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A Panorama of Design – The New York Times

This article is part of our Design Special section about new interpretations of ancient design styles.

Nearly 40 designers are represented in “Cycles of Life: Materials of Contemporary Design,” which opens at the Museum of Modern Art on Saturday, working with materials that can repair themselves, or be transformed from waste into refined objects. May represent, or represent, a marriage. Advanced technology and traditional crafts. Their goal is to bridge the gap between the ideals of design and the realities of mass manufacturing with its many human and environmental hazards.

For example, Italian design studio Formafantasma scavenged mobile-phone scrap and recycled metal to create their Ore Streams Low Chair (2017), a commentary on the world’s vast amounts of electronic waste. (The angular bottom of the chair gives the impression of a flip phone.)

“There’s no need to sacrifice joy, pleasure and elegance in order to be responsible to the future of the world,” said Paola Antonelli, MoMA’s senior curator of architecture and design, who organized the show of 80 objects, most of them were taken from the museum’s collection. , with Maya Elrkman, a curatorial assistant.

For a commissioned piece from the exhibition, Ghana-based designer and architectural scientist Mai-Ling Loko created a wall panel made from mushroom fibers and coconut shells. Ms. Antonelli said she admires Ms. Locco’s work for its forensic and poetic approach to the creation of renewable, bio-based materials.

“Today,” said Ms. Antonelli, “we want to know what kind of impact a material will have on a building, a project, the world.” Where are the materials coming from and where will they end up? He asked. “Objects are only one moment in their lifecycle.” By July 7, 2024. moma.org, , laura ruskin

Tom Lee Park in Memphis — a 30-acre, mile-long slice of green along the Mississippi River — is reopening to the public after a major revamp.

Developed by the Memphis River Parks Partnership with a masterplan by Studio Gang and architecture and landscape by SCAPE, the reinvestment transforms a barren swath of strewn grass into an environment enlivened by native plants and trees.

A centerpiece is the Sunset Canopy, a 16,000-square-foot pavilion composed of tripod-like steel columns supporting laminated wood beams that top 79 pyramidal roof elements that bring daylight into the interior. The structure, which draws inspiration from the riverfront’s industrial history, includes multiple basketball courts and will serve as a flexible space for community activities and concerts. It was dedicated to Tyr Nichols, a 29-year-old black man who was fatally beaten by Memphis police officers at a traffic stop in January.

Memphis-born artist James Little, known for his precise works of geometric abstraction, translated a painting he created in 2017 called “Democratic Experiment” to the surface beneath and around the canopy. The new artwork is a vibrant creation of diagonal stripes in shades of blue, green, burnt umber, mustard yellow and chartreuse.

Mr. Little said, “At first, I had trouble with the idea that people would come out and play basketballs over my image, but I got over it.” The 71-year-old artist lives in New York and got a career boost last year when she was represented at the Whitney Biennial, an opportunity she hadn’t had in more than four decades.

The 20,000-square-foot pavilion artwork helped him face his fear of working on a very large scale, he said. And he is now embracing the interactive and democratic nature of the project, which brings art to citizens who don’t typically visit museums. He added, “This piece is something no one should feel uninvited about – it’s literally for the people.” tomleepark.org. , Beth Broom

The countryside Casa La Siesta, Lee Thornley’s boutique hotel in Cadiz, Spain, was the inspiration behind her handmade tile brand Burt & May. Its walls and floors are adorned with antique tiles that Mr. Thornley picked up on his way to the dump, this picturesque property acclaimed for its Moorish-informed style.

“Guests always complimented the tiles and asked where they could get them for their homes,” he said. “That inspired me to start looking for more and putting them up for sale.”

Established in 2013, his London-based business makes its own tiles, and it also acquires antiques. It’s now expanding into New York City, with an outpost at Incolor, a paint store and color showroom run by Martin Kesselman, an interior designer, at 100 Lafayette Street near Tribeca.

Opening Tuesday, this branch of Burt & May will feature its full palette of 40 shades. Handmade tiles are “as relevant today as they were 100 years ago and will be as relevant 100 years from now,” said Mr. Thornley.

Highlights of the collection include Amancer cement tiles, a Mediterranean throwback crafted with a soft pink and yellow base. There is also a gold tile with geometric triangular patterns that Mr. Thornley made for Anthropologie and a series of stripes in a fruit bowl of colors.

Burt & May counts Prince Harry, actress Sienna Miller and private club Soho House – all continental expats from the United States and the United Kingdom – as clients. It was logical to build the house in New York, Mr Thornley said: “It feels right and safe too.” www.bertandmay.com, , Shivani Vora

Alan Ward, a landscape architect, has taken thousands of photographs of the scenes that were shaped by his colleagues past and present during four decades of travel. A longtime principal at the Boston-based firm Sasaki, he also designed Neolithic stone circles in Britain, the rectangular avenues of French royalty, the now-lost rows of oak trees planted at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport in the 1960s, and the movable metal chairs Recent rearrangements have been documented. Ping-pong tables in Manhattan’s Bryant Park.

Mr. Ward, 73, offering his image collection Cultural Landscape FoundationOfficially known as the Allen Ward Portfolio of Designed Landscapes, a non-profit education and advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, they are included in the foundation’s public online database, along with thousands of other historic and contemporary views from the area. will be included. Foundation president and chief executive, Charles A. Birnbaum said the portfolio recorded “the realization of the designers’ intention” as the landscape matured, as well as “ephemeral works of art” at particular moments in time.

Mr. Ward spent two years organizing his inventory of prints, negatives, transparencies and digital files for donation. He photographs primarily in black and white, which brings a “level of abstraction,” he said. He researches sites intensively before his visits, but upon arrival, he said, “I try to let them all go,” to let the distinctive character of the places sink in. He has returned at certain vantage points from year to year and at different times of the day. At dawn, the Place des Vosges in Paris may be a quiet deserted structure of stone-building arcades, L-shaped tree groves and lawns, but by midday, Mr. Ward said, locals and visitors are “taking over every piece of grass.” Let’s take over. www.tclf.org, , Eve M. Kahn


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