Brilliant, nice, colorful and full of emoji. These are the graphics of Saigon Emoji, the stage name of Maxk Nguyễn, a Vietnamese designer, who on his Instagram profile combines his hometown with the yellow faces we use every day on social networks.
Nowadays, emojis can be considered universal characters of a language comprehensible to everyone, so Maxk has decided to make them leave the screen of the phone and place them almost everywhere, in the streets of his city and among people. In the end, an emoji is always perfect.
But the graphics of Saigon Emoji are not only beautiful, because having as subject the emoji are not exempt from making a criticism of the world of social networks and, in general, of today’s society.
It will take you a while to understand if the works of Hussam Eissa represent something real or not. After all, this is precisely the objective of the Egyptian artist, who starting from photographs taken by himself and modified, gives life to a world similar to the real one and at the same time very far away, as if it were a memory of it.
As it happens to many designers, Hussam’s passion starts with photography, and then moves on to photomanipulation, until you get to a real graphic work.
But it is precisely the fact that Hussam starts from shots of real landscapes, beaches, roads, mountains, flat stretches, to leave his work suspended in the balance between reality and fiction.
His graphic works are characterized by a palette of dark, gloomy and melancholic colors, on the one hand mysterious and on the other they manage to get into it, making us feel at the same time a sense of loneliness and abandonment and reunion with the world.
These are modern works of art that wink at the most classic Surrealism that distorts reality in all its aspects, in the landscape and in the characters who inhabit it.
On April 2018 icon Rossana Orlandi organized “Senso di colpa” on the occasion of Fuorisalone, it was a multidisciplinary project dedicated to recycled and sustainable design. After this experience, she launched Ro Plastic Prize, a design competition which aims to find plastic-free design solutions.
On this year -in conjunction with the XXII International Exhibition Broken Nature at Triennale di Milano curated by Paola Antonelli and dedicated to the restoration of the relationship between man and nature – Rossana Orlandi made an exhibition of the winning designers on the occasion of the Milan Design Week 2019. The winners are Alexander Schul (Germany), who made a chair in recycled plastic; Reform Studio (Egypt) with a textile capsule made by plastic bags; Precious Plastic (Netherlands) that created a video campaign for plastic recycling awareness.
Four winners in four categories: Design process, Home Textiles, Packaging Solutions and Conscious Innovation Projects. The reflection on the plastic of the legendary Orlandi has also become an exhibition at the Milan Science Museum with 29 pieces in recycled plastic made by famous designers (Patricia Urquiola, Formafantasma, Massimiliano Locatelli, Fabio Novembre, Jacopo Foggini and many others). This magic woman has a constant dedication and through her projects, she invites the public to reflect on this very important topic hoping that the visitor will come home with a different mentality. We will see what will happen for the 2020 edition.
The rooftop swimming pool of Casa B, a concrete house in Malta, is visible both from the street and from within the living space below. This is the new work by Architrend Architecture, which has managed to maximise the value of a traditional terrace in the coastal city of San Giuliano.
Although it has a structure similar to that of the surrounding houses, the residence developed on four floors follows is completely different from the rest of the houses through its minimal aesthetics.
The top floor is characterized by an exposed swimming pool, positioned on the roof and covered by a high concrete frame, also the glass plate makes it visible from the street. The team of architects explained that:
“The pool creates a fresh atmosphere inside the house and gives the building a special identity from the outside”.
In addition to the swimming pool, Casa B also has a dedicated garage, a home cinema and an outdoor concrete staircase leading to the entrance.
And would you like to go for a swim in the pool at Casa B?
After the success of the past editions, Milano Arch Week returns this year from May 21 to 26, 2019. Not only Design Week in the city but also a really amazing program to promote architecture and to speak about today’s urban challenges and the future of cities.
Under the artistic direction of Stefano Boeri, the Milano Arch Week consists in a program of lectures by architects, designers, international scientists, emerging architects, urban planners, landscapers, public personalities, and opinion leaders as Rem Koolhaas, Shigeru Ban, Paola Antonelli, Andrea Branzi, Fala Atelier, Kosmos and many many more. Not only lectures but it will be expanded with meetings, book presentations, performances, musical evenings, walks, bike rides urban tours on a Vespa to discover the city from new points of view.
This year title is ‘Anthropocene and Architecture’ in connection with the themes of the XXII Triennale di Milano Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, curated by Paola Antonelli. So is all about sustainability, technological development, migration flows, and social transformations in the city framework: Milano Arch Week will investigate cities as systems of flows and networks, artifice and nature, as places continually shaped by a “contemporary plurality of subjects, individuals, and trajectories”, and as centers of material and immaterial production.
During the Milano Arch Week – on May 24 and 25 – the Order of Architects of Milan organized Open! Studi Aperti, Dozens of architecture firms open their doors to the public for advice and information, with exhibitions, cocktails, screenings, and events, showing how the architect’s toolbox works. Can’t wait to see this 2019 edition