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2022 - FEATURED FINNISH EXHIBITORS AND ALVAR ALTO UNIVERSITY WITH THE SUPPORT OF FINNAGORA
Following the approach of multidisciplinary thinking, students are encouraged to solve the wicked problems of our contemporary world in and across the university’s disciplines. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture began operating in 2012 when the School of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture merged together. Each department in the school has its own unique history.
The school is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries, and one of the most prestigious and highly ranked ones in the whole world due to its unique teaching method, academic research and input in the world of design, art and architecture. The areas of research in the field of arts and design include design, urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture, digital media, photography, film, art education and visual culture. Students are encouraged to pursue their own artistic interests and bold experiments, while they also gain experience in the world of start-ups, professional companies and art institutions. The viewpoint of usefulness forms the foundation of artistic activity and artistic research. In the past years, Aalto University has examined the question of how we perceive and interact with the new challenges of our times, with a special focus on sustainability.
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The Department of Design is a diverse community of competent, creative and responsible individuals who can study design, fashion and textile design, co-design, design leadership and sustainable development. In the program, the understanding of appreciate technical skills, social significance and artistic expression are equally important. The department educates front-line design professionals and visionaries for established, changing and emerging fields of design, and also renews its expertise through high level research in continuous collaboration with stakeholders.
The current exhibition shows a selection of works of the Design Department’s exhibition series, Design for a Cooler Planet. The exhibition celebrates the entwinement of creativity and sustainability through art and design, and it also highlights the need for multidisciplinarity in order to achieve profound change and truly novel solutions. The presented works focus on the ability to use different resources – such as natural resources, raw materials, energy – with consideration of the next generations and the ecosystem, and by promoting well-being and sustainable development. Wise design respects our common future. It advances wellbeing and carefully considers the impacts of our choices on future generations, society and biodiversity.
Under two subthemes (Better to Wear and Infinite Materials), Designs for a Cooler Planet presents glimpses of a wiser future with eleven of Aalto’s research-based projects.
The Department of Architecture at Aalto University is an internationally renowned education and research unit. While respecting Finland’s esteemed architectural heritage, we find solutions to the future challenges of construction. For decades, our teaching has maintained strong ties to the practical work undertaken at architecture firms.
To us, architecture is an art form that requires practical knowledge, individual artistic development, as well as technical and economical knowledge regarding construction. We educate critical thinkers who accept their responsibility to research and design a socially, culturally and ecologically sustainable built environment.
The research done at the Department of Architecture produces knowledge about architecture, landscape architecture, urban studies and planning, design practice, the role of architecture in society and the future of construction. We also study architectural history and conservation. Furthermore, our focus areas include construction in the social and health sector, construction for a sustainable future, computer-assisted design methods, and humanitarian architecture. Our research profile covers both basic research in architecture and applied research answering the needs of the industry and public sector.
The research relates to multidisciplinary research areas at Aalto University, especially the human-centred living environments, supported by the Living+ Platform.
The chairs exhibition presents five Aalto University, Interior architecture MA students furniture prototypes. All are made of 15x10mm, 15x20mm steel tubes and 5mm steel rods.
The prototypes are designed and made by the students themselves, with the aid of workshop masters. The simple function of a chair, the limited materials and the uniform finish allow space for personal expression and interpretation. As all unnecessary elements are eliminated, the students are faced with the ultimate question of all arts. How do I express my desire and ability with the little that I have?
The chairs are pure compositions of lines and planes. They share the same basic dimensions, structure and relative comfort, well suited for bars and cafes.
NL / Kas Oosterhuis
After graduating from the Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology), he designed a number of innovative office buildings with Peter Gerssen. In the late 1980s, he founded a joint office with Ilona Lénárd called ONL, which progressively combines digital-based art and architecture.
One of the most important early stages of Oosterhuis’s career was the Saltwater Pavilion, completed in 1997. The building is a real milestone, which, with its sculpturesque contour and digital-based construction method, had a huge impact on the development of contemporary architecture. The essence of Non-Standard Architecture, i.e. freeform architecture based on computer design, is that no two pieces of the building are the same. Each piece is unique, made with CNC, a computer-controlled tooling machine. The implementation is based on a process called file-to-factory, which directly connects parametric 3D models to machines. Among others, the Web of North Holland pavilion, the A2 Cockpit showroom in Utrecht and the Bálna (Whale) building in Budapest were created using this innovative method.
From 2000 to 2016, Oosterhuis was a professor at Delft University of Technology, where he set up a research laboratory called Hyperbody to study the relationship between complex geometric shapes and interactive architecture; and protoSPACE to delve into the interactive virtual space / environment, now known as the metaverse. From 2017, he worked as a professor and researcher at Qatar University in Doha for two years. He is also the author of a number of thought-provoking books that examine the practice and theory of architecture and its possible future directions.
ONL – BODY CHAIR
The method of Non-Standard Architecture developed over the last 25 years can also be perfectly adapted to furniture production. Debuting in 2016 as part of the Dutch Design Week, the Body Chair is a designer furniture piece based on high-end manufacturing that can be customized in every detail. This seat consists of 28 individual elements, a total of 56 triangles, each a different size and shape, but part of the same network of connections forming a single parametric system. The essence of the system is that by changing a single parameter, the entire furniture piece changes along with all its components, so it can be easily molded into a unique shape without having to modify the design as a whole. The open system allows the user to change the individual parameters, creating a final piece of furniture that best suits their body size and personal needs, as a kind of co-creator. The design process can be done on a mobile phone or tablet with the help of an app, and by transferring the final configuration data it is also possible to produce the individual components quickly, which can be done anywhere under the appropriate technical conditions. LINK
NL / Ilona Lénárd
She studied acting at university in Budapest, hence the importance of intuition and gestures in her creative work. She later studied sculpture at the Willem de Kooning Academy and won the prestigious Startstipendium scholarship after graduating. She has been working with architect Kas Oosterhuis since 1983. She became interested in interdisciplinary creative processes during her one-year creative sabbatical with him. Since then, she has created works that encompass a variety of fields: intuitive computer sketches, paintings, sculptures. She collaborates with architects to create interactive spaces, paints abstract calligraphic paintings, designs carpets, and more recently creates paintings using robots. In 2018 she worked for a year in Doha, Qatar, where she was a mentor of the Doha Fire Station arts centre’s residency programme. In 2021 she presented herself at the Art Market in Budapest at the Bálna; in 2022 the K.A.S. Gallery organized an exhibition of her works.
The Jacquard-woven Omniverse tapestries are based on digitized versions of her earlier abstract acrylic paintings, and were made in the TextielMuseum in Tilburg. These extremely exciting works have already been exhibited at design festivals such as the Dubai Design Week, the Beirut Design Week, the Salone del Mobile in Milan and the Dutch Design Week. LINK
CZ / Lukáš Jabůrek
A Czech glass designer and glass artist who laid the groundwork of his skills at the Higher Vocational School of Glass and Applied Arts in Nový Bor. Between 2013 and 2018 he was the artistic director of the renowned Moser glass factory, his works made there are still the factory's most sought-after products. Read more....
He has won numerous awards, including the Public Award of the prestigious Czech Grand Design in 2012. He creates his ground, faceted, blown, polished and often multi-layered glass works – vases, serving bowls, awards, small sculptures, candle jars – with precision, meticulousness and refinement. In addition to traditional materials – uranium glass (glass coloured with uranium oxide) and rosaline glass – he uses colours boldly and likes to combine various grinding techniques.
CH / Denizay Apusoglu, Jonas Kissling – Studio Eidola
The practical approach of Denizay Apusoglu and Jonas Kissling aims to develop new ways of creating with nature and life in mind. In their work they place great emphasis on learning and experimenting with handicraft methods.
Ocean Articulated is a research project that focuses on locally available raw materials and how they can be used in a novel way while reducing the use of harmful substances. The project began with a geomorphological study of the material cycle of salt and sand in the Upper Rhine region, which also includes the remains of a prehistoric ocean and sediment from erosion during the ice age. By adding natural binders to these materials, the designers developed a new, easily and perfectly degrading, yet extremely strong material which they used to create furniture using a process known as sand casting. The method is simple and doesn’t require much equipment, and the finished pieces – although raw and robust – tell a poetic story about the concept of time and durability, the origin and life cycle of the material, but also show the possibility of a new approach to our environment. LINK
CZ / Jakub Pollág and Václav Mlynář / Studio deFORM
CH / Thibault Dussex & Yann Mathys – Egli Studio
The Swiss duo, Thibault Dussex and Yann Mathys, deal with industrial design, interior design project assignments and the creation of exhibition installations. They primarily design furniture and objects of use, but are also keen to work with artists, galleries, and brands that are open to design but operate in other fields. A responsible way of thinking and an interest in new technologies and raw materials are both present in their work. They use almost exclusively simple geometric shapes. Their objects are thought through down to the smallest detail, and their workmanship is of extremely high-quality. They were awarded the Swiss Design Award in 2014, the IKEA Foundation Award in 2015 and 2016, and the Innovation + Architecture + Technology Award in 2016, as well as numerous additional professional recognitions in recent years.
One of their latest collections was developed for Embru in Switzerland, specialists in the production of public furniture. Easy Aluminum was unveiled to the general public at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in June. As its name suggests, this outdoor series includes a bench and table and is made entirely out of aluminium. The lightweight, yet extremely durable pieces are light despite their relatively large size. Due to their streamlined design, rounded corners and smooth surface, they may look like a single piece at first glance, but thanks to their precise structural solutions they can be completely disassembled and even shipped flat-packed. LINK
SK / Zuzana Zmatekova
At the centre of her interest are new-generation technologies, special structures and textures; her works are innovative in both their appearance and content. She takes commissions from several international fashion brands and sportswear companies, but also likes to participate in various collaborations in which she addresses environmental and social issues in a subjective and sensitive way.
She obtained her master’s degree in fashion and textile design from Aalto University’s School of Art, Design and Architecture. During her studies she participated as a research assistant in the project called Sun-powered Textiles, which garnered international attention. The project saw the development of a collection of woven and printed textiles that can utilise solar energy. The outfits made from these are suitable for charging various sensory devices without affecting the appearance of the individual garments.
She created the design of the Amenage printed textiles together with Roma children from Slovakia. The aim of the project was to present the Roma culture in a positive way, free of typical stereotypes, thus helping the integration of the members of the community. Part of the process was a workshop where the children made drawings that served as the basis of the later prints. The project was supported by several organisations representing the interests of minorities. In 2021 Zmateková won the Slovak National Product Design Award in the society and environment category. LINK
CH / Yasmin Knüsel
In Switzerland, up to 25,000 foxes are hunted every year. Most of them are disposed of in carcass collection facilities.
In this work, one fox acts as the point of departure for the development of jewellery pieces reflecting on violence, control and abundance. LINK
DK / Rasmus Fenhann
His work method is characterised by the use of traditional, often forgotten techniques and high-tech design methods. He is one of the most important Scandinavian designers in his chosen field, having graduated as a cabinetmaker in 1996 and as a furniture designer in 2013 from the design department of the renowned Royal Danish Academy. His objects have been featured in many exhibitions, primarily in Europe and the United States, and can also be found in prestigious design collections such as the collection of the Danish Designmuseum. He won the Hetsch Silver Medal in 2004, the Finn Juhl Prize in 2016, and the Wegner Award in 2020.
In 2003 he established his own workshop where he creates highly functional, yet sculpturally beautiful, unique pieces. In recent decades he has visited Japan several times, studying traditional local woodworking methods. He still draws inspiration from what he experienced during these visits and his works are permeated by aesthetics and a design language that are typical Asian. A good example of this creative attitude is the Tea Time upright chair, weighing only two kilograms, which was made by recycling the old teak bed of a Danish family. The thin wood pieces were joined using a special carpentry technique in order to fulfil their chosen new function. The chair features several structural solutions that already appeared on his first chair, designed in 1999. LINK
DWB AWARD-WINNER EXHIBITORS
CZ / LADISLAV SUTNAR FACULTY OF DESIGN AND ART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST BOHEMIA (LSFDA)
EE / ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS (EKA)
FI / AALTO UNIVERSITY ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT
FI / AALTO UNIVERSITY DESIGN DEPARTMENT
HU / HERMINA CREATIVE GROUP
HU / MOHOLY NAGY UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN (MOME)
IT / ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN – MILANO (IED)
NO / OSLO NATIONAL ACADEMY OF THE ARTS
PL / ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS WŁADYSŁAW STRZEMIŃSKI (ASP)
RO / UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN OF CLUJ-NAPOCA (UAD)
SK / TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY IN ZVOLEN (TUZVO)
SK / ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN, BRATISLAVA. (VSVU)
GLASS – 2022 THE YEAR OF GLASS
THE FUTURE LAB
Project of the Czech Centres on the occasion of the Czech Presidency in the Council of the EU
Sustainability and environmentally responsible lifestyle are resonating more and more globally. Almost no reasonable authority disputes the fact that it is essential to start behaving in an environmentally friendly way. Yet, particularly in the Czech Republic, the involvement of design in solving environmental problems is only just starting to gain prominence, and there are not many companies or individuals involved in the issue on a long-term basis. However, it is design and its possibilities that can provide the ideal starting platform for setting up new consumption habits. A well-thought-out product morphology, cleverly chosen materials and a conscious approach to production (including the incorporation of new technologies) are essential attributes that can help set up new rules.
A series of events dedicated to the theme of sustainability. In its centre is a showcase of innovative products, visions and ideas related to sustainable development entitled ECO? selected by the Czech curator Veronika Pařízková.
The showcase aims at providing a critical look at the notion of ecology as such and at opening a wider discussion about real impact of our consumption habits on sustainability. In this regard, each of the presented products will be accompanied by a complex evaluation of the impact using methodology developed in cooperation with Prague-based University of Chemistry and Technology.
The Czech Centre Budapest cordially invites you to the opening of its Future Lab project.
- Date: 1 October 2022 (Saturday), 14.00
- Venue: Madách Square, Budapest, District VII.
The exhibition will be open until 31 October 2022. For registration please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 September.
PROGRAMS, CONCERTS, GUIDED TOURS
3, 2, 1 IN THE INFINITE
Classical music concert series in the Kiscell Museum Sculpture Hall
19:00 – 20:00 3, 2, 1 IN THE INFINITE1. TRIO Y
Flóra Matuska (cello), Oszkár Varga (violin), Imre Dani (piano).
Ravel: Trio in A minor
Presenter: János Mácsai music historian
19:00 – 20:00 3, 2, 1 IN THE INFINITE
Presenter: János Mácsai music historian
16:30 – 18:15 CURATORIAL GUIDED TOUR
19:00 – 20:00 3, 2, 1 IN THE INFINITE
F.Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Op.22
F. Liszt: The fountains of the Villa d’Este
F. Liszt: Sposalizio
F. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.6
C. Debussy: Suite Bergamasque
Debussy: The Happy Island
Z. Kodály: Dances of Marosszék
Presenter: János Mácsai music historian
One concert: HUF 2,500 / person
Ticket for the three concerts: HUF 6,000 / person!!! In case of participation in the concert, to the EXHIBITION GUIDE before the concert, STARTING AT 16:30
Instead of HUF 3,000/entrance fee, the entrance fee is only HUF 1,000/person, for which you can register or exchange tickets at the link below!!!
Online ticket purchase: https://bit.ly/3BWOPjz
A selection of short films made within the framework of the SpotOnMozART project of the Salzburg Mozarteum.
The creators of the films and Thomas Ballhausen, one of the project managers of SpotOnMozART, participate.
Moderator of the presentation: Róza Radnóti
Design without borders (dwb) and leading auction platform Catawiki are joining forces to celebrate contemporary design! dwb will curate an online auction with Catawiki, in the first weeks of November.