Last week I sat down over an Anchor Steam with Jurgen Mayer H. of the Berlin-based architecture firm J. Mayer H. at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's cafe. In the first part of my interview, posted yesterday, Mayer and I talked about the new show up at SFMoMA featuring the first ten years of his firm's work, "Patterns of Speculation," running through July 7. In the second part of our talk we moved outward from the exhibit, which is well worth your time, to bigger questions of inspiration and a chance to take stock of what we can expect from J. Mayer H. in the next couple years. Here's part two of our conversation:
Here's a quick follow-up to my recent slideshow last week on the bow ties of modern architects. Little did I realize, until I saw this video, that Ray Eames designed her husband Charles' bow ties herself. A seamstress in New York made them for Charles and in this video from Eames Collector we get a rare glimpse of her design, as well as "the many moods of the Eames bow tie." I love it!
Last week I took a walk through the new exhibit “Patterns of Speculation” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with Jürgen Mayer H., principle and founder of the Berlin-based architecture firm J. Mayer H. An open room filled with 10 screens mounted within organic blocks springing out of the floor, and three large projections showing the firms’ work, “Patterns of Speculation” runs through July 7 and is Mayer’s first solo show, but not his first work to appear at SFMoMA. As we talked, Mayer explained his fascination with data protection codes, where he sees his work moving and what the support of SFMoMA has meant to him.
Quebec City architect Pierre Thibault has designed three Habitats Légers, or Light Habitats—small structures installed in the landscape and meant as creative retreats. The first was built for noted choreographer, and Thibault’s close friend, Jean-Pierre Perreault, and was based on a set design Thibault made for one of Perreault’s dance performances.
Lakes of ink have been spilled over a peculiarly American wanderlust, whether it’s our ancestors’ push westward or our current penchant for cross-country moves at the drop of a promotion, mobility is the norm, even the expectation.