Zaha Hadid, Fernando Romero, and Ben Van Berkel are making headlines alongside two renowned artists for their 3-D printed reinventions of the high heel. A collaborative vision spearheaded by United Nude and 3-D Systems, the highly anticipated project was unveiled yesterday at the “Re-Inventing Shoes” exhibition at Milan Design Week.
Alfons Mucha and Art Nouveau’s atmospheres - Palazzo Reale (Milan, Italy) 18th December, 2015
I went to see this exhibition with a friend from Spain. My interest in Art Nouveau started in my high school years when I went to Prague on a school trip and saw a few of Mucha’s works. I’m really happy my hometown decided to hold this exhibition this year!
Rural Studio was invited to participate in another prestigious international exhibition - the Milan Triennale, curated by Lotus Magazine. April 2 - September 12, 2016
is entitled ARCHITECTURE AS ART.
Milan Triennale is curated by Lotus magazine, who invited 15 architects and designers
from around the world to each design a pavilion in a contemporary art museum in
Milan, Italy. The approximate material and labor construction budget is €25,000.
Rural Studio is the only academic program invited and is in such extraordinary company
as Herzog & de Meuron, Studio Mumbai, and Lacaton & Vassal.
When asked to design and build an installation for
Lotus at the Milan Triennale, we saw an opportunity to work with the following
premise that we always keep in mind for Rural Studio projects:
Construct an installation that has little or no
waste; nothing is thrown away.
Use materials available in close proximity,
Understand the installation as a metaphor for a
bigger question: how we architects and designers can instigate a responsible
attitude towards the resources that we utilize every day?
We discovered beautiful cardboard and white paper
bales in a recycling plant, which we borrowed for the installation. To our
delight, the bales are in Milan! In our imagination, the bales are large pieces
of stone quarried to make a “Forum”:
a place to sit, think, read, or debate. A ceiling made of printing tests will
be added to the recycling process at the end of the exhibit. Fifteen books and
inspirational texts, each provided by our fellow exhibitors, can be discovered
in the space. At the end, the unharmed bales will be returned into the
recycling process. We will leave nothing behind!