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Left: Stylish lace up brogues are easy to wear, and the best thing about them? They go with absolutely everything. at UO Uk. Available in cream and grey. Right: Dashing and dapper lace-ups, crafted of wingtip-style ivory leather and neutral linen, pair perfectly with garden parties and a tipple of moonshine. At Anthropologie.

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FragilesPorcelain, Glass and Ceramics (Die Gestalten) is an eclectic collection of unconventional contemporary work in porcelain, glass and ceramics. Today, these materials are increasingly being used in playful ways by both established and emerging design talents, who are inspired by Modernism, an ironic depiction of kitsch and an expanded repertoire of forms made possible by technological developments such as rapid prototyping. The spectrum and quality of these innovative projects shows a current generation of designers just how relevant and challenging working with these traditional fragile materials can be. More infos

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Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics at MAD museum NYC – May 6, Sep 13 2009

Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics is the first major U.S. museum exhibition to survey contemporary innovation in industrial ceramic production and the renaissance of ceramics in art and design today. The exhibition explores how artists and designers are reviving interest in ceramics through collaborations with industry that enhance and sometimes subvert the industrial process. Object Factory presents works created for leading manufacturers as well as artworks by independent artists and designers. Both non-functional and functional works are highlighted, as are important technological advances in ceramic material that allow for its use in electronic appliances, cutting implements, and other surprising products.

Kjell Rylander, Ted Muehling, Hella Jongerius and Jurgen Bey, Constantin Boym, among others. Manufacturers represented in the exhibition include Bernardaud, Nymphenburg, Rosenthal, and Royal Tichelaar Makkum.The exhibition is curated by acclaimed ceramic artist and designer Marek Cecula and is accompanied by a 120-page, fully illustrated catalogue published and distributed by the Museum of Arts and Design.

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