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3Novices:Sabine Marcelis installs 10 Fendi fountains at Design Miami

Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis has created 10 resin fountains to celebrate fashion brand Fendi‘s decade of participation at Design Miami.

The Italian house marked its 10th anniversary at last week’s fair with The Shapes of Water, an installation that included Marcelis‘ fountain designs that all relate to the company in some way.

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“Using water as a design tool, the designer magnifies its delicate beauty by realising 10 fountains inspired by 10 of the most iconic symbols of the historical Roman house,” said a description from Marcelis.

Fendi’s Design Miami booth comprised an entirely white room with an illuminated back wall, in which the water features were placed on travertine plinths at different heights.

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Some of these bases for the warm-hued, cast-resin sculptures hide mechanisms that pump water up through.

Examples include the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana fountain, based on Fendi’s headquarters in Rome. The arched colonnades of the 1943 Mussolini-commissioned building, which the brand moved in to in 2015, are replicated across the sides of the resin design.

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“Marcelis has realised a similar structure adding an evanescent aspect, descending from the grandeur of the original construction,” said the project description.

Fendi‘s “double F” logo – created by Karl Lagerfeld in 1965 during his tenure at the company – is punched into a horizontal slab of yellow resin, with water resting in the carved void.

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The same mark appears in the centre of a cube-shaped blocked, where the two vertical letters are filled with bubbling liquid.

A tall design carries a gradient that blends from yellow to red, mimicking the sunsets in the Italian capital, while water cascades down its slightly slanted front.

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Fur and leather patterns, for which the brand is perhaps best known, are recreated as textured motifs across fountains named Labirinto, Astuccio and Tegole.

Others, including Selleria and Intarsi, are based on the hand-craft and manufacturing processes used to make Fendi’s garments and accessories.

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In celebration of another 10-year anniversary, Marcelis also created a cast-resin version of the brand’s Peekaboo bag, which was displayed on a bed of water at the entrance to the Design Miami booth. The fair took place 5-9 December 2018 in Miami Beach.

“It is through clean and soft lines and the use of ethereal materials such as polished resin and water in contrast with the historical travertine stone, and warm colours reminiscent of the Roman skies, that the fountains of Sabine Marcelis represent the perfect fusion between the historical, creative and aesthetic legacy of Fendi and its courage to provoke,” the brand’s statement said.

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Fendi was founded by Adele and Edoardo Fendi in 1925, and the house has since grown to become one of the world’s most famous luxury labels. Recently, the brand’s ties to fountains include its efforts towards preserving Rome’s iconic Fontana di Trevi and others across the city.

Marcelis has previously used resin in a project for another fashion brand. Earlier this year, she cast the material to recreate Burberry’s signature tartan pattern for a set of displays at Opening Ceremony stores in New York and Los Angeles.

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3Novices:Pentagram prints stencil-style supergraphic across ICA Boston

A logo resembling “stencil letterforms” is printed on the exterior of the Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed art gallery on Boston’s waterfront, as part of a major branding overhaul by graphic design studio Pentagram.

Pentagram‘s Abbott Miller led the studio’s New York team on the rebranding of the ICA Boston, which architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro completed in the South Boston Seaport District in 2006.

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Celebrated as one of America’s earliest institutions dedicated to contemporary art, the museum was originally founded in 1939 as a spin-off of New York’s MoMA, and called Boston Museum of Modern Art. It was later renamed the Institute of Modern Art, and then the Institute of Contemporary Art to better reflect its programme, making it the first institution to use “contemporary” in its moniker.

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Emphasising this history, Miller’s redesigned simplifies the title into the three initials, arranged with a lower-case “c” wedged in between a capitalised “I” and “A”.

“In the new identity, ‘Institute’ and ‘Art’ (as ‘I’ and ‘A’) act as formal bookends around a small ‘c’, highlighting the idea that ‘contemporary’ is at the core of the museum’s mission and always in flux,” said Pentagram in a project statement.

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The logotype is bold and black, and broken up by slender lines to resemble letters printed with a stencil. This references the 20th-century warehouses in the surrounding area, according to Pentagram.

“Set in stencil letterforms, the identity evokes openness and activity, as well as the industrial heritage of the harbour,” said the graphic design agency, which is one of the world’s most prolific.

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Large versions of the new logo, which were added in several places across the cantilevered top of the building, are also segmented with vertical lines created by the cladding.

Another supergraphic is imprinted on the translucent ICA Watershed – a small outpost in the East Boston Shipyard across the harbour from the main institution, which opened earlier this year to host programmes during the summer months.

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Pentagram designed the logo to be scaled to suit various marketing materials, which the studio also overhauled as part of the rebranding. These include animations, the website, signage and environmental graphics.

On these items, the institution’s full name, Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, is set in a smaller font in various arrangements around the logo.

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A pairing of blue and black provide the principle palette, taking cues from the waterfront, with undulating line details resembling waves. There are also materials that come in contrasting brighter hues of purple, red and yellow.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro completed ICA Boston 12 years ago, conceiving a design that integrated the contemporary art gallery with spaces for public programmes. A defining feature of the building is the exterior steps that lead onto the Harbourwalk.

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The building is among a series of projects intended to reinvigorate the area into the “city’s most vibrant district”. Future projects in the new neighbourhood include a European-style piazza and a pedestrian loop.

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Since completing ICA Boston, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has worked on a number of major cultural institutions in the US, like the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and a major overhaul of the MoMA in New York.

Pentagram, which was established in 1972, has also become the go-to studio for branding arts buildings across the nation. Its recent projects include updating the visual identity for America’s Library of Congress in Washington DC to look like bookends, and rebranding a Nashville art museum with a 1930s-influenced logo.

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