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Beauty // Smithsonian Design Museum, NY

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is now exhibiting “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” the fifth installment of the museum’s popular contemporary design exhibition series. With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural interventions, “Beauty” features work by 63 designers, filling most of two floors of the museum with more than 250 works from around the globe.
“Featuring recent work from the most outstanding voices in the global design scene, ‘Beauty’ will expand the discourse around the transformative power of aesthetic innovation,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “The exhibition celebrates design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body and senses with works of astonishing form and surprising function.”
The exhibition explores beauty through seven lenses: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental and transformative.
EXTRAVAGANT
Designers use rich materials and shimmering, sometimes deceptive, surfaces to create an aura of luxury, glamour, seduction and excess.
INTRICATE
Performing astonishing feats of craftsmanship and physical construction, designers and artisans create textured or patterned surfaces that engage the eye in a wandering journey.
ETHEREAL
Designers create forms that shape space, time, light or air, sometimes defying permanence and weight in favor of ephemeral materials or fleeting effects.
TRANSGRESSIVE
Embracing androgyny, antiform, the grotesque, the formless and the fantastic, designers blur established boundaries and definitions, challenging normative standards of beauty, gender, genre or behavior.
EMERGENT
Emulating nature and embracing code and mathematics, designers create rules and processes that determine the final outcome of a project, working with data flows and user interactions to create responsive forms.
ELEMENTAL
Drawing energy and character from basic materials, designers create serene geometries and uncluttered forms that invite intuitive interaction from users.
TRANSFORMATIVE
Under the hand of the designer, familiar materials, vocabularies or forms assume new and surprising identities.


// Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum espone in questi giorni “Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennal”, la quinta edizione della nota mostra di design contemporaneo organizzata dal museo. Con progetti che spaziano dai prototipi sperimentali ai giochi interattivi a moda ed interventi architettonici, “Beauty” presenta il lavoro di 63 designers, andando a riempire quasi due piani del museo con più di 250 lavori provenienti da tutto il mondo.
“Presentando i recenti lavori di alcune tra le più notevoli voci della scena interazione del design, “Beauty” allargherà il discorso sul potere di trasformazione dell’innovazione estetica”, ha spiegato Caroline Baumann, direttrice del museo. “L’esposizione celebra il design come sforzo creativo che impegna mente, corpo e sensi attraverso lavori dalle forme stupefacenti e dalla funzione sorprendente.”
La mostra esplora così la bellezza attraverso sette lenti: stravagante, intricata, eterea, trasgressiva, emergente, elementare e trasformativa.
EXTRAVAGANT
I designer utilizzano materiali ricchi ed iridescenti, a volte fuorvianti, superfici per creare un’aura di lusso, glamour, seduzione ed eccesso.
INTRICATE
Con stupefacenti esempi di artigianato e costruzione fisica, i designer e gli artigiani creano superfici con texture o pattern che impegnano l’occhio in un viaggio senza meta.
ETHEREAL
I designer creano forme che danno forma allo spazio, al tempo, alla luce o all’aria, a volte sfidando la stabilità e la gravità in favore di materiali effimeri o effetti fugaci.
TRANSGRESSIVE
Abbracciando l’androgino, l’antiforma, il grottesco, l’amorfo ed il fantastico, i designer sfocano i confini stabiliti e le definizioni, sfidando gli standard di bellezza, genere, sesso o comportamento.
EMERGENT
Emulando la natura ed abbracciando il codice e la matematica, i designer creano regole e processi che determinano il di un progetto, lavorando con flussi di dati e interazioni tra utenti in modo da creare forme sensibili.
ELEMENTAL
Attirando energia e carattere dai materiali di base, i designer creano geometrie serene e forme ordinate che invitano gli utenti ad una interazione intuitiva.
TRANFORMATIVE
Sotto la mano dei designer, materiali di uso comune, vocaboli o forme assumono nuove e sorprendenti identità.

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Iris Van Herpen’s gown. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Olivier Van Herpt’s 3d Vases + Neri Oxman’s Wanderers series. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Delfina Delettrez’s jewellery. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Ana Rajcevic’s, Animal wearable sculptures. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Michael Anastassiades’ Mobile Chandelier. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Giambattista Valli’s Haute Couture FW14-15. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Haas Brothers’ Afreaks series. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of Smell, The Beauty of Decay: SmellScape Central Park, Autumn 2015, 2015–16. Designed by Sissel Tolaas. Sponsored by IFF (International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc.). Microencapsulation. Commissioned by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of Smell, The Beauty of Decay: SmellScape Central Park, Autumn 2015, 2015–16. Designed by Sissel Tolaas. Sponsored by IFF (International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc.). Microencapsulation. Commissioned by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Tuomas Markunpoika’s Engineering Temporality cabinet. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Beauty // Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

February 12 – August 21, 2016
Smithsonian Design Museum
2 EAST 91ST STREET
NEW YORK NY 10128
T: (+1) 212 849 8400
chtours2@si.edu

Sun // Fri 10 am – 6 pm
Sat 10 am – 9 pm

For further infos please refer to the gallery website.


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