De Bond van Nederlandse Ontwerpers (BNO) reikt op 28 oktober, tijdens de Dutch Design Week, de Piet Zwart Oeuvreprijs uit aan de drie leden van ontwerpcollectief LUST: Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen, Thomas Castro en Jeroen Barendse. Het wordt een feest met een donker randje. Niet alleen is LUST na twintig jaar onlangs ontbonden, maar ook verwacht Nieuwenhuizen (46) de uitreiking niet mee te kunnen maken. Hij is ernstig ziek en heeft nog enkele weken te leven, als ik hem eind september spreek.
I’ve been coming to Barcelona regularly now for about eight years. Our balcony looks out over Gaudi’s Pedrera (‘the ant hill’, we call it), the Sagrada Familia in the distance and in between a gingerbread castle-like building with six pointy towers that we dubbed ‘The House of the Witches’ Hats’. But only now have I seen it from the inside.
The V&A Museum in London is opening a new museum next year specially for Scottish design, in the coastal city Dundee, the fourth largest city of Scotland. The huge building on the river Tay is the outcome of an international competition won by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who is also designing Tokyo’s Olympic stadium for 2020. The V&A is also one of the founding institutions of a new design museum, Design Society, which is to open this October in the Chinese city of Shenzen.
At a cost of £81 million pounds the new V&A Dundee is already 80 per cent over budget, and will open four years later than anticipated. No wonder the museum is not yet giving a date for the opening next year. Nevertheless, it is the linchpin of Dundee’s regeneration through culture and the arts, together with its lively scene for the creators of video games. Dundee is now a serious contender for the European Cultural Capital of 2023. ‘The ugly-duckling city comes of age’, was the headline of a piece in The Times in July.
New trend: souvenirs are the new outlet for designers. It dawned on me when I attended a talk by Scottish curator Stacey Hunter at the exhibition design Language during the Milan Designweek about her project Local Heroes in Edinburgh last year. She invited nine designers to create souvenirs that went beyond the heritage clichés. It reminded me of a Dutch project by designer Elmo Vermijs, 100% Terschelling, which is in the running for one of this year’s Dutch Design Awards.
I was at the Milan Design Week 2017 to spot the newest developments in design. Today I spotted designs at the Triennale designmuseum and the Lexus Design Award. Lees het artikel…
I was at the Milan Design Week 2017 to spot the newest developments in design. Today I was at the Tortona district, spotted designs at the Moooi exhibition and Palazzo Clerici and interviewt Marcel Wanders.