Photography by Glen Jackson Taylor for Core77
There was an abundance of inspiring contemporary art on display at The Armory Show last week at Piers 92 & 94 in New York—we should note that our picks in the gallery skew more towards the 3D wall art and sculpture, which is arguably more interesting to Core77 readers (and photographs much better than two-dimensional works behind glass).
The show was a noticeable improvement from recent years, with much a stronger curation and slightly more space for the exhibitors—clearly organizers are feeling the pressure from the Frieze Art Fair, which takes place again as part of NYCxDesign this May. The Armory Show partnered with start-up Artsy, who are quickly becoming the IMDB of the art world to provide a digital guide for visitors and real-time feed of trending artwork during the event.
There was no shortage of selfie-inducing art, and while good taste, for the most part, is subjective, one of the most fascinating pieces was Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed's La Chine est proche, 2013, a full-scale bicycle intricately carved from camel bone. The oversized figures from Cajsa von Zeipel's HOLES IN THE WALL series were striking and I've recently become a huge fan of London-based sculptor Tom Stogdon's work, made from washed stone, steel and found objects.
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'Toto Wooden Dolls' by Artek. The villagers, called Martta, Kerttu, Aaro and Eemil, are made by turning wood and finished with painting by hand.
The 'Toto Wooden Dolls' were designed by Kaj Franck in 1945 as collectables for the Finnish magazine Kotiliesi.
Here's a quick round-up of some of the noteworthy stuff we came accross at the Accent on Design section of the home and giftware show NY NOW (f.k.a. NY International Gift Fair), which faced some stiff competition last weekend, coinciding with Chinese New Year festivities and the Superbowl. This year's show was loaded with some really impressive ceramics, as well as Tom Dixon's ever-expanding catalog of products, and it was great to see so many young designers with really solid product photography, personal branding, and marketing collateral. Check out the highlights below:
Ceramic 'Buddie Vessels' by Mirena Kim.
'Nest' storage containers by Joseph Joseph with their signature color-coding.
Rocking wooden and brass paper-weights 'Tipsy' by Bower.
Congrats to Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi of Bower, our pick for the "Bloggers' Choice Awards"
Photography by Glen Jackson Taylor for Core77
Detroit may not be the most desirable travel destination in mid-January, but for the automotive industry it's the only place to be. This year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) didn't disappoint, with a solid lineup of production cars including the Ford Mustang, Ford F-150 pick up, Lexus RC, Cadillac ATS Coupe, BMW M4 Coupe, Corvette Z06 and Audi RS7. As the car reveals get more and more
sensational sophisticated with massive choreographed video projections, music and live stage antics, it's fair to say Ford won most ambitious booth design with nearly 38-ton section of assembly line on their stand to demonstrate the robotic production process of the F-150.
One of the biggest trends was the resurgence in performance cars, possibly to attract the Millennial market who's lack of interest in car ownership has been widely reported. Or more simply, the industry has grown stagnant and senses it's time to inject some new excitement to appease the car enthusiasts like Toyota's FT-1 and Kia's GT4 Stinger concept cars.
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Core77 2013 Year in Review: Top Ten Posts · Furniture, Pt. 1 · Furniture, Pt. 2
Digital Fabrication, Pt. 1 · Digital Fabrication, Pt. 2 · Digital Fabrication, Pt. 3 · Digital Fabrication, Pt. 4
Insights from the Core77 Questionnaire · Maker Culture: The Good, the Bad and the Future · Food & Drink
Materials, Pt. 1: Wood · Materials, Pt. 2: Creative Repurposing · Materials, Pt. 3: The New Stuff
True I.D. Stories · High-Tech Headlines · The Year in Photos
In 2013, the Core77 team visited design festivals, exhibitions, conferences, design studios and manufacturers around the globe bringing you a firsthand look at stuff that made us look twice. This collection of images is not so much a narrative in itself as it is a broad survey of design happenings and projects that we documented over the past year. All of our international photo correspondents are practicing designers, and we are always excited to see how they capture these events with a designer's lens (both figuratively and physically).
Going into 2014, we are looking forward to having lenses and tripods on the ground in more cities—if you're interested in contributing, have a decent camera and a sharp eye for design that counts, send me a short bio with a link to your photos: glen [at] core77 [dot] com.
Happy New Year!
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SVA Products of Design's ALSO! project, WantedDesign, New York Design Week. Photo by Kathryn McElroy
Props by Frederick McSwain, Off the Grid at Gallery R'Pure, New York Design Week. Photo by Glen Jackson Taylor
UMJ-1 Custom Keyboard Stand by UM Project for Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco. Photo by Glen Jackson Taylor
After spending several years in the habitation department at NASA, developing living spaces for the International Space Station as well as multiple off earth exploration vehicles, designer Garrett Finney left in 2009 to launch his dream recreational vehicle, the Cricket trailer. At the recent Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Finney introduced a prototype of the FireFly, an even more compact and utilitarian next-gen trailer, designed to fit in the back of a pickup truck or be towed by a small car.
The FireFly's interior is minimal, lined with folding bench tops for the sleeping/living surface with room for storage underneath. Although he initially hopes to attract the eco-campers who require the robustness of a trailer and the serious off-roader, Finney also envisions industrial or disaster-relief applications, such as deploying temporary base camps in remote and disaster stricken areas. Working with the small team of Evan Twyford (recruited from NASA in 2012) and Cricket Lead Designer Brian Black, the FireFly was designed in a three-week blitz after several months of sketching, mockups and CAD modelling.
"We worked with one of our local metal vendors to cut and fabricate the majority of the exo-skeleton," Black says of the development process. "Most of these skeletal components were laser cut and bent sheet aluminum which, when fastened together, create rigid structures."
Combined with the welded square tube sections, this created a rugged yet light weight architecture. We borrowed many construction methods and materials from our NASA/aerospace design experience as well as our experience designing and manufacturing with the Cricket such as the use of light weight yet highly insulative composite panels. These panels are high R-value, inch thick architectural siding with .04inch aluminum skin and an eps foam core. This use of aluminum and composites allowed us to create the rugged volume seen with this prototype while keeping it weight at just over 600lbs.
Evan Twyford sketching
Vehicle profile iterations balance ergonomic sizing and human factors concerns, such as bunk width and ceiling height, with technical sizing constraints such as truck bed dimensions and under-bench stowage.
Early concept sketching depicts multi-mode use on trailers, in a truck bed, and on a notional lander-leg package. Sketches also outline separate habitation module and frame/decking components with modular stowage/water tank compartments.
Firefly with deployable lander leg package. Concept sketch by Evan Twyford.