Steeped in design
The 60th anniversary of Contemporary Applied Arts in London is to be celebrated with a tea party. Tea’s Up is a selling exhibition featuring new work from 12 British tableware designers. Curated by silversmith and designer David Clarke, the show, which will be displayed on an ultra-long central table, includes cups by Lin Cheung, contemporary rococo-inspired porcelain coffee pots, cut-crystal milk bottles and Alice in Wonderland-sized silver spoons from designers including Hans Stofer, William Phipps, Robert Dawson, Colin Saunders, Kate McBride, Cathy Miles, Sam Sweet, Paul Scott, Suzanne Wall and Jerwood Prize winner Simone Ten Hompel.
‘Tea’s Up’, September 5-October 17, Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
tel: +44 (0)20-7436 2344, www.caa.org.uk
Skin and bone
California-based Swiss craftsman Sylvan Fiss has launched a new collection of made-to-order furniture with inlaid parchment, snake, lizard, shagreen and horn, hand made in his San Francisco atelier. Key pieces include upholstered mahogany dining chairs with bone and horn inlays, laminated lizard occasional tables and a chest of drawers with a floral scallop design in horn. Fiss, whose love of exotic materials emerged from his collection of antiques, uses only by-product bone, parchment and horn, while the wood is sourced from non-endangered plantations. Prices start at about $2,100.
Sylvan SF, tel: +1 323-646 4974 www.sylvansf.com
Design Cities, a new exhibition at London’s Design Museum, examines how seven cities contributed to culture and design during seven different eras. Visitors will see textiles, furniture, fashion and industrial pieces from the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London; Adolf Loos’ Vienna at the turn of the past century; the pre-war modernist movement in Germany; Le Corbusier’s Paris of the mid-1930s; the 1940s of Charles and Ray Eames in Los Angeles; Milan in the 1950s; Tokyo in the 1970s and present-day London, which boasts designers such as Ross Lovegrove, Ron Arad and Jasper Morrison. See next weekend’s House & Home for Edwin Heathcote’s take on the show.
‘Design Cities’, September 5-January 4, tel: +44 (0)870-833 9955 www.designmuseum.org
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school, shut down by the Nazis in 1933, three institutions, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and Klassik Stiftung Weimar, are hosting their first joint exhibition, Modell Bauhaus, at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The show will focus on not only the work of masters such as Walter Gropius, Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky and László Moholy-Nag but also by lesser-known students. A selection of furniture, industrial design, graphics, film, weaving, book design and sculpture will be on display.
‘Modell Bauhaus’, until October 4, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. tel: +49 (0)30-254 860 www.modell-bauhaus.de
Can a simple chair symbolise honesty, home values and relaxation? Daniel Mack, author of The Adirondack Chair, thinks so. Nicholas Spencer reviews the book at www.ft.com/house&home