The Month Ahead: Performative Furniture-Making in NYC + Middle Eastern Dolls in Mykonos

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Aug 3, 2015 4:12PM

Our Month Ahead series rounds up noteworthy shows, news, and other happenings in the design and architecture communities.


Opening / Closing

Across the U.S.

New York

Portrait of Nicolás Aracena Müller courtesy of Chamber.

ATA #2, 2015
ATA #3, 2015

On the 7th, Chamber opens Capsule #3 “Atalaya,” the culmination of Chilean designer Nicolás Aracena Müller’s 10-day performance in the gallery to transform found wood scraps into finished pieces of furniture.

The 14th sees the opening of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s “Measure,” the third in their series of exhibitions highlighting 30 drawings by 30 architects.

Jonathan Nesci Present Perimeter Vase Form #33, 2015
Patrick Parrish Gallery
Cody Hoyt Pentagonal Facet Vessel III, 2015
Patrick Parrish Gallery

Patrick Parrish Gallery’s “Summer Show,” which combines works by artists on the gallery’s roster, several of whom—like Cody HoytEmmett Moore, and Jonathan Nesci—have had recent solo exhibitions in Parrish’s downtown space, closes on the 31st.

Mount Lebanon, NY

In case you missed it, “Side by Side,” which pairs iconic modern designs with their Shaker influences, opened at the end of June. An easy day trip from Manhattan, you can visit the buzzed-about show at the Shaker Museum through October 12th.


The High Museum’s “Bangles to Benches: Contemporary Jewelry and Design,” which includes works by Marc Newson, Ron Arad, and Ettore Sottsass, closes on the 23rd.

further afield


Centre Pompidou’s exhibition “Le Corbusier: The Measures of Man” closes on the 3rd.

“Design Oracles,” a showcase of the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) collection’s highlights—crafted by the likes of Hella Jongerius and the Bouroullec Brothers and curated by trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort—closes at La Gaîté Lyrique on the 16th.


Maya, Zeina, Racha & Yara ( 2015 ) by Carlo Massoud, 2015
Carwan Gallery

Beirut’s Carwan Gallery teams up on the 8th with Skoufa Gallery to host new works by Carlo Massoud in Skoufa’s Mykonos location. “Maya, Zeina, Racha and Yara” comprises an edition of 60 dolls that challenge our traditional understanding of the veil in the Middle East.


In the News

Chicago’s Marina City, conceived by architect Bertrand Goldberg in the 1960s and famous for its twin “corn cob” towers, has been granted preliminary landmark status.  (via the Chicago Tribune)


Good Reads

Combs, 2014
Pearl Lam Galleries

We’re all familiar with Charles and Ray Eames, but who makes up the current generation of designer couples and how do they balance life and work? Check out our profile of six couples shaping contemporary design.

Following up on MIT Media Lab Summit’s “Knotty Objects” conference, Artsy’s Kristina Parsons makes the case for Critical Design.

This month’s Riposte magazine includes a feature on MoMA’s Paola Antonelli.

Tessera – Lounge Chair, 2012
Carwan Gallery
The Fragmented Clock, 2012
Carwan Gallery

Artsy’s Beirut city guide includes tips from Carwan Gallery principles Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Pascale Wakim.

Studio Swine has produced a video about their 1000-nautical mile journey collecting sea plastic and using the sun to melt and extrude the material into location-specific objects that reference traditional onboard crafts such as scrimshaw.



The 15th is your chance to tour four Marcel Breuer-designed homes, along with other exceptional modern houses by some of Breuer’s Harvard colleagues, with the modern architectural conservation organization Docomomo US in Litchfield, Connecticut.

—Alex Gilbert

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