a traditional Moroccan camel and goat wool tent in front of the patterned glass and metal facade of Jean Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe building in Paris. A performance space is hosting a variety of events over the duration of the show, and the cafe is serving a Moroccan-inspired menu of mint tea, couscous and traditional pastries. source :dezeen
The exhibition and tent will be open to the public until 25 January 2015.
EMP Museum, Seattle Washington or Experience Music Project is dedicated to the ideas & risk taking that fuel contemporary popular culture.
New Exhibition : Hear my train a coming – Jimi Hendrix hits London
From the flamboyant fashions on the street to the sounds that ushered in a new electric era in rock, Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London captures the musician’s impact on England’s most happening city during the swinging sixties. Get experienced with artifacts, instruments, and personal mementos from one of Seattle’s favorite sons.
Hendrix’s show at the Saville Theatre in Westminster would be his last before leaving England to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival. During his nine-month stay, Hendrix had taken the swinging London scene by storm. To mark his gratitude for the warm welcome he’d received in the UK, the wave of which would propel him into superstardom once back on American turf, Hendrix hand-painted his Stratocaster, lovingly inscribed a poem to it, and then smashed it to pieces.
Opened on King’s Road in October of 1966, the boutique Dandie Fashions proved popular to rock’s elite. Stars like Brian Jones, David Bowie, Roger Daltrey, and Jimi Hendrix coveted their silk frilled shirts, velvet suits, and colorful breasted jackets, and introduced the new style of dress to a public that had up till then favored a more conservative look. source : EMP Museum
Spring brings warmth and elegance within a beautiful dining space set in the New Wing of the iconic Somerset House, in the arts and cultural heart of London. via http://springrestaurant.co.uk
Dennis Severs’ House is a time capsule attraction in which visitors are immersed in a unique form of theatre. The ten rooms of this original Huguenot house have been decked out to recreate snapshots of life in Spitalfields between 1724 and 1914. An escorted tour through the compelling ‘still-life drama’, as American creator Dennis Severs put it, takes you through the cellar, kitchen, dining room, smoking room and upstairs to the bedrooms. With hearth and candles burning, smells lingering and objects scattered apparently haphazardly, it feels as though the inhabitants had deserted the rooms only moments before. via timeout
The most recognisable paintings from the art collection of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum are printed onto the seats of these plywood stools by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek. via dezeen
Une grande rétrospective, la première depuis 20 ans en France, des œuvres de Niki de Saint Phalle est présentée au Grand Palais à Paris. A partir du 17 septembre jusqu’au 2 février 2015 vous pourrez y voir ses célèbres “nanas”, mais aussi une partie moins connue du travail de cette sculptrice féministe.
Cachaça is a distilled liquor concocted from sugarcane juice.
Old and Contemporary Regional Cachaça Collection Room
photo © junia mortimer
The new museum was designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki to create a permanent exhibition space for a collection of art and artefacts that charts a history of Muslim civilisations over the last 1,000 years.
“The Aga Khan Museum has an international outlook,” commented museum director Henry Kim. “Home to a collection of astonishingly beautiful works of art, it will showcase the artistic creativity and achievements of Muslim civilisations from Spain to China.” “I think local and international visitors will be greatly surprised when they discover just how much the arts of Muslim civilisations are a part of our shared global cultural heritage,” he said. via dezeen
“Yayoi Kusama: Pumpkins” is at Victoria Miro, London N1, from 16 September to 19 December 2014
6 September 2014 – 4 January 2015. This autumn the V&A will present the definitive retrospective of the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-99), one of the 20th century’s master photographers.
Jeff Koons, the kitsch-fetishizing artist is the subject of a major retrospective opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
This autumn the V&A will present the definitive retrospective of the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-99), one of the 20th century’s master photographers. In a career that spanned six decades, Horst photographed the exquisite creations of couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in 1930s Paris, and helped to launch the careers of many models. In New York a decade later, he experimented with early colour techniques and his meticulously composed, artfully lit images leapt from the magazine page.
Mainbocher Corset (pink satin corset by Detolle), Paris, 1939. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate
Now in its seventh year, Designs of the Year gathers together a year of cutting-edge innovation and original talent; showcasing the very best in global Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport design.
76 nominations for 7 categories where great names such as Zaha Hadid, Barber & Osgerby or Stephen Jones are exhibited together with students and young talents.
IRO – JO NAGASAKA FOR ESTABLISHED AND SONS
Grand Central/Ecal Thibaut Brevet
Metro Trains, Dumb ways to Die, Mccan Melbourne
Dita von Teese illustrated by David Downtown London 2013
Exterior of Paul Smith Shop, Albemarle Street, Mayfair London by 6A Architects
Chineasy by Shaolan Hsueh
The Gourmand, a food and culture journal by David Lane
MEWE, the forward thinking car by Jean-Marie Massaud & TOYOTA
MAKOKO Floating School Nigeria project by Studio NLE, Makoko Community Building Team
wegner: just one good chair
designmuseum danmark, copenhagen
from april 3rd to november 2nd, 2014
A showcase of hans j. wegner’s furniture portfolio.
Papier Glacé: Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast.
Palais Galliera, the Fashion Museum of the City of Paris.
March 1st – May 25th 2014.
10 av. Pierre Ier de Serbie, Paris 16e
‘Papier Glacé’ brings together some 150 images by some 90 fashion photographers from 1918 to the present day.
Panama’s Biomuseo is set to open its doors to the public, Almost ten years after construction began. designed by Frank Gehry, the cultural institution explores the isthmus and the diverse range of species which inhabit the region
This is not a Toy Exhibit – guest curated by pharrell williams
design exchange, toronto, canada
february 7th – may 19th, 2014
October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014
This multimedia exhibition is organized around seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier’s development—from the streets of Paris to the cinema—since he emerged as a designer in the 1970s. It features approximately 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles, from the designer’s earliest to his most recent collections, many of which are displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. Accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world, explore how his avant-garde designs challenge societal, gender, and aesthetic codes in unexpected ways.