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Swiss Institute’s 21st Century Show Home

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Since 1986, Swiss Institute has been dedicated to promoting experimental and boundary-expanding art and design through innovative exhibitions and progressive programming. For the second edition of their Annual Architecture and Design series, Felix Burrichter - editor and creative director of PIN-UP magazine - plays on the ambitiously avant-garde spirit of legendary forward-thinker Le Corbusier.

The exhibition, titled PAVILLON DE L'ESPRIT NOUVEAU: A 21st Century Show Home, honors the spirit of Le Corbusier's 1925 contribution to the Paris expsition des Arts Décoratifs. In a trade show designed to promote the Art Deco styles of the day, the original Pavillon de l'Esprit Nouveau  was riotous, acting as a physical manifesto for Corbusier's revolutionary design concepts such as standardization in furniture design and the mechanization of the home. These ideas would resonate throughout the rest of the 20th century.

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Ninety years later, Felix Burrichter uses the landmark exhibition as a jumping-off point to explore 21st Century domesticity, and examine the relationship between craft and computational expertise in contemporary home design and furniture. Burrichter has curated the work of over 30 international designers and artists, including many specially commissioned works, to create a conceptual "show home" for the modern era - and beyond.

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All pieces in the exhibition feature elements in manufacturing process or material that highlight the industrial innovations of the last 15 years, like 3D printing, carbon fiber, LED lighting, laser-cutting and non-woven textiles. The designs are displayed in domestic scenarios with different degrees of privacy, inviting visitors to explore the increasingly blurred lines between escapism and surveillance in the digital age. Architect and Designer Shawn Maximo's exhibition design creates a fluid sense of movement between spaces that highlights the way contrasting elements could coexist in modern residential architecture.

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If you're in New York, you can see and explore the exhibit through November 8th. Be sure not to miss Patricia Urquiola's latest design for FLOS, Serena, in the exhibition as pictured above. The exhibition also includes works by Konstantin Grcic, Piero Lissoni, Jasper Morrison, Lindsey Adelman, and more. Visionary in spirit and with a wry sense of humor, PAVILLON DE L'ESPRIT NOUVEAU: A 21st Century Show Home reflects Swiss Institute's commitment to curatorial excellence.