This March, Wolf-Gordon will launch a collection of upholstery and wallcoverings featuring the designs of Danish textile designer Grethe SÃ¸rensen. The offerings highlight the artistâ€™s ground-breaking technique of translating pixels to threads, most recently displayed in her exhibition Rush Hour/Shanghai 5 at Fuori Salone in Milan. SÃ¸rensenâ€™s work often features variations of light and color found in night settings and urban landscapes, which she manipulates in Photoshop before translating on to fabric. Cooper-Hewitt plans to acquire her work once its new building opens in late 2014.
Factory Floor, a new pop-up marketplace in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, will open this weekend with the â€œMakerâ€™s Marketâ€ Furniture Showcase. Presented by Industry City at Bush Terminal, in collaboration with BKLYN DESIGNS and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, more than 40 local and independent designers and manufacturers will present lighting, furniture, wall coverings, and home accessories in a 22,000-square-foot space. Design students from the Pratt Institute will also be showing their wares.
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Wolf-Gordonâ€™s â€œForce of Natureâ€ spirals through Chicagoâ€™s Merchandise Mart during NeoCon 2013.
Based on the success of Wolf-Gordonâ€™s inaugural NeoCon installation in 2012, chief creative officer Marybeth Shaw commissioned yet another show-stopping design piece for 2013. With the working title â€œForces of Nature,â€ she turned once again to New York Cityâ€“based design studio karlssonwilker and Brooklyn-based design-build collaborative The Guild to create a sculpture that would showcase the breadth of the companyâ€™s textiles and wall coverings. â€œThe title ended up being quite appropriate to the final form, as the sculpture is a geometric construct with all of the resulting physical forces that might spin it out of the Martâ€™s â€˜town square,â€™â€ Shaw recently told AN.
Karlssonwilker initially conceived of a kinetic sculpture, but Shaw wanted a large installationâ€”nearly 30 feet long and 14 feet wide. At that size, there was no room for movement within the given space, a double-height ceiling over an escalator that would carry 42,000 show attendees. â€œWe wanted it to rotate like a rotisserie chicken, but we went for a larger form,â€ said Graham Kelman, creative manager for The Guild. Ultimately, the team decided on a static sculpture resembling a twisted spine that gives a sense of movement through color and form. â€œI lost sleep over whether it would fit because if there was flex in the spine, it wouldnâ€™t work.â€