The Month Ahead: FOG Design+Art Opens in San Francisco, a French Artist Presents Porcelain Works Made in Historic Chinese Workshops, and the Memphis Group Takes New York

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Jan 5, 2015 7:07PM


This is our Month Ahead series where we round up noteworthy shows, news, and other happenings in the design and architecture communities.


Across the U.S.:

New York

Maison Gerard wraps up their show of works by the Ceramics & Glass Design Department of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design on the 15th of the January.

In case you missed it, after 3 years of renovations headed up by Gluckman Mayner Architects, the Cooper-Hewitt reopened in December with 10 new exhibitions including the Ellen Lupton-curated “Beautiful Users.”

Two shows about Postmodernism’s Memphis Group, led by Ettore Sottsass, to see in New York: one at Joe Sheftel (closing on the 11th) and the other at Koenig & Clinton (closing on the 31st) (via The New York Times)


David Bowie Is” closes on January 4th at MCA Chicago.

Further Afield:


Germany, Memories of a Nation: A 600-Year History in Objects” closes on January 25th at the British Museum.

London and Paris

“La Luce Vita,” a lighting show inspired by the 1960 cinematic masterpiece La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini and featuring works by Italian and French designers such as Nanda Vigo, Gino Sarfatti, Pierre Guariche, opens at Galerie kreo on January 14th in Paris and January 15th in London, and runs through March 28th.


Before it closes on January 17th at Galerie BSL, check out “Insomnio,” a show of 21 unique porcelain books by 28-year-old French artist Charlotte Cornaton, made during her 2014 residency at the historic workshops of Jingdezhen, China.

On January 17th a show of new work by Robert Stadler opens at Carpenters Workshop Gallery. “Airspace” runs through April 4th in Paris.


In case you missed it, the new Eileen Gray book by Jennifer Goff, Her Work and Her World, came out in November.

Over 40 hours of Buckminster Fuller’s lectures are now available for free online.

On January 26th Maharam will release a meticulously designed monograph about the Dutch design duo Scholten & Baijings with Phaidon.


Dezeen compiled the top 10 design quotes from 2014 (including thoughts by Marcel Wanders, Marc Newson, and Paola Antonelli).

Artsy compiled the top 9 designers from 2014.

Phillips’ three December design auctions brought a whopping $14.2 million, in large part due to “The Collector: Icons of Design,” a sale which featured 30 seminal works of design including Isamu Noguchi’s one-of-a-kind table for A. Conger Goodyear, the first MoMA president (via Artinfo).

This New York Times op ed about how to rebuild the architecture industry got loads of airtime since it went live on December 15th.


San Francisco

The second iteration of FOG Design+Art opens on January 14th at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. This year, Pace and David Zwirner join the roster of top art and design galleries. Also, Friedman Benda will present a solo booth by rising star Misha Kahn.


Wright will hold a special auction on January 29th called “Works from the Absent Past” that pairs pieces by Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata with works by photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

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