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Tuesday
Nov082011

1938 buenos aires, argentina

photo by: nancyesmith Originally created in 1938 for an apartment building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the designers of both named the BKF chair after themselves—Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy.

In 1940, after seeing the chair on exhibit at the Salon de Artistas Decoradores, a sample was requested by MoMA and remains in the permanent Collection.

More commonly referred to as the butterfly chair, it was inspired by a folding campaign-style chair—the Tripolina. Many versions have been produced over the years—in both fixed and portable styles—and the design has gained worldwide popularity for its ease of assembly and transport, its light weight, and the variety of materials that can be used for production.

Whipstitched by hand, the natural leather sling of the 1938 butterfly chair covers a metal frame—true to the original.

Tuesday
Nov012011

designer hint: hive storage units

We love when our creative visual merchants get together for a store opening—you never know what they’ll dream up.

And many times, it’s simply a matter of seeing something from another perspective. Like a row of hive storage units behind the piazza sofa doing double duty as a storage unit and a convenient console—both are about the same height so it works perfectly!

For more photos from the opening, go here.






Thanks to vance, senior visual merchant east, for this hint.

Friday
Oct282011

design with the other 90% exhibit: new york

photo by: edwin.11What: Design with the Other 90%: CITIES
When: now through January 9, 2012
Where: The United Nations

The Cooper-Hewitt’s first installment of this exhibit debuted in 2007—the groundbreaking Design for the Other 90%—and continues to focus on the world’s population outside metropolitan areas, often not the beneficiaries of trained designers or urban planners.

Most recently, and for the first time, the population balance has shifted putting the majority in urban environments. This rapid urban growth is beginning with informal settlements, or slums, and currently about
1 billion people live in them—in the next
20 years, that population is expected to double.

In this second installment of the exhibit, CITIES features 60 projects, proposals and solutions focused on this projected growth and its demands. Exploring everything from urban planning, affordable housing and education, to migration, sanitation and public health—no issue is insignificant when multiplied by the millions it will affect.

As part of this exhibit, these invaluable conversations will continue through an online database which will enable communities to design solutions with the guidance, experience, and/or advice of others who have been through or face similar challenges.

Tuesday
Oct182011

talk to me exhibit: new york

photo by: ElAlispruz What: Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects
When: now thru November 7, 2011
Where: MoMA

Communication is what this exhibition is all about so Talk to Me features a vast array of objects and concepts we interact with—from furniture and physical products, devices and tools, computer and machine interfaces, websites and video games to installations and environments that create emotional reactions.

Many of these objects are gateways or interpreters allowing us to expand our world beyond the here and now. To see ideas that were inspired by the exhibit, check out beyond the galleries at moma.org.

Friday
Sep302011

international AIDS poster exhibit: atlanta

photo by: misocrazy What: Graphic Intervention: 25 years of International AIDS Posters
When: October 2, 2011 thru January 1, 2012
Where: Museum of Design, Atlanta

As a tool to educate society, graphic posters were drafted worldwide by government agencies, community activists, grassroots organizations and motivated citizens.

From rich and developed countries to poor and underdeveloped—these poster graphics express similar messages using vastly different approaches to aid local populations in the understanding of this highly complex subject.