Fun and eccentricity
Ron Arad has been a fixture of British design for several decades. Restless, his first solo exhibition in the UK, displays a retrospective of his work while also highlighting the quirky and fun spirit that it embraces. In addition to taking in some of the experimental furniture that has made Arad famous, visitors will be encouraged to play video games on numerous LED-screens or enjoy a game of table tennis.
Meanwhile, this week sees the opening of the first exhibition at Design Museum Holon, in Arad’s native Israel. The museum, a giant spiral of ochre-coloured steel, is the designer’s first major architectural project. The State of Things, the museum’s debut display (which includes Maaten Baas’s Wiek cabinet), is a look at contemporary design through all its eccentric branches and factions.
‘Ron Arad: Restless’, until May 16, Barbican Art Gallery, London, tel: +44 (0)20-7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk/ronarad ‘The State of Things’, from Thursday to May 15, Design Museum Holon, Israel, tel: +972 7-3215 1515,www.dmh.org.il
Edwin Heathcote reviews ‘Ron Arad: Restless’: FT Collecting supplement.
Parking space
Automobiles are certainly fundamental to 20th-century industrial design but what about the structures that have been designed to house them? The National Building Museum in Washington, DC, is celebrating the car park with an exhibition tracing its architectural evolution. It begins with a look at the parking garage as a sign of 1950s prosperity and moves to its depictions in films and television as a place for clandestine encounters and intrigues. The exhibition then looks to the future and asks how the structures can be reconceptualised for the green and pedestrian-friendly city.
‘House of Cars’, until July 11. National Building Museum, Washington, DC, tel: +1 202-272 2448, www.nbm.org
More green than grey
The Salvation Army and the US Green Building Council have teamed up to sponsor a competition to design small, affordable and green homes for elderly people in New Orleans. Separate categories have been created for students and emerging professionals entering the contest, which is part of an initiative to bring life back to an area of New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Early registration closes on Monday.
www.usgbc.org

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Fun and eccentricity
Ron Arad has been a fixture of British design for several decades. Restless, his first solo exhibition in the UK, displays a retrospective of his work while also highlighting the quirky and fun spirit that it embraces. In addition to taking in some of the experimental furniture that has made Arad famous, visitors will be encouraged to play video games on numerous LED-screens or enjoy a game of table tennis.
Meanwhile, this week sees the opening of the first exhibition at Design Museum Holon, in Arad’s native Israel. The museum, a giant spiral of ochre-coloured steel, is the designer’s first major architectural project. The State of Things, the museum’s debut display (which includes Maaten Baas’s Wiek cabinet), is a look at contemporary design through all its eccentric branches and factions.
‘Ron Arad: Restless’, until May 16, Barbican Art Gallery, London, tel: +44 (0)20-7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk/ronarad ‘The State of Things’, from Thursday to May 15, Design Museum Holon, Israel, tel: +972 7-3215 1515,www.dmh.org.il
Edwin Heathcote reviews ‘Ron Arad: Restless’: FT Collecting supplement.
Parking space
Automobiles are certainly fundamental to 20th-century industrial design but what about the structures that have been designed to house them? The National Building Museum in Washington, DC, is celebrating the car park with an exhibition tracing its architectural evolution. It begins with a look at the parking garage as a sign of 1950s prosperity and moves to its depictions in films and television as a place for clandestine encounters and intrigues. The exhibition then looks to the future and asks how the structures can be reconceptualised for the green and pedestrian-friendly city.
‘House of Cars’, until July 11. National Building Museum, Washington, DC, tel: +1 202-272 2448, www.nbm.org
More green than grey
The Salvation Army and the US Green Building Council have teamed up to sponsor a competition to design small, affordable and green homes for elderly people in New Orleans. Separate categories have been created for students and emerging professionals entering the contest, which is part of an initiative to bring life back to an area of New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Early registration closes on Monday.
www.usgbc.org

Read the article on Financial Times

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