Latest from the Space & Environmental Design category

Navigating Space (Waikiki Beach)

This summer I went to Honolulu, Hawaii with my brothers. While I was on the island, I visited Waikiki Beach several times. When I first stepped on the beach, I was amazed at the scenery. The scenery consisted of many palm trees, beautiful blue water, and sand. Talking to one of the workers I discovered…

Hyper! HARUMI GALS!!

Harumi Gals is an ongoing project by Harumi Yamaguchi that began in the 1970s. The difference between HARUMI GALS and Harumi Gals is that the all-caps version of the title refers to the exhibitions and the italicized version refers to the series that has been going on since the 1970s. The Harumi Gals exhibition I…

HARUMI’S SUMMER

HARUMI’S SUMMER was an exhibition project that was a collaboration between Harumi Yamaguchi and YOSHIROTTEN, a Japanese graphic artist and art director. It was presented in the summer of 2018 at the Ginza Graphic Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. It has been described as an artistic “jam session”, combining the creative abilities of two Japanese artists.…

W.E.B. Du Bois: Acres of Land Owned

A piece that Du Bois created from “The Georgia Negro” series that was made to be showcased at the World Fair in Paris was the Acres of Land Owned by Negroes in Georgia. Because of the strict time constraints presented by the exhibition date, Du Bois and his team hand painted with water color on…

W.E.B. Du Bois- Du Bois Spiral

  Du Bois was invited to create a schowcase of Afrian American living at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. However, this World Fair was inadvertdently also a celebration of French and European imperialism, even going so far as to display “villages” where black people were presented in a derogative manner, as conquests of the empire.…

MGMT: quonset

Alicia Cheng’s graphic design studio was responsible for this exhibition’s graphics. It features the Quonset hut, a shelter, and supplies based off of WWII. They collaborated with Matter Architecture Practice to create this museum exhibit. T0gether the two companies were able to create an interactive, informational, and complex environment. It taught people about the realities…

Eames Plywood LCW Chair

Featured image Courtesy of Eames.com This was the first of the Eames’s plywood series and it was the Lounge Height (L) Side Chair (C) on Wood (W) Base released in 1945, created by both Charles and Ray Eames, and referred to as “the chair of the century” by Time magazine. It was created out of…

Merz 32 A. The Cherry Picture: Kurt Schwitters

The term “Merz” refers to an art style and is a synonym for the art style of Dada. It was popularized and traces back to Kurt Schwitters. He came up with the term Merz in the process of  creating a collage with the German word Kommerz, which translates to “commerce” Merz 32 A. The Cherry…

24hr Kitchen – 2×4

For the 2019 Fuorisalone in Milan, Samsung sought the 2×4 Studio. The installation focused on how the kitchen of the home is like the hearth of everyday life. Using three abstract kitchens, 24hr Kitchen illustrates the central fixture of the counter in three different environments: morning, afternoon and night. A single kitchen counter links all three…

Revolving: Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters is known for his use of raw and unique materials in the composition of a collage. His piece, called “Revolving” is one of his earliest forms of this style. This piece was the beginning of a huge shift in Schitter’s work that originally consisted of very conservative painting. Schwitter lived through the World…

Light Space Modulator

Light Space Modulator (Light Prop for an Electric Stage) – 1931 When Laszlo Moholy-Nagy moved to London, he became adventurous through the materials he used in his projects, including utilizing plastic. He recognized the advantages of using the transparent quality of plastic into his manipulation of light, color, and even motion. He would paint, cut,…

“Red House”

In the 1860s, William Morris and close friend and colleague Philip Webb partnered together to create one of the biggest symbols of the Arts and Crafts movement and a home for Morris’ family. They called it “Red House.” The home was modeled to look like it came straight from the Middle Ages, although built far…

Teddymat

While Karl Gerstner was well known for his work on the magazine Capital, he also did very powerful and influential work in packaging and branding, specifically for Teddymat, a store-brand laundry detergent. Gerstner, Gredinger, and Kutter, the owners of GGK design, were brought in by Coop, a union of Swiss retail chains, in 1964. Their…

Navigating Life

With the way that we rely so heavily on our smartphones and computers in this day and age, to analyze an essential tool provided by such devices seems fitting. There are several applications to help navigate roads and reach destinations available to us, and different people prefer different apps. While I tend to prefer Google…