Design News N. 030

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Design News is your tiny dose of design, technology and other important news, curated monthly by Interwoven Design. In this issue: we look back and honor Virgil Abloh’s life and impact on the fashion community, Pangaia and Officina+39 collab on repurposing textile waste, furniture design from Swedish forest inspiration and upcycled remnant product design in bags by Freitag.

Installation view, Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech.” Brooklyn Museum, July 1, 2022–January 29, 2023. (Photo: Danny Perez, Brooklyn Museum)

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”

Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition on Virgil Abloh’s career shares projects never before along with collaborations and insights from his past. These pieces are with a collection from his brand, Off-White, on display in the installation. “Figures of Speech,” dives into the need for a diversity across all lenses of art and design. 

Via Brooklyn Museum

Photo: Nao-cha

F707 Stratos designed by Freitag

Freitag has done it again. The F707 Stratos is a shoulder bag made from the upcycled remnants of used truck tarps and a truck truck’s airbag. The bag can be unfolded for multiple uses. Freitag touched on the involvement that goes into the prototyping and development for a product like this. From material sourcing and understanding characteristics to communication between design and sewing departments, we think it is an awesome accomplishment from the Freitag team.

Via Dezeen Awards

Photo: Dey Alexander

Pangaia’s Sustainable Pastel Clothing Line

Pangaia collaborated with Italian textile company, Officina+39 to utilize old clothing scrap into a plethora of colors in their new pastel sustainable clothing line. Officina+39 recycled clothing into a powder that is being used to color fabric in a bunch of ways. This isn’t the first time Pangaia has made products from pigments of other objects. They have innovated in ways including food waste and captured C02.

Via Fast Company

Photo: Andy Liffner

Furniture inspired by Swedish Forests

Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren, two members of the Swedish design studio Front, use observation of nature as theme exploration into form and texture. The designers explained how living in Sweden, they are constantly surrounded by nature and it has directly inspired their project, furniture seating, that was presented at Salone de Mobile 2022.

Via Wallpaper

Photo: Toshihiro Gamo

Issey Miyake, the Groundbreaking Japanese Designer, passes away at 84

The legendary Japanese Designer, Issey Miyake passed away at the age of 84 after a battle with cancer. This year marks Miyake’s 50th anniversary of being featured on the Paris Fashion Week. Fashion inspired from process, proprietary technologies and architecture allowed him to create wearable innovations and trends. People all over the world fell in love with his creative movements, along with Steve Jobs, who hired Miyake to design his distinct black turtlenecks. The designers community, collections and principles will be timeless contributions across all sectors of creativity and design.

via Vogue

Exhibits & Events in NYC 2022

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. In this issue we share the exhibits and events in NYC that we are really looking forward to this year. As any creative knows, you can’t generate output if you aren’t continually feeding yourself inspiration. In addition to helping us stay informed about art and design, going to the fantastic galleries and museums throughout the city is a crucial strategy for those of us in the studio to stay engaged and open as creative people.

The Smart List: Exhibits & Events in NYC 2022
The Smart List: Exhibits & Events in NYC 2022

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

at the Brooklyn Museum through February 20th

This stunning exhibition draws from the legendary archives of the House of Dior to tell the story of the iconic fashion brand. Photos, videos, sketches, and over two hundred haute couture garments bring the history to life, walking visitors through each era of the brand’s evolution. This is a must-see for the fashion aficionado.

Outsider Art Fair

at the OAF New York Metropolitan Pavilion March 3rd – 6th

The Outsider Art Fair is an annual fair “dedicated to Self-Taught Art, Art Brut and Outsider Art.” In 1972 art brut champion Roger Cardinal explained that “a paramount factor in the critical definition of the creative Outsider is that he or she should be possessed of an expressive impulse and should then externalize that impulse in an unmonitored way which defies conventional art-historical contextualization.” It is the kind of art you won’t see anywhere else.

Tomas Saraceno: Particular Matter(s)

at The Shed February 11th through April 17th

The Shed is showing Tomás Saraceno: Particular Matter(s), the artist’s largest US exhibition thus far. Visitors have been especially mesmerized by the massive Free the Air: How to hear the universe in a spider/web, a 95-foot-diameter sensory installation that dominates the space and puts the viewer at the scale of a spider on its web.

Greater New York

at MoMA PS1 through April 18th

Greater New York is an exhibit that focuses exclusively on artists living and working in the New York area. This year 47 artists and collectives are featured in the show, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current exhibit has a special focus on the significance of time and place while showing a wide range of media and artistic styles, and it is an annual show that is worth a look every year.

The Orchid Show

at the New York Botanical Garden though April 23rd

This is The Orchid Show‘s 19th year, and it doesn’t disappoint. This year’s show is ‘Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope’, a bold and vibrant display that uses colorful geometric arrangements to mimic the effect of a turning kaleidoscope. Thousands of orchids create a spectacular display.

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