Elsewhere #1: Design snippets from around the world
From spring offerings at MoMA to handcrafted furniture and product designs at RAW Collaborative that concluded last year to an "out-of-the-cardboard-box" dining concept in Mumbai, we have a lot of interesting stories in our very first edition of Elsewhere.
1. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is hosting 'The Value of Good Design' until 15 June 2019. This exhibition – featuring objects from domestic furnishings and appliances to ceramics, glass, electronics, transport design, sporting goods, toys, and graphics – explores the democratising potential of design, beginning with MoMA's Good Design initiatives from the late 1930s through the 1950s, which focused on well-designed, affordable contemporary products. It is organised by Juliet Kinchin, Curator, and Andrew Gardner, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.
Installation view, The Value of Good Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (February 10–June 15, 2019). Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: John Wronn
2. India's first 'Cardboard' café is here. Created by NUDES' founder and principal architect, Nuru Karim, Cardboard is an ode to immersive, sustainable, and forward-thinking design. Not only are the interiors constructed almost entirely out of cardboard, a low-impact material that is 100% recyclable and biodegradable, the material makeup is also 50% air, making its elements lightweight, insulating and excellent at sound absorption. Fabricated by Haresh Mehta from Jayna Packaging, 'Cardboard' café stands in stark contrast to Bandra Kurla Complex's otherwise glass and concrete facade. Find out more in this designboom article.
India's first 'Cardboard' café. Photographs by Mrigank Sharma
3. Le Corbusier's landmark Mill Owners' Association Building housed the second edition of RAW Collaborative from 30 November to 2 December 2018. The initiative had 60 contemporary designers, including our very own Forma team, who showcased works that are "bound by the philosophy of creating exclusive handcrafted furniture and home decor products that are inherently Indian in their expression, process and outcome."
Forma's display at Raw Collaborative
4. "In our world - the furniture is the star!" - Film and Furniture is a one-of-a-kind platform dedicated to curating iconic furniture design and pieces from films and television shows, ranging from the classics to the contemporary. Go down into a rabbit hole of stories that reveal some truly insightful facts and findings about filming locations, production designs, and film and TV sets. If you ever wanted to own those iconic pieces that caught your eye while watching your favorite movie or TV show, lucky for you, the platform also doubles up as a store.