In Brief: Wrights, D-Crit, Action!

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Ammar Eloueini’s plastic CoReFab chair, created with digital animation and manufactured using 3D printing technology, is among the objects that go on view today in “Action! Design over Time,” a new installation of the contemporary section of the architecture and design galleries at the Musuem of Modern Art.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Mayan-goes-mod Ennis House just got a bit more affordable. Built for Charles W. and Mabel Ennis in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz, the 1924 textile-block house is now on the market for $10.5 million, down from the $15 million its owners were asking in June. Look down on L.A. through art-glass windows before retiring to the billiards room or cozying up to the mosaic-tile fireplace, but keep in mind that the house’s interior details were not designed by the original caped crusader. Notes the Christie’s real estate listing, “Wright’s relationship with Mrs. Ennis was strained and Wright left the project before completion.”
  • Our friends at the School of Visual Arts are now accepting fall 2010 applications for D-Crit, the rapper name for the school’s stellar MFA program in design criticism. “We welcome applicants from a range of academic backgrounds whose diverse perspectives and experiences enrich the debate,” notes program chair Alice Twemlow. “The program is equally well suited to designers, who want to hone their skills in writing and critical thinking, as it is to journalists or filmmakers, who wish to deepen their understanding of design.” Click here for more information.
  • Hello Kitty in bed with A Bathing Ape? It’s true. Sanrio, the famous feline’s parent company, has just inked a licensing deal with Tomoaki “Nigo” Nagao, the designer behind the wildly successful A Bathing Ape (Bape) empire. Sanrio will develop a range of novelty items and accessories around Bape’s Baby Milo, a wee gorilla who could be a close relation of Julius, Paul Frank‘s swiftly selling simian. According to WWD, the new Baby Milo merch is expected to hit Sanrio stores in April. Badtz-Maru will not be amused.
  • Today marks the opening of “Action! Design over Time,” a new installation of the contemporary section of the Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Organized by senior curator Paola Antonelli and curatorial assistant Kate Carmody, Action! brings together 85 works from the collection “that reveal the dynamic and evolving nature of objects, providing a deeper understanding of contemporary design.” Meanwhile, in other MoMA news, the extraordinary Ellen Lupton recently ran several workshops in conjunction with the museum’s Bauhaus exhibition. Check out the below video for Lupton’s insights on visual literacy and how to customize a tote bag that would be the envy of Walter Gropius.