On December 10th, 2013,SISTER MARY CORITA KENT – ‘WE HAVE NO ART’…

Sister Mary Corita teaching at Immaculate Heart College

Sister Mary Corita teaching at Immaculate Heart College

…is the 1967 film (which I found online today) on a designer/artist/educator who is a special kind of proprietary hero for many of us here in L.A. (where she lived until 1968, running the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College) and where you can still feel her influence in the air.

Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules:
RULE 1: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.
RULE 2: General duties of a student — pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.
RULE 3: General duties of a teacher — pull everything out of your students.
RULE 4: Consider everything an experiment.
RULE 5: Be self-disciplined — this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
RULE 6: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.
RULE 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.
RULE 8: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.
RULE 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
RULE 10: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” (John Cage)
HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it might come in handy later.

By Fritz Haeg on December 10, 2013 | education
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On May 20th, 2013, AN ANIMAL ESTATES 9.0 MAP…

rough mock-up of the Animal Estates 9.0 map

rough mock-up of the Animal Estates 9.0 map

…by frequent design collaborator Benjamin Reichen of Åbäke is in the works and today in Rotterdam we look at the new version, which tells the stories of 24 species of wildlife living within and around the heavy industry of the Port of Rotterdam that will also be recounted by the video we are producing in time for the June 29th opening. (AE 9.0 webpage)


On January 23rd, 2012, THE EAMES LIVING ROOM…

Eames living room at LACMA

…(so familiar to me from regular pilgrimages during my early years in LA, when I trotted every out-of-town-guest for a visitation to the Pacific Palisades home of Charles and Ray, still one of my favorite places in town) was a strange thing to suddenly come upon when rounding the corner at the Pacific Standard Time show “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” at LACMA – transplanted to the museum, with everything just as they left it, while The Eames Foundation has the floors replaced, but feeling strangely soul-less – with plastic plants, and instead of the meadow out the window, it was just us and white walls.


On January 22nd, 2012, A CEDAR SOAKING TUB…

cedar soaking tub overlooking the garden

…and outdoor shower which I had been scheming for years to place in this strange previously unoccupied corner of the house overlooking the garden – was finally just installed (while in the midst of some serious hard-core nesting, after so long so far from home) – which should be good for soaking those aching bones after shoveling dirt and moving rocks and baking bread and braiding rugs.


On January 20th, 2012, NEUTRA VDL RESEARCH HOUSE…

Neutra VDL Research House entry and courtyard

…the great mid-century modernist residential landmark on the Silver Lake Reservoir now managed by Cal Poly Pomona, hosted small reception tonight (by architect Francois Perrin for French artist Xavier Veilhan – a prelude to his upcoming Paris-L.A. series of events and projects this year) which was a great chance to marvel at the house I hadn’t visited for years (website)



"Graphic Design: Now in Production" at the Walker Art Center

…is the impending show at the Walker Art Center which I had to read about in my London friend Alice Rawsthorn’s column in the Herald Tribune this morning, even though I am actually here in Minneapolis and visiting the museum today – though too bad I will have to wait until my next visit to see the show after it opens on October 22nd.



in and out of the Peter Zumthor garden pavillion

…the most elegant, austere, and simple yet in the series – designed this year by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf in London’s Kensington Gardens – is in it’s final days and the inspiration for this years Serpentine Marathon series of talks taking place this weekend organized by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, and tomorrow I’ll be talking gardens at 19:40. (website)



Bird Sanctuary student project for Composted Constructions workshop, Den Haag

…continued today with the students from the art academy in Den Haag completing their versions of Composted Constructions – transforming scavenged domestic cast-offs into creations that accommodate plants, food, wildlife (best title was ‘Chicken Disco’) – and installing them throughout the site, before heading back to the airport for a late flight to Budapest where I will be doing a talk on Friday and having meetings and visits in preparation for the next Edible Estate edition to be established there in spring 2012.



lunch break at the garden kitchen (left), and a planted Composted Construction (right)

…and student workshopping took over Stroom’s Foodprint Erasmusveld project site today, where I groggily arrived from the airport for a day of planting installations and working with students to create their own Composted Constructions (developing on my initial installations) out of a pile of domestic cast-offs gathered by the folks of Refunc.


On September 13th, 2011, SUPERPOOL…

Selva Gürdoğan and Gregers Tang Thomsen of Superpool present at SALT Beyoğlu

…the Istanbul based architecture studio founded by Turkish Selva Gürdoğan and Danish Gregers Tang Thomsen, presented their design of the exhibition ‘Becoming Istanbul‘ (in collaboration with the graphics of Project Projects) which opened at SALT Beyoğlu this evening – kicking off 90 events in 90 days.



Ridley's scaffolding in place for opening night featuring latex curtains, and a single central tricked-out 2nd floor table whose central panel decends with pulleys to the lower level open air kitchen

…opened tonight in the middle of London’s Ridley Road Market in Dalston – which I visited with my London Animal Estates collaborator Benjamin Reichen (of the super design collective Åbäke) whose former students had masterminded the project – alas, we were to early to eat, but were at least able to see the structure, seating, kitchen, coming together for this very cool project…

Ridley’s, a temporary dining experience in Dalston, is a project by The Decorators and Atelier ChanChan. This group of designers-artists-architects have transformed an exposed yet derelict void in Ridley Road market, into a podium for outdoor exhibitionist eating.

For the month of September a two-storey structure will rise above the stalls, housing a new kind of market food initiative. Come and exchange market produce for a meal if you’re having lunch or bring £15 if you’re looking for dinner (includes your dinner and a £5 food shopping voucher for use at the market ).

A lineup of guest chefs will create daily menus from market produce only, whilst diners share a communal table high above the market. Meals prepared in the ground floor kitchen, the hub of exchange and production, will be raised by a mechanical table up to the guests on the first floor. This scenographic journey emphasises the vertical transformation of the raw food at market level to the cooked meals at the elevated podium above.

This temporary summer installation is a means of demonstrating the kind of activities that could be created to make the life of this market sustainable and is an opportunity to re-imagine the possibilities for the regeneration of the area. (website)

By Fritz Haeg on September 7, 2011 | food
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On August 12th, 2011, REFUNC IN DEN HAAG…

a small corner of a Refunc storage space

…are the handy recyclrey designery arty folks I’ll be working with on an upcoming project here in the fall produced by Stroom – so this afternoon in a jet-laggy daze I went to visit their two vast storage/studio spaces to select some materials for my upcoming project Composted Constructions from the amazing collections of industrial, commercial and domestic materials awaiting a new life. (website)



courtyard windows into studio Achille Castiglioni

…yesterday morning – which I was only made aware of a few days ago thanks to an illuminating International Herald Tribune story by design journalist friend Alice Rawsthorn – turned out to be the highlight of my short time in the city overrun by crass corporate Salone Internazionale del Mobile madness  – from which my 10am tour (I was all alone since apparently the other Achille fans had partied too hard and too late at design fair events? but the 11am tour was packed) of Studio Castiglioni was an absolute refuge, into a laboratory/playroom atmosphere still thick with the curious mind that worked there from 1944 until his death in 2002, and on may way out I had the pleasure of meeting his daughter Giovanna, through whom I felt a greater sense of the spirit of the place, which the Studio Museum Castigioni will be trying to hold on to for as long as they can.



On February 28th, 2011, ‘100 YEARS FROM NOW’…

Roman street posting of "100 Years from Now" (left) and Marco Raparelli portrait of designer Jeremy Mende (right)

…the series of public Roman street posters by Academy fellow Jeremy Mende (depicted in one of Marco Raparelli’s portraits) are now showing up around town! (website)


On January 4th, 2011, DULLDIAMOND…

baby hand (my nephew?) reaching for some dullDiamond merch

…is the evocative name of the just inaugurated online shop of the handmade and eclectic goods whose inventory will constantly shift based on the whims of those doing the making: my sister Emily & her friend Jen. (dullDiamond website)

Hello we’re Emily and Jen <<<< AKA dullDiamond >>>> Two friends who happen to be mothers who like to make things. All goods in the shop are handmade by us and for now we’re featuring beaded jewelry and ceramics. This project has no expectations or boundaries….which means it is all funfunfun for us. What we make for the shop will depend on what we feel like making- that’s a good thing.

By Fritz Haeg on January 4, 2011 | retail
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On February 14th, 2010, STREET FURNITURE IN ECHO PARK…

Temporary site specific street furniture in front of the Echo Park United Methodist Church in Los Angeles

…of simple stained wood, designed for the particular nooks, sidewalk angles and situations in front of the United Methodist Church at Alvarado and Reservoir – form platforms for sitting and eating when their lunch tent is set up.

By Fritz Haeg on February 14, 2010 | Los Angeles
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On January 26th, 2010, THE BERNARDI RESIDENCE…

Cover of Architektur & Wohnen magazine, January 2010, featuring the Bernardi Residence.

…is on the cover of this months German magazine Architektur & Wohnen which I am surprised to receive in the mail today, since I didn’t know anything about it – and this coming after almost six years since I first started work on the design in March 2004. (project page / magazine)

By Fritz Haeg on January 26, 2010 | architecture
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On January 21st, 2010, THE END OF OIL…

Conversations in Design: A world Without Oil

…is the topic of talks here in Toronto – I’m in good company with other speakers including Tord Boontje and longtime collaborator Enrico Bressan of Artecnica, Sheila Kennedy of Kennedy & Violich, Dr. Dayna Baumeister, co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild, Tucker Viemeister, chief of the Lab at Rockwell Group, and Bruce Mau – some of whom are saying we can’t live without oil – but I look forward to seeing what that oil-free world looks, tastes, smells and feels like.

By Fritz Haeg on January 21, 2010 | climate, lectures
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