9 November 2018
I have a fondness for interiors. Not only do I enjoy it for aesthetic reasons, but in painting the process of creating is like also being in puzzled meditation. It is an ever-evolving theme in my work and that alone is a huge reason for me being going to this show. The exhibition is an amazing ride of today’s concept of home seen through lens of architects and designers largely by examining some predictions made in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s about how we would be living now, illustrating with 150 objects and experience. I felt it as a journey of aspiration and fantasies presented to the viewers while taking inspiration from technology and mass media that is growing faster than house building.
There were different rooms and small divisions exploring both yesterday’s vision along with contemporary objects.
Due to my personal interest in home designing , looking for interiors in stores and in real – similarly the show too is a response to such prevailing interest with the concept of home trends and fashion in people today.
Picture Gallery from the show
The show is in collaboration with IKEA Museum that is one brand I have admired looking at furniture’s and fabrics for utilizing free time.
Home futures draws attention on the history of domestic visions and suggest parallels with today reality completely driven with social and technological changes globally now. I agree through the research and surveys conducted by this show/ exhibition to the fact that today domestic interiors is less of a closed world, the emerging spread of connected devise has somehow transformed or trying to occupy homes in hubs of growing data economy which helps increase business progress in commercial sectors, example of that is seen in KiKi Van Ejik. 'Softwear' tapestries 2018.
Additionally there are display in the show addressing the growth of urban population that consequently went hand in hand with modernism functional approach to home leading to phenomenon “less is enough” in other word minimalist urban lifestyle. I would like to sympathize to the idea of micro living occurred in city living in many big cities. The relativity of smaller space has started becoming a custom trend and a luxury commodity for people. In the video by Gary Chang’s – transformer apartment in Hong Kong is documented allowing 24 different layouts in only and only 344 square feet space, this was an extreme designer plus totally functional small housing plan I have seen of micro living adjoining a modernist dream. Another room explore the designers innovations from 1970’s involving self sufficient making of own modified furniture. Open structures by Belgian design studio is a fantastic approach to make basic household appliances. One more display among many are Frederick Kiersler’s endless house project, this portion is derived by imitating living organism and putting inspiration into biomorphic forms, such as Cactus, egg, worms. I found “Push button fantasies” displaying the concept of controlling things on a remote or a device was a sharp take on thing called smart home.Note: Polyurethane substance used to create these forms soft and comforting like giant cactus coat hanger.
However the notion of the home for the future as a mechanism for living is a great designers attempt to modernist domestic life.
Living with Buildings: Exhibition at welcome collection , Euston Rd, London.
28 October 2018
The exhibition explored the link between past, present and future of health and urban architecture(buildings).
The major takeaway was the learning about one of the global issue in heath and design industry today. It was divided into 4 categories, first one ‘ Terrace of the future refuse of the past concerning with 19th century, sanitation, overcrowded conditioning and poor housing problems in Britain, moreover how architectural, planner, government department are dealing to it.
Whence Charles Booth documentation of London’s living conditions on maps, captured by attention, each street was colour according to the poor and wealthy people and categories between them.The exhibition covered how planners, architects, designers make buildings more suitable for living and treatment from 19th century mistakes to till now. For example Bedford past in west London was designed to fix the issue the high walls, large garden in the park prevent people from the city’s slums dangers.
The category ; how do we know what home looks like?’ it elaborates the role of architects in 20th century modernism phase to provide hygienic housing for a better living to people. Resulting in high rise buildings blocks in the picture captured by the featuring artist Andreas Gursky also in a photograph below, that I find has a painterly gestures.
The high rise were thought to solve the problem of economic, population but hence became a symbol of failure later. Such incidents like the terrible fire at Grenfel tower stands as a urgent reminder to me of importance of safe and secure housing in large cosmopolitan city living even raises some thought-provoking questions about the spaces one inhabit. Furthermore It make me think about such global issue is still neglected for instance, a great example I have witnessed myself is - effects of poor living of slum dwellers in Mumbai on their health. Another thing intriguing was the colour pallete of the exhibition that was very carefully thought and planned by artist Giles Round to produce a body of work that employs colour and light exploring their role in health and well-being.
The colour were interactive and devised from his research that include the Alvar Aalto’s colour plan in TB sanatorium Finland.
Note: Colour in industry today, 20th century guide.
Note: Judicious use of colour scheme could influence the mood and tone of each space.
Note: British colour council: set up an agency in 1946 to define colour standards in UK – in factories, offices, communal places.
The category ‘ healing Building’ show again - how scarily recent medical care of the standard we’re used to is. There’s a giant scale model of a hospital, a painstakingly detailed creation that’s basically a very fancy dolls’ house, but with more operating suites. As a whole, the ideas behind ‘Living with Buildings’ are fascinating. But like the Modernist dream of social housing, the reality doesn’t quite live up to the theory.