DESIGN BY ARCHITECTS - ARCHITECTURE BY DESIGNERS
This autumn Cityscapes Gallery launches XS ARCHITECTURE, a new platform for architecturally-related items – products that have clear architectural features but steer away from the traditional notion that ‘architects only design buildings’.
XS ARCHITECTURE kicks off with XS ARCHITECTURE MARKET – an event which will represent and sell products, objects and prototypes designed by architects or artists and designers that demonstrate a clear link to the world of architecture. The selection ranges from functional products such as chairs, lamps and textiles to objects that have a more conceptual purpose – to trigger the mind and expose ‘cross-over design’: architects as designers; designers as architects.
EXTRA SMALL & ACCESSIBLE ARCHITECTURE
While architecture is often large, heavy and immobile, XS ARCHITECTURE tries to demonstrate another kind of architecture that is small, light and mobile. Searching for new tasks architects turn to small-scale projects and products that they can develop and make themselves. Although trained to think large, architects express their thoughts remarkably well in small-scale products. In the end we might remember Mies, Corbu and Aalto better for their chairs than for their buildings.
XS ARCHITECTURE shows more than a shift to small-scale products to survive the current collapse of the building industry. The exhibition also demonstrates a relevant quest for new forms and applications to make architecture more accessible, usable and understandable.
To kick-off the new platform, a series of interactive sales exhibitions will take place – the first during the Amsterdam Uitmarkt festival from August 30th to September 1st at Cityscapes GM8 on Museumplein.
The products exhibited and sold at the event have architectural grit – by way of maker or structural influence. XS ARCHITECTURE tries to tap into this unique area of design crossing products. There is no limitation to what the product can be if it shows architectural merit.
EVENT: XS ARCHITECTURE
LOCATION: GM8, Gabriel Metsustraat 8, Amsterdam
DATE: 31 August – 1 September 2013