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S*** on Your Hat

Few months ago I have visited Barcelona. It was a perfectly chaotic weekend with both good and not-so-good experiences, but with some great people (and that is what counts).

On a hot touristy Saturday I had no choice but to hit MACBA and I can’t say I regretted it. The building itself has been designed by Richard Meier and its design is an antidote to the city’s Gaudi/gothic architecture. It is very bright, open, minimalistic and urban and its huge triple-floor ramp-hall reminds me a bit of Centre Pompidue’s.

MACBA, inside out view

At that time, temporary exhibitions involved spanish photographs and contemporary art works, which I did not have much background about I must admit, aside from Antoni Tapies’ works. What I liked a lot were films from Aleksandr Sokurov, a Russian director, who has been awarded with several awards, one of them being Golden Lion in Venice International Film Festival in 2011. I found the monotony in life or Russian solders in “Confession: From the Commander’s Diary” and their confinement and limitness in their activities but also space very strong and thoughts-provoking. However, “Elegy of a Voyage” from 2001 is what really kept me siting there for long time. (Both may be found in e.g. YouTube.) This seems to be an infinite voyage, ‘told’ to us by a nameless narrator, which we can easily identify with and see it from his own eyes: no matter how much dreamlike it may seem and not related to reality, it ends with narrator finding its identity.

Other work, also as video art shown, was Samuel Beckett’s “Not I” from 1972, showing disembodied lips of a woman telling us about dramatic incidents in her life in high-pitched voice. It is very intense for audience, hinting a big trauma and detesting for self – which one does not feel comfortable listening to and seeing.

 

There was another interesting Bruce Naumann there, combining both video and installation, “Shit on Your Hat – Head on a Chair”, from 1990,

Bruce Nauman, “Shit on Your Hat – Head on a Chair”, 1990

as well as Pierre Bismuth’s “Postscript – The Passenger”, from 1996-2010.

Pierre Bismuth, “Postscript – The Passenger”, 1996-2010

Both are being somewhat humorous, tricky and also experimental in interpreting reality and suggesting (and controlling?) the course of events and our perception.

What is left for me to do next time when I am there would be Fundacio Antoni Tapies. This time I can also admire its outer look, work of  Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

Fundacio Antoni Tapies

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Salone del Mobile or “Two Alices in the Wonderland”, Part II

I had a chance to visit this time Salone del Mobile in Milan, one of the most prestigious design furniture fairs in the world, together with its accompanying content outside the fair premises. That included visiting the city center, Brera and other areas within FuoriSalone, fair program that is being shown for many times in the row now outside of the regular fair content. Second day was reserved for the furniture fair itself.

The day after we went to official fair areas, which was expectedly overwhelming. As we were not looking for anything in particular, we hit first SaloneSatelite and in  the end of the day, that remained our favorite spot. Satellites are those relatively smaller boots, mostly arranged by less established younger designers, such as Zeljka Kavran or design schools, such as New York Institute of Technology or American University of Sharjah, just to name few. This area was boosting of freshness and new vibes – it is not to say that others were not, but we found this one more to be more innovative and dynamic.

I hope you liked Salone del Mobile 2012!

(Please note that I have marked the design objects to the best of my knowledge. If there are any objections, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I can remove the picture from this blog right away.)

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Salone del Mobile or “Two Alices in the Wonderland”, Part I

I had a chance to visit this time Salone del Mobile in Milan, one of the most prestigious design furniture fairs in the world, together with its accompanying content outside the fair premises. That included visiting the city center, Brera and other areas within FuoriSalone, fair program that is being shown for many times in the row now outside of the regular fair content. My personal highlight was Tortona Design Week in Zona Tortona.

 Zona Tortona is a rather non-conventional area, which is normally populated by young people with artistic inclinations. During the time of Fiera, it transforms into an open-air art fair, with a huge mass of people checking out the design spaces and art boutiques hiding in Zona Tortona streets. We* absolutely loved the atmosphere here and enjoyed the sun, crowd and also beautiful sights and innovative design ideas!

What we have seen there was a variety of funky design commercial products, such as senz°/the orignial storm umbrella or the o bag, which I will try to cover in some next posts. There were a lot of events in Via Tortona and Via Savona as well, but what we like the most were huge pavilions and halls, all with different themes but all equally interesting. Again, it is very difficult to make a right selection but here is some preview.

– to be continued –

* by ‘we’ I mean, my host / guide / artistic advisor & my lil sis (Please note that I have marked the design objects to the best of my knowledge. If there are any objections, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I can remove the picture from this blog right away.)

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On being sad

Last week I was in Sarajevo and my time there was spent in remembrance on aggression on my country. April 6th was 20-year anniversary of the longest siege and many world media have reported on this.

I am not about to write about historical facts on this; they can be found elsewhere. I can just say that it made me feel extremely sad, deceived, disappointed and played out. This is how I felt then, being 10 years old and this is how I feel even more now, as a grown up. Nevertheless, it also gives you a strange feeling of being proud, more about those who have been killed for Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also of us. We are still here.

the white ribbon says that these are for employees for Bosnian Railways

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Go North!

Yes, North is the place to go and be this year! And when I say North, I mean on Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti. These cities are hosting a wide range of events throughout 2012 as Helsinki has been selected and awarded to be World Design Capital, after Seoul and Torino and right before Cape Town in 2014.

Totally agree – there is hardly any city in the world that incorporates design in such natural born and spontaneous way as Helsinki. Or, in true democratic way – to express it as recently being said in the event that I visited. Design in Finland is not something elite and that belongs only to secluded artistic circles; there is hardly household that does not have dishes from Iittala, table cloths and curtains from Marimekko or Tapiovaara chairs, just to name few. On a big scale, Aalvar Aalto enriched with his idea not only urban skylines and exteriors but also came in our living rooms. Furniture such as … belong today to classics. After all, Nokia revolutionized the design of telecommunications equipment at its early stages and brought product design to masses throughout the world. On a much smaller, but more exclusive scale, there is also Mia Maljojoki, with her avant-garde jewelry design, who I had chance to meet in the event and who belong today to one of the most prominent designers in the field.

Source: miamaljojoki.com, 2010 | Photo: Mirei Takeuchi

Another thing that I learned the other evening were less arty in its nature and more ‘practical’ and money related. Did  you know that extremely positive market development of financial portfolio of design industry companies is almost identical to the one of emerging industries and is way above the standard S&P 500 companies?

This will be a hot year and a hot summer up north. There is hardly a nation that is so quiet and subtle in conventional communication and so loud and distinctive in artistic expression. And I would love to somehow be part of it!

For more information, I would recommend to check the program here and for concrete ideas for collaboration, just get in touch with Finpro.  

 

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Chic winter morning

Would you like to sit on a winter morning in this enterieur?

View from the entrance door

 

There were some comfortable Barcelona chairs of Mies van der Rohe

Chair and Painting

 
And I liked also Ingo Maurer’s lamp Zettelz 5. Some notes were rather inspirational and written in languages from around the world.
Central light

 

And what if I tell you now that this was a waiting room in a medical doctor’s office? Pretty chic, huh?

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Project “Furniture Shopping”: Collecting Ideas

At least the process got started. So far, the ideas are:

– Go for a large wardrobe first. After seeing some of them, I think that good ol’ PAX from IKEA is still the best (and safe) option. I would still have to take the measures of our ‘changing’ room, but the bigger the better (so that I can stuff all objects that do not have a place in). The only question is what to take for the cover planes? Aaaaagh I have seen everything on the web site, but I need to know a) how it should look together with others in the apartment, b) how it really looks in reality

– Skip the dining table for the time being. It has to  be something special. But I do have chair that I like and I have to thank my friend for suggesting it to me (over a beautiful morning pre-new-year-2011 brunch): 


Source: minimum.de 
(Update: In the moment of writing this, I have just found a multifuncitonal table that I *might* like. I found it in Abovo in Munich, but this is apparenly made in Berlin, in a furniture design store Atelier Haussmann. In this blog, you can see other furniture pieces, but I liked these tisch ‘legs’ because you pick yourself what you want for the plate over. E.g. in blog there is an example with wood plate, which gives some ‘factory’ feeling to it, while you may also want to consider giving it a homey or even sleek touch as here:



Source: stilsucht. de, warenbund.de, berliner-produkte.de

– Check out more stores for sofa but other ideas as well
(now I am being local: Bo Concept, Who’s perfect, Sit and Sleep, the one in Belgradstr.*, Böhmler in Nymphenburger Str., and cruise Schwabing, Neuhausen, Glockenbachviertel etc)
* I don’t remember a name of the place, but there is a cute furniture store there, with Missoni taboret among others, which often has sale. I bought few years ago a Designers Guild sofa there and here is a similar photo of it, with a matching no-name sofa table. (Mine is black-white-beige-silverish and, yes, I promise: I will take picture of it soon and update it here.)


Source: bemz.com

– See more of flea markets in Munich neighborhoods
(Tips: I like only the ‘Hofflohmärkte‘, that is, flea markets in the selected city blocks. The great thing about it is that people who are selling it are the regular people, like you and me, and you can find some really cool stuff there, everything from clothes, to new perfumes, books, decorating items – you name it. I found a ‘fatboy’ two years ago, for small money and practically new, and I also remember seeing a wonderful 50’s-design chair. It is best to go to areas where people with better taste live (my favourite one is where most of gay population lives, as they are always the trendiest ones.) The one in the area where I lived I have just missed.)

I am so proud of myself for (finally!) noticing beautiful around me! (and kind of enjoying it)

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