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+Alice Rawsthorn writing in the Financial Times defends Vitra's design integrity however – is she really going about it the right way by criticising the Polder lounge which I believe is set to become a design icon? Companies like Vitra understand the market and are moving with the times to include the work of designers such as Hella Jongerius to their own advantage.

+Also in the Financial Times, Janice Blackburn notes that a new piece of furniture can now become a prized collectors' item in an amazingly short time. Zaha Hadid's Aqua Table sold at the Phillips de Pury auction in NY for $296,000 – almost three times it's purchase price.

+According to the Washington post, the Swedes are abandoning clean design lines and going baroque in a digital exhibition called Brickworks: A Flat Exhibition by students of Beckmans College of Design. Swedish Design will be ever present at the House of Sweden on 30th Street with a calendar of shows scheduled to keep the embassy from becoming a fortress. Exhibitions will vary form architectural displays to a model of an apartment filled with furnishings and objects.

Ingo Maurer  Light - Reaching for the Moon

+Ingo Maurer: Light – reaching for the moon. Vitra Design Museum is presenting a retrospective of works by Ingo Maurer an overview of Maurer's work going back almost four decades, featuring rare prototypes, serially produced lamps and one-off pieces as well as models, photographs and films documenting a number of his outstanding illumination projects. Highlights are the installations Maurer created especially the exhibition. Via Dexigner

+Damien Hirst's first exhibition in Latin America will be on dispaly for 6 months! “The death of God” is now at the Galeria Hilario Galguera in Mexico City. With an an array of gory installations to awe the El Corazon Sangrante inspired, this exhibition is set to attract a large range of art investors. Already 16 of the 28 works have sold before the opening although not all to Mexican buyers.

The works on display range from Hirst’s now familiar vitrines with animals suspended in formaldehyde, most notably a new version of the shark, to six new variations of his pin paintings (unlike previous versions, these are in dark colours and have a skull in their centre). Trademark Hirst themes such as religion, love, death and decay are once again the order of the day. “There is
nothing here I do not like immensely,” says the artist. “I like
tragedy. Tragic hope

Continue reading the article for more philosophical musings by the artist and his views on maturing gracefully. I have a new found respect for his work after reading this.

+ The NSW Government announced a winning design for the estimated $1 billion redevelopment of the last major available site in the Sydney CBD, the 22ha East Darling Harbour port.

+Australian architect Harry Seidler will be remembered at a public service in one of his best known Sydney buildings next month.

+Artist Marcus Wills has won the 85th annual Archibald Prize for his painting depicting Melbourne-based sculptor, Paul Juraszek. For more a critical look at the exhibition see Artlife.

+About B+B and Mooi – Wanders dreams and ambitions.

+Sydney Biennale 'Zones of Contact' as been launched.

This is a biennale very much about people, people's experiences and the great ability of the visual arts to articulate experiences. The exhibition includes film, performance, painting and photography by
artists from countries including Australia, China, Lebanon and Russia.

The biennale opens in June and will be shown in more than a dozen venues throughout Sydney.

Artist Helen Johnson stands in front of some of her painted paper<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> panels now on show in NEW06 at ACCA.

+Read about artist Helen Johnson, her work, exhibition at the Australian Centre for
Contemporary Art and her environmental concerns.

A scene from Paul Robertson's Pirate Baby's Cabana<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Battle Streetfight 2006 (above). PICTURE: ESTELLE JUDAH; PICTURE:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> ERIN SLATTERY

+In an exhibition set to test the

question as old as computer games: which is more important – high resolution, 3-D gladiatorial blood and gore, or simple but infectious gameplay?

Tim Devine and Gerard Mason in A Game of Marbles,

explore notions of physical interactivity. Players flick marbles into a ring instead
of twiddling hand controllers. The marbles are represented on a display screen by graphical characters, which battle according to the throw of the glass orbs.

Learn more about the exhibition and the The Next Wave Festival at venues around Melbourne from March 15-April 2.

  1. João Paulo
    April 3, 2006 at 9:09 am

    Dear Rita,

    I would like to read the FT article on Polder sofa, but I had not access to it. It woul be possible to e-mail me that text.
    I also like very much this model, and I am even thinking to buy it. So I would like to every thing about it.
    Thank you very much.
    João Paulo

  2. April 4, 2006 at 9:53 am

    you will have to sign up for the entire article – you may do it as a 15 day trial so I believe this will not cost you anything.

  3. April 19, 2006 at 9:43 am

    Very nice seating.

  4. April 21, 2006 at 8:45 am

    If you check out my posts on the Milan Furniture Fair 2006, you will find it was displayed by Virta at the event along with the ‘worker chair’.

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