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The Buzz! —10-8-2021
Design Miami’s biweekly, can't-miss roundup of design world news and inspiration
Welcome to The Buzz, a biweekly roundup of design world news and inspiration for Design Miami’s discerning community of creatives and collectors. Enjoy!
Ettore Sottsass: The Magical Object at Centre Pompidou
Next week, the Centre Pompidou opens a major show dedicated to iconic Italian designer and Memphis founder Ettore Sottsass. The Magical Object will feature over 400 important historical works across design, paintings, and drawings, as well as hundreds of photographs and other original documents from the archives. The presentation will also include the partial reconstruction of a 1969 exhibition at the National Museum in Stockholm spotlighting Sottsass's ceramics and his approach to “Magical Design.” Cumulatively, the exhibition reinforces the idea that throughout his prolific career, Sottsass championed an emotional relationship to objects, perceiving design as a path to weave new connections between humans and their environment. The show runs through 3 Jan 2022 in Paris.
“I have always thought that design begins where rational processes end and magic begins.” —Ettore Sottsass
Sean Gerstley: Tile Block at Superhouse Vitrine
Today, Superhouse—the New York-based nomadic gallery and digital platform launched in 2019 by Stephen Markos—debuts its latest iteration: Superhouse Vitrine, a new, glass-walled, 10 x 10-foot exhibition space in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Superhouse Vitrine kicks things off with Tile Block, a solo show featuring new work by Philadelphia-based ceramic artist and designer Sean Gerstley. With Tile Block, the RISD grad explores how ceramics might be integrated into living spaces at a larger scale, beyond the medium’s traditional use in decorative objects and tableware. Tile Block is Gerstley’s first solo show and his second time exhibiting with Superhouse. The exhibition runs through November 14th.
Gaetano Pesce: No More Silent Objects at Salon 94
There are just a few weeks left to explore the standout Gaetano Pesce exhibition No More Silent Objects at Salon 94 Design’s new space in Manhattan. If you’re in town and have not yet been—go, and enjoy the legendary, octogenarian designer’s spirited resin works in all their glory, at once playful, irreverent, celebratory, and masterful. Open through October 30th.
Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven
Dutch Design Week launches October 16th in Eindhoven. The fair’s future-facing content is always intriguing, and this year promises plenty of inspiration. We’re eager to see the latest Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show, as well as new works by Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk and Studio Nienke Hoogvliet + Tim Jongerius. We’re especially curious about Dutch Invertuals’ exhibition, Objects for a New Kind of Society. The experimental collective has partnered with The Future Laboratory this year on a presentation of works exploring how design can foster more equitable future cities.
“We need to rethink our relationship with objects and our role as designers within our society.” —Wendy Plomp, Design Director of Dutch Invertuals
The Roaring Twenties at Museum Kranenburgh
Next week, Museum Kranenburgh in Bergen launches The Roaring Twenties, an exhibition exploring parallel themes between the 1920s and 2020s in design, art, and fashion. The former went down in history as the Roaring Twenties, animated by a euphoric drive for change and growth. This new show asks: What will the artists and designers of this decade be remembered for?
Three curators have been tapped to collaborate on the project: Studio Wieki Somers for design, Colin Huizing for art, and Liesbeth in t’Hout for fashion. The show’s design focus features works by several historic and contemporary greats paired in conversation, including pieces by Alvar Aalto, Anni Albers, Formafantasma, Eileen Gray, Julia Lohmann, Nendo, and Isamu Noguchi. Somers has also created a collection of five rugs, inspired by Bauhaus textiles of the 1920s, from which to present her curatorial themes. On view through April 2022.
“We don’t know exactly what the future will hold, but we can recognize patterns and speculate about the future. We know that turbulent times are fertile ground for thinking, and that is a powerful creative source.” —Wieki Somers
Lake Como Design Festival
On view now through the 10th: The third annual Lake Como Design Festival also explores links between past and present through a series of presentations set in gorgeous locations throughout the city center. Topics range from re-editions and contemporary works inspired by the past century to this year’s title exhibition: History Repeating: How Designers Look at History, curated by Marco Sammicheli. The latter includes historical works by the likes of Andrea Branzi, Le Corbusier, Angelo Mangiarotti, Gino Sarfatti, and Gianni Versace, as well as contemporary pieces by designers like Patricia Urquiola and Cristina Celestino, among others.