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Posts Tagged ‘Deyan Sudjic’

Curators, Critics and Historians Pack Lazor’s FlatPak Pad

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We couldn’t make the trip to the Great White North for the Design Institute’s “Design and its Publics: Curators, Critics and Historians” conference, but curator, critic and historian Alice Twemlow filed this report from the first evening’s party:

The highlight of the first day was definitely the evening spent at the home of Blu Dot founder Charlie Lazor. His stunning FlatPak house is the flagship for a series of prefabs in which the panels, based on a simple 8-foot-wide, 1-story-high wall panel are flat-packed and constructed on site. He and his ebullient wife Zelda welcomed some of the world’s best-revered architecture and design curators and critics into their home with grace and apparent nonchalance. Despite its outward perfection, inside the house feels lived in, with the scuffs and scratches you get when two kids are having fun. And, when Zelda retrieved some cigarettes, we were comforted to see that they even have one of those kitchen drawers into which, just before guests arrive, you sweep all your kipple. It was a great party. We got to hob-nob with MoMA curator Paola Antonelli, Henry Urbach who is the new curator of architecture and design at SF MoMA, and the recently appointed director of London’s Design Museum Deyan Sudjic–mainly because they were stranded in the leafy suburbs of Minneapolis and we were standing between them and the dessert table, but hey, whatever it takes.

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Design Institute Coordinates Stellar Design Conference

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Minneapolis, let it be known that you are winning us over with your cosmopolitan charm. At the end of this month, the University of Minnesota’s Design Institute and Department of Art History are teaming up to bring a pretty spectacular lineup of design-savvy folk to the design-savvy town. They’ll be discussing the way design and architecture is perceived, namely through the conduits of mass media and museums at “Design and Its Publics: Curators, Critics, and Historians” April 27 and 28.

Speakers include Paola Antonelli, MoMA; Ole Bouman, Netherlands Architecture Institute; Brooke Hodge, MOCA; Deyan Sudjic, London Design Museum; Frances Anderton, KCRW’s “DnA”; and the conference will be moderated by Janet Abrams, Steven F. Ostrow, and Tom Fisher.

Plus, the event is free and open to the public. Because even though Minneapolis is big-city fabulous, they’ve still got good, old-fashioned Midwestern values.