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Archives: February 2012

This Week on the Job Board: Wayfair, Ode Magazine, Rodale

This week, Wayfair is hiring a visual web designer, while Ode magazine is looking for a new art director. Rodale needs an interaction designer, and ALM Media is in search of a graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on

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TED Conference Off to a Colorful Start

“As a kid, I was quite disappointed to learn that there actually wasn’t a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” a prism-wielding Chris Anderson (pictured) told the freshly-seated crowd of 1,500 yesterday in Long Beach, California. Moments before, he had angled his chunk of glass just so and bathed the stage in a temporary radiant rainbow. “But now, we’re going to follow that ray of light to something possibility more valuable: wonder, insight, and those dangerous little sparks with a life of their own that we call ideas. It’s time for TED.” The theme of the 2012 confab, which runs through Friday morning, is “full-spectrum,” a nod to the expanded ambition and scope of the dozen sessions that tackle topics ranging from quantum physics (from kickoff TED talker Brian Greene) and the future of healthcare (surgeon-journalist Atul Gawande) to secrets (PostSecret’s Frank Warren) and the industrious, intimate constructions of bird nests (photographer Sharon Beals). Stay tuned to UnBeige—and our Twitter feed—for TED highlights as we count down the minutes to tomorrow’s peek inside “The Design Studio.” Guest curators Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell have lined up an all-star session that includes the perpetually crowd-pleasing Chip Kidd, IDEO’s David Kelley, Metropolitan Museum of Art director Tom Campbell, and (swoon!) the one and only John Hodgman.

Knoll Acquires FilzFelt, Richard Schultz Design

All is well at Knoll. The mod furnishings company powered through 2011, picking up a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award along the way to a 14% year-over-year increase in net sales, to $922.2 million. With an eye to further expanding its high-margin, high-design “Specialty” business, Knoll recently announced a pair of acquisitions. The company has purchased Boston-based FilzFelt, the go-to source for German-milled wool design and craft felt. Founders Kelly Smith and Traci Roloff will continue in their executive roles at FilzFelt. Also joining the Knoll family is Richard Schultz Design. “Richard Schultz began his career as a designer with Knoll and co-founded his company with his son Peter in 1992,” noted Knoll CEO Andrew Cogan in a statement announcing the deal. “Together, they have built an international reputation for exploring new materials and forms for outdoor furniture.” Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. In other Knoll news, the Cooper-Hewitt has added five KnollTextiles upholstery fabrics and two wallcoverings to its permanent collection. They include designs by Abbott Miller, Proenza Schouler, and Dorothy Cosonas, creative director of KnollTextiles. All of this Knoll talk making you crave Bertoia chairs and Risom stools? Good news: the Knoll Classics Sale is now on. Peruse discounted goods through Saturday at the NYC Knoll showroom (76 Ninth Avenue) or click over to Design Within Reach, where the sale runs through Sunday.

Mike Kelley Tributes at LA MOCA, Michigan State’s Broad Art Museum

(Photos: Brian Forrest for Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)

The life and work of Mike Kelley are celebrated in two tribute exhibitions. Born in Detroit and based in Los Angeles, the artist—and musician, critic, curator, and art historian—was found dead in his California home in late January. He was 58. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles wasted no time in mounting “A Tribute to Mike Kelley,” on view through April 2. The show presents 23 of Kelley’s works alongside those of artists such as Douglas Huebler, William Leavitt, and Marnie Weber (works donated to MOCA by Kelley).

“Mike Kelley had an immense impact on the art and artists of Los Angeles,” said Paul Schimmel, MOCA’s chief curator, in a statement issued by the museum earlier this month. “He was an intellectual force of nature, a real catalyst for a whole generation of artists.” Meanwhile, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University has prepared “Mike Kelley: Homage,” which opens tomorrow at the university’s Kresge Art Center. The special exhibition features three of Kelley’s video works, including his multimedia magnum opus “Day is Done” (2005-2006). Kelley’s work is also included in the Whitney Biennial, which kicks off tomorrow (and you still have a few hours to explain why you should be allowed to dance in it).

Greg Crewdson Documentary to Premiere at SXSW

This writer is suffering a bit today from having endured three hours in a dentist’s chair to get some crowns put in, so instead of a heady and/or lengthy write-up, we instead turn to the magic of video. This trailer in particular has helped us get through the pain and Novocain numbness: Ben Shaprio’s documentary about photographer Gregory Crewdson, Brief Encounters. More than a decade in the making, it documents Crewdson’s film set-like process of capturing almost-surreal, haunting images of small town America. Knowing that the film will have its premiere in just a few days, launching with four screenings in Austin for SXSW (the first on March 10th at the Alamo Lamar) means that it’s that much close to starting a tour, which means it might come to Chicago so we can see it, which was the extra push we needed today to keep our sore head up. Here’s the film’s site and here’s the trailer, which is guaranteed to have you hooked within seconds:

China’s Wang Shu Wins Pritzker Prize

Forget the Oscars (but didn’t Gwyneth look stunning in that Tom Ford number?), it’s Pritzker time. This year’s architectural megaprize goes to Wang Shu, whose practice is based in Hangzhou, China. He’ll receive the prize—$100,000 and a swell bronze medallion inscribed with the Vitruvian ideal of “firmness, commodity, and delight” —on May 25 in a ceremony in Beijing. “This is really a big surprise,” said Wang, 48, when he learned that he would be joining past Pritzker laureates such as Philip Johnson (1979), Tadao Ando (1995), and Zaha Hadid (2004), who served on the nine-member jury for this year’s prize along with the likes of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and 2002 laureate Glenn Murcutt. “I am tremendously honored to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. I suddenly realized that I’ve done many things over the last decade. It proves that earnest hard work and persistence lead to positive outcomes.” The jury praised Wang’s buildings, which include the Library of Wenzheng College at Suzhou University (below, at left) and the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum (at right), for their “unique ability to evoke the past, without making direct references to history” and “strong sense of cultural continuity and re-invigorated tradition.”

(Photos from left: Lu Wenyu and Lv Hengzhong, courtesy Amateur Architecture Studio)

Mark Your Calendar: ‘Architectural Criticism Today,’ Rem Koolhaas, Kehinde Wiley, Design Film Festival

  • Despite rumors that it is a fading art, architectural criticism continues to play an important role in the field, but what is that role, exactly? New York’s Center for Architecture, AIANY, and The Architect’s Newspaper are determined to find out this evening in a critic-stuffed panel, the first in a four-part series on Architecture and the Media. The marvelous Julie Iovine will moderate what promises to be a stimulating discussion among Paul Goldberger (The New Yorker), Justin Davidson (New York), Cathleen McGuigan (Architectural Record), and James Russell (Bloomberg). Details and tickets await you here.

  • Rem Koolhaas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Paul Holdengraber walk into a library… The architect and ubercurator sit down with the New York Public Library’s resident interlocutor/impresario on March 8 to talk Metabolism with a capital “M.” The trio will discuss Koolhaas and Obrist’s new Taschen tome Project Japan, part oral history and part documentation of Japan’s radical mode of nation building. Among the topics they’ll tackle: how an activist state mobilized its best talents and meticulously planned the future of its cities, how the media adopted the architect as a serious agent of social change (think anti-starchitect). Snap up your tickets here.

  • March is shaping up to be a good month for Kehinde Wiley. Look for the artist’s work to be front and center at Sean Kelly’s Armory Show booth (March 8-11) just as New York’s Jewish Museum debuts 14 large-scale paintings from his newest series, “The World Stage: Israel,” complete with hand-carved wooden frames designed by Wiley. On Thursday, March 15, he’ll take the museum’s stage to discuss the work with Lola Ogunnaike. Learn more here.

  • Right up there on our list of favorite things are Steven Heller and documentary films, and the two come together in the SVA/BBC Design Film Festival. Here’s your chance to view groundbreaking BBC films that have never previously been screened in the United States. The ridiculously solid program includes films on topics such as the history of the Barcelona chair, the future of the book, and the real life stories that inspired Mad Men (yes, George Lois will be there!). Curated by the all-seeing Heller along with D-Crit faculty member Adam Harrison Levy, the festival takes place Saturday, March 24, at the SVA Theatre. The $15 run-of-the-festival tickets are sure to go faster than you can say “BBC Heaven,” (see below) so grab one here.
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  • Quote of Note | Loïc Prigent

    “I’ve always said that the DNA of a house is a based on the personality of the founding designer. Mr. Dior was really mean, and the house is still mean. Chanel was crazy. At Louis Vuitton, there was no fashion, only bags, so there was not this big ghost over them. And Marc Jacobs has nice DNA. He works really hard—too hard, maybe.”

    -Loïc Prigent, speaking earlier this week at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology about his 2007 documentary Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton. Next up for the French filmmaker (Signé Chanel, The Day Before) is a look back at Yves Saint Laurent‘s final haute couture show. “I’m doing the interviews now,” said Prigent, “and everyone is crying.”

    Metropolitan Museum Reveals Details of Spring Schiaparelli/Prada Show

    Elsa Schiaparelli in a 1932 portrait by George Hoyningen-Huené and Miuccia Prada, photographed by Guido Harari in 1999. (Photos: Hoyningen-Huené/Vogue/Condé Nast Archive and Guido Harari/Contrasto/Redux)

    It’s Fashion Week in Milan, and between yesterday’s pattern-happy Prada collection and this evening’s Goth glam Versace looks, the Metropolitan Museum of Art took over the Sala delle Cariatidi in the Palazzo Reale for a press luncheon to announce details about the upcoming Costume Institute exhibition, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.” Museum president Emily K. Rafferty, curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, and Anna Wintour were joined by Miuccia Prada (in a fresh-from-the-runway coat) and Stefano Boeri, who holds the enviable post of Milan Commissioner of Culture, Fashion, and Design, for a look at some of the Schiaparelli and Prada objects that will be featured in the exhibition, which opens on May 10 following the usual megabash (this year underwritten by Amazon).

    “Juxtaposing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada allows us to explore how the past enlightens the present and how the present enlivens the past,” said Koda. The show will feature not only dueling iconic ensembles but also imagined conversations between the two designers in videos directed by Baz Luhrmann, creative consultant to the exhibition. “The connection of the historic to the modern highlights the affinities as well as the variances between two women who constantly subverted contemporary notions of taste, beauty, and glamour,” said Bolton.
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    Dan Rather: My First Big Break

    In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s series “My First Big Break,” we speak to HDNet “Dan Rather Reports” anchor and former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather. Did you know that if it weren’t for a hurricane that struck near Galveston, Texas, he might never have had his shot at working in network news? That among other things, he had to deal with thousands of snakes in order to report on the story? That he helped create a weather-reporting graphic that has become ubiquitous on TV news? Below, Rather talks about the event that brought him to the attention of CBS in New York, and changed his professional life.

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