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3 in 1: Contemporary Explorations in Architecture and Design
September 28, 2013–January 5, 2014
Developed as three mini-exhibitions in one, these explorations into fashion, architecture, and product design illustrate the range of work in the museum’s architecture and design collection. The practitioners presented—fashion designer Issey Miyake, architect Greg Lynn, and designers Scholten & Baijings—are at the forefront of their respective fields and well known for using research, experimentation, and innovation to drive new forms of architecture and design.
Reality Lab, Issey Miyake Design Studio: 132 5 and IN EI Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake has developed a unique practice focused on experimentation in material, structure, and form. Miyake’s design studio, Reality Lab, has developed innovative products such as 132 5, a clothing line, and IN EI, a line of lamps for Artemide. Featured in this exhibition, these two product lines were developed around the concept of using origami-folding techniques to create two-dimensional geometric patterns that unfold to create voluminous forms.
Greg Lynn Form: Stranded Sears Tower One of the pioneers of digital architecture, Los Angeles–based architect Greg Lynn was one of the first to explore computer programming as a vehicle for creative expression, and Stranded Sears Tower is one of his seminal projects. Asked to reenvision Chicago’s landmark building for a 1992 exhibition, Lynn separated the nine structural tubes of the Sears Tower into individual strands then reoriented these horizontally along the Chicago River to develop a new supple, fluid architecture. As Lynn is known as a promoter of the “paperless” studio, this project is even more significant in that it was his last project created entirely by hand.
Scholten & Baijings: Colour Installation Scholten & Baijings: Colour Installation Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings take a disciplined approach to design, combining craft practices and industrial processes to rethink everyday objects. Through a masterful use of color, minimal forms, and material innovation, they have amassed a significant portfolio of projects over a period of 13 years. Designed specifically for the Art Institute, Colour Installation presents a spectrum of the firm’s projects, ranging from tableware produced by the Japanese artisan company 1616 / Arita to mass-produced textiles and furniture by Danish manufacturers Hay.
Sponsors This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Architecture & Design Society and the Celia and David Hilliard Fund.
Special thanks to 1616 / Arita Japan, Georg Jensen, HAY, Karimoku New Standard, Maharam, Pastoe, and Thomas Eyck.
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10 hours 24 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—The Shogun’s World: Japanese Maps from the 18th and 19th Centuries
Now on view in Gallery 107, The Shogun's World showcases the distinct beauty of Japanese mapmaking. These heavily image-based maps occasionally explore spiritual landscapes in addition to physical geography. The importance of spirituality in this tradition is shown in this detail from a mid-19th century map of Yokohama Harbor, where the legend color-codes not only landmarks like Buddhist temples, foreigners’ residences, and stone bridges, but also the locations of spiritually significant trees and rocks.