Last month, Prada introduced their latest Fall/Winter line not on a catwalk, but in an “Infinite Palace” of disorienting spaces designed by AMO. Continuing the partnership with OMA/AMO that has seen the creation of catwalks, 2009′s Prada Transformer and even the soon-to-be-completed Foundazione Prada in Milan, the structure “simulates endless repetitions and symmetries,” creating a unique fashion experience that ”multiplies and fragments the show into a series of intimate moments.”
In this video created and first published by Wallpaper* Magazine, the construction of this mysterious space is revealed, from the construction of the MDF framework and hidden lighting rigs, to the installation of the faux-marble furniture – all condensed to just over half a minute.
The annual Wallpaper* Architects Directory, now in its twelfth year, provides the ultimate little black book to the world’s most promising young practices. For this year’s Directory, Wallpaper* selected twenty studios from around the world. Each was given an open brief to design the ultimate rural retreat. These twenty houses were designed to be flexible and functional, but also formally and technically innovative, sitting on an isolated countryside site. The only sanction was the need for the homes to touch the ground lightly, with minimum disruption to the landscape.
This exhibition, in The Architecture Foundation’s Project Space, unites the featured architects, showcasing all twenty bespoke homes in a single show; a swirling, imaginary topography, designed by emerging UK-based practice Naja de Ostos, who conceived the installation as a blossoming abstracted landscape. Selected highlights of the Wallpaper* Architects Directory and the full list of twenty practices will be revealed in the magazine’s July 2011 issue, and featured in full on wallpaper.com from the exhibition’s opening day.
As part of the exhibition programme, Wallpaper* and The Architecture Foundation have invited a selection of the practices from the 2011 Directory to take part in a series of talks, using the theme of built/unbuilt to explore the relationship between real world commissions and the ideas and approaches that arose out of the open brief for the Directory commission.
The exhibition will run from June 9 to July 14. The talk dates are June 14 and July 5. For more information, including ticket, please click here.
TDO was commissioned by Wallpaper* Magazine to re-approach the design of a doll’s house. They were asked to consider Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye as an inspirational starting point, and from there developed a concept that successfully responded with a functional doll’s house with a contemporary design.
As every year, Wallpaper* Magazine have chosen their list of 30 emerging architects throughout the world, and 13 of them gathered for above’s picture at the Centre Pompidou Metz. The complete list is as follows:
sporaarchitects / Marchal Fürstenburger / Carson & Crushell / Rocha Tombal / Walker Architects / Ramdam / NArchitekTURA / Edgley Design / Suárez Santas / Scenario Architecture / Frei + Saarinen / Hein-Troy / OnOffice / 2-B-2 Architecture / Aas/Thaulow / Axelrod Architects / Claudio Vilarinho / Dieter Janssen / Johan Sundberg / Moto Designshop / Najjar & Najjar / Obra Architects / Owen and Vokes / Rory Hyde Projects / Takao Akiyama / Tennent + Brown Architects / X -Arquitectos / Zoka Zola Architects / Jose Ulloa Davet & Delphine Ding / Skourtis-Stavropoulou Architects
For more information click here.