Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, a.k.a. the Dutch design duo Studio Drift, are famous worldwide for their poetic works that mix technology with nature. They have their first solo exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, from the 25th of April until 26th of August 2018, including well-known works such as Fragile Future, the Drifter, Shylight and Amplitude. Dutch journalist Tracy Metz got the chance to take a look at the making of the exhibition and interviewed Lonneke Gordijn.
California, and especially Silicon Valley, has defined so much of our sense of freedom with design objects made there. But there is quite a big difference in what we define now as freedom from the sixties till now. The exhibition ‘California: Designing Freedom’ now on display at the Stedelijk Museum in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, shows this development. I visited the exhibition and interviewed Justin McGuirk, the curator.
We all know Captain Robert Falcon Scott as one of the tragic heroes of the heroic age of polar exploration: in 1912 he reached the South Pole, only to discover that the Norwegian Amundsen had beaten him to it. Scott and his companions did not survive the return trip. Scott’s polar career had already started in 1901, when he set off on a scientific expedition in the legendary ship the Discovery.
The V&A Museum in London is opening a new museum next year specially for Scottish design in Dundee, the fourth largest city of Scotland. The huge building on the river Tay is the outcome of an international competition won by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who is also designing Tokyo’s Olympic stadium for 2020. The V&A is also one of the founding institutions of a new design museum, Design Society, which is to open this October in the Chinese city of Shenzen.
New trend: souvenirs are the new outlet for designers. It dawned on me when I attended a talk by Scottish curator Stacey Hunter at the exhibition design Language during the Milan Designweek about her project Local Heroes in Edinburgh last year. She invited nine designers to create souvenirs that went beyond the heritage clichés. It reminded me of a Dutch project by designer Elmo Vermijs, 100% Terschelling, which is in the running for one of this year’s Dutch Design Awards.
For the newspaper NRC I visited China and Hong Kong and wrote about the two enormous new design museums being built there: Design Society in Shenzen and M+ in Hong Kong.