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Absolute Classic Masterpieces
Finally, refined smoking accessories. Enter Absolute Classic Masterpieces, hailing from Philadelphia they create objects that are designed to last forever, and in true Pennsylvanian tradition, they'll only look more refined with age.
Mas Context: Analog
Please join us next Saturday, October 15th for a pop-up bookshop from Golden Age and a series of presentations from emerging and established designers as part of MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG.
MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG will gather a group of emerging and established practitioners within the field of design who will discuss their work based on proposed themes. The event will include presentations by photographers, filmmakers, architects, urban designers, graphic designers and industrial designers. Speakers include Lee Bey, David Schalliol, Jessica Rodrigue, John Szot, Andrew Moddrell and Christopher Marcinkoski, Sarah Dunn, Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer, Brian Strawn and Karla Sierralta, Jeremiah Chiu, Karen Semone, Cheryl Towler Weese, Jason Pickleman, Caroline Linder and Lisa Smith, Cody Hudson, Craighton Berman and Rick Valicenti.
Plural, the Chicago-based creative studio will exhibit their work during the event.
More information and schedule
Dossier: Ettore Sottsass
Furniture and objects from Ettore Sottsass.
Books by Ettore Sottsass (directly above) is an incredible collection of his publishing output from 1962 to 2006.
Friday: Golden Age at Public Works
Public Works Speaker Series seeks to create a real, live knowledge base for making a life in the independent arts. We’re bringing in internationally recognized artists and creative entrepreneurs to speak to what we know to be true: ”Art makes work; work makes art.”
On Friday, September 16th, Golden Age (Marco Kane Braunschweiler and Martine Syms) joins James Goggin for a double-bill. We'll be talking about art: what we love, what we hate, who we love, who we hate and everything in between. After the chats there will be DJs and drinking. I'm on a cleanse right now, so I won't be drinking, but feel free to come and say hello.
More information at www.thispublicworks.com!
Call for Entries: American Design Club
The American Design Club is looking for submissions for their seventh exhibition, THREAT: Objects of Defense and Protection. If someone broke into my apartment, I would obviously need a well-designed baseball bat to hit them... get on it.
More info at www.americandesignclub.com.
Lecture: James Goggin, Pop Culture Color Theory
Saturday, August 20, 2011, 6pm
James Goggin's ‘Pop Culture Color Theory’ lecture is an ongoing, continually evolving project which explores humankind’s attempts at codifying and commodifying color. From video test patterns to International Klein Blue, the Pantone Matching System to the Homeland Security Advisory System, color is endlessly refracted by our subjective perception into adaptable economic and semiotic structures.
The winner was recently announced from the Harvard Open Design Challenge, a competition in which participants designed a $300 house. The chosen design from Mahindra Partners is functional, attractive and very relevant to current needs.
Read more at World Architecture News.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is a documentary that explores the fabled Minoru Yamasaki designed public housing project in St. Louis, Missouri. Demolished only twenty years after its construction, Pruitt-Igoe is often referred to as a failure of modernism. The project consisted of thirty-three, eleven-story buildings that spanned four city blocks. Originally built to solve a housing crisis, Pruitt-Igoe became a haven for crime, drugs and violence. My mother spent her youth living in Pruitt-Igoe. Her family fit the profile; black, single-parent, average of four children. Although her stories of living in the building are terrifying—and in stark contrast to my suburban youth in Southern California—she has an attachment to the project. It was her home. A few years ago she told me she wanted a shirt that read "Pruitt-Igoe Class of 1972." I'm excited to see The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tonight at Gene Siskel because it seems to get at the complicated story of public housing. In a recent interview, landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson remarked, "[M]yths don’t go away—they become silent because nobody is listening." With the last Cabrini-Green demolotion earlier this year, it's a particularly relevant time to start listening again.
TEDx25thWard: Architecture or Revolution?
TEDx25thWard: Architecture or Revolution? is happening next Saturday from 2-10pm at the Bridgeport Art Center, it's invite only, but tell them Golden Age sent you:
"Chicago is a city marked by waves of experimentation and a history of innovation, the genesis of architectural movements and the inspiration for such icons as Wright, Burnham, and van der Rohe. It is not just a city of historical landmarks in search of preservation, but a hub for daring thinkers looking to enter the discussion of today's built environment. This event is one foray into that conversation.
Like archeology, architecture tells the stories of how people live and what they desire. It is a physical manifestation of human imagination and collective identity. We must revisit Le Corbusier’s dictum: Architecture or Revolution? Should a generation living under today's social, economic, environmental, and technological conditions settle for the practices that proliferated the last century? Shouldn't our buildings be as advanced as we are?"
More information available here.
BCALLA JULY LQQK
B.CALLA LQQKS PROJECT is a unisex bespoke label based out of Brooklyn. Each month B.CALLA LQQKS PROJECT presents a LQQK featuring several pieces in a full size run available for a limited time. Pictured above is the July LQQK. I think there's still enough summer left for me to rock these petal shorts. Am I right or am I right?
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