April 10, 2017

Design Milestones Celebrating 100 Years in 2017

The Hague’s city hall is covered in adhesive sheets by Studio Vollaerszwart in honor of De Stijl. Photography courtesy of the NBTC.

1. With the addition of Studio Vollaerszwart’s adhesive sheets, city hall in the Hague is dressing up in honor of Piet Mondrian as part of “Mondrian to Dutch Design: 100 Years of De Stijl in 2017.” The exhibition takes place throughout the Netherlands, yearlong.

Mouth (For L’Oréal), a dye-transfer print by Irving Penn for L’Oréal. Photography courtesy of the Irving Penn Foundation.

2. Irving Penn: Centennial” opens at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 24, two months in advance of the photographer’s actual birthday. More than 200 images from his 70-year career will include the dye-transfer print Mouth (For L’Oréal).

I.M. Pei will turn 100 on April 26. Photography by Mark Harmel/Getty Images.

3. Among I.M. Pei’s countless accomplishments are the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, the glass pyramid outside the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and, come April 26, living for a century.

Kiss, a 1982 chair by Rita Taskinen. Photography by Rauno Träskelin.

4. In honor of the centenary of Finland’s independence, the Design Museum, Helsinki, has launched “Utopia Now–The Story of Finnish Design.” Pieces such as Rita Taskinen’s Kiss, a 1982 chair, are on view through 2020.

Peasants, an oil-on-canvas by Kazimir Malevich, is on display at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. Image courtesy of the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.

5. London’s Royal Academy of Arts looks back to the start of the Bolshevik era with “Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932.” On view through April 17, the exhibition includes some surprising examples. Kazimir Malevich, best known for cerebral white-on-white compositions, is represented by the oil on canvas Peasants.

Ettore Sottsass’s Clesitera vase from 1986. Photography by Santi Caleca/Memphis, Milan, courtesy of the Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2017/ADAGP, Paris.

6. Born in 1917, he went on to design a famously red typewriter, furniture, stores, and showrooms and to co-found the Memphis Group. Amid these myriad accomplishments, Ettore Sottsass: The Glass,” opening at Venice’s Stanze del Vetro museum April 10, zooms in on his work in that particular material, such as the Clesitera vase from 1986. See more photos from the exhibition here.

> See more from the March 2017 issue of Interior Design

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