Dezeen has teamed up with Milan's Salone del Mobile to live stream a panel discussion each day during Supersalone for its Open Talks series, from 6-10 September.
Taking place each afternoon at 2:00pm London time, the talks will cover topics including women in design institutions, radical design and design education and feature designers, curators and critics including Beatriz Colomina, Lilli Hollein, Aric Chen and Stefano Boeri.
The discussions are part of Open Talks, a series of daily talks at Supersalone curated by Maria Cristina Didero.
This year's edition of Salone del Mobile, titled Supersalone, is curated by architect Boeri as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the cancellation of the 2020 edition.
Taking place in Milan in September rather than in its usual April slot, the special edition of the fair will feature products displayed on a series of parallel walls instead of in branded booths.
"I believe that this will be a way to take a risk in the right direction and demonstrate that the Salone is alive, that Milan is alive and that generally, our field is still dynamic and open to new conditions," Boeri told Dezeen in an interview earlier this year.
The fair will be open to the public all week and visitors will be able to buy discounted products by scanning QR codes located next to products.
The schedule for the talks that will be streamed on Dezeen is below. For details of the full Open Talks programme, click here.
Who can say no to education?
2:00pm London time, 6 September
In this talk, architectural historian Colomina, curator Chen and professor of Design and Social Inquiry at Parsons School of Design in New York Anthony Dunne, will discuss The Lost Graduation Show. This exhibition at Supersalone will showcase 170 design projects by students from 48 design schools worldwide, who graduated between 2020 and 2021, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Moderated by the show's curator Anniina Koivu, the panel will discuss the pressing topics and issues explored by the students in the show that are facing a new generation of designers.
Women within institutions
2:00pm London time, 7 September
Moderated by creative director and design consultant Tony Chambers, this talk will explore the experiences of women within design and art institutions. On the panel is the director of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg Tulga Beyerle, director of the MAK museum in Vienna Hollein and curator of contemporary design at the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York Alexandra Cunningham Cameron.
Foundations between design and charity
2:00pm London time, 8 September
Featuring a panel including Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch, chair of the Swarowski Foundation and Waterschool Nadja Swarovski, House of Today Foundation foundation director Cherine Magrabi Tayeb and design historian Libby Sellers, this talk will explore how the creative industries can help to find solutions to the world's biggest problems.
2:00pm London time, 9 September
In this talk, designer Philippe Malouin and Italian design studio Formafantasma will speak to curator and movie director Francesca Molteni about what it means to be radical in today's design industry.
Architecture is not art
2:00pm London time, Friday 10 September
To round off the week, chief curator of High Line Art in New York Cecilia Alemani, will speak to artist Carsten Höller and architect Boeri about the relationship between architecture and art. The panel will discuss the ways in which the two disciplines relate to each other.
Salone del Mobile and parallel fuorisalone events will take place from 5 to 10 September 2021 in Milan. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.
Dezeen has teamed up with London's Royal Academy of Arts to broadcast this year's annual architecture lecture by Atelier Bow-Wow founders Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima.
In the lecture, which is titled Architectural Behaviorology, the Japanese architects discussed the architectural impact of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964 and 2021 and how it has affected their own practice.
The duo also explained their approach to architecture – how they try to create a continuous loop between research, teaching and their own design work – before discussing how they have increasingly shifted their attention to rural areas of Japan.
Projects featured in the talk include Atelier Bow-Wow's work over a number of years in Momonoura, a small fishing village that was devastated by the Tsunami in 2011.
Kaijima explained how they worked with the villagers to create new accommodation made from local materials to attract new residents and visitors to the area.
Tsukamoto presented projects including the studio's Tanada Terrace Office pavilion, a concept for a rural office that Atelier Bow-Wow built with Muji in an area of Japanese farmland dominated by terraced rice fields.
The concept intended to suggest a new typology of building that could provide a space for city workers to visit the countryside in order to encourage better integration and interaction between urban and rural communities.
Tsukamoto and Kaijima founded Atelier Bow-Wow in 1992 and have devoted their practice to investigating the material, social and economic conditions of architecture.
In 2019, the duo told Dezeen how the Tokyo 2020 Olympics had reduced the opportunities for smaller practices in the city.
Tsukamoto and Kaijima's lecture, which they gave in July remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, is the 30th annual architecture lecture organised by the Royal Academy of Arts. Dezeen has collaborated with the RA to make the talk available for people to watch for free for the first time.
Previous annual architecture lectures have been given by architects including Jean-Philippe Vassal, Grafton Architects, Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi and Amateur Architecture Studio. The five most recent talks are available to watch on Dezeen here.
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Children can play, hide and climb inside a series of sculptural spheres in a playground in Vårbergstoppen, Stockholm designed by Swedish architecture studio AndrénFogelström.
AndrénFogelström has decorated Vårbergstoppen, a park on a hill on the outskirts of Stockholm, with several colourful spheres.
The studio worked with landscape architecture practice Land Arkitektur to update the park, in a bid to counteract some of the urbanisation occurring in the park's suburban location.
"We wanted to make something exciting and unusual to inspire kids as well as adults to explore," studio founders Moa Andrén and Tove Fogelström told Dezeen.
"The idea came from a client who was inspired by the steep hill and the thought was that great balls would roll down the slope, almost as if a giant was throwing them," they continued.
A large orange sphere constructed out of perforated metal sheets sits at the top of the hill.
AndrénFogelström cut the metal into individual hexagons, before welding them together into the spherical structure.
The architects spent a long time working out how to make the structure look as though it were about to roll down the hill.
"It was an immense task during construction to make them fit together, and the structural engineer had a great deal of work just managing how to mark the pieces during the construction," AndrénFogelström said.
"It is a self-bearing construction where the parts support each other in the spheric form. It appears to be rolling down but is safely anchored to the ground," the architects explained.
Children and adults can enter the sphere through a circular opening to rest on its stepped wooden benches. At night, the sphere is lit by several small floor lights. Cables to the lights are threaded through the legs.
In the winter, the architects imagine that people will use the sphere as a starting point for sledging down the hill.
Three smaller spheres, which are positioned inside the playground at the foot of the hill, were made for younger children to play on and climb.
One sphere has a slide, another one has a little bench. All have small holes for peeking out of while playing.
Each of the spheres, which the studio thinks of as "little worlds," is made from wood which has been treated with linseed oil to increase its durability.
The frames, which stand on a block of concrete underneath the ground, are all made of steel.
Vårbergstoppen's unique geographical history also informed the architect's design choices. Swedish city landscape architect Holger Blom created Vårbergstoppen as an artificial hill in the 1960s.
The architects drew on the circular shapes Blom used, in an effort to honour his creation.
"The landscape was clearly designed, as the landscape architect who made the park in the 60s worked with forming the masses in geometric forms; the most significant one is a circular crater with a diameter of 100 meters," the studio said.
Other playgrounds that make use of playful, sculptural structures include The Folds by Atelier Scale in China which encourages children to explore in a more tactile way than usual.
Architecture office Studio Dlux created a multicoloured playground for children at a school in Curitiba that features curved mounds with tunnels for schoolchildren to climb through.
Photography is by Clément Morin unless stated otherwise.
Palisociety and North 45 Projects have preserved original details at this early 20th-century hotel in Portland, Oregon, which reopened this year as the Hotel Grand Stark.
Originally built in 1908, the building sits across the Willamette River from the city's Downtown area and was formerly known as the Chamberlain Hotel.
Hotel Grand Stark takes its name from the intersection of SE Grand Avenue and SE Stark Street, where an ornate sign advertised the furniture workshop that had occupied the building for the past several decades.
Los Angeles-based hospitality group Palisociety recently took over the property, converting it back to its original use as a 57-room hotel. The guest bedrooms occupy the top three storeys, while the ground floor contains the hotel's public amenities, designed in partnership with local studio North 45 Projects.
A new sign marks the entrance to the hotel, leading guests and local residents to the lobby-cum-art gallery that occupies part of the ground level.
"Hotel Grand Stark is envisioned as a communal, inclusive public space featuring a gallery-inspired central lobby that connects the public spaces upon entry with a neutral backdrop punctuated by a carefully collected art installation featuring local artists and makers, custom furnishings and vintage pieces," said Palisociety.
The hotel's dark green reception desk is set against a wall of orange Breccia Pernice marble. These elements and the lobby's contemporary furniture selections contrast and complement the building's original features, such as wood floors that were preserved throughout.
Off to one side of the lobby is a deli-style eatery with casual seating, while a bar at the back of the space is described as a "re-envisioning of the classic hotel watering hole".
Another communal area allows patrons to host private gatherings or work remotely, using long tables provided for collaboration or focused work.
"Behind the front desk, guests will find the Study Hall, a bright, separate space designed to be a community work and meeting space that can also be used as a private dining room for intimate special events," Palisociety explained.
Upstairs, the rooms were designed to with homey finishes that are meant to remind guests of a residential setting.
"A playful mix of millwork, textiles and patterns are layered throughout, combining florals, tartans and wovens to create dimension and personality in the space," said Palisociety. "Vintage rugs and custom lighting add a residential-inspired element of comfort and style."
The green of the reception desk also appears on custom millwork found in the guest bedrooms, as well as the staircase, deli, and tiles found in the study lounge.
Palisociety was founded by Avi Brosh in 1998 and focuses on a "locally inspired and neighborhood-centric approach to independent hospitality".
Among Portland's other accommodation options are a branch of The Hoxton hotel chain, the Woodlark Hotel occupying two landmarked buildings, and The Society Hotel in a former sailors' lodge.
The photography is courtesy of Palisociety.