|Various artists designed soundproof wall panels in The Next Wave, 21st century design show|
Congratulations to the Artisphere in Arlington, Va. for showcasing the latest in contemporary industrial design. The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century is an exhibition curated by Douglas Burton of Apartment Zero. It's a kaleidoscope of many different designers from around the world, brought together in a pleasing, well-integrated exhibition.
|Stacking Drawers by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, Israel|
Most objects were functional, but the only "machine" to catch my eye was a vacuum cleaner. My photos show some objects, but there was also a selection of light fixtures which didn't make the pictures.
According the Burton, the curator: "Industrial design is the creation and development of concepts that optimize the function, value and appearance of products for our mutual benefit." Since the Bauhaus was founded in Germany in the early 20th century, the marriage of form and function in industrial design has been strong. At times, architects have enjoyed playing the role of sociologist and have gotten into the process, too. Good industrial design propelled Apple Computer to great success, because its founder, Steve Jobs, was obsessive about good design. It paid off!
|Bodo Sperlein of Germany designed the Re-Cyclos Equus Set, while Lladro of Spain made it.|
|Happy Family by Beau Oyler, Jared Aller|
There are several examples of fiber arts. Many of the designers work with recycled materials. One of the most interesting was a rug made out of the inner tubes of used bicycles. Mani Marquina and Ariadna Miguel of Spain designed Bicileta Rug. Made of rubber, it's easy on the feet. I'd like to have it on my kitchen floor to cushion my feet while cooking. If I need more shelf space, or a places to put utensils, books and plants, Happy Family (shown above right) is a modular hanging shelf made of recyclable polypropene and connected with magnets. When there is company, Kaleido-Trays (below) is colorful and makes for easy storage.
|Clara Von Zeigbergk of Denmark designed Kaleido Trays, while Thomas Shiner designed Seminar Bench|
|A mix of accessories by various designers|
The exhibition closes on Sunday, May 19th. It has already been up around 3 months, so I thank designer friend Amanpreet Birgisson for telling me about it. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.apartmentzero.com.
|Josh Owen designed the SOS stools; behind is the Passion Chair by Philippe Starcke|