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'Ron Arad: Restless' at the Barbican Gallery

18th February - 16th May ’10

Barbican Art Gallery
London

On the 18th of February, the Barbican Gallery in London with open a retrospective of iconic designer Ron Arad’s work to date.

‘Ron Arad: Restless’ explores three decades of Arad’s work from his early post-punk approach of assembling products from readymade parts to his exclusive and highly polished sculptural objects. In addition to these unique and limited works, the exhibition will also include architectural designs and mass production pieces, which will supply visitors with a comprehensive view of Arad’s varied oeuvre.

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'Nickel Couch'  (rear detail) by Johnny Swing, 2001

Johnny Swing On Show in New York

4th February - 27th March, 2010

Knoedler Project Space
East 70th Street, New York

Now on view at the Knoedler Project Space in New York City is an exhibition of Johnny Swing’s sculptural furniture. Swing creates unique and functional sculpted furniture out of a variety of everyday materials. His designs include works made from recycled baby food jars, and leather disks, but he is undoubtably best known for his pieces made of American coinage.

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Unit(s) no. 1 by Dimitri Vangrunderbeeck for D&A Lab

D&A Lab

Object Rotterdam, 3rd-7th February ‘10

D&A Lab, Brussels is a young gallery that commissions contemporary artists to create innovative design objects. By doing so they aim to unify the unique, rigid and non-functional aspect of art with the recognizable character of the design-object functionality.

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'Custom Made Chair' by Karen Ryan from the Rabih Hage Gallery

Rabih Hage Gallery

Object Rotterdam, 3rd-7th February ‘10

At Object Rotterdam, the Rabih Hage Gallery, London is showing a range of works from notable contemporary designers Karen Ryan, Johnny Swing, Rabih Hage, and Aki Kuroda.

This is the Rabih Hage Gallery’s first exhibition in the Netherlands and so they have chosen to exhibit a range of objects representative of the gallery’s own character.

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Total Table Design

Object Rotterdam 3rd-7th February ’10

For the Total Table Design project, which premiered at Object Rotterdam, Dutch designers Kiki van Eijk and studio Scholten & Baijings present their visions for the art of dining.

As they describe it, ‘In contemporary dining culture one encounters worlds of difference.

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'Reverb' by Brodie Neil for the Apartment

The Apartment

Object Rotterdam, 3rd-7th February ‘10

This year at Object Rotterdam, the Apartment, London is showcasing works by Brodie Neil and Marcus Tremonto including Tremonto’s ‘Carbon 451’ Hanging Lamp (showcased on DeTnk a few months ago) that utilizes and celebrates the inherent lightness and strength of carbon fiber in its curvelinear structure.

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Object Rotterdam 2010: International fair for autonomous design

4th-7th February ’10

Cruise Terminal Rotterdam
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The mood was high at the opening of Object Rotterdam on Wednesday the 3rd of February, with many at the private view remarking that it is as good, or even better than some of the major fairs.

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RCA Interim Show

Opens 3rd February ’10

Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore, London

On Wednesday the 3rd of February, the Royal College of Art will open an interim show of work from half of the design departments, including pieces from the innovative program Design Interactions.

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A New Design Museum For NYC?

Milan's Triennale Design Museum To Open Satellite Venue

Last week at the New York City launch party for the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition now on view at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, the Triennale announced its plans to open a New York satellite space this spring called Triennale NYC.

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It’s Time We Took Design Seriously

By Edwin Heathcote for the Financial Times

In this recent article for the FT, renowned architectural critic Edwin Heathcote turns his attention to design and offers an evaluation of the intellectual criticism available on the subject (which he seems to find pretty grim).

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