Paola Antonelli, charmer of Stephen Colbert and the most curious of octopuses, will be honored this evening in New York by the MEDIUM Group. The art and commerce go-between is presenting Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design and director of research and development at the Museum of Modern Art, with an award in recognition of her curatorial achievements and contribution to contemporary culture. Hosting the “Cocktails and Curators” bash, a kind of Frieze kickoff, are Hannah Bronfman, Amani Olu, and Larry Ossei-Mensah. We’re not sure what the award consists of (perhaps a lifetime supply of Beefeater 24 Gin, the evening’s sponsor?), but might be suggest forgoing a traditional trophy in favor of a carbon-fiber “robo-fly”? “Hello, world’s smallest flying robot!” Antonelli tweeted recently of the insect-scale innovation, the subject of a newly published Science paper. “Where have you been all my life?”
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“It used to be that design was all about industry and it was very geographically anchored to the means of production. Then it became more dependent on the tertiary sector of design, on showrooms and fairs. In my opinion, the geography of design is now set by schools. You can’t talk about Italian design or British design—it’s old-fashioned. It really is about whether someone comes from [the Design Academy of] Eindhoven or the Royal College of Art in London. In this kind of scenario, meetings like the Salone are still very important because they are great business opportunities. The problem is that design has spread out in many directions and I think it’s important for the Salone to attract corollary events that are about interaction design and interface design.”
-Paola Antonelli, director of research and development and senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA, in an interview with Ermanno Rivetti for The Art Newspaper
Watch Antonelli’s recent appearance on The Colbert Report:
For years you’ve been hearing people like Michael Bierut and Paola Antonelli and Steven Heller chat about the inane and insane highlights from the design world on PRI show “Studio 360.” That segment, named Design for the Real World, is now a bi-weekly podcast, which you can retrieve using the magic of iTunes. Says host Kurt Andersen (just imagine this in his voice):
“From the very start, we’ve considered design a crucial, thrilling part of “Studio 360′s” purview, which is why our longest-running regular feature is Design for the Real World. We’ve enlisted dozens of graphic designers, industrial designers, architects, artists and design critics to explain why they’re fascinated — in many cases obsessed — by some particular everyday object, from baseball caps to Post-Its to vacuum cleaners to the industrial wasteland of northern New Jersey to a certain Rolling Stones album cover to the redesigned $5 bill. And now we’ve turned all of those illuminating, inspiring manifestos into nifty 2-3-minute-long podcasts. I hope you enjoy them.”
Already downloaded to our iTunes playlist are segments about lipstick, sheetrock and the zipper, and this week‘s Design for the Real World features cookbook author Meredith Deeds talking about the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, a “kitchen tool that revolutionized baking and became a status symbol in the process.” Indeed, our petal pink version is one of our first stops when we give house tours. Listen to the segment here.
AIGA NY has opened their annual holiday party up to the masses, so what was once a simple party for AIGA members will now be the THE/ NEW/ BIGGER/ ANNUAL/ AIGA/ NY/ HOLIDAY/ DANCE/ PARTY/ FUNDRAISER/ SPECTACULAR on December 9. And might we also add FREE FOOD/ GRIND-O-RAMA/ PASS OUT ON STAIRS/ SAY INAPPROPRIATE THINGS TO YOUR BOSS/ HIT ON DEBBIE MILLMAN.
In addition to the usual tradition of designer-designed gift-wrap given to all attendees (along with a free drink, cha-ching!) there will be an auction, presided over by none other than author, mole man expert, and Windows-running impresario John Hodgman. Up for bidding are some tasty, tasty treats, like a private tour of MOMA’s Design Department by Paola Antonelli and Christian Larsen, custom calligraphy by Marian Bantjes, and the item we’ll be sending in a field rep for: Michael Bierut‘s Voice for Your Phone Greeting.
Really? He has to say anything you want him to? And you get to record it?
Would you take a look at what arrived in our mailbox today? Fast Company’s annual Masters of Design issue honors Clio-winning Bob Greenberg, photogenic Paola Antonelli and the beautiful and talented Master of our hearts, Yves Behar. We’ll get to reading the rest of it in a second, just had to spread the good news.
Fast Company even was kind enough to send us two copies; one to read, one to frame and place on our nightstand.
In today’s Design Notebook in the NY Times, Penelope Green gives us a lesson in those sweet little sticky squares that surround us. In case you needed to be reminded, Post-its are quite simply a miracle of paper and glue. Headshot hottie Paola Antonelli even gets a shout out for including them in her Humble Masterpieces show at MoMA: “Hypertext on a refrigerator door,” Ms. Antonelli wrote, “the Post-it shook the world.”
The news hook is that Post-its will be starring in a “home collection,” with colors more suited to non-cubicle correspondence, so the article talks to regular folk about all the ways they use them. It’s an interesting everyday design story, and we did learn one thing:
Its beginnings were folkloric: 40 years ago, Spencer Silver, a scientist at 3M, discovered the imperfect adhesive that would adorn the Post-it; it took another six years for Art Fry, another 3M scientist, to find the application for this half glue, which came in a flash of inspiration after the bookmarks for his church hymnal kept falling out.
And we thought this whole time it was Romy.
Fast Company writer Linda Tischler writes to tell us she’s now seen it all–she’s just returned from the International Design Forum in Dubai and if she can sum the Dubai experience up in one word, it’s “whoa.”
Tischler talks real estate including a pretty awesome description of Dubai’s unique urban fabric. And, as a woman after our own heart, she dishes on who made an appearance at the conference: Paola Antonelli, Marcel Wanders, Oliviero Toscani, Karim Rashid (DJing, per usual). And, more importantly, who didn’t:
International superstar architect Zaha Hadid, who actually managed to make it onto the final, printed program, was AWOL nonetheless. Her participation on these things has evidently become running joke–Zaha, the International No-Show–in design circles. At a dinner in New York during ICFF, Tony Chambers, editor of Wallpaper, estimated that she appears approximately twice for every 10 commitments she makes. If you’re planning on attending a conference because she’s scheduled to appear, buy trip insurance first.
We heard that SVA would be starting a design criticism program about six months ago and now we’ve got the official word: “The Master of Fine Arts in Design Criticism will prepare graduates for careers as design critics, journalists, curators, educators and design managers, by providing the intellectual tools for researching, analyzing, evaluating and chronicling all aspects of design.”
The program will be launched in Fall of 2008 and will be chaired by UnBeige fave Alice Twemlow, with a pretty exciting thesis plan: An annual public conference dedicated to design criticism (could it be the first ever, too?), to be inaugurated in the spring of 2009.
And would you look at this faculty? Kurt Andersen, Paola Antonelli, Michael Bierut, Ralph Caplan, Peter Hall, Jessica Helfand, Steven Heller, Karrie Jacobs, Julie Lasky, Cathy Leff, and Phil Patton. We’d say those MFA candidates are definitely getting the best in the business.
Following up on her coverage from “Design and its Publics,” Alice Twemlow directed us towards this interesting detail on the speaker bio pages. Paola Antonelli is looking way sexy in her new headshot. Why, she doesn’t even look like the same person. We’d even venture to say that we can’t see a lick of clothing in that photo. And we likey.
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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