For a change the French are imitating arch-rival Britain by introducing a free admission policy to 18 French national museums including The Louvre (above), in a bid to encourage more French people to visit them. (I suppose they are so busy with food and fashion, that they have forgotten all about the museums). Normally the entre fee is about 6-9 Euros. This is an experiment by the French Government that will run until June 30 this year for French nationals as well foreign tourists.
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Beirut-based internationally-known architect Nadim Karam and his studio have sent this beautiful greeting, which I must share with everyone. When I interviewed Karam who is also an acclaimed artist, earlier this year at International Design Forum, I asked him why a well-known architect and artist like him wouldn’t want to practice in Europe or other more well-established places. He said he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but Beirut because it’s one of the most creatively provocative cities in the world. I suppose he is right.
Top and Middle: Graffiti-painted public housing blocks
Bottom: Shtrikh Kod (barcode in Russian) in St. Petersburg
Today we are travelling to Russia. Check out this cool barcode building called Shtrikh Kod in St. Petersburg by Vitruvius and Sons. Built in a large centre next to the Volodarsky Bridge with grey public housing all around, the bright red barcode building really livens up the place.
Also check out the graffiti-clad public housing in Moscow which is anything but drab. Apprently, the Moscow Municipality gets aspiring graffiti artists to practice their art on these otherwise ‘grey’ buildings. It’s fantastic and economical way to dress up the drab.
Mark your calendars. Here’s a little round-up of most of the important design events/furniture fairs for the year 2008. A couple of dates are yet to be confirmed but there’re tentative dates to help you plan your schedule better. See you there!
- IMM Cologne, Germany, January, 14-20, 2008 http://www.imm-cologne.com
- The Office Exhibition, Dubai February 4-6, 2008 www.dmgdubai.com
- Stockholm Furniture Fair, February 6-10, 2008 http://www.stockholmfurniturefair.com
- Design Indaba in South Africa, February 23-29, 2008 http://www.designindaba.com
- Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, April 16-21, 2008 www.cosmit.it
- International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), New York, May 17-20, 2008 www.icff.com
- Art Basel, Switzerland, June 4-8, 2008 http://www.art.ch
NeoCon, Chicago, June 9-11, 2008 www.merchandisemart.com/neocon/
Habitat Valencia, Spain, September 15-30, 2008 (dates to be confirmed) www.habitat.feriavalencia.com
- Abitare il Tempo, Verona, Italy, September 18-22, 2008 www.abitareiltempo.com
- 100% Design London September 18-21, 2008 www.100percentdesign.co.uk
- Tent London September 18-21, 2008 www.tentlondon.co.uk
- Dutch Design Week in Eindhovan, The Netherlands, October 1-31, 2008 (dates to be confirmed) www.dutchdesignweek.nl
- Orgatec (Office Design), Cologne, Germany, October 21-25, 2008 www.orgatec.com
- 100% Design Tokyo, October 30-November 4, 2008 www.100percentdesign.jp
- Art Basel Miami, December 4-7, 2008 www.artbaselmiamibeach.com
Here’s another one on the subject of art. I love this snowboard and even though I haven’t got a clue how to use a snowboard, they are so cool, that I just want to display them in my little art-corner. Washington D.C. based company Monument has commissioned artists such as Maya Hayuk and Donny Miller (whose work is featured above) to create these snow riders fit for a gallery. The company has previously also teamed up with well-known artists and have a future line up with Ben Frost and Craig Costello. I love these sinister snowboards by Donny Miller. www.monumentsnowboards.com
I have a thing for graffiti and graffiti-inspired objects. I even collect books on graffiti/street art. Unfortunately my hometown Singapore as well my current home Dubai do not allow such forms of expression, which is good and bad in ways. Personally I feel it lends so much character to any city. Anyway here’re some images of artistic snowboard Gyrator by Seattle-based brand K2 designed by Cory Little. The company has launched these graphic snowboarders that are also hi-tech, to celebrate their 20th anniversary. I always associate graffiti with skate-boarders but looks like snowboarders are equally cool. www.k2snowboards.com