Whilst talking about contemporary art, new media art, IT, the most interesting ideas nowadays and the interrelation of it all, whether you like it or not, you face the field of design. Design is an industry, which always balances on the critical edge, is not allowed into saint world of artists, though, at the same time often seen with suspicion from the perspective of “serious” professionals. Design is somewhere there – between creativity, knowledge, technology and innovative thinking.
Not long ago, the “Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011” exhibition opened up. The main goal of this exhibition is to present year’s best and most interesting designers in different fields: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphic, interactive, product and transport design. Exactly today, in London, the winners of every category were announced. I have to admit that usually I familiarize myself with recent design innovations while surfing online, so the “Pecha Kucha” evening, where participants talked about their ideas and the opportunity to see the design exhibition afterwards was a great occasion to evaluate the objects in person and feel how, why and in what point creativity, art, conceptuality and design contact this year.
Left – winner (fashion) Jil Sander “+J”, right – winner (transport) “Barclays Cycle Hire”
“Serco” member tells about “Barclays Circle Hire” project and how its design should become just as typical to London as the red busses and black taxi cars
First of all, this exhibition was one of the best exhibitions that I’ve seen in the past three months. I don’t remember when was the last time I was so engaged in the inquiry of the exhibits and descriptions of the conceptions. The flipping through the graphic design press as much as the presentation of the iPad applications, the possibility to try them out as much as video material, telling about architectural, interactive, lighting objects, immensely got my attention.
“Pecha Kucha” evening was nice as well — I probably won’t surprise anyone by saying that some announcers were more interesting than others. About 20 percent of the presentations were just great, 50 percent were OK and 30 percent were bit boring. However, keeping in mind that the most important event is the exhibition and the announcement of the best design, the “Pecha Kucha” evening remains a tasty bonus for the gourmands, who are more into design and want to get a bit more information than given in the exhibition descriptions. You can also talk with the author personally if you want.
Well, below you will find the objects, which drew my attention the most.
Architecture. An open library, “Karo Architekten”, Germany
Architecture. An open library, “Karo Architekten”, Germany
I got a chance to read an opinion of one jury members of last year’s “Brit Insurance Design Awards” poll about the presented projects of 2011. One of the main minuses mentioned this year was the abundant number of the appeared commercial projects, when, meanwhile, last year there were sort of more social. However, if this argument is valid then the field of architecture is a complete exception. The winner of the architecture design was an open library project in Germany, which was created in very abandoned, and we could say isolated part of the city. This project became the focus point of the city and gathered the community, which in a short period of time collected more than 20 000 books. Eventually, the project received the attention of the government too. Now, here it’s a library that is open for 24 hours and an open space for relaxation.
iPad – not that long ago presented device. In the “Brit Insurance Design Awards” exhibition, there were a couple of iPad applications presented. I am personally very interested in the different experience whilst reading and taking in the information provided by iPad. Magazines could enrich the content by thousand times and provide a completely different experience to the readers, allowing you to flip through a load of illustrations, watch relevant video recordings, listen to music etc. I certainly would use iPad for reading books, but it’s a shame that, in the meantime, the accessible publications as well as book resources are quite small. Well, and for now, all we are left with is to enjoy the design publications that accommodate the iPad programs first, even though, the “purchase” of such magazines into your iPad costs the same as the paper edition,(which is a bit sad after getting attune with the free information in internet websites), however, the interactive reading brings thoughts that we wasted a whole eternity reading flat books and we can only envy the future generations.
So, the winner of the interactive design field was one of the iPad applications, “Flipboard” – it’s the first social magazine for iPad.
The graphic design category was not less delicious, mostly delighting the ones who were tired from the iPad devices and their applications. The presented books and publications invited to remember the enjoyment of touching quality design, paper and press editions and to familiarize with the most creative design decisions that covered the commercial publication design as well as personal artists’ portfolio, specialized books or even fiction.
The graphic design winners
Furniture design sometimes is quite interesting but often, in my opinion, it’s boring. Lamps, chairs, tables and all sorts of other often quite monotonic and just by one or another line distinguishing from each other constructions that we often looked at so much in our everyday life that it’s hard to surprise or to interest. In my opinion, this year’s winner was chosen wantonly, so instead of him I present a chair design that seemed the most interesting to me. This chair, in my opinion, is ideal for the brainstorming. The constant swinging turns you pleasantly, it seems that you will fall down right this moment but still you lean to the other side, just like those serious decisions.
Not a winner but supposed to be one
Well and another project that attracted my attention was from the field of architecture design. Benjamin Garcia, was great with his presentation at “Pecha Kucha” evening. He presented a forest project, created inside of a house. The architect emphasized that architecture to him is not just a nonliving link with personality. He began the presentation of this house with a story about his mother, who, whilst she was still young built a house herself. This house, from which mother Helen could watch the moon every night became an inspiration to B. Garcia to create a new project. Whilst working in London, he saved 10 thousand pounds and together with local dwellers in Costa Rica realized this pearl himself. His mother now can watch the moon and enjoy natural lighting, which thanks to the composition of the constructions and the selected materials is distributed just fabulously.
This example is very interesting in the position of the architect himself. Often we see architects on the top, never physically involved in building the project itself. Whereas, this case is completely different. B. Garcia honestly realized his project himself from beginning till the end.
Hope you enjoyed some of my impressions!
Pecha Kucha night
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