Tasco is the unique one-off car prototype designed by Gordon Buehrig in 1948. The car includes T-top roof, airplane inspired controls and fiberglass steerable front fenders. It is housed at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

Photo by Peter Harholdt








Our friend and collaborator, designer Martin Žampach, paid visit to one of the most significant buildings of brazilian Modernism and took these images of the concrete jungle around.

Built by Oscar Niemeyer from 1952 to 1966, Edifício Copan, named after ancident Mayan city, is a residential megastructure. One of the biggest buildings in Brazil, Copan in downtown São Paulo has 38 stories and 140 meters.

The sensual curve of the building illustrates typical Niemeyer's organic approach to architecture in those years.

Library of Indian parliament, New Delhi, 1989 - 2003
Library of Indian parliament, New Delhi, 1989 - 2003
National Academy of Science, New Delhi, 1983 - 1990
National Academy of Science, New Delhi, 1983 - 1990
State Trading Corporation, New Delhi, 1976 - 1989
State Trading Corporation, New Delhi, 1976 - 1989
Asian Games village, 1980 - 1982
Asian Games village, 1980 - 1982
State Trading Corporation, New Delhi, 1976 - 1989
State Trading Corporation, New Delhi, 1976 - 1989
Jawahartal Nehru Pavillion, New Delhi, 1972
Jawahartal Nehru Pavillion, New Delhi, 1972

In The Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, we have been impressed by these wooden models of architectural visions of Indian architect Raj Rewal.

Born in 1934 in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India, Rewal became on of the most prominent Indian architects of the second half of the last century. Educated in New Delhi and London, Rewal worked at Michel Chards’s office in Paris before he founded his own studio in New Delhi in 1963. He is author of the large-scale urban projects such as Village for Asian Games or important civic buildings like National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore or Parliament Library in New Delhi and Pragati Maidan Exhibhition Centre. He was also interested in social housing and traditional Indian architecture.

His machinist and futurist visions connected with Indian decorative tradition, we can see in these wooden models he made and now are exhibited at Center Georges Pompidou in Paris.













In this series of photographs we have captured paper mobile designed by Bruno Munari inside Casa Tabarelli built by Carlo Scarpa in 1967. Abstract artwork in the air is always changing in natural and slow movement.

Photo: Matěj Činčera








Modern Originals is ghe latest book of San Francisco-based photographer Leslie Williamson.

After her successful Handcrafted Modern book for Rizzoli, she continued with her interest in modernist architects and their studios and living spaces. This time she travelled all around Erurope to capture several interiors and houses designed by famous architects for themselves during the 20th century. The book includes houses by Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Roland Rainer, Carlo Mollino, Gae Aulenti and many others.

We are very happy that we could collaborate on the book and find the house of Czech architect Josef Němec from Brno for the book. His private villa with many custom-designed furniture and artworks from the 1960s is also included in the volume.


The Czech design collective Okolo is at the heart of this exhibition. The members of Okolo are fascinated by the meaning of objects. They scrutinise the world of things with finely tuned sensibility, and post selected examples of paradigmatic design on their blog, okoloweb.cz. This particular interest has transformed the collective into a group of collectors!

The quintessentially human theme of collecting is therefore the fo- cus of the exhibition, which casts light on both private and museum collecting. Experts express their views, and finally several specific themes are explored through examples. Each week, the content of the exhibition is augmented by a blogpost on okoloweb.cz, thus making it accessible to a wider public beyond the exhibition.

This exhibition is a project by the Kunstgewerbemuseum in collabo- ration with Okolo (CZ) and
Depot Basel (CH). Depot Basel, launched in 2011, is a place for contemporary design.

Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pillnitz Bergpalais
3 September – 2 November 2014

Curators:
Matylda Krzykowski (Depot Basel) and Adam Štěch (Okolo)

Exhibition and graphic design:
Matěj Činčera and Jan Kloss (Okolo)






Luciano Grasi, Sergio Conti and Marisa Forlani designed this series of spectacular seating furniture for Italian company Paoli during the 1950s.

The outdoor chairs and armchair are made out of organic steel wires construction covered by nylon strings. The result is an airy and subtle, yet strongly sculptural furniture objects.

Paolo Soleri, Long-span bridge
Paolo Soleri, Long-span bridge
John Johansen, Open plan house
John Johansen, Open plan house
I. M. Pei, Helix apartments
I. M. Pei, Helix apartments
Robert Damora and Boyd G. Anderson, skyscraper
Robert Damora and Boyd G. Anderson, skyscraper
Antonin Raymond, L.L. Rado and Weidlinger & Salvadori, stadium
Antonin Raymond, L.L. Rado and Weidlinger & Salvadori, stadium

The american architectural photographer Robert Damora (1912 - 2010) is one of the most prolific image-makers of the 20th american architectural avant-garde.

But next to his photography work, Damora was also passionate advocate of Modernism, activist, promoter, curator and even an architect. One of his most exciting projects still remains Seeds for Architecture developed for Universal Atlas Cement company. Damora selected 21 architects and engineers to work on 14 exploratory imaginary projects in the form of models using concrete. Advertorials featuring the projects were published in Time, Fortune, and The Saturday Evening Post between 1956 and 1958.

The selected visionary projects were designed, among others, by Louis Kahn, I.M. Pei, John Johansen, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Paolo Soleri, Victor Gruen, Edgardo Contini and other.








Five desgn teams were approached by curator Tulga Beyerle to investigate the collection of Kunstgewerbemuseum in Pillnitz.

Tulga Beyerle is the new director of this traditional museum of applied arts and crafts inside Pillnitz chateau close to Dresden in Germany. Former co-curator of Vienna Design Week manages the museum since the last year. Her first commissioned project presents Rochaden. Designer treffen auf die Sammlung (Trading Places. Designers meet the collection). She asked her favorite designers including Mischer'Traxler, Dechem, Daphna Laurens, Judith Seng and Loris & Livia to make a special installations inspired by museum's treasures within the existing permanent collection. The result is the five rooms where every design team created contextual installations inspired by their research in the deposits. Each of them approached it from the different point of view.

Mischer'Traxler investigated around the phenomenon of perpetual shadows created by light on old presentation boards and created artificial process of growing patterns in galvanic tank.

Dechem invented a scent based on the smell of depot and decorative details of some historical metal, glass pieces and old furniture fragments. After all they have designed brand new flacon for the fragrance.

Inspired by strange Orient 18th century scissors and their mechanism, DaphnaLaurens designed series of imaginary machines to show original mechanical schemes.

Judith Seng was interested in lace collection where she found several exciting techniques including bobbin lace, a complex artisanal process, in which threads are rotated, crossed and knotted on the basis of pricking. She transfers this single person activity into a collective process, in which 24 people danced and created together the central installation resembling over-sized bobbin lace.

Finally Loris & Livia discovered the poetry of reverse sides of the rare historical textile and installed them in the spatial installation where textile is showed from the both sides.

These nice newspapers and postcards about the project and designed by Fons Hickmann m23 and Bjoern Wolf were published.

The great fresh perspective on history and craft heritage!

















It is almost a year ago, when we have participated at Brompton Pitch project during the London Design Festival. As a small reminder we are resenting this hand-made publication made during the project by London-based Studio Chehade and featuring some of the Brompton Pitch participants work as well as progress of the project itself.