What to see at Paris Design Week 2018

As summer draws to a close, the design calendar starts filling up and Paris Design Week’s autumn edition is always a highlight. This year, the week’s cornerstone event Maison et Objet fair is restructuring its layout to align with its core themes, ‘Maison’ and ‘Objet’. Meanwhile in town, the fair’s young talent show Le Off moves to a temporary art venue owned by the national railway company SNCF, while in galleries, designers celebrate new launches and group shows, with a focus on Lebanese design appearing across the board. Here’s our edit of five exhibitions to look out for..

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Royal Academy to be flooded with water and mud for Gormley exhibit

Details of 2019 programme include Phyllida Barlow show and Lucian Freud self-portraits

Antony Gormley’s Lost Horizon will be one of the works featured in his major solo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2019. Photograph: Royal Academy of Arts

One of the Royal Academy of Arts’ historic main galleries is to be flooded with water and mud for a major solo exhibition devoted to the work of Antony Gormley.

Other spaces will be “engineered” to take some of the more technically challenging works made by an artist best known for landmark public sculptures, such as the Angel of the North, and the casts of his body which are installed across the world from Crosby beach to the Austrian Alps.

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Stockholm’s revamped ArkDes centre champions design’s role in public life

New exhibition and project space put spotlight on civic activism and emerging voices

Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, ArkDes, has long been overlooked, tucked at the back of Stockholm’s mighty Moderna Museet. Until recently, the centre’s future was uncertain, but its British-born director is now making changes to the building and programme that aim to put it at the forefront of national debates.

The Boxen gallery at the Modern Museet will have displays of radical new design. Photo: Johan Dehlin, courtesy of ArkDes

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Tŷ Pawb review – an art gallery that truly is everybody’s house

A covered market in Wrexham has welcomed a new exhibition and performance space in an understated revamp that unites art and commerce

There was a time when you would have known what to expect of a lottery-funded art gallery in a middle-sized town like Wrexham. It might have been a new building, or at least a conspicuously transformed old one, standing alone, its architecture making some sort of statement about its cultural contemporariness. It would probably have had more space than it really needed, a sign of optimism that it would grow to fill it. If that town also had, as Wrexham did, something like a 1990s covered market that was struggling to function as originally envisaged, that would have been a separate problem. But times have changed. Local authorities have less money to spend than they did on running things like art galleries. Ingenuity is called for. So, in the case of Wrexham, they addressed both questions at once. They put the new premises for the town’s Oriel Gallery inside the covered market.

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Sophie, an athletic chair.

Sophie è agile e flessibile, la nervatura la sostiene e rinforza la sua resistenza alle sollecitazioni. Snella ed elastica, sorprende per eleganza e vigore.
Sophie è una seduta in vetroresina o carbonio, la sua forma compatta e leggera comunica dati che possono apparire, ad un primo sguardo, contrastanti: Sophie riesce ad integrare la solidità e la scioltezza tipici di un corpo atletico e allenato.
Design by Samanta Snidaro + Andrea Fino, SAND & BIRCH DESIGN

April Atkins, Loomis Dean, 1954

April Atkins, Loomis Dean, 1954

 

Sophie is agile and flexible, the rib supports it and strengthens its resistance to stress. Slender and elastic, surprising for elegance and vigor.
Sophie is a chair made of fiberglass or carbon, its compact, lightweight form communicates information that may appear, at first glance, conflicting: Sophie manages to integrate the strength and agility of a typical athletic and trained body.
Design by Samanta Snidaro + Andrea Fino, SAND & BIRCH DESIGN

Sophie chair in the circle

Sophie chair in the circle

Sophie white in the circle

Sophie white in the circle

 

Design by Samanta Snidaro + Andrea Fino, SAND & BIRCH DESIGN

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Art in 2017: major events and museum openings

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Whatever else 2017 brings, there can be no doubt that it is a bumper year for major art events. Here are a few stand-outs in a very crowded calendar.

The Grand Tour

Once every decade, international contemporary art’s three most prestigious events – the Venice Biennale, Documenta and Sculpture Projects Munster – all take place in the same year, resulting in much frantic scheduling by dedicated followers of very latest in visual culture. 

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8 videos that explain the circular economy

8 videos that explain the circular economy

Image: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

You may not have heard of the circular model economy but it has been described as a ‘trillion dollar opportunity’ as well as a way of making life more sustainable.

This video series presents perspectives from leaders across business, academia, policy and civil society as they explore the concept of the circular model and how growth can indeed be ‘green’. This is one of the key issues being explored in ourBeyond GDP series, as we look at ways of moving away from a linear ‘take-make-dispose’ way of living.

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How megacities are changing the map of the world

“I want you to reimagine how life is organized on earth,” says global strategist Parag Khanna. As our expanding cities grow ever more connected through transportation, energy and communications networks, we evolve from geography to what he calls “connectography.” This emerging global network civilization holds the promise of reducing pollution and inequality — and even overcoming geopolitical rivalries. In this talk, Khanna asks us to embrace a new maxim for the future: “Connectivity is destiny.”

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Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna foresees a world in which megacities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders.
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Building resiliency in the face of a rising sea: How coastal communities can learn from nature

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By Jacques Chirazi

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges the world has ever faced. Flooding, storm surge, and sea level rise are serious threats to natural resources, infrastructure, and human communities in coastal areas. In effort to adapt to these changing conditions, planners and policymakers should consider nature’s strategies when developing coastal resiliency plans to protect communities from increasing coastal erosion and flooding due to rising sea levels.

The recent Paris agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to below 2°C. However, given the high concentration of carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere, the climate will continue to change (see Figure 1), impacting both human communities and the environment.

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