Head to Houston for design this weekend

Houston, Texas will be the hub of design activity this weekend as two exhibitions open in the city on Saturday.

Houston, Texas will be the hub of design activity this weekend as two exhibitions open in the city on Saturday.

The Imperative Design exhibition, showcasing furniture and industrial design, launches at the Barbara Davis Gallery, while the Design Life Now show, the US National Design Triennial, will open at Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum.

The National Design Triennial is organised by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York City.

Imperative Design will feature new furniture and product work by its curator, renowned designer Lauren Rottet, as well as Ross Lovegrove, Greg Lynne, Arik Levy and Zaha Hadid.

As part of the show, Rottet has selected a group of established designers chosen for their use of novel materials and forms in creating new furniture and interiors concepts.

New to the US audience will be the Crest Chaise by Hadid, while Mark Holmes, design director of Established & Sons, will show a new gold-plated steel lamp and a desk in ash and black nickel.

Additionally, there will be a new chair series and ‘blobwall’ design by Lynn and Lovegrove’s Liquid Aluminium bench with the Gingko table.

The Design Life Now show will cover experimental projects, emerging ideas, major buildings, new products and media that were at the centre of contemporary culture from 2003 to 2006. The triennial aims to present the most innovative American designs from the prior three years in a variety of fields including product design, architecture, furniture, film, graphics, new technologies, animation, science, medicine and fashion.

This year it will focus on four principal ideas that characterised elements of the design world during the past three years – emulating life; community; and hand-crafted and do-it-yourself design and transformation.

On show will be the work of 87 designers and design-led companies, ranging from Apple, architect Santiago Calatrava and Nike to designers such as Joshua Davis, Jason Miller and David Wiseman.

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