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Javier Mariscal

Joie de Vivre

Dropped into the Design Museum today for the Javier Mariscal exhibition. It’s well worth seeing, with a good range of his work from sketches through to corporate identities and even a temple (!) built from his parts of his plastic shelving design. A couple of photos are on Flickr here. Mariscal is also conducting a performance at the BFI in November – details here.

Also on show is a retrospective of designs by the late Jan Kaplický, the architect of the bubble at Lord’s Cricket Ground and the new Selfridges in Birmingham. Some of the models are baffling, and many look wildly unfeasible, but this model for a huge tower block is quite striking:

Tower concept model

This photo only captures a small part of the building, which is strangely reminiscent of cold war television towers or the giant Arcology buildings you could construct in Sim City games. It alone is worth a visit. As the first floor of the museum is currently closed, admission to both costs just £6.

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