Vitra caleidoscope

Vitra caleidoscope

Friday, 27 November 2015

The ARCHITECT'S WORKSHOP exhibition, HUBLOT PRICE 2015 winners and a bit of HUMANITY....


Picture above: The Architect's workshop, at Benaki Museum (Peiraios street annexe), Ath, GR, until 10/01/2016. Find out details and weekly schedule for visitors on:

..."Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It's the glory of the sea that has turned my head.”...   (by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island )     

This is the type of exhibition that makes the odd visitor shout possibly those words of excitement, inspired by R.L Stevenson famous novel...Indeed, this is a true treasure, not made of gold , but of knowledge, craft, experience and wisdom. The multidisciplinary profession and vocation of the architect, is therefore unveiled, by stepping in his very temple, the "atelier"- the lab- the workshop and its equipment. All drawing instruments are juxtaposed in a very intelligent way, together with stunning photography of the architectural process-  models, furniture and text. The Neohellenic  Architecture Archives of the Benaki Museum- truly the national Museum of Decorative Arts in Greece- celebrate 20 years of existence, with the opening of some of their precious contents. The specific exhibition material that in England, Japan, or Germany would fill easily 3 floors, to say the least - redirects the flashlight on contemporary exhibition design export, with no more than decent means. Unmissable- a passionate world of creation, decoration, design, engineering, administration, management...The architect's world, life and work.

Bellow: Architectural drawing instruments, such as compasses, rapidographs, pencils, letrasets, stencils, templates, levelling rods, rulers, French curves, pastels, water colours, pens, triangles, protractors, colorimetric tables, chalks, tracers, pantographs and many more -are appearing in the exhibition's very vast and comprehensive list....


The first edition of the Hublot Prize, awarded by the famous Swiss luxury watch brand, saw two joint winners: BIG GAME swiss studio, for their team spirit and Norway's DANIEL RYBAKKEN for his illumination design- both designers whose careers began with SaloneSatellite. The awards ceremony was held at Tokyo Design Week in October. For images and information on the Hublot company, design competition and trophy and the impressive works of the illustrious winners, please check the links bellow:


Three young refugees were discussing together, standing in the packed train wagon, the line from Piraeus to Athens center. They were checking each other for information, seemed they may were friends travelling to the airport, living Greece to a promised land...They stepped out the train, hopping over the huge gap, their formed a queue by holding tight each others back shoulder -the first one was leading the way with a white cane, following the poorly made tactile paving, in a quick pace....They were blind. I did not take a photo, being entirely astound, as my fellow travelers seemed like solidarity and companionship got invented that exact mini-second.  A gaze to a new and humane era.


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