The Interwoven Design News is your tiny dose of design, technology and other important news, curated monthly by Interwoven Design. In this series we share the latest on our favorite topics, including craft competitions, design history, sustainable design and design in NYC! This issue includes: the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2023, Early Patterns: Reintroducing Akari of the 1950’s, Little Sun solar-powered lighting collection, Generation Paper: A Fashion Phenom of the 1960’s and NYCxDESIGN Festival 2023.
LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2023
The LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize is a competition that acknowledges and supports artisans from all over the world. The LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to identify people who have an exceptional ability to create work with the highest level of aesthetic value that reflects the maker’s personal vision and abilities.
The entries span all types of art, including but not limited to ceramics, jewelry, furniture, sculpture and textiles. Each piece is an original work, created within the last 5 years and partly or fully hand made. The Jury includes very well known creatives along with an expert panel that judges and selects finalists to present in an exhibition in Isamu Noguchi’s former studio, across from The Noguchi Museum.
The LOEWE FOUNDATION strives to continue innovation and celebrate craftsmanship and its importance in today’s culture.
via LOEWE FOUNDATION
Early Patterns: Reintroducing Akari of the 1950’s
For the first time in decades, The Noguchi Museum will present six rare models, Isamu Noguchi designed Akari light sculptures. The designs were originally created in the early 1950’s and made by Japanese manufacturer, Ozeki & Co., Ltd.. One table top scale light sculpture in specific is directly related to the Japanese lantern and was inspired after a night time fishing trip by Noguchi himself. The traditional forms contain bamboo collars that “feature colorful, abstract patterns silk-screened onto the mulberry bark (washi) paper.”
These limited quantity designs originally became available only in Japan and France in the 1950’s. The release of the Akari light sculptures is aligned with the previously mentioned LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize exhibitions at the Isamu Noguchi Studio. This will be the public’s first opportunity to view the works in person and opportunity to purchase.
Little Sun solar-powered lighting collection
Ikea has partners with Little Sun, Olafur Eliasson’s and Fredrik Ottesen’s brand that marries art and science by creating lighting tools that run on solar power. The motivation behind Little Sun’s creation was to give people anywhere access to solar energy without regular electricity. The collaboration consists of two designs that are limited edition, solar-powered lamps. Ikea approached the Little Sun team with an idea, and Eliasson and Ottesen saw it as an opportunity to spread awareness and spark a conversation to a huge audience. The team explained their motivation, “My hope is that more designs will simply be solar without being necessarily ‘solar design’, that is, the solar aspect will be taken for granted as normal,” adds Eliasson. “This is because solar energy must be available to all. The power of the sun is abundant, inexpensive. It helps individuals and families own their access to power at the source, which makes them more self-sufficient, independent, and resilient.”
Generation Paper: A Fashion Phenom of the 1960’s
Now through August 27, 2023, visit the 1960’s short-lived phenomenon of 80 rare garments and accessories on display at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan! Paper fashion was used to show how paper could replicate and behave like woven fabric. Women began wearing paper dresses that introduced a new world of innovation. Generation Paper creates a link between craft, design and commerce by the development of semi-synthetic materials.
The fashion line, which began as a promotional campaign for Scott Paper Company in 1966, introduced bold, pop art inspired garments spanning from iconic silhouettes to dresses and even bikinis. This little known fashion history demonstrated a mixture of confidence, durability and creativeness.
NYCxDESIGN Festival 2023
The time of the year has arrived! The NYCxDesign Festival takes place from May 18 – 25, 2023. Last year’s event included over 200 events across all five boroughs of New York City. Events focusing on the broad world of design span from major exhibitions, installations, panels, virtual events to trade shows. NYCxDESIGN is known to showcase new and upcoming talent as well as existing key innovation in the city. From product design, interior design, to fashion, graphics and many others, the collections of creatives now attracts over hundreds of thousands of visitors from all around the world. Everyone is welcome!
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