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High Museum commissions works by international design firms Joris Laarman Lab and nendo


The High Museum of Art will shift into high-design mode in June. The museum has commissioned pieces from two avant-garde firms in conjunction with “Modern by Design,” an exhibition that will chronicle the history of vanguard design and the Museum of Modern Art’s role in promoting it.

Joris Laarman Lab, a Dutch firm, will contribute “Digital Matter” (above), a kinetic installation involving a robot that will construct, disassemble and reconstruct an object over an extended period of time. The piece, which responds to new developments in digital manufacturing and molecular building blocks, will feature a robotic arm that is programmed to build relatively high-definition, digitally ornamented side tables

The Japanese design collective nendo will create “Visible Structures” (detail at left), an installation of more than 12 pieces of furniture made of form core reinforced with a special industrial-strength graphite tape, which will be applied in patterns inspired by Mondrian and the De Stijl movement.

Works by both firms will also be included in a complementary exhibition of 23 of the High’s recent acquisitions in contemporary design, also opening in June.

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