October 16, 2012

Maryme-JimmyPaul at Uğurlugil Supermarket

JW Kaldenbach
photocredit: JW Kaldenbach

Bright colors in a brightly lit supermarket. Maryme-JimmyPaul lives up this tiny supermarket in the French passage in the neighborhood of Karaköy.

The collection is a tribute to an epic character, the deceased beauty queen JonBenet Ramsy. The attributes of her pageantry are the icons of a doomed world of constant self-representation. 

Maryme-JimmyPaul is a combination of forces united in Amsterdam. With an assortment of backgrounds that bring together art, architecture, fashion and sculpture they offer an unique projection and perspective of the world around them. Maryme-JimmyPaul works within the area that exists between art and fashion. Taking inspiration from their own created stories, worlds, people and perspectives on current (and past) pop culture; they present fashion in a different way. 


Marga Weimans at Vasa Woodcarving

Photo by JW Kaldenbach

The ambition of SALON/ is to intertwine location, public and designer. This picture of Marga Weimans at VASA Woodcarving is not only breathtaking but also an example of a successful integration of design in its surrounding.

Marga Weimans is a fashion house which explores and pushes the borders of fashion by incorporating elements from various other creative disciplines, such as architecture, industrial design and fine arts. For this dress the designer has also developed the woven fabric herself and combined it with inspiration from an iconic silhouette by Christian Dior. By closely studying this dress and conducting many experiments to find the perfect structure and shapes she created the Apartment Dress as part of the installation ' Fashion House: Most Beautiful Dress in the World'. 


Pauline van Dongen: The Flip Dot Dress Performance

SALON/ was proud to present the most recent electronic design by Pauline van Dongen: the Flip Dot Dress. A dress which proves Van Dongen's true inventive nature as a fashion designer. "I really have to explore the boundaries of fashion."

During her artist in residence in Vienna she started out from the idea that every action has a certain result or consequence; the concept of leaving an imprint after each intervention or a certain interaction and thereby creating an interesting topography on the body. With this piece Van Dongen investigates the undulating surface of the body. She explores the idea of erosion, patterns, change and passing of time.

In Vienna she focused on wearables in fashion technology. Her wish to merge analogue and digital technology led her to flip-dots. They have a physical presence and tactility, emphasized by their flickering sound. Together with electrical engineer and robot hacker Daniel Schatzmayr, who she met in Vienna, she developed an interactive garment, by using the principle of flip-dots. Schatzmayr designed all the electronics and technology behind this kinetic piece. Each dot can individually be addressed by a computer to animate patterns swirling around the body. During the performance at the 333KM Gallery in Istanbul the dots were adjusted to react to the music. DJ Onur Karagöz created an eclectic mixture of electronic soundscapes with traditional Turkish influences. 

Photo's by JW Kaldenbach


The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) organizes the first Istanbul Design Biennial (IDB) in its 40th year. The IDB covers the fields of urban design, architecture, industrial design, graphic design, fashion design and new media design as well as relevant creative products and projects.

Until the 12th of December the IDB hosts over 100 projects by nearly 300 designers and architects from 46 countries. Using two different exhibition venues curators Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima interpret the theme “Imperfection” from their own perspectives. The theme of the IDB was adopted after the suggestion of Deyan Sudjic, member of its Advisory Board and Director of Design Museum in London. Sudjic stated: “There is nowhere better to explore it than in Istanbul, a city of infinite layers, charged with the vitality that comes from engaging rapid urban, social and cultural change.” Sudjic also highlighted that “Istanbul as a city, is far from perfect, yet it is one of the most exhilarating and dynamic centres in the world. Its special quality is that it makes so much from the imperfect, the inexact and the provisional. “

The Istanbul Design Biennial is transforming the great city of Istanbul into a city of design during two months by presenting academy programme, workshop exhibitions, seminar programme, film screenings, parallel participant programmes, like SALON/, and design walks as well as both main exhibitions.

‘Musibet’ curated by Emre Arolat at Istanbul Modern
One of the two main exhibitions of the IDB is located at the Istanbul Modern, a venue designed by EAA-Emre Arolat Architects. This exhibition is named ‘Musibet’ and curated by Emre Arolat. ‘Musibet’ congregates more than 30 projects of 165 designers and architects, displaying multiple faces of grand transformations continuously being realized in Istanbul, as well as in many other geographies. The exhibition aims to question the self-styled-marvellous legitimacy of the arguments of design activities in this context.

Emre Arolat organized the curatorial framework of the exhibition under two headlines. Under the first headline, ‘Transformation’, Arolat will question urban transformation and mass housing projects, which have been on the table lately in Istanbul, and social tension due these projects while comparing them to other sample cities. Under the other headline, ‘Anti-Context’, the parallels in the thoughts of local and global actors on a geographical scale with Istanbul in the centre, universal consent, the changes in new technologies, architectural and fashion design practices of the new world will e debated.

Bora Ozkus, Batu Kepekcioglu, Ali Pasoaglu

Bahar Korcan

Ebru Salah

Xavier Deleroy

‘Adhocracy’ curated by Joseph Grima at Galata Greek primary school
The other main exhibition is hosted by the Galata Greek Primary School and reunites 60 projects by 120 designers and architects. ‘Adhocracy’, curated by Joseph Grima in collaboration with an international team, surveys the contemporary design scene in the wake of a wave of social and technological revolutions that have transformed the realm of desing in recent years. The exhibition argues that rather than in finished products, the maximum expression of design today is to be found in processes-system, tools, networkds and platforms that involve users in the process of definition of the end products. The exchitbtion charts the mirgration of the epicenter of production from the factory floor to back to the craftsman’s workshop. The title, Adhocracy, is a reference to the move away from the dominance of the bureaucratic model of organization, typical of the indurstrial era, towards an apporoach that embraces bottom-up innovation.

Istanbul scale model

Campo de Cabada

Giancarlo de Carlo