WHAT ELSE IS THERE?
AN EXHIBITION WITH LHCK AND MATTIAZZI

 

”What Else Is There?” Exhibition

 
 
Kaleidoscope Space, Milan
Salone del Mobile, 2011
 
For the Milan design week of 2011 we have decided together with Mattiazzi to create a more free gallery like an exhibition parallel to the one at the fair. With ”What else is there?” we wanted to very literally talk about what else there is besides purely design-oriented discussions and presentations; suggesting we could also talk about other things… look more generally at culture, at music and it’s related visuals with a focus on each designers personality, favourites and possibly even influences. Here is a small text from the exhibition catalog:
‘Nitzan Cohen, Sam Hecht, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Konstantin Grcic are at the forefront of avant-garde design. Instead of focusing on their principles or philosophy of design, this exhibition looks at the influences behind the creators themselves. Supplementing their current work on view for the Italian furniture manufacturer Mattiazzi, an installation of music videos selected by the designers provides a look into their visual and cultural DNA. Fusing music and aesthetics, these video clips are a manifestation of popular culture. Thus, the respective relationships between product and cultural context provides unusual insights to the creative process of the designers, which are multi-layered and more intuitive than a purely intellectual analysis.
In collaboration with LHCK
 
 

RONAN & ERWAN BOUROULLEC

 

 

Beirut – Elephant Gun
 
Released: 2007
Album: Gulag Orkestar
Length: 04.32
Director: Alma Har’el
 
Yeasayer – Ambling Alp
Released: 2010
Album: Odd Blood
Length: -
Director: Radical Friend
 
Björk – Joga
Released: 1997
Album: Homogenic
Length: 3.22
Director: Michel Gondry
 
Chemical Brothers feat. Noel Gallagher – Let forever be
Released: 1999
Album: Surrender
Length: 3.56
Director: Michel Gondry
 
Björk – All is Full of Love
Released: 1999
Album: Homogenic
Length: 4.09
Director: Chris Cunningham
 
Portishead – Only You
Released: 1998
Album: Portishead
Length: -
Director: Chris Cunningham
 
Cibo Matto – Sugar Water
Released: 1997
Album: Super Relax
Length: 4.31
Director: Michel Gondry
 
Animal Collective – Water Curses
Released: 2008
Album: Water Curses
Length: 3.25
Director: Andrew Kuo
 
OK GO – This Too Shall Pass
Released: 2010
Album: Of the Blue Colour of the Sky
Length: 3.08
Director: James Frost
 
Sigur Ros – Gobbledigook
Released: 2008
Album: Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Length: 3.08
Director: Arni & Kinski
 
Thom Yorke – Harrowdown Hill
Released: 2006
Album: The Eraser
Length: 4.38
Director: Chel White
 
Bat for Lashes – What’s a Girl To Do ?
Released: 2007
Album: Fur and Gold
Length: 2.45
Director: Dougal Wilson
 
 
 

NITZAN COHEN

 

 

The Knife – Pass This On
Released: 2003
Album: Deep Cuts
Length: 3.57
Director: Johan Renck

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and the Cairo Gang – New Wonder

Released: 2010
Album: The Englisch Riviera
Length: 4.28
Director: R. Alverson
 
I Am Kloot – Proof
Released: 1997
Album: Homogenic
Length: 2.43
Director: Krishna Stott
 
Fallulah – Give Us A Little Love
Released: 2010
Album: The Black Cat Neighbourhood
Length: 3.44
Director: Martin De Turah
 
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms
Released: 1997
Album: Surrender
Length: 4.11
Director: Jonathan Glazer
 
El Guincho – Bombay
Released: 2010
Album: Pop Negro
Length: 5.48
Director: Nicolás Méndez
 
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (Acoustic in an Elevator)
Released: 2007
Album: Neon Bible
Length: 2.08
Director: Vincent Morisset
 
Carpark North – Just Human
Released: 2010
Album: Lost
Length: -
Director: Martin De Turah

Hjaltalín – Sweet Impressions
Released: 2010
Album: Sleepdrunk Seasons
Length: 4.33
Director: Arni Thor Jonsson
 
UNCLE – Rabbit In Your Headlights
Released: 1998
Album: Psyence Fiction
Length: 05.00
Director: Jonathan Glazer
 
Homeless Man – Under Pressure
Released: 2010
Length: 3.08
Performance: Sky Soleil
 

 

SAM HECHT

 

 

Massive Attack – Live with me
Released: 2006
Album: Collected
Length: 4.02
Director: Jonathan Glazer
 
The White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button
Released: 2003
Album: Elephant
Length: 3.32
Director: Michel Gondry
 
The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Released: 1998
Album: Urban Hymns
Length: 5.58
Director: Walter A. Stern
 
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
Released: 1983
Album: Construction Time Again
Length: 3.58
Director: Clive Richardson
 
Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
Released: 1991
Album: Blue Lines
Length: 5.12
Director: Baillie Walsh
 
Björk – Human Behaviour
Released: 1993
Album: Debut
Length: 4.12
Director: Michel Gondry
 
Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
Released: 1993
Album: Are You Gonna Go My Way
Length: 3.32
Director: Mark Romanek
 
MC 900 Ft. Jesus
Released: 1994
Album: One Step Ahead of the Spider
Length: 3.46
Director: Spike Jonez
 
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Released: 1980
Album: Joy Division
Length: 3.18
Director: Stuart Orme
 
Beasty Boys – Sabotage
Released: 1994
Album: Communication
Length: 3.00
Director: Spike Jonze
 
Sonic Youth – Little Trouble Girl
Released: 1995
Album: Washing Machine
Length: 3.13
Director: Mark Romanek
 
 
 

KONSTANTIN GRCIC

 

 

Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
Released: 1965
Album: Bringing it all back home
Length: 2.21
Director: Bruno Decharme
 
Arctic Monkeys – Cornerstone
Released: 2009
Album: Humbug
Length: 3.20
Director: Richard Ayoade
 
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Released: 1977
Album: Talking Heads 77
Length: 4.19
Director: Tony Hello
 
The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Released: 1998
Album: Urban Hymns
Length: 5.58
Director: Walter A. Stern
 
Beasty Boys – Holy Snappers
Released: 1982
Album: Pollywog Stew EP
Length: 1.22
 
The Faint – Agenda Suicide
Released: 2002
Album: Danse Macabre
Length: 3.59
Director: animation Studio MK12
 
Battles – Tonto
Released: 2007
Album: Mirrored
Length: 7.37
Director: United Visual Artists
 
The White Stripes – I just don’t know what to do with myself
Released: 2003
Album: Elephant
Length: 2.46
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
David Bowie – Life On Mars
Released: 1973
Album: Hunky Dory
Length: 3.48
Director: Mick Rock
 
Koudlam – See You All
Released: 2008
Album: Goodbye
Length: 4.57
Director: Cyprien Gaillard
 
Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds (Live That’s The Way it is)
Released: 1970
Album: Suspicious Minds
Length: 4.22
Director: Denis Sanders
 
 
 
 

The evening, the chairs, their designers and their music videos

by Nancy Jehmlich | 04 May 2011
 
 
The setting: Milan during the Salone del Mobile, in a narrow, dark alleyway. The gallery building is covered with scaffolding. The Italian manufacturer Mattiazzi invites visitors to behold its new wooden chairs. Each of the designers' chairs has its own space: there are several examples of Nitzan Cohen's chair "He said / She said" in the basement. Konstantin Grcic and his design – yet to be presented and announced for 2012 – are located at the entrance. The other two designs, by the Bouroullec brothers and by Sam Hecht, are on the upper floor, each in one half of the room. Each of the four designs is accompanied by a screen showing music videos.
 
In the run up to the fair, each designer chose ten music videos – or had their assistants pick them out – which are shown on repeat throughout the evening. At times the music plays loudly and at times more quietly. As the videos run we look out for old favourites or new discoveries. Moreover, the videos provide almost infinite talking points: Have you seen that video? I don't like that song at all. Did you know that Spike Jonze was married to Sofia Coppola? Our attention wanders away from the chair we are sitting on and is drawn to the screen and the social gathering in which we find ourselves. We become curious, trying out all kinds of combinations: What is it like sitting on a Sam Hecht and what music is playing? And so it goes on. One chair after another. We watch clips, drink wine, converse or listen to the music. And in passing, great names of the design world become more familiar. For it is not only the chair that conveys a picture of its creator, but the choice of music also tells us something about their preferences and character, as staged as this may be. And when Konstantin Grcic answers the question as to what his ideal music video would be like by saying: "Driving through the plains of western Texas in a 1966 Buick Riviera to music by Giant Sand" – then, well then, we of course picture ourselves in the car riding along with him.
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