edited by Sheila Kim -- Interior Design, 9/1/2001 12:00:00 AM
Head of the Glass
Torsten Bröhan's collection of glass objects, documenting a dynamic period in the history of Central European glassmaking, is currently in its first public exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum through February 24th, 2002. Glass of the Avant-Garde: From Vienna Secession to Bauhaus features nearly 200 glass objects from leading designers and glassmakers such as Josef Hoffmann (1914 vase shown above) and Dagobert Peche, among other modern masters of art and architecture. The exhibition, presented in six sections spanning from 1900 to the '30s, will travel to Birmingham, AL, following its New York debut. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street, (212) 849-8400.
Vase, ca. 1904, designer unknown
While Helmut Newton's photography has graced the pages of major magazines, a surprising number of his works, ranging from portraiture and nudes to fashion images and montages, have never before been published or exhibited. The International Center of Photography offers a look at many of these obscure images, alongside a selection of his better-known works. Helmut Newton: Work is a retrospective comprised of approximately 200 images related to style, sex, and theater that, over the last 40 years, have captured Newton's eye. The ICP will be the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, which has been curated by the photographer's wife, June Newton. September 28th through December 30th, 2001. International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, (212) 860-1777.
American Vogue, Monte Carlo, 1998
The annual Chrysler Design Awards program recognizes six individuals and teams for innovation and excellence in design with a $10,000 cash prize, as well as a trophy created by a previous winner. This year, those who receive Chrysler Design Awards will find it a particularly touching experience. IDEO's David M. Kelley, an award recipient from last year, designed lathed-aluminum trophies featuring text that lights up when the award is touched. The awards ceremony will be held on October 3rd at New York's Four Seasons restaurant.
Carnegie celebrates 20 years of Xorel fabrics with the company's "What's Your Vision" competition, co-sponsored by Interior Design . Carnegie will provide professional designers and design students with three yards of Xorel to submit artistic or practical forms and objects before the March 2002 deadline. Winners, who will compete for cash awards from $500 to $2,500, will be announced at NeoCon 2002 in Chicago next June. Selected entries will also be displayed in Carnegie's New York and Chicago showrooms. Only designs not currently in production will be eligible. For more information or to obtain an entry form, call (212) 353-1383.
The British Are Coming!
Americans longing to experience the arts of the United Kingdom need not travel abroad—the UK is coming to America, so to speak. UKinNY, a two-week festival (October 14th through 28th) of visual, performing arts, and cultural programs, will feature more than 100 events at venues and institutions throughout New York City's five boroughs such as MoMA, P.S.1, Lincoln Center, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Highlights include Great Expectations, a contemporary British design exhibition in Grand Central Terminal; a presentation of The Mikado at the New York City Opera; the Edinburgh International Film Festival at the Screening Room; and The Brit Art Trail, an art festival at galleries in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 397-4533 or visit www.ukinny.com.
Qoffee stools by Rainer Spehl, Great Expectations exhibition.
Of Birthdays and Buildings
Renowned American architect Philip Johnson, known for such works as the 1949 Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, turned 95 years old this July 11th. While the day was a celebration of this modern architecture icon, it was also the occasion to unveil an 8-ft. model of Johnson's latest work, The Seasons, during a birthday lunch at the Fours Seasons restaurant. Commissioned by the Vendome Group, The Seasons will be a 50-condominium building at Spring and Washington Streets near Soho. Johnson describes the building's design as a series of stacked cubist-form blocks that create a sculpture recalling 1920s Dutch expressionism.
Philip Johnson with The Seasons model at his 95th birthday celebration.
Back to School
The University of Kentucky has opened its new School of Interior Design and Department of Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles. The university created the school from the department of interior design and merchandising, previously part of the university's College of Human Environmental Sciences, as a result of the overwhelming number of incoming students selecting majors in those areas. This spring, there were 125 interior design students and 123 merchandising students.
To benefit the World Wildlife Fund, Humanscale is holding its second annual Mask Competition/Auction at its New York showroom on September 20th. Participants—including students, designers, and companies such as Ralph Lauren and Patagonia—are invited to utilize environmentally friendly materials to create masks, which capture the essence of an animal. The top three winners of the competition will receive Humanscale's critically acclaimed Freedom chair. Masks will be auctioned off live or through silent auction. For more information, call (212) 353-1383.
Here's to 75 More
This fall, the landmark New York Design Center will mark its 75th anniversary with a major restoration and an array of celebratory events. Highlights include the Worldstudio Foundation Benefit on October 10th, at which lamps customized by giants of the design community will be entered in a silent auction. All proceeds go to the Worldstudio Foundation's scholarship and mentoring programs for minority and disadvantaged youth. The extensive NYDC Sample Sale will be held from October 11th through 13th, and on November 1st The Streets of New York event will feature a street fair and an exploration into the function and fashion of contract design. For more information, contact the NYDC at (212) 679-9500.
The design of the Oriental Suite dining room (below) in the Mandarin Oriental Miami was incorrectly credited to Tony Chi & Associates in the June issue. The designers were Jan Clausen and Karen McKenzie of HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates. Interior Design regrets the error.