aluminum

Festive Foil?


The holiday season brings out the idea at least of festive parties, and, to some, that means putting on fancy clothes and jewelry.  The idea of glittering adornment to dazzle goes back to antiquity and gold has been a constant. However, innovative use of new materials, so popular now, is not new. The choice of materials is ever evolving. 
jewelry, aluminum, gold, Empress Eugenie, Queen Victoria, Crystal Palace, innovation, demi-parure, brooch, earrings

A chair for all seasons


The Landi chair, created by the self-taught designer Hans Coray, was one of the first highly successful designs for seating furniture using sheet aluminum, a relatively new material in the 1930s. Introduced in Zurich, at the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition (Schweizerische Landesaustellung, nicknamed “Landi”), the chair was the official seating for the exhibition grounds.
chair, furniture, aluminum, Hans Coray, Switzerland, Industrial Design

Aluminum by Design: Jewelry to Jets


On view are more than 100 objects that trace aluminum's first appearance in precious and fine jewelry through early modernist uses in architecture and interiors to its present and envisioned role in aeronautics and other major industries. Highlights include an ornate table centerpiece presented to Emperor Napoleon III, a Paco Rabanne mini dress from 1968, and Claire Graham's 1997 chaise longue made of recycled soda cans. On loan from the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and will travel. Sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation with Target.
aluminum, traveling exhibitions, jewelry, Architecture, interiors, aeronautics, fashion, furniture design

"Green" Exhibition Design


Most people go to exhibitions to look at the objects. Eggheads go to read the labels. Design geeks (and museum professionals like myself) want to study the installation itself.
Design for a LIving World, Exhibition, design, Pentagram, sustainable, practices, images, Ami Vitale, photojournalist, aluminum, panels, reflection, light, biodegradable, direct-to-substrate-dye-sublimation, printing, embed, durable, scratch-resistant, recyclable, shingles, Jeremy Hoffman, graphic designer, models, montages, expense, comparison, materials, reduction, Open, scaffolds, informal, techniques, FSC, certified, Medite II, fiberboard, recovered, formaldehyde-free, resin, Chul R KIm